Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
M&S2014 Wii U Boxart.jpg
Developer(s) SEGA
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date Europe November 8, 2013[1]
Australia November 9, 2013[2]
USA November 15, 2013[3]
Japan December 5, 2013[4]
Genre Sport
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer, online multiplayer
Media
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Wii U:

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (stylized as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: Sochi 2014) is a Wii U game, and is the fourth installment in the Mario & Sonic series. It includes a variety of events from the winter games such as skiing, figure skating, and curling[5]. As the title implies, the game is centered around the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, taking place in Sochi, Russia. Different events uses the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad, or both[5]. As the other games in the series, it features realistic events with ones in Mario's and Sonic's worlds. As the game is a Wii U exclusive, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is the first in the series to not have a handheld version. It is also the first game in the series published by Nintendo outside of Japan and South Korea rather than SEGA, who published the first three games.

Modes

The game features five overall modes total.[6]

  • Single Match
  • Medley Mania
  • Worldwide VS
  • Legends Showdown
  • Action & Answer Tour

Events

Olympic events

The game features 16 Olympic events total.[7]

Dream events

The game has eight total Dream Events.[7]

Playable characters

The game features a total of 21 playable characters. All playable characters in this game are identical to those featured in the Wii versions of the previous two installments.

Team Mario

All-Around Type

Speed Type

Power Type

Skill Type

Team Sonic

All-Around Type

Speed Type

Power Type

Skill Type

Other

Non-playable characters

Bosses

Legends Showdown Rivals

Figure Skating Spectacular Bosses

Collectables

Costumes

As with the previous games, there are a variety of collectable costumes for the player to use for their Mii character. All the costumes from Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games return (with the exception of the Wenlock Costume, being replaced by the mascots of the new Olympic games). The method for unlocking them is different also; instead of buying them from a shop using in-game points, they are obtained by completing specific challenges (the same applies for all unlockable music, which exclusively includes music from past Mario games and past Sonic games). Here is a list of costumes and their unlocking requirements.

Mario Series

Costume Image Unlock Method Costume Image Unlock Method
Mario Complete all challenges. Luigi MS2014 Luigi Suit.jpg Ride the ice ball for 65% of a Snowball Scrimmage match
Princess Peach Get over 75% synchronization in Mario’s Figure Skating Spectacular with three other players. Princess Daisy MS2014 Daisy Suit.jpg Finish first with a lead of at least three seconds in Snowboard Cross.
Bowser MS2014 Bowser Suit.jpg Finish first in Winter Sports Champion Race after switching to all for sets of gear. Bowser Jr. Play all events in Action & Answer Tour.
Wario MS2014 Wario Suit.jpg Reach a top speed of 120km/h in Alpine Skiing Downhill. Waluigi MS2014 Waluigi Suit.jpg Win Medley Mania at least once.
Yoshi MS2014 Yoshi Suit.jpg Get over 90% perfect in a single Mario’s Figure Skating Spectacular. Birdo Perform a jump from the Wiggler Bus at least 2 times in a single Groove Pipe Snowboard match.
Donkey Kong Take all shortcuts in a single Groove Pipe Snowboard match. Diddy Kong Complete 3 areas in Legends Showdown.
Dry Bowser Collect at least 35 rings in a single Roller Coaster Bobsleigh match. Dry Bones Score at least three bonus goals in a single Snow Day Street Hockey match.
Fire Mario Get an A+ rank in half the areas in Legends Showdown. Bee Mario Complete 200 challenges.
Propeller Mario Complete 4 areas in Legends Showdown. Penguin Mario Upload results to the rankings for any event.
Toad Play Medley Mania at least once. Larry Koopa MS2014 Larry Suit.jpg Get at least 65% puck possession in a single Ice Hockey match.
Morton Koopa Jr. MS2014 Morton Suit.jpg Get at least 65% puck possession in a single Snow Day Street Hockey match. Wendy O. Koopa MS2014 Wendy Suit.jpg Perform a perfect boost at least 10 times with at least three other players in 4-man Bobsleigh.
Iggy Koopa MS2014 Iggy Suit.jpg Perform at least 9 rocket boosts in the Bullet Bill Sledge Race. Roy Koopa MS2014 Roy Suit.jpg Play an even 50 times.
Lemmy Koopa MS2014 Lemmy Suit.jpg Win Action & Answer Tour at least once. Ludwig von Koopa MS2014 Ludwig Suit.jpg Perform a special boost at least 4 times in a single Short Track Speed Skating 1000m race.

