Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
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Developer(s) Sega Sports R&D[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hiroshi Miyamoto
Producer(s) Nobuya Ohashi
Eigo Kasahara
Toyokazu Nonaka
Programmer(s) Yoshitaka Kawabata
Artist(s) Hiroshi Kanazawa
Composer(s) Tadashi Kinukawa
Hideaki Kobayashi
Naofumi Hataya
Chihiro Aoki
Yutaka Minobe
Ken Inaoka
Jun Senoue
Mitsuharu Fukuyama
Yuri Fukuda
Series Mario & Sonic
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date(s) EU November 8, 2013[2]
AUS November 9, 2013[3]
NA November 15, 2013[1]
JP December 5, 2013[4]
Genre(s) Sports, party
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (マリオ&ソニック AT ソチオリンピック Mario ando Sonikku ATO Sochi Orinpikku?, lit. "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympics) (stylized as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: Sochi 2014) is a crossover sports/party video game for the Wii U, the first for the console.[5] It was unveiled on May 17, 2013, is the fourth game in the Mario & Sonic series, and is the official video game for the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi. It was released on November 8, 2013 in Europe,[2] November 9, 2013 in Australia,[3] November 15, 2013 in North America, and December 5, 2013 in Japan.[4] It the first title in the series to feature an online multiplayer mode, and the first to be published by Nintendo globally, as previous titles were published by Sega outside Japan. Unlike previous titles, the game is solely on home console, and does not have a portable version.

This game formed the second part in Sega's exclusivity agreement with Nintendo after Sonic Lost World back on mid-October 2013 but followed by Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on November/December 2014, both games based on the animated television series.

Gameplay[edit]

The players can only choose one of twenty characters that return from the previous two games, participate in a series of sixteen Olympic events. Events are controlled either using the Wii Remote MotionPlus and Nunchuk controllers, or the Wii U GamePad, with some events, such as the biathlon, utilising both control methods, for the Wii U version. Along with returning events, such as skiing, bobsledding and curling,[6] new events include figure skating pairs and snowboarding slope style. Like in the previous games, players can also participate in one of eight fictional Dream Events, including a new mixed event in which cases can be simultaneously played with snowboarding, skiing and bobsledding players. These events are played in places from the Mario and Sonic franchises.[7] A new addition to this game is the Action & Answer Tour, where players answer questions to score points while competing in various events hosted by Orbot and Cubot from Sonic Colors and Sonic Lost World.

Reception[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games received mixed reviews, with most critics praising the visuals, but criticising the game's similarity to previous Mario & Sonic series games. It has an aggregate score of 54.81% on GameRankings[8] and 55/100 at Metacritic.[9]

Gaz Plant of Nintendo Life gave the game 6 out of 10, summarising that it "...feels like a minor progression, and not the huge leap you might be expecting. Taking a lot of its cues from the 2010 game, and ignoring the rapid-fire party experience of 2012, this latest edition hits some of the right buttons, but they’re the same unremarkable buttons that were hit four years ago. The inclusion of online is certainly welcome, but too limited, while the inventive TV idea used on the GamePad is never taken far enough. But that said, with a group of friends, there’s still a lot of fun to be had here; it’s just hard to shake that feeling that you’ve done it all before."[10]

Digital Spy's Liam Martin scored the game 3 out of 5, praising the game's visuals, multiplayer aspects and family-friendly fun but commented on the game's lack of "spark" and progression in the Mario & Sonic series, stating that "When the action is go and games are in full swing, the game is a flashy and fun mini-game compilation for all of the family. Despite some enjoyable multiplayer encounters, the game is lacking the sublime to go with the star power".[11]

IGN's Scott Thompson, gave the game 4.5 out of 10; praising the games online multiplayer but panned the games unresponsive motion controls; summarising that "[The game] has some good ideas but it's weighed down by bad motion controls".[12]

David Jenkins of Metro was mostly negative towards the game, giving the game a 3 out of 10. Jenkins praised the games graphics but panned the game's lack of depth, inconsistent controls and recycled content, concluding that "[This is] the worst Mario & Sonic game yet and not just a waste of a crossover, but a genuinely poor mini-game compilation and one that makes both the Wii U and the GamePad look bad".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Overview". Polygon. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games reconfirmed for Nov. 8th release". GoNintendo. September 20, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "NINTENDO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATES FOR ANTICIPATED Wii U & NINTENDO 3DS TITLES FOR 2013". Nintendo Australia. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Nintendo Direct 2013.10.1 | Nintendo" (in Japanese). Nintendo Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "FLIPNOTE STUDIO 3D RELEASE DATE + Other Nintendo 3DS News". YouTube. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  6. ^ Martin, Liam. "'Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games' announced". Digital Spy. 
  7. ^ "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Games & 3rd Sonic Nintendo Exclusive Revealed". Anime News Network. 
  8. ^ "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  10. ^ "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U) Review". Nintendo Life. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  11. ^ "'Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games' review (Wii U) - Gaming Review". Digital Spy. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  12. ^ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/11/09/mario-sonic-at-the-sochi-2014-olympic-winter-games-review
  13. ^ Jenkins, David (2013-10-27). "Mario & Sonic At The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games review – snow joke | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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Vancouver 2010
Official video game of the Winter Olympics
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Preceded by
London 2012
Official video game of the Olympics
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