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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Member Name: Lools_24
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Date: 06/11/11, updated on 15/11/11 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Interactive, fun to play alone or with friends
Disadvantages: Some of the "sports" difficult to master, tiring
Firstly to all those keen game reviewer I apologise in advance for the following review. I'm not "down with the kids" or particularly clued up on gaming terminology or technology in general actually. However I do own a Nintendo Wii and although I claim not to "not play computer games" I must admit Mr Lools and I bought the Wii only a month after it was brought out and we often can be found on an evening competitively playing games on it or even when I have put my toddlers down for an afternoon nap I secretly have a quick game on the Wii. We do not own a large amount of games for the Wii but the games we do own tend to be competitive, interactive and can be enjoyed with friends. One of the most favoured games is Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games.
***Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games***
The game was initially introduced as being the first game in which Mario (traditionally a Nintendo character) and Sonic (traditionally a Sega character) appear together in the same game for the first time ever. However since the introduction of the Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games in 2007 there have been further games in which they have appeared together.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Fames is based on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the events are set in the venues of these games. The characters in the game are from previous Sonic and Mario games. The game is a series of mini games based on athletic events from the tack, field, gym and pool.
The Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games is available as a game for a variety of different consoles however my review will be based on the game for the Nintendo Wii. The game is available from a number of retailers both in stores and also online. When we first purchased this game at the end of 2007 when it came out, we paid £35 from Game. Since then the game has massively reduced in price and now (November 2011) retailers including Play.com, Amazon and Tesco sell it for around £15.
***Characters and Games ***
Before you start and play the events you can select a character who you will control. The characters in the game are various Nintendo and SEGA characters who have appeared in past Nintendo and Sega games. These include Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Bowser, Tails, Knuckles, Yoshi and Princess Peach. Each of the characters have a list of skills and strengths which will put them at an advantage when playing certain events. For example Sonic has a high speed strength putting him at an advantage in track events like the 100m, whereas Bowser has a high strength characteristic making him at an advantage in the field throwing events. When you play individual event games it is easier to select a character based on their characteristics however when you play a tournament it is best to select a character that has more all-round strengths.
There are 20 Olympic events featured in this game for you to play. These include the 100m sprint, 110m hurdles, 400m relay, hammer throw, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump, gymnastics (vault), trampolining, table tennis, fencing, archery, swimming, and rowing. The variety of different events to play is very good. Some of the events are easier to master than others (and are more fun to play) however you have the option to play individual events or a series of events/ challenges where you compete in a tournament and get a medal placing based upon your performance over a number of events.
These are a good idea in my opinion as there is a lot of variety as they include a mixture of track, field and indoor events.
I do not own many computer games or consoles but I like the concept of the Nintendo Wii because it is so interactive and this is what attracted me to buying a Wii and allows up to four people to play at any one time.
Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games can be played as a single player game or with up to 4 players playing it. To play the game each player requires a Wii controller and the Nunchuck controller and the sensor that sits on top of the TV picks up the movements each of these controllers. Mr Lools and I only have 2 Wii controllers and 2 nunchucks so generally only play in a 2 player mode even when we have more guests in the house as we do not have enough controllers. We have played in 4 player mode when friends have brought their own controllers over, although I would say you do need to be positioned quite far back from the TV to ensure that all of the controller sensors are picked up by the TV. When playing with 4 players we have often found the players on each end when standing in a line have not performed as well in this game mainly because the sensor has not picked up their movements.
As far as Wii games go Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games is one of my favourites as it is so interactive and fun to play because there is a competitive element when playing in a multiplayer mode. Generally most of the events are easy to pick up and easy for new players to play. This is a real social game and I find even if people are not actually playing the game, especially after a few drinks everyone gets involved cheering each other on and laughing at the people playing the events because of the fast vigorous movements that they have to do to play.
I do think some of the games are very tiring which is why I find I can't play this game for long periods I simply get too tired and often find my arms ache the next day from playing this game. Some events are more tiring than others, others are easier to play with the controls which is why I find some more enjoyable than others. Although the events are very easy to pick up for new players I often find that more experienced players are at an advantage when playing this game. However there is a handicap function to give new players or children more of an advantage making this a fair game to play in theory, especially when competing in tournaments.
Before each event on screen instructions are shown. These show you the actions you need to make with the controller and the nun chuck and also what buttons on the controller you need to press to do certain actions. I think this is very good especially for those that have never played the games before (for example when we play as a group of friends). The instructions are very clear and straightforward which are easily understandable to those who are not familiar with the Nintendo Wii and also very easy for young children to understand. In fact when I played this game against my seven year old cousin when babysitting he picked up the controls immediately and within 3 games he was better at the games than I was!!
