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Genre: Sports / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2009-10-16 / Published by Sega

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      05.12.2011 09:49
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      Time for some winter sports fun

      Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. Nintendo Wii


      ** Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games **
      I received Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games for Christmas in 2009. Throughout my gaming life I have always enjoyed games based around the Olympics and being a big fan of winter sports in general made this a great gift to receive and also a nice surprise as I had somehow missed out on hearing about this one being released.

      Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, contained inside the box is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow.


      When you first play Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games you will need to create a new profile, this is simple as you only have to enter your name and select your country. After creating your profile you will be given the options of Single Player, Party Games, Olympic Games, Multiplayer, Shopping and Options.

      There are 15 events in total, they include 6 skiing events split into subsections of freestyle, alpine and ski jumping, 2 snowboarding events, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, figure skating and various lengths of speed skating events. There are also numerous Dream events to take part in, although personally I don't like these at all. They are very unrealistic compared to the proper events and I find them quite difficult to control. Before each event you are given the options to view the rules and look at the controls for the event as they do vary a lot from one event to another. There is also a practice option for you to have a practice before you take part in the event for points.

      You can choose to play the game as either a character from the Mario and Sonic games or your Wii mii character. There are lots of Sega and Nintendo characters to choose between including Yoshi, Sonic, Amy and of course Mario.

      Choosing single player is a good opportunity to practice all of the events at your own leisure and also a good chance to build up some bonus points for your shopping card. The shopping card is displayed after each game and is an accumulation of points you have earned from taking part in the events. Shopping points can be spent in the shopping area of the main menu and can be used to purchase items such as new outfits for your mii if you are choosing to play as your mii character, music tracks from various Mario and Sonic releases and also books from the library which give you an insight into the history behind the real Olympic games and some interesting facts about them too.

      If you choose to play the Olympic Games I would first of all make sure you have a lot of time to play or be prepared to save your game and return to it at a later date as it does take a while to play. The Olympic Games mode is set over a certain amount of virtual days. On each day you must take part in a combination of either events or training for events. Most days have 2 parts to them, either 2 events or an event and a training session, but some days will have a bonus event to take part in against a rival, these events are usually a bit tougher and can take a few attempts to clear. There are a couple of days during the games that are days off with no events or training to do, I simply skip past these as I'm not really sure what the point in them is. So far I have never actually completed the Olympic Games mode, I have got as far as day 7 and as yet I haven't gone back to complete it. I would estimate it has taken me around 2 hours of game playing to get this far. I like the fact that it takes a while though as this stops the game from being completed in no time and then becoming repetitive.

      The game features an auto-save mode after each event or day at the Olympics, so you don't have to remember to save the game yourself.

      Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games is also compatible with the Wii Balance Board. I have a balance board and the first Christmas that I had this game I remember the whole family sitting round taking it in turns to sit on the balance board to control the bobsleigh and try to beat each others score. The balance board is also great for the ski and snowboard events and being a snowboarder I was quite surprised to find how accurate the board is with respect to the way you stand and lean to control the snowboard down the slope.

      There is a multiplayer mode in the game, my friends and I have had many evenings of entertainment laughing at each other and getting very competitive over the events. I think our favourite event to play in multiplayer is the bobsleigh as it is quite comical to see 2 people sat on the floor holding a Wii remote and swaying from side to side trying to stay in the centre of the track.



      ** Controls **
      The controls of the game are in general pretty easy. Each event has the option to view the controls required before the event starts as well as the option to have a practice too. There are some events that are more complicated than others to get to grips with the controls, such as the Speed Skating, I always have issues with this as I still don't get when I should be shaking the wii remote faster and when I should be gently swinging it from side to side. My brother enjoys playing the Figure Skating event and will often dance around the room with the wii remote in his hand doing the dance as well as the required actions for the skating. My brother, by the way, is 8 years old and he can do most of the events including Speed Skating, a lot better than I can so this shows how easy most of the controls are.


      ** Graphics and Sound **
      The graphics in the game are great! The whole game runs really smoothly and the events are bright and the characters in the game are very well animated. The sound is also great, the music in the menus is quite gentle and doesn't drive me insane when it plays over and over as the menu has been left on by a certain brother of mine! The sound effects during the game are realistic and the games characters each have their own little catch phrases which vary from the cute Yoshi to the funny reactions of Waluigi.


      ** Price and Availability **
      Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games is currently available from Play.com for £19.99 with free delivery.


      ** My Experience and Opinion **
      I really enjoy playing Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. I tend to play mainly in single player mode as I like to pick and choose my events and just play at my leisure. The game and most of the events included in it are really good and they keep me busy for hours on end so overall I would recommend this game for both adults and children alike.

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        22.11.2011 19:19
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        On your marks get set... PLAY!

