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Genre: Sports / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2008-02-08 / Published by Sega

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      19.05.2011 22:57

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      Much fun in one game!

      This is the perfect game for the DS. The main reason is its lots of fun for the touch screen on the ds and makes much good use of it. This game is jam packed with different events and different characters. I love how you have a profile for every character on the game. Sonic and Mario games are known for always being great, so when they've been put together it makes a game pretty epic. You caan have 3 saves on this game so if two or three people want to have there own save then they dont have to use each others. You can upload your scores and high scores to Nintendo web. My favourite game is the Trampoline event. I find that most fun. Some games are really hard though, for example I think Swimming is quite hard and aches your hand. As you go on you unlock more types of events. 'Dream Events' which are like the extreme versions of the olympic games. You also have missions which are fun, sometimes you have to be rubbish to win the mission. I really like this game and I think any age can play it. This game is around £15. Very good!

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      09.08.2010 16:28
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      Great game for the DS and any athletics or Mario fan

      I bought this game just over two years ago and i have to say it is really fun. The graphics on this game a great, as all Mario games are on the Nintendo DS. This game uses the DS's functionality to it's fully extent as it uses both screens fully. The top screen has the character running for example and the bottom screen is for you to slide your stylus left to right as fast as you can. There are many different types of events on here just as it is in the real olympics, and there are a few that have to be unlocked. My favourite ones have to be the 100m run,the swimming events, and the arrowing. You really have to put some effort into playing this which adds to the fun as it makes you try harder. For example on the 100m run, because it is a short race you hve to go fast instantly and for about 10 seconds you have to move you wrist really fast. Once the race is over your hand feels really tired! This game also uses the DS microphone. On some of the events, as they do in real life, you have to clap. One of these is the long jump and you clap in rythm to gain some momentum and then you run by sliding the stick fast and then you have to slide the stick at a certain angle to get the jump. It feels really realistic despite it being a Mario game. Its more fun if you play with mates. You can play wirelessly with them and it adds to the challenge. The only downside is that there is no online play. If there was, then this game would be perfect! I would definately reccomend this to any DS owner and any fan of athletics or the olympic games. I also have this on the Wii and it's just as great. Mario games all the way!

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        27.07.2010 17:01
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        Good fun game for all ages

        After having recently received a Nintendo DS as a present, I thought it was high time I ventured out and got myself a game to try the console out with! I chose this game as the memories of Sonic on the mega drive from my childhood made me think this would be a good quality, light-hearted game. I certainly wasn't disappointed. The game has a number of Olympic sports from swimming, to gymnastics to hurdles. You select which character you want to play as to attempt the challenges. Each character is given ratings as to how well they perform at the differing sports so you are informed before you select them to play. The game has further features such 3 different game modes - circuit, mission and single match, which allow you to compete and win trophies and medals for your character. Another great feature is the ability to link your Nintendo DS with friends and family and play via Wifi. At first I found the game quite difficult to get the hang of, but a lot of that was getting to grips with the actual DS itself rather than the game. The instructions supplied in the box were clear and easy to understand, making the game great for all ages.

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        26.03.2010 15:36
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        Buy the Winter Games version instead

        This was my first Mario and Sonic joint venture purchase and I was intrigued to see how the two characters (former Nintendo/Sega rivals) would interact together for the first time. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a good title and works well. There are a number of events to master including track and field, swimming, cycling, shooting and even table tennis! The game can be played either as a single player attempting to obtain medals in each of the respective events or in multiplayer mode when up to four DS owners can compete agianst each other off one card. There are also Practice and Time Trial options so that the most dedicated of player can shave those valuable hundredths of seconds off their record times! More events become available through succesful completion of the various events and there are a number of unlockable items that can be obtained as you progress. The problem with this game is that its successor, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is now also available and provides a far greater choice of events and an "Adventure Tours mode" which incorporates perfecting each of the events in to a separate single player option. Unfortuntely, this title doesn't have this, so once you've mastered the various events there isn't really much keeping you coming back to play it. Its also more expensive than the newer game for some reason! As such, buy the Winter Games version instead!