Sonic Series

Costume Image Unlock Method Costume Image Unlock Method
Sonic the Hedgehog Complete the last area in Legends Showdown. Miles "Tails" Prower Perform 8 perfect combination moves in Figure Skating Pairs (2 players only).
Knuckles the Echidna Play an event 100 times. Amy Rose Ride the boost line for a total 30 seconds in a single Skeleton match.
Dr. Eggman Perform a perfect landing at least 6 times in a single Roller Coaster Bobsleigh race. Shadow the Hedgehog Get at least 20 perfects in a row in a single Speed Skating 500m race.
Silver the Hedgehog Get over 90% perfects in a single Figure Skating Singles match. Metal Sonic Perform at least 9 tricks in a single Freestyle Skiing match.
Blaze the Cat Set a lap time of under 11.5 seconds for at least three laps in a single Short Track Speed Skating 1000m match. Vector the Crocodile Get a perfect at least 14 times in a single Snowboard Slopestyle match.
Rouge the Bat E-123 Omega Get a perfect balance rate at least 60% in a single Snowboard Slopestyle match.
Charmy Bee Espio the Chameleon Perform a flag boost at least 12 times in a single Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom match.
Big the Cat Super Sonic Play events over 200 times.
Cream the Rabbit Score at least 2 goals in the first and last period in a single Snow Day Street Hockey match. Jet the Hawk
Wave the Swallow Play all events. Storm the Albatross
Tikal the Echidna Marine the Raccoon Get a total distance of over 10,000m in Ski Jumping Large Hill.
Emerl Take over 15 shots at the goal in a single Ice Hockey match. Werehog Score 4 points in one end of Curling.
Chip Get a gold medal in the 16 Olympic Events. Egg Pawn Perform a jump with maximum revolutions in Figure Skating Singles.

Other

Costume Image Unlock Method Costume Image Unlock Method
Leopard Set a new record in any event. Polar Bear Get first place in seven events.
Hare Get first place in any event

Music

Most of the songs used are from past installments.

Mario series

Returning Music
New Music

Sonic series

Returning Music
New Music

A * notes that the song appeared in a previous title, but wasn't a customizable song.

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Critical reception

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games received mixed reviews from critics. IGN gave the game a 4.5 (a "Bad" rating). They praised its large quantities of unlockables, but criticized its lack of games to be played online. GameXplain gave the single player mode a 3/5 stars and its multiplayer a 3.5/5. Destructoid gave the game a 6.0. The game received a score of 49% by Official Nintendo Magazine - while they praised the game's "TV-show-style to menus and games", they criticized the controls (describing them as "almost universally abject") and the event gameplay.[11]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオ&ソニックATソチオリンピック
Mario ando Sonikku atto Sochi Orinpikku
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympics
Spanish Mario & Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno - Sochi 2014 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - Sochi 2014
French Mario & Sonic aux Jeux Olympiques d'hiver de Sotchi 2014 Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014's Olympic Winter Games
Dutch Mario & Sonic op de Olympische Winterspelen: Sotsji 2014 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: Sochi 2014
German Mario & Sonic bei den Olympischen Winterspielen: Sotschi 2014 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: Sochi 2014
Italian Mario & Sonic ai Giochi Olimpici Invernali di Sochi 2014 Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014's Olympic Winter Games
Russian Марио и Соник на Олимпийских зимних играх 2014 в Сочи
Mario i Sonik na Olimpiĭskikh zimnikh igrakh 2014 v Sochi
Mario & Sonic at the 2014's Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
Korean 마리오 와 소닉 소치 동계 올림픽
Malio wa Sonig Sochi Dong-gye Ollimpig
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Olympics
Chinese 瑪利歐和索尼克在2014索契冬季奧運會
Mǎlìōu hé Suǒníkè zài 2014 Suǒqì Dōngjì Àoyùnhuì
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Trivia

  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game to not be released on the Wii, nor have a handheld counterpart.
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game to have online multiplayer.
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game that does not have a CG opening
  • The game features some special animations to some Paired Characters for whenever the player gets first place in a event (for example, Mario and Princess Peach have different animations together rather than Luigi and Princess Daisy who have no special animations together).

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnac6aGGG10
  2. ^ http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=news&nid=3032&pageID=6
  3. ^ http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/archive/10-01-2013/
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGp-Z2pIdTc&t=7m1s
  5. ^ a b New Mario & Sonic Game Announced For Wii U | My Nintendo News
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s [1]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games - July Trailer (Wii U) - YouTube
  8. ^ Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympic Games 2014 - Snowboard Cross Gameplay Footage (Wii U - E3 2013) - YouTube
  9. ^ Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympic Games 2014 - Bobsled Gameplay Footage (Wii U - E3 2013) - YouTube
  10. ^ a b Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Trailer - Nintendo Direct (High Quality!) - YouTube
  11. ^ http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/57956/what-free-game-to-get-with-mario-kart-8/?page=2