        The Past
        As I have mentioned in past reviews, I grew up playing games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), most of my favourite games when I was younger included my favourite plumbers Mario and Luigi and their dinosaur friend Yoshi, and of course Princess Peach, who always seems to be running into bad luck and getting captured by the villain in this game King Bowser. I spent hours trying to rescue the Princess in games such as Super Mario Bros 1, 2 and 3, Super Mario World 1 and 2, The Lost Levels and of course Mario 64 when Mario became for 'advanced' on the Nintendo 64 console. The Mario Franchise has brought gamers worldwide countless hours of entertainment, and their games were one of my favourite past times when I was a child.

        However I can also introduce Mario's rival when we were growing up and choosing games to play, Sonic (a Sega creation). Sonic games were based around defeating the evil Scientist Doctor Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnic) to stop him from stealing all the chaos emeralds and taking over the world, as part of his master plan he turns animals into robots that get in Sonics way of saving humanity. I played a number of Sonic game that were released on a number of different consoles including Sonic, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles on the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic adventure on the Dreamcast. The Sonic Franchise (by Sega) was popular within gamers also when I was a child and a well matched rival for the Mario Franchise (by Nintendo).

        The Present
        After Sega stopped creating consoles, Sonic became a multiplatform game, I am not sure on all the legal 'mumbo jumbo' but basically this means that Sonic can appear on a number of consoles such as Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii or DS. This is how Sonic came to appear on a Nintendo Wii game. In this game Team Mario competes with Team Sonic in the Olympics to find out who is the victor and to settle the decade old question, who is the best 'game character' ever.
        This Winter Games is the second Mario and Sonic Olympic game that was released, it was made available in October 2009 and was created due to the success of the first Olympic game released.

        Playable Characters
        There are twenty different characters that you can choose to play with on this game, ten on Team Mario and eight on Team Sonic. Each character has different levels of Speed, Power, Skill and Stamina, this makes playing with each character a little different and gives the game a more interesting twist.
        Characters that are available to play on this game include:
        On Mario's team you can play as, Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, Bowser Jr, Donkey Kong Peach, Daisy and Yoshi.
        On Sonic's team you can play as Sonic, Shadow, Knuckles, Tails, Metal Sonic, Silver the Hefgehog Vector, Doctor Eggman, Amy and Blaze.

        Events
        There are a great range different winter sporting events that can be taken part in on this game, they are varied and an a few examples include Snowball Fights, Figure Ice Skating, Skiing, Ice Hockey, Bobsleigh and Snow Boarding.
        I think that there is a good number of events to play in this game, me and my fiancé really enjoy the Snow Boarding game, and I really like playing the Ice Skating event when I am playing one player.

        Game Play
        When you are not playing against family and friends in this game in a range of events, this game is very similarly laid out to the older Mario and Sonic Olympic Game. You can play either Winter games, Party games or view and set records within this game.
        Within the Winter Games you can play either single matches where you and up to 4 players can compete against each other and the computer at any event you like. You can also play a festival which is a when a number of events are played in sequence with the goal being to become overall champion of the game and win trophies. You can also train up in one player mode to practice each game so then you can set records and become better at the sports and a balance board part where you can play one player using the balance board as a controller, though this only works in some sports. The games within this section are very competitive as everyone wants to be the winner and get the best scores, in my family we are always trying to beat each others records, especially on the skiing event. The snow ball event is also great fun when you are playing multiplayer.
        You can also play party games which are my favourite on this game, there are 3 different party games called Balloon Attack, Wheel Challenge and Panel Flip. These games are more lighthearted than the other events on this game but are still quite challenging, you can play these either single player against the computer or on multiplayer mode against your friends up to 4 players.

        Multiplayer
        This game is fantastic for multiplayer, you can play with 1-4 players at a time, every player can play against each other to come first in events. You will need up to 4 Wii Remotes and 4 Wii Nunchucks to get the full play out of this game. You can play single matches against each other or longer circuits (these are described in the game play section of my review.

        Graphics/Sounds
        The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo Wii, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, they could be described as quite child-like compared to games available on the Xbox or Playstation, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at.

        The music on this game is motivating and gets you pumped up to participate in the races. It is upbeat and has a fast tempo and is not out of place compared to what you would normally find in a Nintendo game.

        User Interface
        The user interface on this game is really easy to understand and it is not difficult to navigate through the game to your desired event or mode to play. Even those who are 'inexperienced' with technology should find no problems using and playing the game.

        Cost and Availability
        You should be able to pick up this game in any Game, HMV or Gamestop locally, or if you can also purchase it on the internet. I bought this game for £30 in Game as this was the best deal at the time, however I bought this about 6 months ago so I think that it hopefully may have decreased a bit in price. I got a lot of play time out of this game and think it was a great buy.

        Final thought
        This is a great competitive game that is guaranteed to get everyone up and moving, in my family we love getting competing for high scores or to come first in different events. This game has great multiplayer functions this makes it all the better to play at a party for a bit of good natured fun. I would definitely recommend this game as a family activity as is a fun way for kids and adults alike to get a little bit of extra exercise. If you liked the original Mario and Sonic Olympic games you will definitely enjoy this game, there is a great range of new events and the party games are really enjoyable.