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        29.10.2009 09:50
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        A brilliant game

        As you can see from the title it self named ''mario and sonic'' it will instantly tell you that nearly all the characters from the Mario world as well as the Sonic world come to life in the best of all time Olympic games. From the Mario Side contestants there are Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, Peach, Daisy and from the Sonic contestants you can pick from Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Amy, Blaze, Vector, Shadow and Dr. Eggman. Each character will have a special feature of categories from Strength to Stamina to Speed. Multi-player can allow up to 3 other people to verse you and each other from 6 events from ds download play, but if all four of you all have the game cartridge you can play all 24 Olympic events. Theres no online play through playing each other world wide, but you can upload your highest score to the outer world and make them beat your high score. As of the Wii version they will only allow you 20 real Olympic events, where as on the DS version it lets you play up to 24 real Olympic events, as well as some made up variety of events. There's courses from the famous track events, to hurdles, swimming, archery, canoeing, Javelin, Hammer through, High jump, triple jump Trampolining and much much more. Through these events you will get to play with the stylus, buttons and eyes! As I forgot to mention there is fencing which is brilliant, but sometimes it wont pick up the movement where you want to hit your target and so will attack in the complete opposite direction. There's also dream events from Dream table tennis, dream canoeing, dream basketball, dream 200 meter sprint and much more. Ill have to admit the dream events are the more of the fantasy ones, not the real type of Olympic sport. But that's what a DS is for, mainly for fantasy games! You also need in some events to clap your hands to make the crowd cheer for you, and somehow the game play makes you go faster when you have a better crowd cheer. Overall its a pretty good game where it will give you hours of fun, joy and success as well as extremely competitive, which makes the game one of the best Games of all time for the DS. 5 stars, its a must get game!

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        19.10.2009 14:19
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        One Of The Best Games On The Console & Great For Casual Gamers & Die Hards Alike.

        Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is the first outing of both Nintendo & Sega's flagship characters in the same game. What a game it is too. For anyone who ever player Olympic Gold in the past the premise for some of the events will be familiar. For anyone who hasn't, they will be easy to get used to & simple to do. There are lots of different events. They are controlled in different ways. Sometimes with the stylus. Sometimes with the buttons & sometimes with both. 16 characters feature in this game with an even split of 8 characters from the Mario world & 8 from Sonic's. The characters all have their own strengths & weaknesses & are divided into 4 catagories. Power, All Round, Speed & Skill. There is a good mixture of events. Track & field have running, jumping & throwing events. Aquatics have Swimming & Diving. Gymnastics brings you Vault & Trampoline. There is Arhcery, Shooting, Table Tennis, Fencing & a Dream Events section which has different versions of some events plus some new ones like Basketball & Boxing. There is something for everyone. Plus the way different games are played adds real variety to the play. Table Tennis is with the buttons. Fencing & Basketball with flicks of the stylus. Running by waddling the stlyus side to side. Jumping & Javenlin, waddling followed by a flick. All easy to learn & hours to master. One of the negative accusations levelled against Mario Kart is that it can be completed & everything unlocked in a day. This might be true, but it isn't of this game. You are challenged to win a Gold Medal in every event, with every character. There are also circuits of events (Anything from 3-5) which work like a tournament earning points from each event. 16 of these to win a trophy in. Then there are the missions. 6 for each character totaling 24. Their are emblems to unlock such as winning a game of Tennis 5-0 or completing a perfect round of Archery (30 point score). Nobody is going to get through this in a weekend or even a week. All the plus points above still don't include the best part of the single player game. The ability to take your high score, upload it to the network & see where exactly your score ranks amongst every player in the world who has uploaded their scores. 100's of thousands of players have done this. My first effort at the 100m had me outside the top 100,000 & I'm still not much better at that. Whether it's my favourite even or not, I'm best at Triple Jump which has me inside the top 2000 players. Not bad after a weekend. Multiplayer options are very good, but not perfect. Single Card Download play allows up to 4 people to play against each other in 5 events. Multi- Card play allows for play at everything. I think the one letdown is not being able to play against people over the internet. It would have been fun. This is a great game. It might be a game comprising of loads of little ones. Some of the games are controlled in a similar fashion & you can't play online. However, these are three minor points when you consider the variety on offer, the fun that can be had & the longevity factor of this game. Whether you want a real sporting challenge or a quick bash, this is the best sports game on Nintendo DS. Until I get Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games! See you at A & E with repetitive strain injury soon!

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        10.08.2009 22:26

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        When I saw that they combined two of my favourite games characters - this game was a definate on the wish list! Was a little hard to get into, as a newbie to the DS world I fould working the controls a little hard to master, but once you get into it and master the characters strengths and abilities (wide choice from the classics!) its a must have for any ds owner. Addicitive and a wide range of games available, you'll find yourself playing unintentionally for hours on end muttering "ok, once more and THEN im going to sleep" and repeating a game until you better your score!Fantastic!

