Marking the historic first time these two mascots have appeared together in a game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has players competing in events that take place in events based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Red vs. Blue: Nintendo's latest innovation has the colorful cast of characters of both worlds, competing against each other in officially licensed Olympic games. The main reason Mario and Sonic were created was to promote the upcoming 08 Olympic games, but don't let that little fact deter you from this highly enjoyable game.Mario And Sonic has a vast array of games to choose from in the beginning, with several unlockable events thrown in for replay value. M&S' games vary from swimming, to archery, and even gymnastics, with each one being more enjoyable than the last. Along with those events, you can choose from a bevy of characters from both Mario and Sonic's universe. Everyone from Mario, to Wario, and even Dr. Eggman and knuckles are there for the action.
Lasting Appeal: The events in M&S are very hands-on, and most require you to shake the Wii remote and Nunchuk up and down repeatedly to force your character to sprint, swim, or row a boat. Now, this control system works well, but will tire you out in a matter of about twenty-five minutes, forcing you to take frequent breaks, and wake up in the mourning with very sore arms. This problem is quite serious because the game targets children, and this extreme workout is way too hard on a small child's arm.The other misgiving of M&S is its lasting appeal. After you unlock and conquer all of the events, there is little reason to continue playing. The hidden events will add maybe an extra hour and a half to the final amount of time it takes to "beat" the game, but after that, it gets repetitive quick. The only thing that saves Mario and Sonic from an exceedingly low score is the multiplayer gameplay. Playing with a friend is highly entertaining for a little while, but like the single player campaign, it gets old fast.
Rent vs. Buy: Despite all of its shortcomings, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is an enjoyable game tailor made for a younger audience with its colorful cast of characters, and shallow collection of mini-games. Although this game won't appeal to the more mature group, you won't have a problem playing this with your child.
Despite all of its shortcomings, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is an enjoyable game tailor made for a younger audience with its colorful cast of characters, and shallow collection of mini-games. Although this game won't appeal to the more mature group, you won't have a problem playing this with your child.
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