        *also posted on ciao under lorrainek90*

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          21.11.2010 13:16
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          I highly recommended this as a dtocking filler.

          The Mario and Sonic winter Olympic Games follows on from the 2008 summer game version but as always we seem to be backwards as we bought this game first, buying the summer version after all the enjoyment we got out of this one. . I bought it for Christmas last year and what a fantastic time it gave us. We had a house full last year with a large range of ages and every one of us had so much fun with this game. We even managed to get mum up and giving it a go which is a miracle!

          The game has a large range of games to play and you will find something everyone will enjoy. There is to cut the list short skiing, speed skating, figure skating, bobsleigh, ice hockey, curling and more. My favourite has to be the figure skating and over Christmas it did become a little addictive. The other half was a huge fan of the ice hockey which happened to be my least favourite. There is something for everyone no matter what the age.

          The graphics are as you would expect for a Mario and Sonic game, cartoony. But never the less still brilliant. So any big gamer might not be that impressed but it worked for me. It looked clear and fun just what I like.

          As well as the traditional games there are dream games. I found these a little more difficult but to be a lot of fun and more challenging. You take a traditional sport and it is given a Sonic, Mario twist. There are hoops to jump through and rings to collect; it just has a crazy looking twist on it. I found the dream games were a bigger hit with the younger ones and the older adults were not a fan.

          If you have a balance board it can be used on many of the games and adds some more fun to them. With the bobsleighing you sit on the board and move side to side moving your weight to move the bobsleigh in the right direction. But you don't need a balance board to have fun with this game it is just as good without. We used my sisters on Christmas day and had a right laugh but once she had gone with it we didn't find it less fun.

          There is a festival mode for the game and I think this gives you some structure once you get a little tired of playing your favourite sports. In the festival mode you play through a whole Olympics you can play on your own or as a team. The festival mode chooses the games for you so you can't miss out on those your not to good at. You do get a range of training events and actual medal events. As you go through the festival you collect points and you can use them to buy from the mii shop all sorts of wonderful winter things like clothing and music.

          There are a wide range of characters to choose to be in this game like Yoshi, Sonic, Shadow, Mario, Luigi, Silver, Donkey Kong and many many more. The characters are categorised into four different strengths, speed, power, all-around or skill. So it could be seen as a tactical choice when you choose the character you want to do the sport.

          I think this game gives you great use of the wii remote. The use of the remote if fairly easy and it does explain how to do the particular sport at the beginning of each event. I have to say this can be a little tedious after a while. For the bobsleigh you need to hold the remote to your chest and lean side to side. For figure skating you move the remote round, up and down and in loops to make the dance moves.

          This game gives you chance to compete alone or on multi player. The multi player games are done with a split screen (which is fine if there are only two of you competing) or one at a time which can make games a little long but never the less still fun.

          It is fairly easy to play but I will warn you it does become a little addictive. I find it is better if more of you play but your competitive side will come out. Last Christmas it was on all day and since then we have played it lots of times especially when we have people round.

          You will find the winter game involves more balance and steering with some speed. The curling involves strategy where as it is all about balance and remote control in the figure skating.

          Is this game worth buying? I would say a big yes from me. At Christmas the family didn't stop laughing all day. We all enjoyed it. It is worth the full £40 as you all would get lots of fun out of it. But even better it is currently reduced at Amazon to £17.97 so I would grab a bargain while you can.

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            All in all, it's a pretty good game for playing with others

            I got this game for my birthday last month and have played it quite a few times in both single player and multi-player mode since then. I'll admit that I don't play it as often as some of my other Wii games as I've taken a liking to the more energetic games (My Fitness Coach and Just Dance) in my bid to get some exercise into my routine and have some fun at the same time. When I can't be bothered with all of that, I usually turn to this game as my collection isn't particularly extensive yet!

            ***THE GAMES***
            As per the game's title, the games available are all of the kind that you'd find at the Winter Olympics: alpine skiing, ski jumping, curling, figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding and so on. They might sound quite complicated and energetic but in reality, you can easily play them by moving the Wii remote around and in some cases, we even stay seated on the sofa for some of the games as things like curling, figure skating and snowboarding are largely based on twisting and turning the remote (snowboarding, figure skating) or swinging the Wii remote back for a throwing action (curling). For most of the other games, you'll usually have to stand up but it's certainly not the most energetic game I've played and generally doesn't involve full body movements (unless I'm doing something dramatically wrong, which is very possible given my standings in the games!).

            Generally speaking, the games are not particularly difficult. I can't get my head around curling on a single-player format as the computer always seem to win but it's better on a mult-player format. Activities like figure skating were fun to begin with but once you've mastered what remote actions are needed at what point in the routine, it becomes quite tedious, even on a multi-player basis. I prefer the other games, especially when playing against other people as they are less predictable and more challenging.

            As you continue to play the games, you'll be able to unlock new 'Dream' events. I've not played many of them yet but some of them seem to resemble Nintendo DS-style games and one put me strongly in mind of the Mario Kart Wii game but on ice obviously. In some cases, the 'Dream' events can be more fun than the standard events and I personally find them a bit more challenging too so they can be good for mixing things up if you start to get bored.

