Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Hands/Tush-On

Winter Olympics here we come! I'll admit, I'm giddy with excitement in regards to the upcoming Olympics that are set to take place in my beloved frosty tundra called Canada. I love snow--as long as I don't have to shovel it--and being able to play winter sports from the comfort of my...

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Winter Olympics here we come! I'll admit, I'm giddy with excitement in regards to the upcoming Olympics that are set to take place in my beloved frosty tundra called Canada. I love snow--as long as I don't have to shovel it--and being able to play winter sports from the comfort of my couch in sunny California couldn't be more appealing. Well, in this case, Ricardo, Brian and I were technically playing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games with a couple of Sega reps in our demo room under the warm glow of fluorescent lighting.

Swoosh!

First up, was alpine skiing and since I'm such a good sport (aka Ricardo forced me) I jumped right in with Wii Remote and nunchuk in hand, picked my favorite green dinosaur and started blazing down the hill like it was second nature. Since you're holding your controller like a pair of ski poles, all you really need to do is pretend you're pulling yourself out of the gate and hit the A button. After that, it's all about leaning, and the closer you get to the bright red flags, the more speed you'll get. The gates are very wide however, so they're actually kind of hard to miss unless you're trying to cut corners for the extra boost. The game can also be played with the balance board, so it's time to break out the Wii Fit again for practice.

Next up was bobsledding, a four player team sport in which we shake the remote to get that running start and then press A to hop into our sled. As luck would have it, Ricardo got the front, then it was Brian me and one of the Sega reps in the back. All we had to do was clutch the Wii Remote to our chest, buttons toward us, and lean. Easy right? Yeah, well Brian didn't pull his weight for half the race so we bounced off the sides of the track a few times before he decided to join us in the leaning. A yellow line on the track is a guide on where you should be (see below for example), so if we had actually coordinated, we would have been able to take those corners without problems. Brian = weakest link? I think so. (And so what if he had dead batteries?)

Skeleton on the DS is almost like bobsledding, except more suicidal as you're going down the track solo, face-first on a tiny sled. This game is fun on the DS though, because the controls are tighter as you use the stylus to guide your character down the track, swiping upwards periodically to give yourself a boost. The other game we played was Snowboard Cross, in which you race down the hill against other boarders--using the D pad and buttons--doing jumps to gain speed and drifting around banked turns so that you don't wind up hanging out with the spectators.

Look Brian, TEAMWORK.

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Brian:

Sophia talking trash about my bobsleigh skills is hilarious to me. She's clearly jealous of my butt. You see, I probably have the most skilled tush in the GameSpot office. My heiny has been gaming longer than Sophia has been alive, probably. True story: My patoot once set a high score in Pole Position at a Jasper, Alabama arcade back in '85. My cheeks were last seen ripping up the slopes in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party and now, with the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, my hind quarters have dominated in Vancouver.

Forget the four-man bobsleigh; the best way to get down with the sleigh is to pop a squat on your Wii balance board. You still start off by shaking the Wii Remote to get a running start and pressing the A button to leap into your sleigh. Once you're in, however, it's all about scientifically precise buttock control; which I have in spades. Just as when you're playing with the Wii Remote, your goal is to keep your bobsleigh in the middle of the track and following the illuminated arrow; doing so will give you a burst of speed that will continue as long as you can keep it going.

While I didn't check, I'm fairly certain that my rear end broke several bobsleigh world records during my time with Mario & Sonic; a fact that makes it all the more clear to me: My ass belongs in the Olympics.

Discussion

40 comments
Axcel_94
Axcel_94

Metal Sonic and Donkey Kong is nice, but definatley need more.

dont_know_2
dont_know_2

ill get a wii with this and super mario bros wii and a second controller

lmorr767
lmorr767

i read nintendo mag ye its got blance bord

lmorr767
lmorr767

i heard u can use the wii blance bord LOOKS GOOD

EtherealFire
EtherealFire

The first one was good but had plenty of drawbacks, hopefully they can make the proper adjustments and create a hit.

SurenTheHedgehg
SurenTheHedgehg

Looking great so far. I thought the first one played out pretty well. Hope the character list doesn't suck like the last one though. Kinda disappointing not getting to see more characters from either series.

greatsword56
greatsword56

people, lets face it. look at every single olmpic-based game, and compare the scores. THEY ALL SCREW UP SOME WERE. i was actualy fairly impressed with the first one, and this can only improve on it.

wiiBoy321
wiiBoy321

i hope for beter sonic charicters

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

I agree, enough of the cheap mediocre 3rd party games! More franchise games!!!!

iversonisdabest
iversonisdabest

nintendo should stop making quick cheap games that suck and focus on making games that a awesome

BrandonZone
BrandonZone

looks pretty cool, i enjoyed mario & sonic at the beijiing oylmpic

Falco_648
Falco_648

Wow. People actually like the first one?

fastkilrx
fastkilrx

Gmaster01, I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but the last Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games featured the typical summer events... They somehow managed to screw it up, but this one should be a bit easier. The winter games translate well enough into game form, in my opinion.

