Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games review


Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Nintendo Wii and DS Mario and Sonic’s Olympic Games game if you know what I mean sold like the proverbial hot cakes. Not only did it tap into the spirit of the Olympics but it also brought together two gaming greats as they competed along with their friends and enemies over track and field events. Now they’re back competing over snow and ice but does the game get a chilly reception? Well, the good news is that this game improves on the last one. You’ll notice straight away that all the events are unlocked from the start which is great news in terms of accessibility. The controls are also tighter and seem less random but this does mean that sometimes gameplay can be a bit too simplistic. Events vary from figure skating and speed skating to ice hockey, curling and of course racing events as you hurtle down slopes and tunnels on skis, snowboards or even in bobsleighs. Of course, this one’s aimed very much at party play for the casual gamer so expect this to appeal more to non-gamers than the hardcore. Once again, Sega have tried to implement gestures that fit as closely to the real thing. When curling you ‘brush’ the stone towards the target just like in the real game and when speed skating you thrust your arms to-and-fro to get your speed up. You can even use the Wii balance Board if you have one to distribute your weight left and right in the slalom or lie face down on the floor when doing the skeleton. You’ll need some space in your lounge to do this and it may prove just a little bit too much effort for your Nan, best she just uses the remote then. On a negative note, it’s a shame there isn’t any Wii Motion plus support. Sega say it’s because they want the game to appeal to as many Wii owners as possible and that’s fair enough, but it would be nice to also support the thousands of gamers who’ve got the peripheral and can only currently use it on a couple of titles. This game isn’t aimed at the likes of me but I know that families who own a Wii just for party games and the like will enjoy this one. It’s not my cup of tea but if you’re in the casual games camp then you’ll be pleased to know I’m giving it a very good 7 out of 10. You’ve been watching a review from Gamesweasel If you want to get the show each week which includes video game reviews, news, previews, competitions and special features head over to gamesweasel.com for our video podcast Gamesweasel TV –

62 comments

  • Alen Zvekanov

    still no "im first" comments?!

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  • J T

    looks like trash

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  • Muffincakeswithsugar

    The game is shit

    forget about this one and move on

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  • oldb23

    really nice review, well done.

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  • yeeyoh

    I wish more games for, "serious gamers" came with that type of graphics, less about realism.

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  • Alex

    reviuw :)) lol … review … maybe … because reviuw i don't know what it means :))

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  • Revomatador

    cant wait for your review on MW2

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  • Michael Setyawan

    i love this games.

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  • Michael Setyawan

    i love this games.

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  • bonifidej

    Gamesweasel: ill give it a good…. Q/10!!!!
    Me: DUDE WTF WITH THE CRAZY ASS SCORES!??!??! 5/10 IS NOT ADVERAGE!!!! 6 IS!!!! 6.5!!!! 5 MEANS ITS TERRIBLE!!!!!

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  • goobervongoober

    @bonifidej

    normally yes but on games weasel scale 8 is about how good most feature games are because they all have flaws. 9 and 10 need to be created by God himself to exist here.

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  • Jiang

    this game looks really good and he's rite Sonic&Mario @ olympic games 1 was more 4 just screwin around and havin fun wit so this one looks good too im gettin it soon

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  • ildsc

    well im gonna get this ones because i had fun with my friends playing the summer one

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  • megasoniczxx

    wait at 1:16 was that radical highway from sonic adventure 2 battle.

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  • megasoniczxx

    I would but i dont have a wii.

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  • megasoniczxx

    Ditto.

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  • Rainbow7

    does this have wifi ?

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  • Red5433

    Like the last game, it is only to track high scores around the world.

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  • Rainbow7

    @xRed5433x O , alright thanks

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  • The Anti Joke

    Brawl first…

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  • TLPFIREMAN

    no you don t

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  • Tay lor

    I love at 1:38 Bowser Jr. is all excited and Bowser tries to calm him down. It's just weird to see from an evil fire breathing turtle.