            ***SINGLE PLAYER MODE***
            Up until a few weeks ago, we only had the Wii remote that came with the console so I was exclusively playing the single-player mode. As I've hinted at in the previous couple of paragraphs, this can be quite frustrating once you've mastered the ins and outs of the games as for most of them, you're playing against other characters who are controlled by the computer and for most of the games, I was being soundly beaten. The figure skating was the only game that I can remember coming out on top in in single-player mode. For the likes of alpine skiing, ski jumping, speed skating and curling, I was never really in the game and curling was especially annoying as whenever I got one of my stones in a decent position, the computer's team would simply knock it out of contention. This happened to my dad and one of my friends too, so it seems to be a recurring frustration for that particular game.

            ***MULTI-PLAYER MODE***
            Once I got my hands on the second Wii remote, we started to play all of the games in multi-player mode. So far, we've played figure skating, alpine skiiing and curling on a head-to-head basis and this is much better than in single-player mode. The alpine skiing and curling games were purely head-to-head, so whoever won had the bragging rights outright, while the figure skating also seemed to include computer-based characters but as we can still have an internal competition for our two characters, this isn't as frustrating as in single-player mode.

            ***OVERALL VERDICT***
            All in all, I really like playing this game as an alternative to my more energetic games but only if I can find someone else to play against as I find the single-player format a bit frustrating and biased towards the computer for most games. One of my negatives is the quite long and loud pause between choosing a game to play and it actually loading. In the interim period, you have loud crowd cheering which is supposed to reflect the crowds for the Vancouver Winter Olympics that are happening as I write this review, and this goes on for what seems like forever but is probably around thirty seconds. As far as I can tell, there is no way to bypass this as I've tried pressing various buttons on the remote but nothing seems to skip past it.

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            A really fun, energetic game with good graphics and lots of variety.

            My six year old son and my five year old daughter love the new Mario & Sonic Olympic Winter Games. Already fans of the normal Olympic Games they were very keen to try this out. You can play individual winter sport games like Ski Jumping, Ski Cross, Speed Skating, Ice Skating etc. or you can take part in a Festival whereby you play all events from Opening to Closing Ceremonies to try to become the overall champion.

            There are also dream events which I find harder to see what is going on it but my children prefer and excel at!! Only dream ski cross and dream snowboard cross are available when you start playing. The other dream events have to be unlocked as you play the normal events.

            All events can be played with just a Wii remote although some events recommend nunchuck use if available.

            What I particularly like is that up to four people can play as part of the same team against other computer generated teams as well as playing against eachother. It teaches my children to work together to achieve something and stops the arguments about who beats who all the time so this element is a godsend as well as educating them about the importance of teamwork!

            In addition to all the events you can go shopping in a village and purchase items. There is a music shop, a sports shop, a boutique and a library. There are also 3 party games to participate in which adds even more variety into the game.

            I find it difficult to get my two kids off of this game and when they are in bed my husband and I are sometimes partial to having a go on it! I took this to my mum and dad's for Christmas and we all had a great laugh competing in events against eachother so it's definitely not just for kids.

            The grahics and sound quality are pretty good and it is relatively easy to control the characters with the Wii remote and Nunchuck.

            My favourite event is the ice-skating as you can choose some lovely classical music to skate to and this is a nice way to introduce your children to some different music other than nursery rhymes or pop tunes!

            I would highly recommend this game for good all round family fun. I think we paid around £30-35 when this first came out but this can be found cheaper now in stores and/or on-line.

            Thanks for reading. x

            also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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            Wii Winter Olympics

            Being a big fan of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games I knew that in our house we would love the new Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. /the video game has been brought out to coincide with the 2010 Winter Olympic games beginning in two weeks in Vancouver. In fact the game also includes the Olympic Symbol of Vancouver 2010.

            The game then, In Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games allows players compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. What I really like about this game is that this is really fun to play with two people or on your own. What's great is that you can either choose to play as your Mii character, great for people who have always wanted to be an Olympian without doing any of the training or you can pick one of the Nintendo characters such as Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong or Dr Eggman to give but a few examples. Each character has different abilities based on speed type, power type, skill type and all around type. For example some characters will be good at some events and not so good at others so you really need to pick your character wisely especially if you are playing against someone else.

            As you would imagine the games are based around snow and ice events such as ice skating, skiing and snowboarding. In fact there are over 25 different games for you to play.

            I will not list all of the events but a few so you get an idea of the game and some of my favourite events.

            Snowboarding - This is played using the Wii balance board and you stand on it as you would an actual snowboard. I find this game very realistic as the moves you make on the board are the same ones you would use if you were actually out on real snow so this makes the game really fun in my opinion. You can either snowboard down a half pipe or on a course.

            Ski Jumping - This is similar to the ski jumping on other Wii games that I have played. Again you use the Wii balance board and stand on it, gaining speed with your character until you jump at the end of the ramp and see how far you get whilst keeping your balance.