Gmaster01
Gmaster01

after this will be "mario and sonic at the olimpic games spring games" then summer games,autumn games an then mario and sonic series will end. but this game will be great

yoshishadow
yoshishadow

yeah that game gonna be a great work!!! : ) but i think will be one better with those two stories in a game of adventure not in sport games

gameking5000
gameking5000

@shahroz15 I believe it comes out quite late in the year. Q4 this year

agehaelhaym
agehaelhaym

I'm more interested now than I expected to be about a Sonic sports game. I hope they will do a good job with this game.

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

I really hope Rosalina makes it into the roster! She has a high chance of making it since she has made it into Mario Kart Wii.

sonictrainer
sonictrainer moderator

I wonder what characters we'll see this time?

7943
7943

With winter sports like sking and ice hockey this could be a massive improvement on its predecassor

gamegeek9
gamegeek9

cool but could be better. i hope so in the time being, or did it come out already?

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

it looks ok, not something i would buy though

DarkProwl
DarkProwl

The sleds they use for Skeleton look like the tops for trash cans. That makes me want to do that. Also, this game needs to have hockey.

ericman22
ericman22

I love the winter games this game will be just a good if not, better than the first one!

sarahpod
sarahpod

If it's as good as the first one, it's going to be awesome!

sonicnewgen360
sonicnewgen360

man I can't wait it looks like it will be awesome

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I just hope this will turn out better than the last one did. It was all right for a while, but it got old before too long.

TriniPlayer
TriniPlayer

looks impressive,i will just have to see how it will turn out to be on the release date.

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

It's off to a great start! Don't let us down Nintendo and Sega!

Sophia
Sophia

Winter Olympics here we come! I'll admit, I'm giddy with excitement in regards to the upcoming Olympics that are set to take place in my beloved frosty tundra called Canada. I love snow--as long as I don't have to shovel it--and being able to play winter sports from the comfort of my couch in sunny California couldn't be more appealing. Well, in this case, Ricardo, Brian and I were technically playing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games with a couple of Sega reps in our demo room under the warm glow of fluorescent lighting.

Swoosh!First up, was alpine skiing and since I'm such a good sport (aka Ricardo forced me) I jumped right in with Wii Remote and nunchuk in hand, picked my favorite green dinosaur and started blazing down the hill like it was second nature. Since you're holding your controller like a pair of ski poles, all you really need to do is pretend you're pulling yourself out of the gate and hit the A button. After that, it's all about leaning, and the closer you get to the bright red flags, the more speed you'll get. The gates are very wide however, so they're actually kind of hard to miss unless you're trying to cut corners for the extra boost. The game can also be played with the balance board, so it's time to break out the Wii Fit again for practice.

Next up was bobsledding, a four player team sport in which we shake the remote to get that running start and then press A to hop into our sled. As luck would have it, Ricardo got the front, then it was Brian me and one of the Sega reps in the back. All we had to do was clutch the Wii Remote to our chest, buttons toward us, and lean. Easy right? Yeah, well Brian didn't pull his weight for half the race so we bounced off the sides of the track a few times before he decided to join us in the leaning. A yellow line on the track is a guide on where you should be (see below for example), so if we had actually coordinated, we would have been able to take those corners without problems. Brian = weakest link? I think so. (And so what if he had dead batteries?)

Skeleton on the DS is almost like bobsledding, except more suicidal as you're going down the track solo, face-first on a tiny sled. This game is fun on the DS though, because the controls are tighter as you use the stylus to guide your character down the track, swiping upwards periodically to give yourself a boost. The other game we played was Snowboard Cross, in which you race down the hill against other boarders--using the D pad and buttons--doing jumps to gain speed and drifting around banked turns so that you don't wind up hanging out with the spectators.

Look Brian, TEAMWORK.

---

Brian:

Sophia talking trash about my bobsleigh skills is hilarious to me. She's clearly jealous of my butt. You see, I probably have the most skilled tush in the GameSpot office. My heiny has been gaming longer than Sophia has been alive, probably. True story: My patoot once set a high score in Pole Position at a Jasper, Alabama arcade back in '85. My cheeks were last seen ripping up the slopes in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party and now, with the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, my hind quarters have dominated in Vancouver.

Forget the four-man bobsleigh; the best way to get down with the sleigh is to pop a squat on your Wii balance board. You still start off by shaking the Wii Remote to get a running start and pressing the A button to leap into your sleigh. Once you're in, however, it's all about scientifically precise buttock control; which I have in spades. Just as when you're playing with the Wii Remote, your goal is to keep your bobsleigh in the middle of the track and following the illuminated arrow; doing so will give you a burst of speed that will continue as long as you can keep it going.

While I didn't check, I'm fairly certain that my rear end broke several bobsleigh world records during my time with Mario & Sonic; a fact that makes it all the more clear to me: My ass belongs in the Olympics.