The various events and games are split into different sections. There are the track events which consist of 100m, 400m, 4X 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Although probably some of the easiest events actually play, in my opinion these are some of the most physically tiring events and the basic movements you make with the controllers is to wave them up and down in a running movement as fast as you can. The player that does this the fastest is usually the winner. The 100m and 400m games are just basically running however with the other track events you have to press certain buttons as you make these running actions in order to trigger actions like jumping over hurdles or changing over the baton in the relay race.
The field events consist of long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, hammer throw and javelin. With the jumping events and the pole vault, you use the running action you did in the track events and then press a series of buttons on the controllers and flick the controllers upwards in your hands to make a jumping action. For these events the timing is extremely important and you need to coordinate the actions you make with your hands to build up speed and then ensure you flick the controllers as close as you can to the board so you do not do a false jump in order to gather momentum to "jump" as far or as high as you can. These are quite simple events to play and certainly not as tiring as the running events but they do take some practice and as a first time player you are at a disadvantage to more experienced players.
I find the hammer and javelin events quite difficult and even though I have played a number of times I never seem to get the timing right. Mr Lools is very good at these events however I find with the hammer event I can seem to create a fast enough spinning movement as you need to rotate your wrist around quite fast and then throw at the correct point. I find if I throw fast enough I release and flick the controller too late and throw the hammer outside of the correct area or I slow down and the hammer may stay in the assigned throwing area but it does not go very far. The javelin is a lot easier but it is more of a flicking than throwing action and it is quite misleading initially as you tend to find you need to start your throw sooner than you would expect With experience and practice you gain this understanding but as a new player I find most people get disallowed throws as they go over the throwing board.
There are the Aquatics events consist of the 100m freestyle and the 4x 100 freestyle. Each of the characters have a different stroke which means depending on which character you are you have to make different movements with the controls and press different buttons to make a swimming action. The key to being successful at this event is the speed you press tied in with ensuring you keep your stamina up which means you have to press a trigger button at a certain point to ensure your character has enough energy to keep moving. Because of the movements you have to make with the controllers these events are tiring but also more complex than the simple track events because of the need to concentrate and press buttons at the correct time.
There are two gymnastic events which are vault and trampolining. I would say these are by far the easiest events and in my opinion do not take a great deal of skill and new players can easily pick these up. As you bounce you simple twirl, shake the controllers and press buttons and your character does a series of acrobatic moves. Personally I just wave my arms about and seem to get a good score although after the first few attempts at these events they do get a little boring.
The other events include table tennis, fencing, rowing, archery and shooting. These take a little more skill and accuracy however are at a lot slower pace than the track, field and aquatic events and you get less tired. You simple need to press buttons at the correct time to ensure you get a good score. These are not the most exciting of events but when you play in a tournament break up the events and give greater variety not to mention giving your arms a rest from all of the fast movements of the other events.
When you play the events you can play singular events or you can play tournaments where there are a mixture of events and you get a medal and placing based upon your score and performance over a variety of events. If playing in front of a big group in a social environment we tend to do singular events to ensure everyone gets a turn at the game. However in smaller groups or as a couple Mr Lools play the tournaments meaning it is fairer as you play different events which makes the competition a little more exciting and not so one sided.
With the tournaments as you play you unlock further tournament options which also unlock dream events. These are dream race, dream platform, dream table tennis and dream fencing. The dream events are basically like the standard events just a little more like standard computer games where you pick up certain items to unlock various actions and powers. These are fun to play but in my opinion not my favourite parts of the game.
I'm not a big gamer so I would get technical but the quality of the graphics in my opinion and experience are simply ok. There are times when the graphics look a little basic and when running in some races you get a pause or it becomes very difficult to see your character and you have to follow a little arrow pointing at your player. The pointing arrow does remind me of quite traditional older computer games I used to play years ago.
I'm generally not a big fan of computer games however I would say Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games is definitely one of my favourite Nintendo Wii games.
At £35 it was in my opinion rather expensive however at £15 it is definitely better value for money and a great game to play with others as there are so many different competitive events to master. Even though we bought this game over 3 years ago it has been played many times and still continues to be played which makes it a worthwhile purchase even with the high price tag!
Because the game is so interactive I definitely think that this is a game better suited to playing with others rather than on your own. The element of competition makes you really work hard and I find my arms really ache from all of the shaking, swinging and moving the controls about. You can play the game on a one player mode against the computer controlled characters however I do find that the game does not have the same attraction when played in this way especially once you master each of the events and it becomes very easy to "win".
I tend to play this game with other adults (usually after a few beverages and the competitive spirit takes over) however I think it is a game that children will also enjoy. Some of the events are a little complex to master the controls of but the amount of instructions coupled with the ability to give players a handicap makes this a suitable game for adults to play against children.
A great Wii game that Mr Lools and I enjoy although I'm sure my next door neighbours might not have the same love for the game when they hear all of the cheering, thuds and bangs that occur when playing this game.
Summary: Become an athlete in your own living room with Mario, Sonic and friends!
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