            There are a number of different skiing games such as alpine skiing, Downhill, giant slalom, and freestyle skiing.

            Bobsleigh is another one of my favourite games. FOr this one you actually sit on the Wii balance board and direct your bobsleigh down the course, moving your body from side to side to make sure the bobsleigh does not crash into the side of the course. This one if great fun and really works your bum muscles!!

            Figure Skating is also good. This is similar to the trampoline game in the regular Olympics Game in the you move your Wii remote at different points during your demonstration to make your Wii character spin, jump and do fancy skating moves. I find this particular game very addictive and quite a fun challenge.

            My only criticism of the game would be that it takes quite a long time between each game for the results to load and then to go to the next player which can get a bit tedious but it's worth it as the games are so fun.

            The graphics are not great, they are typical Wii graphics but you are not playing this game for the graphics, you are playing for the entertainment.

            In my opinion a really fun game and one to get you in the mood for the upcoming Winter Olympics!

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              A simple, fun game that anyone can have a go on

              This is a good fun game, with a range of genuine Winter Olympics events plus lots of "Dream" events which are based on real winter sports but with a Nintendo-esque fantasy twist (skating through Dr Eggman's lair for example).

              The production values are extremely high, with very polished graphics and sound.

              There's lots of characters to choose from - Sonic, Mario plus most of the main characters from both the Sonic and Mario universes. You can also use your Mii, and there's lots of unlockable outfits and accessories to equip them with.

              The sports themselves are all well realised and good fun to play - for the most part the motion-based controls work well, although some of the games degenerate into controller shaking exercises.

              The way you earn credits as you play through the game, which you can use to purchase new accessories (decals for your skis, new outfits for your Miis etc), is good and helps keep you coming back for more.

              The multi-player party modes are good fun with a few friends, although the success in the sports sections doesn't seem to have much significance - they just give you a slight initial advantage in the party sections.

              Lack of online play is a bit of a disappointment, but overall this is a highly polished game and well worth playing through.

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              You get bored easily of this game

              Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games is a good choice to buy because of the number of mini games you can find in the game. Mini games include swimming,athletics,tennis and much more. There are a lot of characters put in the game so you have a wide selection.

              Talking about the graphics in the game I think they have done the very well in this game. The graphics have been made very well in this game. Playing the game I liked it a lot mostly the swimming challenge as that was much more fun than the other games. Some of the games like shooting are very poor to play and I would not bother even playing that at all.

              The tennis game is not anything like the one on Wii Sports at all though.The tennis game is much slower and you need to hit it more on time and be accurate. I think this table tennis game could have been much better if they had made the game play a little better.

              There are a lot of fun games to play in this one but it does not really entertain much like Wii Sports does. This is a good game to buy but it does not last too long until you will get tired of it.

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              08.01.2010 14:24

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              Brilliant game!

              We bought our Wii just before Christmas and were dubious about how much we would use it. My husband got this game for Christmas and I figured it would be fairly humdrum and boring, but I couldn't have been more wrong! Both of us have really enjoyed playing this and our 3 year old absolutely LOVES it! He's discovered a character on there called Yoshi and loves doing the snowboard cross and skeleton bobsleigh!!! It really is fun for all the family and the variety of sports on there is great, from the usual downhill skiing through to ski jumping and figure skating. It's made more interesting because each character you pick has special skills, for some it's speed or power, for others it's skill so you have to be aware of which character you play each game with because some are suited better for certain sports. It's been one of our favourite games for the last few weeks and we're definitely more excited about the prospect of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver after playing this. I'm a huge fan of the curling and have become quite and expert even if I do say so myself! Great fun - the hours just fly past when we're playing this...

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              05.01.2010 00:21
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              A great game for all ages.

              I bought this game from Gamestation for my girlfriend as it caught my eye in the shop and we both enjoy playing on the Wii. I wasn't expecting much because of experience from previous games of the similar nature that I have played. However, I have to say that we were both surprised at how good the game was. I also checked, before buying, how many players are able to play at once as I see the Wii as more of a group console, it is more fun playing it with a group of friends; so being 4 player, this was perfect. If you do play with multiple players, you are able to choose wether to play against or with each other as a team, both are fun.

              The first game we played was the figure skating. My girlfriend seemed to like this one. You are able to select the music that you skate to and the aim is to move the Wiimote at the exact time to perform the correct moves, quite simple.

              I, myself, enjoyed the hockey the most. Your split into teams, if there is two of you playing then it is 1v1 if there is 4 then it is 2v2. You are able to charge up your power by passing the puck and the obvious aim is to score in the opponents goal, however, watchout! because if they tackle you then they will steal your "puck power".

              There are many more games like this including, skiing, bobsledding, speed skating and many more, there is also an arcade option where one of the games involves you gaining points in the winter events, the more points you gain, the more balls you get, these balls are then used to throw at balloons; this is particularly fun if there are four of you playing.

