Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games - Retail Essentials

Release date Nov 2013 Price n/a
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Release date November 8th 2013 Price n/a
Format Wii U
Publisher Nintendo Distributor Open
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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games - Retail Essentials

MCV looks at Nintendo and Sega's fourth Olympic game team up.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games releases on November 8th.

Nintendo’s and Sega’s mascots are teaming up again for another Olympics event, each bringing along a cast of characters from their series to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The cast includes Luigi, Peach, Tails and Knuckles.

This latest crossover sees sixteen events getting the Mario & Sonic treatment, including snowboarding, skiing, synchronised ice-skating, ice hockey, bobsledding and curling.

Players can use both the Wii U Gamepad and the Wii Remote Plus to control the game, giving players more intuitive game play. For example, the Gamepad can be used in curling to rub the ice while the Remote Plus can be used to release the rocks.

Legends Showdown mode gives players 20 characters to choose from. Fans can select who they want to compete in each event, adding an element of strategy to the proceedings. If players can pass through the five areas and defeat each boss they will be rewarded with the Legend Trophy.

Dream Events return from previous games, allowing players to perform more ridiculous and video game esque moves in worlds from the Sonic and Mario series such as Green Hill Zone and Bowser’s Castle. In total there are eight Dream Events, including Snowball Scrimmage, a gigantic snowball fight, while Snow Day Street Hockey is a different take on ice hockey.

Online multiplayer returns allowing players to compete against gamers from around the world in one of four events – Freestyle Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, 1000m Speed Skating and Dream Events. Winning medals means more points and ranking higher in the worldwide leaderboards.

This is the fourth time that Mario and Sonic have teamed up for the Olympics. The mascots first joined forces in 2007 for the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the Wii and DS.

Both Nintendo and Sega felt the Olympic Games series would work based on the competetive rivalry of the Mario & Sonic series.

The game sold so well that it was listed as the ‘best-selling gaming character crossover’ in the 2010 Guinness World Records Gaming Edition, having sold 7m units on Wii and 4m on DS. The series has shifted 25 million units.

The Sonic and Mario series’ collectively have sold over 790 million units since they began.

Since then the duo has appeared at the 2010 Winter Games in Canada, and London Olympics in 2012.

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