Mario and Sonic set aside their lifelong rivalry and appear together in the same game for the first time ever!In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers will be able to compete as or against a range of lovable personalities including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more.Innovative usage of the DS control system to maneuver a favourite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, engage in exhilarating rallies in table tennis and churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after gold medal.
For over a decade now fans have been wondering just what a team-up between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog would be like. Everything from traditional platform games to complex role-playing titles have been suggested, but it’s fair to say nobody imagined that it would finally happen in the form of an athletics simulator. It’s officially licensed from the 2008 Beijing Olympics though (Sega already had the license for their own more traditional tie-in) and contains all the usual events you’d expect including the 100m sprint, swimming, judo, table tennis, hammer throwing and archery. Sega have even been talking about using the new Wii Zapper controller for a spot of clay pigeon shooting.
More than twenty-five characters from both universes will be playable in the game, including not just Mario and Sonic but also Luigi, Tails, Yoshi, Knuckles, Bowser, Doctor Eggman, Princess Peach and Amy. Other characters will have cameos as judges such as Cream the Cat and Toad. You’d expect some characters to be naturally better at some sports than others but each has their own strengths and weakness, with even Sonic’s incredible speed mitigated by his slow acceleration. The whole game is developed by Sega but overseen by legendary Nintendo creator Shigeru Miyamoto, with full tournament and missions modes as well as online leaderboards for all the different events. The name may sound like an April Fool’s joke at first but this crossover could well be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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
8 Unlockable Dream Events: Familiar items from the worlds of Mario and Sonic enhance the challenge of these unique events
Four unique playing styles: The competition takes on a new dimension with the special strengths and abilities of the character
Three game modes: Single match mode, Circuit Mode and Mission mode
Multiplayer challenges for four players. Players can join in the fun simultaneously via wireless connection on the Nintendo DS
Chart your success against others: DS players can use the Nintendo Wi-Fi system to upload their scores to the worldwide rankings and check how they rate against other players around the world
Unlockable extras: play a series of mini games to unlock Olympic trivia to bring more addictive DS fun.