              Overall, this game surprised me in how good it was, there are a variety of events to choose from and the 4 player mode means that you can compete in a group. I would definitely recommend this game for any age especially if its being played in a group; it may however get repetitive after a while.

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              01.01.2010 19:18
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              may take time to get into it

              My daughter had this game for Christmas this year and couldn't wait to play it. So after lunch on Christmas day, we settled down to have a game.
              We tried the swimming first, which was quite good but was a bit confusing at first trying to work out how to do the various strokes....we were so intent on winning that we wre not looking at the instructions on screen ha ha....(and this is a 34 year od against a seven year old!!!)

              Next we tried the trampolining and the long jump but after just ten minutes my arms were aching....no I am not the fittest!!!!

              DD carried on playing for a while and has been on it a few times since.

              I think it is a good game but as there are a lot of different activities then, for me, the insructions need to be read thouroughly to learn the different controls, especially when the numchuck is being used.

              All in all a good game that all the family can get involved in....but I do prefer sport games where the balance board is used as I feel more involved in the sport.

              Maybe after a few practice plays I may rate it higher???

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              Buy it if you are a first time mario and Sonic Olympicer

              Well, Mario and Sonic meet again on the Nintendo Wii, this time at the 2010 Winter Vancouver Olympic games.

              I bought my copy from Blockbuster for £27.99 pre-ordered back in November, but it is also available to buy from most game stores with an rrp of about £ 30.00

              I have to say as a great Mario and Sonic fan, I am disappointed to report that this game totally underwhelmed me. The games are all very similar, I suppose there is only so many sports you can play in the snow!
              There is no great variation on any of the individual sports - ski-ing, snowboarding, skating etc... I bought this game for my 7 year old boy for christmas who absolutely loves the original mario and sonic olympics and he has played it once in the days following preferring to play the older version.

              There are 25 events available to play some of which i have included below:

              1.Downhill (alpine ski-ing) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              2.Giant Slalom (alpine ski-ing) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              3.Individual large hill (ski jumping) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              4.Team large (ski jumping) played with wii remote and or nunchuck
              5.Moguls (freestyle skiing) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              6.Ski cross (freestyle skiing) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              7.Halfpipe (snowboard) played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              8.Snowboard cross played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              9.Speed skating 500m played with wii remote
              10.Short track 1000m (speed skating) played with the wii remote
              11.Short track relay (speed skating) played with the wii remote
              12.Figure skating played with wii remote
              13.Skeleton played with wii remote and or wii balance board
              14.Bobsleigh played with wii remote and or wii balance board
              15.Ice hockey played with wii remote and or wii balance board
              16.Curling played with the wii remote
              17.Dream ski cross played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board
              18.Dream snowboard cross played with wii remote and or nunchuck and or wii balance board

              As with the older mario and sonic olympic games all characters are unlocked and available to play from the start of the game these are:

              Team Mario

              Mario
              Luigi
              Peach
              Daisy
              Yoshi
              Wario
              Waluigi
              Bowser
              Donkey Kong (new)
              Bowser Jr. (new)

              Team Sonic

              Sonic
              Shadow
              Tails
              Amy
              Blaze
              Knuckles
              Vector
              Dr. Eggman
              Metal Sonic (new)
              Silver the Hedgehog (new)

              or you could choose to use your customized Mii

              There is also the option for party games (mini games) from the main menu

              This may be a good buy if you haven't already got the first, but if you have then you could be dissappointed.
              Apart from a few new baby characters, I can't see any improvements unfortunately and would have loved to be able to report otherwise.

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              Great family game for the Wii

              Mario and Sonic at The Olympic Winter Games is a pretty good game for the Nintendo Wii and also a massive improvement over the original game in my opinion. Anyone who has played the first game and liked that will surely enjoy this one too. There is plenty of new content in this version of the game with around four new characters joining the original cast from the previous game. There is also a new festival mode which takes you through the fourteen days of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games. There are alos plenty of new sports to enjoy as well.


              The game play is also a huge improvement from the first game of it's kind. The Wii controls work great and are very responsive. You can play any of the games with any control style you want, Wii Remote, Wii Remote and Nunchuck, or the Wii Balance Board. There's something for everyone in this.


              As for the graphics, they look great for a Wii game and the characters are detailed and animated extremely well. The cut scenes are also fantastic to watch.

              The sound is brilliant as well with a soundtrack that consists of Olympic themed music and a lot of Mario and Sonic music from the past games.

              Fans of both the Mario and Sonic franchises will not be disappointed and if you're looking for a great

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                28.12.2009 17:25
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                Winter sports compilation

                In the past, Mario the plumber and Sonic the Hedgehog wouldn't have been seen dead together - the iconic figureheads of Nintendo and Sega battled it out over many years in an attempt to become the world's favourite video game character. In the end it was Mario (or at least Nintendo) who came out trumps, consigning Sega to a fate of dropping out of the home console market altogether. Nowadays, Sega and Nintendo seem to get on just fine - so much so in fact that Mario and Sonic have appeared in a series of games together, the latest of which being 'Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games'.

