Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Dueling mascot game franchise scores a gold with this entry.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

This game franchise unites two legendary video game mascots that used to be arch rivals. Other character rivalries, like Sonic and Eggman or Mario and Bowser, are put aside as all characters join together and engage in good, fun competition. This helps promote the message that it's possible for anyone to put their differences aside and treat each other as equals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Sonic and Mario are heralded video game mascots and have built up incredibly strong, positive reputations over more than 20 years. Although there is no storyline and the characters do nothing overtly heroic in this game, the mere presence of such iconic game mascots exudes a message of positive role models. Well-known villains like Bowser and Eggman are also playable characters, and players may opt to choose one of these nefarious characters since they are rarely playable in other games. However, even these "bad guys" are presented in this game as normal Olympic competitors who are willing to play by the rules on the same level as everyone else.

Ease of Play

The gameplay controls in this game are easy to grasp; however, since this is a competitive sports game, the challenge comes in trying to play better than your opponents.

Violence & Scariness

In the traditional Olympic events like swimming, soccer, and badminton, there is no violent content. However, this game also includes a variety of more zany, non-Olympic mini-games. In these mini-games, players can use power-ups like turtle shells and cartoon bombs to slow down their opponents. Nothing in these mini-games is worse than what any player should expect in a Mario game.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics is the latest entry in the sports game series that unites video game mascots from rival companies. The game, officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee, features traditional sports from the Summer Olympic games like equestrian competitions, swimming, and running, as well as zany mini-games that are more familiar to fans of Sonic and Mario. The mini-games contain cartoon effects like bright explosions, "dizzy stars," and comedic power-ups, but none of this mild violent content is above and beyond what anyone would expect to see in a Sonic or Mario game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous March 7, 2017

The Wii Game I Coveted Most...

This game rocks! Graphics are excellent! The only real thing parents may be concerned about is Rouge the Bat. She doesn't flirt on this game, but her outfi... Continue reading
Adult Written byTrami Nguyen July 8, 2012


I love to see Kirby games. Boys like Sonic and Girls like Kirby. Mario and Sonic are true friends.
Kid, 9 years old July 15, 2014

The best mario and sonic !

This game teaches you teamwork, and also learns you stuff about the olympics . In teamwork games you can play with real people . E.g in some dream events (unrea... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2014

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic games

I think Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic games is a good wii game, although under 6's might find this hard to play, also the games are very compl... Continue reading

What's it about?

MARIO & SONIC AT THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS is presented as a collection of sports activities and mini-games rather than a game with any sort of cohesive storyline, but there is a single-player mode that tracks players on their quest to be the top athlete at the international games. There are competitions involving actual Summer Olympics sports -- swimming, track & field, equestrian, etc. -- as well as off-the-wall mini-games that are more fitting for the expansive group of whimsical cartoon characters.

Is it any good?

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics continues what has become a great sports game series and one of the most heralded licensed Olympic game franchises ever. The analogy of Mario and Sonic, once bitter rivals, duking it out in the most celebrated of global competitions is fitting. There are sports in this game that were not seen in the previous Mario & Sonic Olympics game, including soccer, badminton, and table tennis. The total number of competitions is exhaustive and will not leave players yearning for more. The game is best played with multiple people going against each other for the gold, but there is also a full single-player Story Mode that will keep solo players engaged as well. This cross-mascot game franchise has steadily improved since the first title was released in 2008, and this one is the best one yet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the rivalry that has existed between Mario and Sonic. Why is it important to get along with people you may dislike?

  • Does playing sports games on a console make you want to try the sport in real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99-$49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Wii) and Cartoon Violence (3DS)
  • Last updated: December 2, 2019

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