Excerpt: Following the phenomenal success of the Wii incarnation of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, SEGA's DS version has finally arrived in stores, but without the Wii Remote and Nunchuck should gamers be excited to see the rotund plumber and blue hedgehog starring alongside each other? In a kooper shell, yes. On offer are 16 real-world events, including favourites such as 100m, 400m, 400m Hurdles, Long Jump and 100m Freestyle.
Excerpt: The tension is unbearable. As you wait on the starting line, head down, you realise that your entire life rests in the next ten seconds. Years of training and hard work all come down to this one moment. A quick glance to the sides and you realise that, instead of the toned, steroid-induced powerhouses that usually haunt the lanes next to you, you are rubbing shoulders with a new type of opponent.
Conclusion: In other words, while it’s awesome for a game (especially one on a handheld) to feature so much content [as this one sports 15 unique event circuits and five exclusive missions per roster member (105 total)], it’s tough to take it all in without feeling incredibly bored after a while. Granted this is a portable title and likely meant to be enjoyed in bursts, but there’s just a certain gameplay dynamic missing to truly allow for that.
Excerpt: Back in the early 90\’s, Mario and Sonic were bitter enemies – two key mascots, facing off on competing consoles. It was a rivalry as intense as that between car manufacturers Holden and Ford and despite your better judgements, you were either a Mario fan or Sonic supporter. Now, many years later, Sega no longer competes against Nintendo on the hardware front and instead develops games for Nintendo and other platforms as a third party.
Summary: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, created specifically to take advantage of all the features the DS has to offer, boasts 16 official Olympic challenges including two new events that are exclusive to the handheld game - 10m Platform Diving and Cycling. Trying to decide between the DS and the Wii, let us make the decision for you.