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.
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.