Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Developer SEGA Publisher Nintendo Genre Party Platform Nintendo DS Release Out Now
The wait is over and the results are in. 50Hz Gamer's going to give you what's what about the long anticipated game; “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games”. Although 50Hz Gamer has played both Wii and DS versions of this game, this review is centric to the Nintendo DS version of the game. There will be times in which the Wii version is referenced, however on balance, both games are very different to one another.
A lot of events which are similar to each other share common control traits, for example; Sprint and Hurdles both contain a lot of running, so you have to slide the stylus rapidly across the screen back and forth to gain speed. This is the same on the Nintendo Wii version of the game, which has similar traits in the form of rapidly moving the Wii Remote and Nunchuck up and down run.
Visuals, the game consists of a lot of visuals and for a Nintendo DS game, the graphical awe of this game is absolutely outstanding. There are a few niggling issues with some of the conflicting art styles used here and there around the game, for example; on the Data Load screen, you have a generic CGI rendered artwork of Mario, which looks all round and nice. On the other side of the screen, you have a blocky 3D model of Sonic which looks awful.
Multiplayer games consist of some single player events such as Archery, Sprints, Long Jump, but also include multiplayer only events such as Rowing (which plays like an on-sea variation of Mario Kart) and Basket Ball (Which includes the player throwing balls into hoops which move across the top screen). One draw-back is that multiplayer games have no explanation to them, so if you're playing with friends for the first time you're going to have to guess your way around them. There's also no pause... Now, when you're playing multiplayer games, you would like that pause option for longer games such as Archery for when your attention is needed else where.
So overall, the game's great. It sounds good, it looks good and it plays good. If you're big on minigame collections, then Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is the game for you. If you despise them, stay well clear, however if you forever play games with friends, have time to kill and one or more DS, you're good to go. Get or not to get? Get.