                *(I personally think 'Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics' would have been a more fitting and less long-winded title!)*

                Basically, anyone who has played the game's predecessor 'Mario and Sonic at the Olympics' will know exactly what to expect - a series of mini-games with a winter sports theme. This time however, the game developers have created an even more accessible title by unlocking all the events from the start, meaning you won't have to spend hours completing in events that you don't want to in order to progress the game.

                To give you an idea of the general concept, it's a bit like Nintendo's flagship 'Wii Sports' game - but unfortunately not quite as good in either gameplay, graphics, or sound. What it does excel at however, is presentation, and from the off, the game is spot-on - opening with a beautiful and smooth video which gives the player a flavour of the action to come. Similarly, the menus are easy to use and pleasing to look at - this is Sega through and through, with a simple and effective graphical interface.

                So, onto the events - what can we expect from this winter themed sports spectacular?

                Well, there are eighteen events in total, and a few party games thrown into the mix to add some much needed replay value. Let's start with 'Curling' - the ice rink version of bowling. Although fairly slow paced, this particular event is actually my favourite, and unlike some of the other events, it can take some real skill to master. After aiming, a throwing motion is required with the Wii Remote, which will send your 'stone' sliding towards the icy target. After that, you're entitled to shake the controls like an idiot in order to get the chaps to begin sweeping down at the other end. On the whole it works very nicely, especially when you're competing against another human player.

                Another of the events, 'Ice skating', is enjoyable at first, but a little formulaic after a while. Basically, the camera sweeps around a virtual ice-rink, following you chosen character as you begin your routine. It's up to you to flick the Wii Remote in a certain direction at pre-determined points around the route, with the key focus being on timing. To be honest, it's a little too simple to be enjoyable, and although the concept is pretty good, there are times when you are simply waiting for your player to reach one of the action points without doing anything.

                'Ice Hockey' is good for a short blast with a few friends - although it plays like a slimmed down version of EA Sports 'NHL', and if you've played that, then you will find this too simplistic to enjoy. That said, with four player in action at the same time, it's just about fun enough to warrant playing a few times. This may in fact be one of the games which is more suited to adults, as the controls may be too difficult to get to grips with for younger players.

                Weaker events include Speed Skating, which involves quickly shaking the Wii Remote on the straights, and leaning the Wiimore and Nunchuk to one side when going around the corners. The controls are a little counterintuitive, and not all that fun. Plus, younger players probably won't be able to get the necessary timing in order to sufficiently progress the onscreen player, undoubtedly resulting in frustration.

                The Skiing events, 'Moguls' and 'Slalom', are fairly good fun, but not quite as effective as the skiing game which came with the first Wii Fit title. The controls are effective however, requiring you to lean both the Wii remote and Nunchuk to the left and right in order to steer in and out of the gates - it works pretty well, and I did find myself playing on numerous occasions in order to beat my best time.

                Bobsleigh is one of the events which allows you to use the Wii Fit balance board as the primary control, by sitting on it and generally leaning like a fool in your living room. Of course, if you don't have a balance board, it can be played using the Nuchuk and Wii remote, but this is by no means as fun. The event requires your Bobsled to follow a preset racing line which is marked on the track, and doing so results in a speed boost for your team.

                Each of the games feature a training mode which allows you to have a go on the sports before competing competitively. Actually, this is a good way to experiment with the events on offer without going through the tutorial text which can be a little complex in places.

                As well as the main sport there are a selection of 'Dream Events' which are quite enjoyable with a few players. These are a bit like alpine versions of 'Mario Kart' - and comprise races against three other characters with power-up boxes to collect along the way.

                How many can compete?

                The majority of the events can be played by up to four people, and you can chose whether you want to compete against your friends or have them working alongside you on your own team. As well as choosing from a wide range of Nintendo and Sega's iconic characters, you can opt to play as your Mii, therefore having a graphical representation of yourself taking part in the sports.

                Although it's primarily designed as a multi-player game, the lack of any online modes is a bit of a disappointment to be honest, as that would have added an extra appeal for the people who don't have many friends (arrrr).

                Graphically, Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics is a visually pleasing title - everything you would expect from a game of this nature. It isn't quite as good as 'Wii Sports Resort', but it's bold and bright, and all the characters are nicely animated. Similarly, the sound is fitting and non-annoying - A particularly nice touch is the ability to choose your own music to skate to in the ice skating event.

                Unfortunately, loading times between some of the events feel a little too long, ruining the flow of the game, and the amount of sequences depicted before and after events can be quite frustrating - actually, getting an event started can take quite a while and you'll resort to a bit of button basing in order to speed up the process.

                So, what about the replay value, and the modes which will keep you coming back for more when the main sports are tired out? Well, from the main menu, you can access a shop where you can purchase accessories for your Mii. These items can be bought with the coins that you win from competing in events, and although this isn't the most exciting of special features, younger players will no doubt relish the opportunity to accessorise their character.

