Biathlon (Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
Biathlon is an Event that appears in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The objective of the event is to complete the course in the fastest time, with the event taking place at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center. Toads and Chao appear as referees in this event.
In this event, the player starts by swinging the Wii Remote down when "Go!" appears onscreen. Doing so with perfect timing will give the player a speed boost, though doing so too early will cause the player's start to be delayed. The player can also get an extra speed boost when starting by pressing and holding with the right timing and releasing it when they start the event. Once the player has started, they can press to cause their character to push themselves along the course using their ski poles, however this will use up stamina, which is shown on the stamina gauge. The player initially only has a limited amount of stamina, but the gauge can be gradually refilled by not using . The player can turn their character by tilting their Wii Remote left and right, and can also crouch on downhill sections of the course to go faster and also increase the rate at which the stamina gauge refills. At two points on the course, the player will arrive at shooting stations, where they will need to shoot five targets with a rifle before continuing. If the event is played in single player mode or the player is the first one to reach the range, they will shoot the targets with the Wii U GamePad, otherwise the player will use their Wii Remote to shoot. When using the GamePad, the player tilts it to aim at the target and presses to shoot, though it will be harder to aim if the player approaches the range with a low stamina. With the Wii Remote, the player points it at the screen to aim and presses to shoot, but can also hold to use up some stamina to focus and improve the aim of their shot. The targets can be shot in any order, and after the player has finished shooting, they will receive a rank from C to A+ for their time taken and aim on the targets, as well as an overall score, which will determine whether the player gains a stamina boost or loses stamina and how much their stamina level will change by. Once the player has finished shooting, they will return to the course for more cross country skiing. The player that completes the course in the fastest time after all three skiing and both shooting segments wins the event.
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