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Author: Andy Robertson.
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
Release Date: November 2007, updated in 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following games are like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for younger age ratings.
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Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.
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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.
Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.
Video games are one way that we can reconnect with each other, without needing to be in the same place. Finding games to play online with grandparents and carers is not only a good way to keep in touch but a lot of fun.
The games on this page are part of the PLAY&TALK Weekend, which has launched in time for National Loneliness Awareness Week, aims to reduce feelings of isolation by getting people to talk with friends or family safely online. Backed by over 30 companies in the games industry, the Play&Talk weekend hopes to initiate 10,000 extra conversations across the UK through the power of games.
- Co-operative: Some of the games are good ways to connect and play co-operatively online (like Feather, Overcooked 2, Ibb and Obb, Skylanders Children of Light).
- Competitive: With some practice there are easy and fun online competitive games (like Tricky Towers, Videoball)
- Asynchronous: Other games are a way to connect and play without being online at the same time (like Horizon Chase Turbo, Worms, Words With Friends, Wargroove, Animal Crossing).
- Community: Then there are games that connect you with a wider player community in a gentle non-invasive way (like The First Tree, Journey, Lost Words, The Endless Forrest).
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.
Wii U Party minigames, Nintendo Land, Table Tennis and Archery in Wii Sports Resort as well as the exploration and combat in Zelda Skyward Sword each stand out as really good use of this extended Motion Plus controls.
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