Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Favorite gaming icons compete in a lackluster Olympics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is about sportsmanship and friendly competition among rivals.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Sonic is a well-known SEGA brand and Mario is Nintendo's leading franchise.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that other than some comic mischief, you won't find anything questionable or offensive here. While some characters are apt to get a boot to the rear end now and then, "Mama Mia" is as close as you get to cursing.

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What's it about?

In MARIO AND SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES, onetime rivals Mario, of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Sonic the Hedgehog of SEGA Genesis have come together in a madcap version of the Olympic games. Gameplay involves competing in a series of Olympic-type games including track and field events, gymnastics, table tennis, and others. But there are also some games you will never see in real life, like maneuvering through hoops in the sky. To compete, you choose your character from the ranks of these popular franchises -- Tails, Shadow, and Dr. Eggman are among Sonic's crew, while Mario's cast includes Peach, Bowser, Wario, and Luigi -- and more characters can be unlocked by completing events.

Is it any good?

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While the premise sounds fun and the characters are beloved old favorites, the game lacks polish. Controls are spotty and simplistic, and the games have little depth. But there are over 20 events to choose from and four different game modes. The ability to play with up to three friends is a positive. Sadly Mario's first meeting with Sonic is pretty lackluster -- especially on the already Mini game-saturated Wii console.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the history of the Olympic Games. Because this game provides entertaining information about the history of the real games and events, do you think this game has raised your interest in the real Olympics? Which events did you like playing the most, the real ones or the fantasy ones?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:November 7, 2007
Genre:Party
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
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Teen, 17 years old Written byluvanger October 11, 2009
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What in the world happened to making good games???

A lot of people have been wanting to come out with more politically correct video games that will not offend anyone. They've done it, but at the cost of entertainment. This game is just plain sad. Sonic and Mario have been known for their awesome adventures fighting enemies Dr. Robotnik and Bowser, respectively. But the game creators decided to throw all that away to create an uninspired joke of a game. This game is contains nothing inappropriate, and promotes all the right things, but it's got to be one of the worst games I've played in my life. If you really want to find a game that's non-offensive but still entertaining, try something else. There's plenty better than this.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Written byAnonymous September 29, 2009
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Plagued with control issues.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is, at its core, a minigame collection that you can normally find for 15 bucks at any store, except Mario and Sonic characters are in it. The game is filled with control issues to an almost ridiculous level, making some games almost unplayable. Flailing your arms around in random ways desperately hoping that the broken control will respond is not that fun. There is some fun to be had here, but dissappointment is more common. And the 50 dollar price tag is insulting.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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