I wish more gaming
companies would "cross-over" and "share" their characters as nothing
is more fun than pitting your favourites against each other which is
generally the stuff of comicbook legends. Obviously something
happened again, whether it was the planets aligning or some gaming
god granting wishes because once again Mario & Sonic have
reunited for another thrilling sports game called Mario & Sonics
at the Olympic Winter Games.
innovative controls of the Wii, Mario & Sonics at the Olympic
Winter Games is similar to Wii Sports and Wii Resort that has
the gamer and their friends competing in a variety of winter based
sporting events with 27 to be exact.
The game contains a
plethora of other characters such as Luigi, Tales, Yoshi and
Knuckles to name a few of these gaming greats as they try to outdo
each other in events such as skiing and the Luge. Although you can
play short games as either solo or with other people, a twist to the
series is the introduction of the Festival Mode which gives
the gamer the choice of competing a full campaign or in another
words, the entire Olympic games.
As with Wii Sports
and Wii Resorts, generally most sports games on this console, some
of the games work quite well, whereas a few are a little so-so. The
control system of the Wii does however work on most occasions as you
slide on ice, jump in the air or bobsleigh at tremendous speeds,
it's actually quite fun. Although some events require speed with the
controllers, others rely more on timing such as skating or skiing.
Needless to say, the controls work well, except the ones where you
are forced to jiggle like crazy.
Some of the more
skilled activities such as snowboarding do require the player to
perform tricks which is a little frustrating at first, however with
a group of friends, there's plenty of good times to had. Thankfully
the game teaches you how to use the controllers for each sporting
activity that you play.
The game also
supports the Balance Board for some activities such as skiing and is
quite fun and is definitely a mini workout. The accuracy of the game
is somewhere between Wii Sports and Wii Resorts which depending on
how you're holding the controller, it can impact on the gameplay.
Apart from standard
events such as ice hockey or figure skating, there are "Dream
Events" that truly turn the volume up on bizarreness. The Dream
Events pay homage to the various universes of Mario and Sonic as you
compete in a variety of events, collecting boxes and powerups which
is very reminiscent of Mario Karts.
Although if you have
time, you cannot beat the Festival Mode that plays through the
entire Winter Olympic games from opening ceremony to even the
closing ceremony with all your favourite SEGA and Nintendo faces.
There's even a ton of unlockable content to aim for such as ghosts,
trivia and even remixes of classic Mario and Sonic music. This is
done through the reward system of coins.
game is visually quite impressive on the Nintendo Wii that
flawlessly recreates the characters in the game from Mario to Sonic
and even Donkey Kong. The game is quite colourful and cartoony at
the same that is oozing with references to both great companies. Of
course, with the music from both universes gracing this game and a
wide gamut of sound effects and it's easy to get lost in this well
made game from start to finish.
In conclusion, SEGA have created a fun sports game that works well
as a single-player game and even as a party game. With a plethora of
SEGA and Nintendo references, this game will definitely bring a
smile to your face as you compete in a variety of winter sporting
events. It's classy, it's fun and best of all, your favourite
console characters are ready to challenge everyone in their way and
if you don't take it too seriously, you'll have even a better time.