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        17.05.2009 13:45
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        I am enjoying playing it

        I bought this game from Game online. I went through quidco to get some cashback on it but unfortunately it has tracked as £0.00 so am following that up. I paid £12.98, as I used £2.50 from my game card to help pay for it. The game arrived within 5 days of ordering it, as I ordered on a weekend. It arrived in a neat little package that fitted through the letter box so I was very impressed with the delivery. The game is based around the Beijing 2008 Olympic games, so there are events such as archery, shooting, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, table tennis, and trampolining. You can choose a mario or sonic character for each single event or challenge. Each character has different skills, stamina and general fitness levels so you can choose to match the event. The stylus is used a lot in this game, there is a lot of very fast scratching of the stylus needed, and some of the events are just about how fast you can move the stylus. I prefer the games where you can draw shapes (gymnastics) and have a steady hand (shooting and archery). I have played through every single event, and won some of them. You win medals which are stored in the records section of the game. You can play with other ds users with this game, I dont know anyone else with one so cant use this function. The graphics are brilliant in this game, they are better than mario kart. There are loads of bright colours, the game is quick and doesnt jerk around like some games. I really like the fact that this is a mini game sort of game, as I get bored with following a slow story line, or having to play with the same character all the time. You can dip in and out of this game, and it saves automatically so you dont even have to think about that! I would recommend this game to all ages, but it might be a bit tricky for younger kids because of the aiming games.

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          29.01.2009 20:03
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          great game

          Once again another great game in the Nintendo DS range, I do think that you cannot beat Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games on Wii, but I do think that this is a great similar game that is on a portable console. This is a great game where Mario and Sonic to create one of the fastest selling games in a long time. This game has 16 Olympic from track and field, archery, skeet shooting, trampoline as well as Olympic events exclusive to the DS, such as Cycling pursuit and 10m platform and it has 8 unlockable Dream Events as you compete to get a gold medal. There are three game modes Single match mode, where players can pick the event that they want to take part in, Circuit Mode, where you pick a series of events to compete in to the make the gaming last longer and Mission mode where where players have their athletic ability tested by being timed. Multiplayer challenges for up to four players, where they can all compete against each other via the wireless connection. Also with the wireless connection you can see how successful you are against other world ranking scores of players globally. For the ultimate gaming experience play a series of games to unlock other games and make the gaming experience even better. What's more all of you favourite characters from Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles, Mario , Luigi, Bowser and Amy to name are few are back to make the gaming experience even more enjoyable. Each of the characters has different sports event that they are better in than others so make sure you chose wisely. You controls the various games in different ways some use the joy pad, whilst others use the stylus for example on the running you brush the stylus backwards and forwards as fast as possible to enable you character to run, the faster you go the faster they go. This game is very addictive and is a game that is hard to put down it has great graphics, the best that I have seen from any of the DS games that I have played to date. The audio is also good, although I do not normally have the sound on as I am normally on the train. The multiplayer game is great and is fun for all, although the only downfall in my opinion is that there could be a bigger selection of games to play in multiplayer mode, you can open more games if each of the DS owners own this game, but I am yet to try this. This game is everything you expect and more compared to the other Mario and sonic games that I have played and I cannot wait to unlock all of the games I am just over half way at the moment. You will never get bored there are so many different sports you will have endless fun. This game was very expensive but you can now find a game that retails around £15 which is a bargain and is worth every penny, even if this game was £40 I would still recommend that you rush out to buy this game.

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            16.01.2009 18:08
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            Mario and Sonic are back to their best!

