Mario & Sonic (series)

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Mario & Sonic
Mario & Sonic Series Logo.png
First Installment Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007)
Latest Installment Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013)
Number of Installments 4
Parent Series Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog

The Mario & Sonic series is a collection of crossover sports games featuring characters from Nintendo's Super Mario series and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. These series marked the first time Mario and Sonic ever appeared together in a videogame.

The series began when Sega acquired the license to create videogames based on the Olympic Games, intending to create a version featuring characters from its well-known Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Due to the atmosphere of competitive sportsmanship the Olympics had to offer, Sega received approval by Nintendo to include Super Mario characters in the game with Sonic. The series has been overall well-received praised by the media, mainly for being a crossover between Mario and Sonic, with the gameplay and multiplayer having been praised as well. However, it has been criticized for the choice of setting for both series, the controls, and having the Olympics be the only theme in the series.

The host countries (orange and blue) and cities (yellow diamonds).

Games[edit]

Title, Original Release and System Synopsis
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is the first game in the series and the first game ever to establish a crossover appearance with Mario and Sonic, in addition to including a cast of characters hailing from the same franchises respectively. The game was released for both Wii and Nintendo DS, each one featuring exclusive content. The game is based on the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and includes 20 real-life events and the ficticious Dream Events (based on settings for both Super Mario series' environments and Sonic the Hedgehog series' environments).
Japan 2007
Wii

Japan 2008
Nintendo DS

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the second game in the series, but this time the setting takes place at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics which includes different events from the previous games. It also incorporates four new playable characters in the series, namely Donkey Kong, Bowser Jr., Silver, and Metal Sonic. Much like its predecessor, it was released for both Wii and Nintendo DS. In addition, the Nintendo DS version includes an exclusive Adventure Mode revolving around a plot involving Bowser and Dr. Eggman's scheme to melt all the snow by capturing the Snow Spirits in Christmas Village, prompting Mario and Sonic to stop them.
Japan 2009
Wii

Nintendo DS

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is the third installment of the series featuring new sports and events. It was released for the Wii like past installments, and is also the first in the series to be released for the Nintendo 3DS. The game now takes place in London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Nintendo 3DS exclusive adventure mode begins with Bowser and Dr. Eggman releasing a colorful fog that ruins the Olympics. The heroes must find a way to put an end to this fog in a total of seven adventure stories.
Japan 2011
Wii

Japan 2012
Nintendo 3DS

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is the fourth installment in the series. It is the first in the series to be released for the Wii U, and is the first that has not been released on a portable system. The game takes place at Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Japan 2013
Wii U

Characters[edit]

Playable characters[edit]

The series has spawned a total of 21 playable characters - 10 from the Mario series, 10 from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and Mii characters. Listed in the table below are which characters appear in each individual installment.

Character Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Amy Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Blaze Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Bowser Jr. X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Daisy Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dr. Eggman Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Donkey Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Knuckles Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Luigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Metal Sonic X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mii Check mark.svg1 Check mark.svg1 Check mark.svg1 Check mark.svg1
Peach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Shadow Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Silver X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Sonic Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Tails Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Vector Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Waluigi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wario Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg

1 - The character is only playable in the home console version of the game

Athlete types[edit]

All-Around[edit]

Characters in this classification have a equal balance of speed, acceleration, power, skill and stamina.

Game All-Around Characters
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Mario · Luigi · Amy Rose · Blaze the Cat
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Mario · Luigi · Bowser Jr. · Amy Rose · Blaze the Cat
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Mario · Luigi · Bowser Jr. · Amy Rose · Blaze the Cat
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Mario · Luigi · Bowser Jr. · Amy Rose · Blaze the Cat

Speed[edit]

Characters in this classification have high speed and acceleration, but poor skill, power and stamina.

Game Speed Characters
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Princess Daisy · Yoshi · Sonic the Hedgehog · Shadow the Hedgehog
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Princess Daisy · Yoshi · Sonic the Hedgehog · Shadow the Hedgehog · Metal Sonic
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Princess Daisy · Yoshi · Sonic the Hedgehog · Shadow the Hedgehog · Metal Sonic
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Princess Daisy · Yoshi · Sonic the Hedgehog · Shadow the Hedgehog · Metal Sonic

Power[edit]

Characters in this classification have high power and stamina, but have poor speed, acceleration, and skill.

Game Power Characters
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Bowser · Wario · Knuckles the Echidna · Vector the Crocodile
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Bowser · Wario · Donkey Kong · Knuckles the Echidna · Vector the Crocodile
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Bowser · Wario · Donkey Kong · Knuckles the Echidna · Vector the Crocodile
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Bowser · Wario · Donkey Kong · Knuckles the Echidna · Vector the Crocodile

Skill[edit]

Characters in this classification have high skill, and have an average balance of speed, acceleration, power, and stamina.

Game Skill Characters
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Princess Peach · Waluigi · Miles "Tails" Prower · Doctor Eggman
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Princess Peach · Waluigi · Miles "Tails" Prower · Doctor Eggman · Silver the Hedgehog
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Princess Peach · Waluigi · Miles "Tails" Prower · Doctor Eggman · Silver the Hedgehog
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Princess Peach · Waluigi · Miles "Tails" Prower · Doctor Eggman · Silver the Hedgehog

Trivia[edit]

  • The first game was believed to be an April Fools Joke as the game was revealed on March 28, 2007. However, soon after, Sega stated on their official website that the game was official, and that both Sega and Nintendo were working on the game project.
  • Additionally, as the announcement of the Mario & Sonic Olympics video game series was revealed (starting with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games), the agreement was also reached that in the case of publishing and marketing duties for each Mario & Sonic Olympics installment, Sega would handle the process for all territories outside of Japan while Nintendo would handle the process inside of Japan itself. The fourth game, however, was published by Nintendo outside of Japan rather than Sega.