Product Type: Sega Wii games
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Member Name: k2705
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Advantages: Hours of fun for everyone
Disadvantages: None for me
I have had my Wii for a few years now and buying games for it isn't something I do on a regular basis and tend to wait for birthdays and Christmas. Whilst my husband has various sports games for the wii I prefer to play on things like my Wii fit and party style games where the whole family can join in. Last year I received Wii Party for Christmas and was hoping that there would be a new version out this year but was disappointed to find there wasn't, so instead my husband brought me Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, its a similar style to the Wii party games you can buy incorporating all of the Mario and Sonic characters, its perfect for the whole family and everyone had a go on it Christmas day.
The game comes in the traditional Will game case, this is made from a bright yellow plastic and opens up like a book. It has a very colourful paper label wrapped around the front and back of the game, this has the name of the game "Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games" written in the middle in various different colour, a lot of the case is taken up with a large picture of Mario and Sonic, in the background are various pictures of London including Big Ben and also scenes from the different games you can play. The words Wii and Nintendo are written in the corners of the case but are not really that noticeable. The back of the label is quite similar to the front in that there is a picture of Sonic and Mario on it as well as scenes from different game, however this is much less 'busy' compared to the front of the case. The disc clips in one side of the case with a button in the centre of it, pressing this releases the game from the case, the other side is where the instruction booklet sits.
Setting up the game is very easy and really doesn't take much, once you have put the game in the Wii and selected it from the main menu you need to set up a record, this simply involves typing in your name or a nickname, basically anything you want your record to be called, in total you can set up 4 separate records which is handy if you want to keep your scores separate to anyone else who might play the game. Once you have done this you select a flag represent which country you would like to be. All of this information can be changed at any time using the Options menu. Once you have selected your records name and chosen your flag you are ready to start playing.
After setting up your record/ profile you are taken to the main menu, this has a large picture of Mario and Sonic down one side, and down the other are the options you have, these consist of
*Single Match - Here you can play individual events in whatever order you like, you can either do this alone as an individual player or with others
*London Party - This is a party style game where you navigate around London taking part in various games and challenges along the way
*Bonus Mode - In this section you can unlock additional music for during the games as well as Mii outfits
*Records - This is quite self explanatory, here you simply check your records, achievements and stickers (which are collected during the London Party)
*Mail - This shows your in game progress in the form of mail received from different characters, if you have mail this is shown in the corner of the screen
*Options - As mentioned before this is where you can change any of your profile setting.
This as I have mentioned is basically where all the Olympic events are listed and can be played individually either alone or with others. IN total there are 31 events you can play, 21 are listed under Olympic Event and 10 are listed under Mario and Sonic Dream Events. The evens you can take part in are basically the events which happen at the Olympic games, these come under different categories including
*Athletics - 100m sprint, 110m hurdles, 4 x 100m relay, Long Jump, Hammer Throw, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw
*Gymnastics - Uneven Bars, Trampoline, Rhythmic Ribbon
*Aquatics - 100m Free Style, Synchronised Swimming Team
*Canoeing - Canoe sprint 1000m Doubles
*Equestrian - Show Jumping
*Table Tennis Singles
*Track Cycling - Team Pursuit
All of these appear on the first page once you have selected to play Single Matches, once you have chosen your game you can choose from a further 3 options which are
*Versus - Everyone who is playing (this can be up to 4 people) play against each other
*Team versus - Here you can play a multi player match where you play either 2 on 1 or 2 on 2
* Co-op Play - Everyone playing (up to 4 people) play on the same team.
Personally I have only ever played the versus option so far, I have done this as a 2 with just me and my husband and with 4 other people, with some of the games the screen will be divided into however many people are playing so you each have your own screen, this depends on whether you take part in the activity all at the same time or separately, again this depends on which game you are playing. I did wonder how easy it would be to play with the split screen but the game is still very clear and I found it easy to focus on only my screen without watching what everyone else was doing. Whilst you are playing in your screen tips will appear in the corner as to what you should do with the Wii remote for example tilt the remote or shake the remote, again I did wonder how annoying this would be but the tips do appear discreetly in the corner of your screen so you can easily see them but so that they do not interfere with play. I thought this was quite a good idea and it did really help when we first started playing.
Once you have selected your game in Single Match (although this is the case no matter what option you are in) you choose how many players you require, you can have up to 4 people playing at once. The next screen you are taken to allows you to choose which character you want to be, these are a variety of characters from both Mario and Sonic games and include
There are several characters you can be but there are too many to list, next to each character are their different abilities including Power Type, All Round Type, Speed Type and Skill Type, the instruction book advises that some characters are better suited to certain games compared to others. Personally I do not select my character using this method and always opt for the cute characters including Yoshi, tails, Blaze, Amy and so on, needless to say when the men play then tend to go for the more horrible looking characters. The final screen you get taken to is the Pre Event Screen, this shows you the rules, controls and tips for the game you have selected, once you are ready you simply click Go to Event and the game starts. After the game has finished you can choose to play the same game again without having to go through all the previous options, select a different character, select a different event or quit the game all together.