            Being the Dad of an incredibly mischievious two year old boy, that likes to break things, I have found that handheld consoles are the way to go for me. If I have my Wii or Xbox out whilst he is around, I am just asking for trouble. Despite this, I've played my DS only sporadically throughout the past year as my PSP has been the choice portable system for me. However, this Christmas, when all of my nieces and nephews got together with their DS's, I managed to play Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and it re-ignited my love for the DS all over again. I had chiefly heard about this game via it's superb reviews of the Wii version, but I imagined that the DS version would be pretty exceptional. Mario and Sonic, back in the early 90's were the faces of Nintendo and Sega respectively - the two giants within the video games world at the time. Nearly 20 years later, they are both still synonimous with their brands, and Mario & Sonic brings them together once more in an ultimate battle in Olympic events. *Getting started* When you start the game, you are able to create a profile - meaning that any medals, World/ Olympic records and any unlocked events will be attributed to you. There is capacity for three profiles on the game, meaning relatives can have their own profile too. Once you get past this stage you are able to play Single Player or Versus Play. *Single Player* Single Player is a mode where you can play any of the events on the game - although at first, there will be a number of events you will need to unlock. If you come first, second or third in an event, you will receive either Gold, Silver or Bronze medals, which will be added to your collection, accessible in your Records gallery. Full breakdown of the events Athletics - 100m, 400m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin and Hammer Dream Events - Dream Race, Dream Canoe, Dream Boxing, Dream Long Jump, Dream Table Tennis, Dream fencing Dream shooting and Dream Basketball Aquatics - 100m Freestyle and 10m Platform (diving) Gymnastics - Vault and Trampolining Shooting / Fencing / Cycling / Table Tennis Obviously there are World and Olympic records attached to each event, which happen to be the real World records at the time release, meaning there is something extra to achieve than just the Gold Medal. Within Single Player you can choose 'Circuit' mode. As you win gold medals and obtain world records, you unlock circuits, which can consist of three to six events. You play against three other competitors in a series of events and you win points dependant on what position you finished in, e.g. if you win the Long Jump you will get 10 points, second place will get 8 points etc. At the end of the circuit, the person with the most points wins the circuit, which will unlock either another circuit or a new event. There is also 'Mission' mode, where you select a character and you have to complete five tasks as that character. For instance, if you pick Sonic, one of the tasks would be to run the Dream race in under 2mins 30, or to achieve a triple jump of 15+ metres. It is a very fun and challenging mode. *Versus Play* Versus play is incredibly fun. I started playing Mario v Sonic in this mode and thought it was brilliant. In versus play, you can either play Download - where anyone with a DS can link in, or Wireless play where your opponent would need a DS and Mario v Sonic. The difference between the two modes is that you can only play 6 events on Download, whereas on Wireless play, you can compete with your friend in every single event on the game. You can have up to four players in the modes, I found it a lot of fun playing my niece and nephew on this... but not so fun when they annihilated me. *How to play* Primarily you will be using the stylus and rubbing it against the screen, so buying a screen protector is advisable, although I have not heard of DS's breaking through the motions in this game. Anyway, the top screen will normally feature the event happening, and the bottom screen will show you arrows of the motions you need to be making on the screen with the stylus. Ordinarily you will be making either horizontal or vertical motions , e.g. in the 100m you will be rubbing left to right as fast as possible. There are instructions on how to play each event just before it loads up. *Characters* Once you have chosen your event, you have to choose your character. There are four categories that the sixteen characters are seperated into - Power, All-rounder, Speed and Skill, and there are four in each. Therefore it is, obviously, advantageous to use either Bowser or Vector for the Hammer. The characters are as follows: Team Sonic - Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Blaze, Amy, Vector and Dr Eggman Team Mario - Mario, Luigi, Bowzer, Wario, Waluigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy and Yoshi *Graphics and sound* The graphics are brilliant - visually the game is very attractive and fun of very bright primary colours. I doubt there was an intention to be realistic, and the style is very much cartoon type format. However, I love the graphics and think it adds to the superb gameplay to make this a supremely good game. The music is a mixture of epic, to reflect the Olympics' importance, and fun, with the sound effects being realistic and quirky. Some sound effects are recognisable from their respective games and adds to the brilliant gameplay. *Overall* Mario & Sonic is an incredibly fun game, full of colour, excellent graphics and lot of gameplay. Unlocking all of the events and circuits can take time, meaning there is good longevity within the game. Furthermore, the constant motivation to better your world records will keep you coming back for more. The superb thing about the DS is that you can close it and it will be on standby, so that when you open it, you will be in the same place as your were when you left it. This means you can just keep coming back to it and have five minutes of fun every now and again. I have found Mario & Sonic ridiculously addictive, which will give you a fun gaming experience, and an excellent competitive experience when you play with friends of relatives. Sad as it sounds, but over Christmas I took my DS with me everytime I knew my nephew was coming round, and I actually bought the game because I got so involved in it. I cannot recommend this game enough and you can buy this from GAME for the fantastic price of £19.98.

