Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Computer Platform: Nintendo Wii
Produced by: Sega Japan, Sega Sports
Price Range: $41-50
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Reviewed By: Josh

Genre: Sports Party Game
Christian Rating: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Gameplay: 3 of 5 (average)
Violence: 5 of 5 (none)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)


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The year is 2008, and the Summer Olympics are coming to Beijing, China. This year’s competition is expected to be as fierce as ever, but there are some new faces seeking to take home the gold medal. Newcomers Mario, Sonic, and their friends will compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics to claim the right to call themselves the best.

Fans of the Mario and Sonic series have waited for this game for a long time. It is the first time in which the two rival stars are featured in the same game. Now players can finally face off with their favorite characters to see which of them is truly the best.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games packs fun in along with nostalgia for old-school gamers. Is “MaS” the showdown fans have patiently been waiting for? And is this a game that is safe for the whole family? Read on to find out more.

Graphics and Visuals:
Mario and Sonic at the Olympics looks extremely well on the Wii. There are no frame-rate issues that I recall, and all the characters are colorful and detailed. The backgrounds and environments feature good textures that don’t detract from the fun. I was especially pleased that the Olympic Stadium featured real to life mascots and was authentically rendered after the actual Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

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This game is essentially a mash-up of mini-games that recreate Olympic events. There are real life events, such as the 400 meter dash and the long jump, as well as new, entertaining fantasy events, like the 10,000 meter dive. Completing events is fun, but the game will require you to repeat them over and over again in order to unlock new ones. “MaS” also has a multiplayer mode for each Olympic event. This makes the game quite fun with a large group of friends or family. In fact, “MaS” is best played with a group, as the single player gets old very fast.

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This game includes adequate audio (character voice acting, crowd cheers, and a few melodies), and there is no swearing in the game’s music.

Each event has its own controls players need to get used to. For the 100 meter dash, players shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuck up and down to simulate running. For archery, they pull the Wii Remote back and let go of the trigger button to release “the arrow.” Some of the controls work extremely well, but at other times the controls are far more frustrating than they are fun.

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The only “violence” in the game is in the fencing competition, individual epee. However, the fencing event is placed in a “sporting” light that is appropriate for all ages.

Family Friendliness:
“MaS” is one of the cleanest games I’ve ever played. There is no violent, spiritual, or adult content for Christian families to be concerned about, and it can be enjoyed by young children and age old gamers alike. There are a lot of opportunities for kids to learn sportsmanship during this game too.

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Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is product that appeals to a vast audience of gamers and is best enjoyed by a group of people. But most importantly, “MaS” is a game that Christian families can play together and know that they’ve made a wise entertainment choice.

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Year of Release — 2007

[tags] 4.5 stars, Sports, Nintendo Wii, E (Everyone), Sega Japan, Sega Sports [/tags]

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