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The 100m Dash (or simply 100m, also known as the 100m Sprint in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games) is an Athletics event in both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS versions of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as both versions of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It is one of the first events of the game, and can be found in the "Track" section of the "Athletics" category. The goal of the event is to reach the finish line first. The longer version of this event is 400m, and the 110m Hurdles event acts very similarly to 100m. The 100m Freestyle has very similar controls to 100m. This event mainly requires speed.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
This event can be played with either the Wii Remote and Nunchuk together, or the Wii Remote by itself. When READY appears, the player needs to hold the Button down to build up energy. If the button is released and the Wii Remote is flicked down at the same time when GO appears, the player will get a speed boost called a Start Dash. This boost is crucial in winning the event. However, doing it too early will result in a foul, causing the event to start over. After leaving the starting line, the player has to alternately shake the Wii Remote and Wii Nunchuk fast to run. Speed is gained the faster the two controllers are shaken. If the speed meter gets into the red, the player will start to run extra fast, with a small blue veil trailing behind them. The track is relatively short, however, so the race does not last too long. The controls when only using the Wii Remote are the exact same as with the Nunchuk, but the player has to shake the Wii Remote by itself, instead of the Remote and Nunchuk together. The first player across the finish line wins.
The features of the event are very similar to the Wii version. Pressing down on the touch screen with the during the start of the event builds up the character's starting energy. Running is controlled by swiping the left and right across the touch screen. The faster the swiping the fast the character runs. Near the end of the track, an "!" will appear above the controlled racer signaling the player to swipe the stylus upwards. This action makes the characters take a short leap shaving off a few milliseconds off their time.
Amy Rose's third event in the Wii version is 100m Dash. Amy must come in first to win, but she must begin the race with a perfect start.
Sonic the Hedgehog's sixth event is in the Wii version is also 100m Dash. It is the same as Amy's third event.
Shadow the Hedgehog's sixth event in the Wii version is 100m Dash. It is the same as Mario's sixth event. To win it, Shadow must beat Sonic.
Blaze the Cat's fourth event in the DS version is 100m dash. To win it she must finish within .5 seconds ahead or behind Princess Peach.
Sonic the Hedgehog's first mission in the DS version is 100m dash. Sonic must begin the race with a good start.
Shadow the Hedgehog's first event in the DS version is 100m dash. The rule of this event is to simply keep ahead of another player.
Wario's first mission in the DS version is 100m dash. The mission is a regular race and, just as in Vector's race, he must cross the finish line second, after using a lunge.
Wii version: Kick off from the starting block and sprint along the 100-meter stretch to the finish line in as short a time as possible to win. Make sure you wait for the starting signal, as kicking off too early will result in a false start.
DS version: Take an early lead with a start dash at the beginning of the race, then slide the stylus left and right to sprint all the way across the finish line
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
The event returns in both versions of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where it is played similarly to its appearance in the first installment. However, this time, the player can press to use a Special Dash that can only be used once per race. In the Nintendo 3DS version, the player must hold to start up and release it to run off, then tap repeatedly to dash and reach the finish. Although all characters can be played as in this event in the Wii version, the Nintendo 3DS version of the event is restricted to the characters in the "Heroes" group (i.e. Mario, Sonic, Luigi, and Tails).
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The event returns in both versions of the fifth installment of the series, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 3DS version uses the same control scheme as that of the previous installment. In the Wii U version, instead of holding the button to start up, the player has the rapidly tap on the GamePad ( on the Wii Remote) to build up energy. If they start off with red energy, they receive a Super Dash start, which lasts for the rest of the race. In both versions, not every character is playable in the event. Listed below are the characters playable in each version (an * indicates that the character is unlockable).
Wii U version