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              04.01.2009 10:49
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              a great game

              Having been slightly addicted to my daughter's Nintendo DS over Christmas, another game I was playing on it was Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. We have this game on the Wii and it's one of my favourites so I was quite excited to play it on the DS. My daughter had told me it was brilliant, so console in hand (again) the poor girl lost her prize possession after 9pm each night before Christmas. ** What is the idea of the game? ** Mario and Sonic at the Olympics is based on all the characters intermingling between Mario and Sonic characters we all know and love, taking part in various Olympic sports. There are the traditional games such as athletics, swimming, field events, trampolining, archery, badminton and others that make up the game. All the 16 different events in this game you would see at the Olympics. The principle of the game is to compete in events either on your own or during multiplayer against other friends via wi fii, to gain new Olympic records and collect medals if you rank in the top three positions in the races. ** Single Player ** In single player mode, you are able to choose one of the familiar characters to play with. Each different character has different abilities. I.E some will have faster speed, whilst others have better stamina for longer races etc. Once your character is chosen, you can then choose your race. These are sectioned off into field, track, etc. Before each race the controls are explained to you and I would recommend reading them if it's your first time playing as they will be slightly different from other games you have played. Playing the race in single mode, you are competing against the computer characters in the chosen race. It may be five or six characters for the running races or it may be one for badminton. The aim in these events is obviously to win, but I warn you the computer has quite a high standard and getting practice in to rank anywhere in the top three can be quite a task in itself. There is the option of a replay mode when you have finished the race but this is rarely worth watching unless you came first. After the race there is the obligatory medal presentation and then you have the option to play again, or choose another character or event. I like the single mode as it gives you a chance to play with each different character to win all the events. Until you had got gold medals with each character in each race the game will never be complete. That would be a challenge and a half if you decided to go for that, but what a way to spend some free time. ** Circuit Mode ** In circuit mode, there are different courses that each has four or five different events. The idea is to place first overall after all the events have been completed to win the circuit. Once you have gained a medal in each circuit in the beginner's class, the game will unlock a new set of circuits for you to complete. This mode can be both easy and difficult depending on what events you find you're good at. ** Mission Mode ** This is one of my favourite modes in the game. Each character has their own set of missions. At the beginning of the game, not all the missions will be available to you, and you will have to complete certain tasks to be able to unlock them, such as get a certain number of gold medals etc. Each mission is different, and it may not be as simple as winning a race. There is a hammer throw mission where you have to get between certain distances. This one takes a bit of skill and practice before it will be completed. There are missions where you have to come second in a race, this also takes a bit of practice. I like missions because on the events that I'm not so good at, it still means I can play the events and stand a chance of completing the mission. You can swap between the modes during play, and the console will auto save after each race so all your data is saved which is a good point to the game, as no important gold medals will be lost. ** Tracking your progress ** There is a section in the main menu to track your progress in the form of a gallery. Here you can check all the characters and see what medals they have. I like this section as I can then set myself a goal of completing a certain race as I know I haven't managed a medal in that one. You can also use the gallery to upload your personal scored via wi fii and check them out against other players over the world that has done the same. Here is where you think you've achieved a great time in a race, beating the console's Olympic record score, only to find in actual fact you haven't done that well against the rest of the world at all. ** Controls ** I have been used to playing this game with a wii remote, so when it came to using a small stylus instead I had a bit of a shock to the system. The majority of the games are played with the stylus, and you will have to tap the screen and use the stylus to either rub backwards and forwards in a very fast motion during running events, or possibly in a circle in the swimming and some field events. All controls are explained to you and sometimes you need to use the stylus as well as the left and right buttons. I found this quite difficult as it's fiddlier the smaller the console obviously compared to the wii mote. Competing in a short running race, I found the controls really hurt my wrist after repeated playing so it is advisable for me to take a break between games like this and play a different event. This is definitely an area that weakens the game compared to the wii version, but with the console being pocket sized there really was no other option for speed games. ** Price ** You can pick this game up from Amazon for £17.99. I think its well worth this money as the game play has the option of lasting months and months if you wanted to complete each and every race, which I do, so I can see me playing this for a long time to come yet. ** Overall ** I think Sega have done a great job in designing this game for the DS. The goo points in play far outweigh the niggles of the controls. The graphics are standard for DS quality. There is nothing special, but it's perfectly adequate. I would say the game is suited to children over about seven or eight to be able to master all the controls, but the box approves it for a three year old and over, but they wouldn't get very far with the game. The fact that I can pick this up and play for literally five minutes whilst I try to complete a mission or a race is great for players with a short attention span.