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  • DienNDash

    only a select, it should show what kind of controls can be used at the back of the wii game.

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  • limetang

    No You don't need it, its an optional extra which adds to the game

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  • ILuvOmarionG

    Is this guy narrating stephen mullern? (can't spell his name)

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  • Sonic4K6

    Wii

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  • Kabegami The Great

    this thing sucks, guess me beeing raised with Mario this is nothing like it.

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  • The2050Show

    If you were smart, you'd know that at the Winter Olympics they have Winter sports. Running is a Summer sport.

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  • woogiepooh2013

    im going to buy original for ds and this for wii

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  • mulugeta mengesha

    my son has this game and he cant stop playing it so i had to take it away from him

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  • bob frankley

    LOOK BOWSER JR AT 1:37

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  • LeonTheHedgehogiX

    i got the ds verison and its AZSOME Theres a adventer mode too!

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  • Konstantin Knezic

    yes, idk, and yes 🙂

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  • Ketorulz

    Looks great! It's the Winter olympics, and I would expect every event on there, considering that there aren't that many, right? When I saw curling with Peach and Bowser, I thought to myself "This isn't right!" LOL

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  • Dizzy205

    tails cheats @ski jump but its cool

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  • Silver Yote

    i wonder if they'll do london and sochi and rio…

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  • Easmodx

    I consider myself a long time gamer which technically makes me a hardcore gamer, and yet this game pleases me very much: it´s MUCH better than the previous one, it´s got lots of stuff to do and multiplayer is great.

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  • redblade4

    is adventure tours on the wii version like on the ds version?

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  • Zwei4815

    Part of my childhood died when I watched this.

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  • mick5000x

    @legogamer98 dont forget red steel 2, that game "requires" the wii motion plus, what a waste of my money

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  • psilocybe23

    pffff… all the questions here, let me drop another cool question…

    Do you need a wii to play this wii game using a balance board ?
    Or can i insert this wii game into my playstation 3 and use project natal to do all the tricks jumping off my table ?

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  • BoneThugsRTheBest

    how do u play this game on wifi my little sister wants to know

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  • birdo56

    @mick5000x yeah at least Sega did the right thing about not adding the wii motion plus because sega actually cares about their customers besides the controls are alot easier

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  • BoneThugsRTheBest

    @ShadooTheHedgehog well thats gay

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  • Lbphart3

    i no what ill be geting for christmas:) i miss the mario partys soo i think i may snag this:D

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  • sportmaster92

    I love both of the olympics, espically the summer onessince im a track runner myself

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  • Tobi of the Akatsuki

    at least perfect chaos is in it 🙂 to bad he looks like he came from the 64

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  • Everyth1ng

    thumbs up if u guys think this guy's voice sounds like the people from killing floor

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  • AcryUkeButt

    lol i love how at 1:37 Bowser Jr was dancing and all and then Bowser holded him like "STAND STILL FOR A SECOND…JESUS CHRIST D=<"

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  • Ayzic

    1:47

    Bowser Jr.: hehe dance party!!
    Bowser: I'll tell mother
    Bowser Jr: Fine…

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  • Rigicai05

    Actually the non support for wii motion plus saves you $50

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  • Luigi13518

    @cponfantage12 I like trains.

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  • gamersixteen

    i just love seeing these two game icons come together

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  • Andy Delaney

    Make a fucking REAL mario and sonic crossover game!

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  • ThunderMelon

    @psilocybe23 no

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  • imperatorofman

    I like how the reviewer made it clear that its not his kind of game but those who are into the genre would love it. Some reviewers tend to let their own opinionated biases take root in their reviews.

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  • davide maggio

    questo gioco sarà bello

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  • Antonio Perez

    OH my gohs you talk to much

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  • Trami Nguyen

    Why Kirby eat Mario and Sonic?

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  • Niles Dobbs

    Does the Wii version and DS version have lock on technology?

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  • rosalio diaz

    Gg

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  • WiiGamer710

    I tHink you are an IDIOT

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