Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics



Dueling mascot game franchise scores a gold with this entry.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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 Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:November 15, 2011
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Wii) and Cartoon Violence (3DS)

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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.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Easy to play/use
Parent Written byover9k July 3, 2012

Weapons and illegal drugs

Very unrealistic, women in underwear and shooting with weapons. First of all, athletes can run the 100m race in under 8 seconds. Steroids are used to boost performance. There are tons of women that are in under-wearish clothes. Also there are weapons.
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Too much violence
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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 (unreal sports) you have to help each other , or in the estafettes this game is also easy to play with.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use


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