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Mario&Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Review (DS)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Nov 05, 2009 08:38

Sometimes you want a game that you can pick up and play for five minutes and sometimes you want a game you can sit down and play for an hour. This is one of those games and yep, SEGA has done it again. They’ve teamed up with Nintendo and brought Mario and Sonic together for yet another title. This time  the reason is the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Dr. Eggman and Bowser are upset they weren’t invited. Considering their histories, is it any surprise?

So sets the stage for a full-featured and robust arcade sports title on the DS with great controls and lots of options. NO, seriously. Mario & Sonic Olympic winter games (OWG from now on), is cool. The game offers up multiple modes including single player and multiplayer (2-4 people) both single card and multi-card play. The modes allow for single match, multi-round matches, party games and ghost mode (beat your best or that of your friends).

On top of all that there’s the Adventure tours mode which is a single player adventure game. You go through a storyline and play each sport in the hopes of beating the bad guys and bringing winter back so the games can take place. But really it is quite cool. Some of the mini-games are extremely simple but this is another of those games that’s aimed more at a younger generation of gamer. That’s not to say the everyone else won’t enjoy it, because it truly is an enjoyable game.

The events all require different combinations of buttons, touch screen stylus etc. It means that each event is unique in its control scheme and gives a nice flavor to the game. Additionally, the controls aren’t insanely difficult like some sports titles have had in the past. This is truly an arcade sports experience not to be missed.

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Our Rating for Mario&Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Review (DS)
8.5 Replay
There are just so many events to play plus the adventure tour. It will be hard to get tired of it all, but you might.
8.5 Graphics
Not fantastic but definitely what we’ve come to expect from the DS and the series.
8.5 Sound
Like the graphics, not amazing, but definitely expected.
9.0 Gameplay
Shines like a champion gold-medal winner here. Quick easy controls, loads of things to do and ways to play. Slightly on the easy side.
8.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
Another standard implementation of the DS single, multi-card and Wi-Fi usage.
8.5 Overall
There are far worse games on the market that you could spend money on. This one will at least entertain you in multiple ways and certainly for hours. Sure it’s on the easy side, but it’s Mario & Sonic.

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