Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Common Sense Media says

Favorite gaming icons compete in a lackluster Olympics.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is about sportsmanship and friendly competition among rivals.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Not applicable

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?


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

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Written byAnonymous September 29, 2009

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
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


It seems ok.But adults are from another galaxy.
Kid, 9 years old March 16, 2010

i think mario and sonic do something fun here

its just very fun.
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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