Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games DS & DSi Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.2
Value 8.5
Distributor: SEGA
Classification:
G
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.5


Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

For some reason and ever since Charles Martinet visited Australia, I cannot get the voice of Mario out of my head and I can also imagine Mario saying "It's a meee Mariooo and SONIC!" when the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games was released.

Okay, enough Mario weirdness! Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games joins both the Nintendo and SEGA universes together as they compete in a variety of winter wonderland events from skiing to bobsleighing but best of all, the classic characters such as Luigi, Donkey Kong and Tails are all part of the fun.

At its core, it's basically a collection of mini sport games that use the cool controls of the Nintendo DS to create some memorable gaming moments. The game contains 27 different events that include snowboarding and my favourite, the downhill Luge. 

Featuring a variety of different gameplay modes, the DS version has an Adventure Mode that has the players fighting against Dr. Robotnik and Bowser who are trying to steal the snow spirits by melting the snow. As Mario and Sonic join forces, they must compete in a variety of Olympic and Dream Events in order to defeat these two nefarious villains but best of all, their friends are along for the ride. The Dream Events are basically outrageous interpretations of the winter sports and are very reminiscent of Mario Karts, especially with the multiplayer modes.

The gameplay of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games is perfect on the Nintendo DS and successfully uses both the console buttons and stylus in the majority of events. Downhill skiing is quite entertaining as you use the stylus to steer your characters, however other games may use a combination of the d-pad, shoulder buttons or the stylus.

Thankfully each game has a mini tutorial before you engage each game that even offers a practice run. The majority of games work quite well with Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games and the only real issue we found was with ice hockey which was a little fiddle some at the best of times. Even so, the fun and replay factor is up the high end of the spectrum and if you have some friends, than welcome aboard the Mario and Sonic multiplayer train.

The game supports up to four players via a single-cartridge as players download the appropriate information to their DS consoles. Of course if each player has their own cartridge, it's considerably faster and if you have net access, you can access leaderboards to record your prowess. The multiplayer aspect is like a new version of Mario Kart, except the events revolve around winter sport games from powerups to stars to be collected, it's all part of the fun and is easily as good as the single-player mode.

Graphically, the title is visually quite impressive on the Nintendo DS with great colourful and cartoon inspired graphics that do pay homage to their respective universes, Nintendo and SEGA. Add in some great animations and even some cool looking effects for the Dream Events and this is one well-made game. Musically, it matches the gameplay perfectly as do the colourful sound effects and sound bites from all the characters. Needless to say, we could not fault the graphics or the sound department.

At the end of the day, SEGA have created a very fun and entertaining Nintendo DS game that contains a wide range of fun games from snowboarding (tricks included) to the fast experience of the downhill Luge. As all your favourite gaming characters come together, it's easy to get addictive to this game, especially with friends as you attempt to go for gold. Strong gameplay, great graphics and best of all, you can have Mario vs Sonic!






 
 



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