                Overall, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a fun yet average sporting title which is primarily designed for kids rather than adults. Many of the event are simply too easy to fully hold the player's attention, and the lack of any really clever control methods is a bit of a disappointment. Although a few of the events are quite enjoyable, none of them ever stray into the realms of 'must play' territory, and therefore it's only a three star gaming experience at best.

                You can currently purchase Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for £29 from amazon.co.uk.

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                  05.11.2009 03:04
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                  Mario and Sonic go all Olympic on us again

                  With the Winter Olympics fast approaching it's time for the old rival companies Nintendo and Sega to reunite for their third game outing together to feature characters from the two respective gaming series' in the form of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics. The game is the first in the range of various games that are being released to coincide with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will be exclusive to the Wii and Nintendo DS, well after all Nintendo aren't going to let Sony and Microsoft get their grubby little hands on their prize characters now are they.

                  For those of you who did not have the pleasure of playing the Summer Olympics game that Nintendo released for the Beijing games this game works in a very similar fashion with you taking control of your chosen character/athlete and competing in various Olympic events in order to obtain as many gold medals as you can. As with the original game there are a large number of various characters to choose from Mario and Sonic themselves through to the likes of Metal Sonic and Bowser, each of the characters has their own strengths and weaknesses and will perform better in certain events over others. Alongside the in game characters your Mii can also take part in the proceedings like the other characters they too will have particular events which they will be better in, this is determined by the shape and size of your Mii so do experiment with a number of different shapes and sizes for your little character.


                  ==Taking to the Snow==

                  The game is split in to a number of different play modes, the main one of these being the Olympic festival mode which basically allows you to compete in a Winter Olympic style tournament. As you progress through the tournament you will firstly get to have a practice run at the event before competing for real in the event, although this may be good for the first time round of playing the game it very soon becomes an almost pointless exercise as the controls for each of the events is available at the start of each of them anyway. Alongside the festival mode there is also the option to play in just single events of which you start out with a few in a similar fashion to its predecessor which can be added to by completing the events in the festival mode. As well as being able to play this game in a solo fashion there is also the ability to join up with up to three other players to complete the activities. This adds a whole new element to the game as some of the events require all of the players to match each others movements such as the Team Bobsleigh which requires all the players to turn their Wiimotes in the same direction at the same time.


                  ==How to Win Gold==

                  Unlike the Summer Olympics game the controls for this game seem to be more about careful twists and turns of the controllers rather than fast and frantic movements that would have you sweating like you had just run the race yourself. In a way this has made the game much more open to those who can't keep up with the ravaging demands that the first game would demand of its user, however personally it makes it feel less like a sporting game which is what the first one really showed to me. Now alongside the regular controls the guys at Nintendo have incorporated the use of their wonder product the Wiifit board, despite the fact that I have a large collection of Wii games this "oh so essential" item of the Nintendo Wii has never darkened my door so this is one aspect of the game that I can't really comment upon, other than the fact that it cannot be used during the festival mode only during the single game mode which seems to defeat the point a bit really.


                  ==Do the Graphics Win Gold or Just Bronze?==

                  Graphically the game is very much along the cartoony lines of the Mario and Sonic lines and so provides a very neat look to the game despite the Wii not having the greatest of graphical capabilities. The animation and overall appearance of the game is very fluid with next to no problems or glitches occurring to the look of the game. Once again the weather channel has been employed to provide changing weather conditions from either Vancouver itself or even from where you live, so far though I've just kept it set on Vancouver's weather as I'm afraid that the snow might melt if I change the weather conditions to where I live. A nice feature that has been introduced is the ability to dress your Mii in some much more appropriate attire as winning events in any of the competitions will give you in game money to spend on making your Mii and their equipment a little bit more individual.


                  ==The Sound of Victory==

                  As with the graphics there is very little to complain about in this department with the sound effects of such things as wind whistling past you at the top of the large hill, and the sound of snow breaking under your skis helping to add a great atmosphere to the game. Alongside this you are treated to a typical collection of cartoony style background music composition which could have been lifted straight from a Mario or Sonic game.


                  ==A Game for the Season or Beyond==

                  Unfortunately unlike the Summer Olympics game personally I can't see this game really dragging me back more after several months of playing. However for those that do courtesy of the Wii's internet capabilities it is possible to compare your scores alongside those of other players around the world and I'm sure this will keep many players interested for a long time to come as they try to do the impossible of coming first in the world at an event. As I said earlier with the controls being less demanding the use of this game as a more relaxing social group game can again keep the lifespan of this game going for much longer as well.


                  ==Is it a Gold From Me?==

                  Although a nice little addition to my ever increasing collection of Wii games and despite all its good points and fun factor, I'm afraid that this game does not quite stand up to its predecessor. This being said though it is one more game that my girlfriend can actually take part in despite her getting frustrated when she doesn't win an event. The only other problem that I had with the game is the fact that the practice events during the festival mode just didn't serve a purpose and just felt like they where there to pad out the game a bit.

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