Review: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)

Mario and Sonic have had an old rivalry, dating back to 1991, when Sonic, the more recently released character, was first shown to the public. This is not the first game they’ve been together in, however. In fact, Sonic and Mario have been in several games together including the following: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. This most recent Sonic and Mario game is definitely long-awaited and anticipated, but does it live up to the expectations left by the previous Mario and Sonic games? Read more to find out! - Ryan Baxter

Gameplay

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a set of fun minigames. Many people may find this unnerving, as storyline are often a part of Sonic games and Mario games. In fact, they’re not even the circuits from the earlier games. However, it is quite fun to play through the games that are included. Many new games have been added that weren’t in the previous games, like equestrian (horses) games, canoeing, soccer (futbol), and synchronized swimming. This brings rhythm games into the mix, as well as keeping strength, speed, agility, and skill games.

Presentation

This game doesn’t take huge strides with the presentation. A lot of the animations are reused or similar. This is fine considering the type of game that this is, but if you’re expecting a presentation much like that of a Legend of Zelda game, for some reason, you’ll be sadly disappointed. Then again, the presentation doesn’t really take away from the overall game, as the graphics are quite good when attention is drawn to them, and at other times, yo hardly notice the game has graphics at all, as you get swept up in the spirit of competition.

Characters

All of the characters from the previous games have been retained for this wonderful game! Also, the Mii gaming interface is now more than a statless fool that looks like you. Now, you can slap an accessory you win from a form of scratchers lottery to increase the stats of your Mii! You can also get full body suits of characters and set your stats to those of the character, or at least to something similar. This makes the experience in the game much more customizable, and you can feel more like your actually in these events.

Multiplayer

Mario and Sonic at the London Olympic Games has a mode called “London Party.” This allows you to play a variety of mini games with friends while learning about the great city of London! There’s also as sports event thrown in there every once in a while. The goal of this game mode is to fill a previously set amount of cards with stickers won from the mini games and sporting events. The “London Party” games can take anywhere from half an hour to 90 minutes! It is surely a good excuse to play quaint games with friends for long amounts of time!

Conclusion

Though Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is not liable to become a classic any time soon, it can still offer you a good afternoon of fun, and can certainly be added to your collection of party games. The game offers as much challenge as you bring to it, and others that you play with! At the end of the day, it’s simply a competitive game, used to earn bragging rights of “I beat you at shooting!” and also to settle arguments between gamers. This wonderful game, with its bright yellow box, will live in our hearts for all time, even if it only occupies a small section of it.  Anyone who’s a big fan of either Mario or Sonic will get some fun out of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games!

Pros

+Wide Variety of Characters
+Many Fun Events
+Customizable Mii Experience
+Most Games Have Multiplayer
+None of the Events Have to be Unlocked

Cons

-No Storyline
-The Games Can Become Dull

Rating

7.5

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