Parents' Guide to

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sports-themed party game is active, educational, and fun.

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You can think of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games as an Olympic-themed Wii Sports. With production values akin to a Nintendo-made Mario title, loads of activities and modes to choose from, and an educational element that distills scores of interesting tidbits of trivial information about the Olympics, this year’s host city of Vancouver, and various sports (did you know all curling stones come from a single quarry in Scotland?), there really isn’t much to dislike.

Even the controls -- often a weak spot for Wii sports compilation games -- are rock solid, benefiting from a philosophy that clearly puts simplicity at the fore. Speed skating, for example, involves little more than rhythmic swooshing motions as players move the remote from side to side, while giant slalom has players putting remote and nunchuk together and tilting them left and right to turn as though they were skis. The Wii Balance Board makes some events -- like skiing -- even more intuitive. It’s a good bet for any family looking for a way to bring the Olympics into their home.

Online interaction: Not an issue.

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