Mario & Sonic sign up for London Olympic Games

Nintendo's and Sega's iconic mascots competing on the global stage with new Wii, 3DS installments in 19 million-unit selling franchise.

Sega and Nintendo haven't won medals from critics with their Mario & Sonic at the Olympics mash-up series, but the two companies' respective mascots have seemingly transcended review scores when it comes to selling games. The series has thus far logged sales of more than 19 million units, after just two installments each for the Wii and DS.

Sonic has been known to throw the foot race events.

Today, the Japanese gaming giants announced the latest in their competitive sports-themed series, saying Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will arrive for the 3DS and Wii. Nintendo and Sega said they plan to announce a launch date for the new title later this year. Though the past two installments in the series were released on the DS, Nintendo and Sega made no mention of this platform as part of today's announcement.

The Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will include a handful of new events this time out. Football (soccer for Americans) and equestrian horseback riding will make their debut and join a host of other Olympic sports on both the track and the field. The London locale will also be supplemented by "Dream" events that take place in a variety of environments from Mario and Sonic games.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games on the 3DS will feature more than 50 Olympic-themed events. As with the Wii edition, games will be playable in both single- and multiplayer modes.

For an idea of what to expect, check out GameSpot's review of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games from 2009.

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47 comments
g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I wonder what games they have in London?

oneligas
oneligas

this game is going to be like drinking a liquefied ton of sugar in a single shot glass

mechag2
mechag2

This is great and all, and I'm sure it'll be lots of fun, but... I want a joint venture project between Nintendo and Sega to create an epic Mario & Sonic adventure game. THAT is what fans really want. :-/ ...something along the lines of Super Mario Bros. Z. Oh. My. GAWD! o_O I'd be all over that like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snow storm! \m/ \m/

Flint247
Flint247

I like the concept of crossing over Mario and Sonic characters in these games, but I would also like an adventure game of the characters. THAT would be epic. Please somebody let it happen. O:

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@BLKCrystilMage What they need is something like a platformer starring Mario and Sonic. Putting Sonic in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (a fighting game, but still) was a step in the right direction for fans to settle the dispute between the two.

jimbo102671
jimbo102671

I don't have a legitimate opinion on Mario and Sonic Olympic Games (as I've never played them), but how about Mario and Sonic Kart Racing (and I mean in the same game)? Now that would sell. EDIT: A Mario and Sonic platformer sounds good as well. I'd buy it, just so long it's not some rushed-out crud. (Same thing with the kart racing idea.)

sonicnewgen360
sonicnewgen360

ugh another one, don't me wrong I love the first two but I wanted an adventure game instead o well

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

reviewers may "hate" it, hahahaha, but gamers 'love' it. i 'hate' it but i 'love' it.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Go SEGA - Go Nintendo - Not really my thing - own the first and dont plan to buy another version/update soon - but choice is good and if it sells... well.. good on them. Anyhoo - It$ all good news for the games industry -19m is awesome on Wii. If only more people bought software for Wii and DS - instead of chipping&ripping it off then the systems may have been better supported...

Soniel1
Soniel1

hate it and say it will suck, this game will sell millions xD

sebetai
sebetai

I'd love to see a platformer but this good for now. Maybe on Project Cafe.

Omega_Syndrone
Omega_Syndrone

Take it from someone who works in the childcare sector. The kids, especially the little ones, LOVE the first Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games. I expect the next one to be no different, they'll love it for it's easy controls and colourful characters. Just because a game isn't made just for you doesn't make it bad.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

hate all you want but this isnt the only game made for wii lol theres hundresd to choose from , theres a reason why thier making these , its called appealing to different type of tastes

Linkari
Linkari

Mario and Sonic riding horses? This could go one of two ways: awesome or stupid.

super600
super600

I hope they do improve the third game. The second one was improved a bit from the first because they got rid of the obessive waggle that could break your hand in the Winter Games even though some of the minigames were okay and thhe Al in hockey was horrible.

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

@kbaily: Yes but, a Mario & Sonic platformer would sell as well. I see no reason why Sega and Nintendo shouldn't make that game.

kbaily
kbaily

Complain all you want but they keep making them because people keep buying them.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I just should my friend the pic here and he went nuts! he's a fan of the series since he has both the regular and winter games.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

As long as the Olympic games continue to sell well, they're gonna continue to make them.

electro57
electro57

I am waiting for Mario & Sonic at UFC 129.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Some guy in a Mario suit should light the torch, and then Sonic would jump out and tackle him. That would be an epic way to start the games.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'll be surprised if there isn't a DS version of this game. With an installed base of maybe 100 million or so, I can't imagine Nintendo will be quick to abandon the most popular handheld platform ever.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

They'll be making a Mario and Sonic World Cup in a few years xD!

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

Better question: Why won't Sega and Nintendo stop making these crappy crossovers?

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

*Sign* Why won't Sega and Nintendo make it into the game that fans really want?

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Crashbox45: I would definitely pay money for that game.

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Someday, I would like to see a Mario and Sonic platformer!

victorvcj
victorvcj

"...equestrian horseback riding will make their debut...". Horseback riding? In a Mario and Sonic game?

cmacinnis
cmacinnis

Phew... for a second I had the image of two morons in costume having a Wii battle on live T.V...

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

Put online, it may be worth consideration. If not, then it shouldn't be given a glance unless you are a huge fan of the series.

Superzone
Superzone

I don't really have a huge problem with this series or anything, but I think Nintendo and Sega can do better. I agree with some of the comments below, how about a Mario and Sonic platformer?

munchlax99
munchlax99

i must be the only person who likes this series :P

spooky57571
spooky57571

Either make a sonic and mario game the PROPER way, or kill this series (these Olympic games suck anyway).

monson21502
monson21502

dear sega and nintendo, stop milking this game and make a 2d mario/sonic classic game

sebetai
sebetai

Maybe I'll get this one on 3DS instead of Wii. I really liked the first one but still haven't gotten Winter games.

PoindeJ
PoindeJ

Ditto at the co-op Mario/Sonic platformer. Would be so much more exciting than these Olympic Games games. Nintendo needs to end it with all the mini-game compilations.

ssj5_nick
ssj5_nick

Hey, the Wii can't have Sonic Generations before it bites the dust, but there's always room for another bad party game!

Seis_Siete
Seis_Siete

I'm with the Vodka guy. Let's see a co op platformer featuring both Mario and Sonic.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@ColonelVodka I agree I want a platformer where both Mario and Sonic appear in it co-developed by EAD Tokyo and another team from SEGA. SEGA could handle the story and graphics while EAD Tokyo can handle Level Design and gameplay. Or they could pull a Crash and Spyro and put Mario in Sonic's universe developed by the Sonic Team and Sonic pulled into the Mario Universe developed by EAD Tokyo. I prefer the first option.

oChampion
oChampion

@ColonelVodka Agreed. The first two olympic games were crap, so what would influence them to make yet a third game that will probably suck

ColonelVodka
ColonelVodka

Screw this Olympics crap. I want to see a serious Mario and Sonic title co-developed by the best of Sega and Nintendo.