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                The best sports game on the DS

                The 2008 Olympic games sparked off a whole host of sports related games for not just the Nintendo DS but most other platforms as well. The DS and its touch screen capabilities is ideally suited to these sports games, which in my opinion, is why they are so great on this handheld. Some of these sports games are really good with great graphics, good game play and are good fun (such as International Track and Field) and others are really poor (such as the The Woodley Summer Sports - although I think that this is aimed at younger gamers). It's strange that Nintendo and Sega used to be in competition during the good old days of the NES/SNES and the Master system/Mega Drive. They were at war with their signature characters. It was Mario v Sonic to the death. Now these two companies have come together to release the best sports game for the Nintendo DS with "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games". This is by far the best of the recent influx in sports games and if you are to buy any game of this genre this, in my opinion, is the one to go for. ****Game modes**** In single player mode you have the choice of a single match, which as its name suggests is where you select an event at random, select the character you wish to use for that event and then challenge the computer generated player; or A circuit, which is where you select the circuit type such as, select your character to complete the circuit and then challenge the computer generated players at each event within that circuit; or A mission, this is where you are given a specific thing to achieve. An example of this is where you have to perform a successful long jump 3 times for a total distance of over 20m. If you 'foul' then you fail the mission. If the total distance does not exceed 20 m then you fail the mission. With the circuits you must complete the beginners class in order to unlock subsequent classes, which get more and more difficult as the game goes on. In each class there are a number of circuits such as the Jupiter circuit and the Venus circuit. In order to progress through the game these circuits must be not only completed but you must also complete them in a medal position. It should be noted that at the start there are only two missions available, being the long jump mission and the shooting mission. As you progress through the game and win medals more and more missions are un-locked. Multi player mode lets you play up to six events against up to three people. So if you, and your three friends all have a game cartridge then you can compete against each other in all 24 events. ****Graphics**** The graphics are fantastic. They are bright, colourful and well defined ****Playability**** In the events where the stylus is used this game fully exploits the capabilities of the touch screen and the co-ordination and timing of each action can take a little practice, but it all adds to the fun of the game. Once mastered the motions are really fluent and work very, very well. I have never had an issue with the touch screen not recognising what I am doing, although I have heard this issue from other users. Not all of the events require the stylus to be used and revert back to the directional pad and buttons. Whilst this may seem a shame once you play these events it is easy to see why the touch screen/stylus combination would not work. Events that do not use the stylus include cycling and table tennis. The first time you play the event there is a demonstration to show what movements are required and when they are required. Subsequent tries on the same event will give the user the chance to view the demonstration again, or just proceed with the event. This is a great feature since once you know how to complete the event you don't want to see a demonstration every single time. It just gets mundane and boring. ****Characters**** With a choice of 16 characters from across the Marion/Luigi and Sonic the Hedgehog genre games and sagas there is a great choice of character from Mario to Bowser to Sonic to Dr Eggman. The characters are categorised in to power types, speed types, skill types and all-rounders. Each character has its strengths and weaknesses and in order to progress through the game it is important that you chose the character with the best attribute for that type of event. This is easy in the single events as you can choose a different character for each event. This is more of a challenge in the circuits whereby you choose one character to complete the whole circuit and whilst you character may be strong in a speed event, it may not be strong in a skill event that makes it a little bit more difficult to win. ****Events and difficulty**** There are a total of 24 events including athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, archery, table tennis, fencing, shooting and cycling. Included within some of the events there are sub-events such as 100m, 400m, long jump, javelin, hammer and other events which are unlocked as you progress through the game. All the events are a challenge, but some events are lot more difficult than others to master and I assume that these will vary from person to person. I find the long jump quite difficult since you have to clap at the start in order to stoke up the crowd and get them behind you (this involves putting the DS down to clap in to the microphone), then quickly pick up the DS and start rubbing the screen to get sprinting, before striking the screen from left to right at the correct angle to make the character jump. Another difficult event is the archery, although it is one of my favourites, whereby the event involves taking the wind speed and direction in to consideration. Progression through the game is a challenge because you only get one character for each circuit and for every event there will be a computer controlled character with the ideal attribute which you have to beat and whilst your character may be fast it may not be strong and will be put up against a strong character in a throwing event. This can be frustrating, but what's the point in having an easy game? It defeats the whole point of the exercise. ****Sound**** I have finally found a Nintendo DS game with decent sound, and this is not just good, but great sound. There is no repetitive cheesy music to listen too and the sound effects are great. I can finally leave the volume on my DS up and enjoy the full audio and visual package which I haven't with other games. The sound effects include the commentator, the start gun, the crowd and the individual cheer of each character as its name is announced at the start of the event. The sound effects are crisp, clear and easily heard and understood. ****Conclusion**** This is a good fun game with great graphics, great sound, great graphics but is still a challenge and I think that it will be enjoyed by all. In the long term I think that there is a risk this game will get repetitive, but it should result in a few hours of entertainment along the way. The multiplayer functionality is superb and should extend the life of the game even further. Whilst the above point may be negative this should not pose any real problems since it is now possible to rent games or part exchange ones that you have already purchased. If you're a DS owner who likes sports games then this is definitely for you. If you are a DS owner then I would also recommend this game to you. Give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised.

