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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

The Million-Dollar Duo Returns For Winter Fun
by Matt Helgeson on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Release:
Rating: Everyone
Platform: Wii

While Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games didn’t win accolades in the pages of Game Informer, the exploding Wii and DS market embraced the twin titans’ casual sports title with enthusiasm. By “enthusiasm,” we mean “a combined 10 million units sold worldwide.” With sales numbers like that, it’s no surprise that the duo is back for another Olympic outing.

Gearing up for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, the mascots take part in a new collection of athletic pursuits. Alpine skiing and speed skating are confirmed for the Wii, while bobsled and snowboarding are slated for the DS. However, given that the Wii version is fully compatible with the Wii Balance Board, we would be shocked if snowboarding didn’t make the slate of events.

Multiplayer is a focus for both titles, with Sega promising an even greater number of cooperative and competitive modes. The DS uses its local wireless functions to allow for four-player competition, although we’re not certain if each player will need a cartridge or not.

It’s certainly gratifying to see two old rivals working together. With Nintendo’s legendary Shigeru Miyamoto overseeing production this time around, hopefully the quality of this game will match its expected sales figures.