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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS)
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- 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.
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Platform: Nintendo DS
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS)
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 its fair to say nobody imagined that it would finally happen in the form of an athletics simulator. Its 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 youd 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. Youd expect some characters to be naturally better at some sports than others but each has their own strengths and weakness, with even Sonics 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 Fools joke at first but this crossover could well be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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It's got over 20 olympic mini-games and 25 other random mini-games. It has Nintendo Wi-fi connection it also has Single-card ds download play and also Multi-card ds download play! it has 90 missions to do and 16 characters to pick from, there is a mode called Circuit mode which is pretty much story mode it has 3 Circuit classes: Beginner's Class, Advanced Class and Master's Class, all-together it has 15 circuits and each circuit can take up to 20 minutes so it has lots of gameplay and if you just want to play mini-games instead doing a circuit or mission you can just select "Single Match" mode there you can play all the mini-games you have unlocked so far! If you touch aAthletics you will find 7 minigames to play and unlock, the 1st is 100M, the 2nd is 400M, the 3rd is 400M Hurdles, the 4th is Long Jump, the 5th is Triple Jump, the 6th is Javelin Throw, and the 7th is Hammer Throw and if you go back and touch Aquatics you will find 2 minigames the 1st is 100M Freestyle and the 2nd is 10M Platform, press B to go back and touch Gymnastics and you will find two mini-games the 1st is Trampoline (which is EXCELLENT!) and Vault, again press B to go back and you will find Achery, Table Tennis (Ping Pong), Fencing (EXCELLENT!), Shooting, Cycling and if you've unlocked it you will find "Drean Events" tap that and you will find Dream Race, Dream Canoeing, Dream Boxing (EXCELLENT!), Dream Table Tennis (Dream Ping Pong), Dream Basketball, Dream Shooting, Dream Fencing (EXCELLENT!) and Dream Long Jump. There is 416 Medals to earn, there are 16 Trophies to earn, there are 40 empblems to earn and 17 Crowns to earn as well, and you can unlock 10 different original Mario and Sonic songs. Oh yeah one last thing you can store 3 save files.
Gameplay --> 9.6/10 The game's events are either controlled soley with the stylus, the buttons, or an intelligent mix of both. The trampoline event, for instance, will have you drawing either a straight line up, a right angled line or tapping the screen three times. Sounds simple? Not when you're on a strict time limit and there are fifteen commands to put in.
Graphics --> 9.4/10 This has to be as good as it gets for the Nintendo DS. Perfect cell-shaded characters mean a lot of fun with the visuals. There's nothing like seeing fully rendered Mario and Sonic characters racing each other in the 100m dash.
Audio --> 9.7/10 This was so close to a 10, but after playing it again to make sure I get this review balanced, i noticed that the music is a little repetitive. You really notice it when you actually focus on it, but you don't really, so it's not much of a problem.
Multiplayer --> 9.9/10 Very good, and there is the option to play with a friend who does not have the game ("DS Download Play"), so props for that.
Replay Value --> 10/10 As I said above, you will try so hard to get the gold medals that you will be playing events over and over again until you get them. There are also the challenges (5 for each character, plus a secret 6th) that do not need to be completed, but you get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a character have a full circle of stars in his stats screen at the character selection.
Overall --> 9.8/10 (5 stars) Nothing else to say, only it's addictive and, most importantly, fun. Well worth the money.
Once you have unlocked the normal events, you unlock the dream events - dream boxing, fencing, race, shooting, long jump and basketball which are all really fun and original. The game is very addictive and I recommend it to all :)
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