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                  02.11.2008 07:44

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                  A great game to play but gets repetitive quickly.

                  I brought this game after loving the Mario and Sonic games. This game was more of the same, it is great. Everyone can play it and have fun. However, I can't play it for more than an hour at a time before I get bored. The game includes many different characters from the other Nintendo games and has plenty of events to choose from. Some include the 100m, Long Jump and High Jump. The graphics are good and some of the best I have seen on the DS. I love the soundtrack and the game has no framerate issues so runs very smooth. The controls are very simple and everyone should be able to play and have fun. Sometimes you will use the buttons but most events use the stylus, such as moving it across the screen or tapping it. However, sometimes the game doesn't register so you would lose the event. Some of the events can be played with some friends who don't have the game making it great for families. However, the game does get repetitive, such as the same motions for 400m and 100m. There is not much variety but the game is still very fun and a great game to take with you. The game is great but gets boring if not played in short bursts. The game is availble on the cheap now making it a fantastic purchase for every DS owner.

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                  04.09.2008 21:25
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                  Not enough lasting fun, milking the Olympics, Mario and Sonic

                  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is good fun, but like many games in its genre it gets boring very quickly. It starts to feel repetitive and boring and especially so if you're not playing with a friend. There are plenty of characters to choose to play as, which you then use as during the game. The controls feel quite interactive and the sound is OK. You can play single player events such as 100m, long jump, basketball and so on. The game utilizes the touch screen and sometimes buttons. You make repetitive motions, for example in the long jump, you rub your stylus left and right until you get to the mark, and then you tap when the angle indicator reaches one of satisfaction. 6 of these games are playable over DS Download Play with friends who don't have the game. The graphics are decent, but it becomes boring quite quickly. The lack of meaningful action or difference in gameplay (the 400m is basically a longer version of the 100m). I think they've just made it too simple. Overall, this is a case of milking the Olympics and Sega and Nintendo's biggest characters in it and not enough unique fun. It is fun for short amounts of time, but ends up pretty repetitive, and the gameplay is rather boring and repetitive.

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                  30.08.2008 21:11
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                  Worth a look, but don't expect a gaming revolution

                  Inspired by the Olympics (the real-life ones) I added this to my ever expanding DS collection. Fortunately the game only includes the Olympic events gamers will have patience and interest in. Thus, there's no danger of having to run the marathon as Dr. Robotnic. The game does feature a variety of events however, each of which fit a particular skill set such as speed or accuracy. Thus, there are weightings between the various characters you get to play as. Sonic is therefore given the advantage of speed and should be a first choice for the 100 metres. It feels as though there are loads of events, varying from the running, hurdles and other typical track events to swimming and shooting. You unlock these as you progress and there is an addictive quality to this. The events are in small groups which balance out the different skill sets. The limitations of the game are in the manner of input. You remember Daley Thompson's games on the old spectrum? On that you would batter two buttons alternately as fast as you can to go faster. Unfortunately the DS hasn't got beyond this and just translated for the touchscreen. So, to run, you move the stylus left and right as fast as you can to run fast. Most of the games in someway use this style of input. Therefore the gameplay is somewhat limited. Having said that, I keep finding myself going back for more. As I said, it is addictive and can be pretty fun in multiplayer mode. It will definitely keep the kids entertained for a while!

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                  16 Olympic events: Stages are modeled after real-life Olympic venues with actual Olympic events including track and field, archery, skeet shooting, as well as Olympic events exclusive to the DS, such as Cycling pursuit and 10m platform.