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Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games: Sochi 2014 (Nintendo Wii U)
- Experience realistic events from the Winter Games including:
- Figure skating
- Snowboard slopestyle, which will make its Olympic Games debut in Sochi, Russia
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- Platform: Nintendo Wii U
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Platform: Nintendo Wii U
Mario and Sonic go for the gold!
Join Mario, Sonic, and the rest of your favourite characters as they team up and compete in events at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Key features of the game
Experience realistic events from the Winter Games, including curling, skiing, figure skating pairs, and snowboard slopestyle, which made its Olympic Games debut in Sochi, Russia.
In addition to these realistic events, the game also includes Dream Events set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario that let players perform dynamic moves not possible in real life. For example, experience the adrenaline rush of Winter Sports Champion Race, a mixed event that combines skiing, snowboarding, skating, and bobsleigh in a single race.
The Wii U GamePad controller and the first use of Wii Remote Plus functionality in the series offers greater depth of control and intuitive game play that immerses players in each event.
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Most of the events are fairly short, and reasonably easy to learn. Some of them can make use of the game pad, but to be honest it really doesn't leverage its potential (except for a few quirky things here and there). It's mostly played with the Wii Remote Plus, optionally with the nunchuk. In my view, the controls are not always as intuitive as they could be for beginners, but there are the usual tutorials, and the on-screen prompts also help.
There is plenty of scope for local multiplayer competition, either simultaneously or taking it in turns (depending on the event). Some events also offer co-operative multiplayer modes, which can be a nice change of pace. It's enjoyable as a single player experience too though. You can monitor your progress to see how you're improving, and share your achievements with other friends who also own the game. You can even look at the best times and runs from other players round the world, which is a nice touch. There are a *lot* of things to unlock as well.
Each player can choose from a wide range of recognisable characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, and so on. They each have particular strengths and weaknesses, such as speed, acceleration, and turning. These attributes can make a significant difference to the game, so your choice is important. You can also play as your Mii, and can adjust your own appearance and attributes by changing clothes and gear. (Clothes and gear are among the many unlockables.)
The online multiplayer is a nice idea, letting you compete to get medals for your home country. There only seems to be a very small subset of events available for online play though, and I've rarely been able to find an opponent. That may change as more people buy it though.
Overall, I'd say the game is worth having if you're a casual player, or enjoy some simple local multiplayer. It's been well designed and implemented, the breadth of things to do is good, and it's fun to drop into when you have a few minutes free. However, there isn't terribly much depth or long-term challenge in my opinion. As with many similar titles, I think most of the engagement will come from playing with friends.
Graphics are bright and colourful and the gameplay is smooth. I would say it's a good game for an older family, children in their teens maybe.
Can't go wrong with the price either. Fun had all round.
First off, There is no way to play multiplayer locally unless you have a Wii motion plus controller. Also, you can't play some events with only the gamepad. This is just a rip off to me because I think it would work just fine with a regular remote.
Also, The control was messed up completely compared to the 2nd Olympic game. Your character (Regardless of your stats), Will be very clunky when trying to turn at any speed, making Gameplay slow and tedious unless you like skiing in straight lines!
Overall- 3/10 AVOID THIS GAME!
Please SEGA and Nintendo, Make Rio 2016 the best you can! I miss 2008!
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