Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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OverviewOverview

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.

The series started on the DS and Wii in 2008, with stylus and motion controls. This has continued onto the 3DS, Wii U and Switch. The games offer the kind of mini-game competition from Mario Party games, with the motion fun from Wii Sports. There are 20 or so different sports in each of the games, that make for fun introductions to new activities and are really competitive.

The events follow rules and regulations of the specific sports, including athletics, gymnastics, shooting, archery, rowing, aquatics, fencing, and table tennis. It also includes alternate versions of Olympic events where interactions are more fantastical and dramatic.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2008) on Wii and DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009) on Wii and DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011) on Wii and 3DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013) on Wii U (Motion Plus support) and 3DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016) on Wii U (Motion Plus support) and 3DS
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2019) on Switch

DetailsDetails

Release Date: November 2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U.

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. The time for each round depends on how many players.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. The Wii, Wii U and Switch games offer ways for up to 4 people to compete. The Switch version offers 8-player online play.

CostsCosts

You can try this game in a free demo. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence. When hit in boxing or karate, bright lights flash and the characters let out a grunt of pain. When downed, characters lay motionless on the ground for a short amount of time before trying to get back up. There are never any injuries visible on the characters' bodies, and reactions to some of the attacks are slapstick in nature. All the characters are cartoony and child-friendly in design.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for cartoon violence.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.


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Compete on the Couch

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Free Multiplayer With Nintendo Download Play

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The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

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You could purchase the Motion Plus block and plug it into existing Wii Remote controllers, or purchase updated Wii Remote controllers that included Motion Plus. These newer controllers are indicated by the Motion Plus nomenclature on the bottom. This nuanced motion-controlled continued on to the Wii U in games that used the Wii Remote controls and needed extra fidelity for the player.

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