This is a game which can be played with up to 4 people, it is set in London and you participate in a party style game to win stickers which need to be stuck on your sticker sheet, basically the first one to fill the sheet is the winner. When you start the London Party game you can choose to view the rules or just start playing, obviously viewing the rules is the best option if its your first time playing, this is what we did and we found them clear and easy to follow and it really helped with knowing what we were doing, although I don't think you get the real idea of the game until you start playing it for yourself. Basically what we found when playing the London Party is that it is made up of 5 different events so to speak.
*Scheduled Events - In this event Big Ben will toll when a single match is about to start, you can choose one of four events and then start the game against the others who are playing or the computer if you are playing alone. To receive stickers for your sheet you need to finish in one of the top three places.
*Free Time - During Free Time you can wonder around the streets of London and talk to different characters, they will invite you to take place in events which you can choose to do or pass on. If you trigger this event by speaking to a character first you receive a bonus sticker, again as before to receive a sticker you need to finish in one of the top 3 places.
*Rotary Chance - This only happens as the game progresses and each contestant has the chance to throw a dart at the board to earn more stickers. When I first did this I didn't find it overly clear in explaining what the point in this was, I have since learnt by reading the instruction booklet, at the time this seemed a bit pointless.
*Interim Report - This is basically a report held by 2 characters to say how everyone is doing and how many stickers they have received and how many each person needs to fill their sheet.
The London Party mode was the first thing we played on this game and I did find it a bit confusing, it wasn't overly clear what you had to do and we found ourselves muddling our way through it. Personally I think we would have been better playing some of the single games first to get the hang of things and then moving onto this option. I did enjoy it and I think now we know what we are doing more and have had a practise at some of the games we will find it easier and more enjoyable. This is quite good if there is a group of you as you get to play some of the single games against each other but there is a point to it with the aim of collecting all of your stickers first to be the winner. I do still find the sticker sheet a bit confusing as you can still loose stickers once you have won them, this happens if certain characters appear when a sticker is placed on the sheet, you also have to be careful not to place a sticker over another as you will loose one of them. This is one mode which we definitely need to practise a bit more to fully understand it and complete it properly I think.
I have had to read up on this in the instruction booklet to find out what this is as this is something I haven't actually bothered to look at but after reading about it will be. In the bonus mode you can access different bonuses obtained by playing both single games and the London Party mode, to gain bonuses you need to gradually improve your records obtained by playing the different games. Here you can earn scratch cards where if you match 2 characters the same you receive a prize, you can also dress up your Mii in different costumes obtained as prizes from different characters, you are informed of these in mail received in the mail option as described earlier. The final option here is the jukebox, again as mentioned before different music can be earned to play whilst you are partaking in different events. As I have said I haven't actually looked into this section of the game as I have been concentrating on the games themselves but this is one to look at once you have got the hang of everything else.
As I mentioned earlier in the Single Events you can also play Dream Events, these are Olympic type games including Dream Long Jump, Dream Rafting, Dread Discus, Dream Uneven Bars, Dream Hurdles and so on, however they take part in non realistic settings such as in the clouds, also other characters from Mario and Sonic games appear to try and stop you from achieving your goal. These are played in the same way as the original Olympic events in the single mode but whereas the Olympic events take place in various stadiums and realistic settings the Dream Events are more as you would expect a Mario or Sonic game to be.
Price and Availability
As I have said I received my Mario and Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games Wii game as a Christmas present however I have found out that it is available from Amazon for £29.98, personally I feel this is reasonable for this type of game as you can have hours of fun with it. It is fairly priced compared to similar games, although the price does depend on where you buy it from as I think it is available in various supermarkets and game shops.
I have been very impressed with this game, I enjoy playing these party style games as they are ideal to play alone if you have a bit of spare time but on the other hand are perfect to play with a group of you, the games are very easy to play and are also very well explained so this is suitable for both children and adults. When we played it Christmas day it was all adults playing but we soon passed a couple of hours working our way through the games, since then me and my husband have played this with just us two and have found it just as enjoyable. Even though we have now played a lot of the games it is still fun to go back and try to beat the top scores and current records. Throughout the year we have had a lot of use out of my previous Wii party game and I feel that this one will be the same. This makes an ideal present for someone with a Wii and is ideal for a few hours of fun if you have people round, you do not even have to be particularly into computer games or even very good at them, everything is explained in detail and all the instructions are easy to follow. The instruction booklet that comes with the game is also clearly laid out and explains all of the sections in great detail, personally I hate massive instruction books which take ages to read through, but this one is not very long but still explains everything you need to know, even I have read through it and I never read the instruction books on things. Personally at the moment my favourite section is the single events option as it gives you a chance to work out all of the different games there are, but I think once I have got the hang o these we will move onto the other options. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone with a Wii as it will give you hours of fun.
Summary: A good family game