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5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of games and play options make this game a 5-star title, October 18, 2009
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This review is from: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has many games (listed below) and play options so there's something for everyone. It also has variety for different situations, such as playing alone, as a team or against others, which make it a great all-around game.

Initial events:
Alpine Skiing (Downhill and Giant Slalom)
Ski Jumping (Individual and Team Large Hill)
Freestyle Skiing (Moguls and Ski Cross)
Snowboard (Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross)
Speed Skating (500m, Short Track 1000m, Short Track Relay)
Figure Skating
Skeleton
Bobsleigh
Ice Hockey
Curling
Dream Ski Cross
Dream Snowboard Cross

Other "Dream" events are unlocked as you play. These involve variations on the main events and some new ones. In the Dream versions you collect and use items, face obstacles, use different tracks, etc.

There are also 3 "Party Games" that seem silly when playing them on your own but should be a fun way to play many events quickly with a group of people.

Pros:
Multiple modes--Single Match allows you to select your events and choose Versus, Team Versus, or Co-op Play. Festival allows an individual or team of up to 4 players to take on events and rival challenges as assigned over 16 "days" of the Olympic games. This is like arcade mode. You can also check your records against others' on WFC.

Balance board option--you don't have to use the Wii Fit balance board but, if you have one, you can do 1-player games with it. It changes the game play and provides additional variety. (It's harder than the regular controls though!)

Multiple characters--the characters all have different attributes and special moves so it keeps the play interesting.

Many games--as mentioned there is something for everyone due to nice breadth and depth--and all ages should enjoy it. It's easier to unlock things than in Mario Kart. It even lets you accumulate points and "shop" for decals so you can customize your skis, bobsleighs and snowboard, outfits for your Mii, etc.

Cons:
Controls--if you want to play something that actually simulates hockey moves, skating, etc. this isn't it. The controls are fun and pretty responsive but not similar to Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort (although using the balance board helps.) Also, the instructions for Curling tell you to use a bowling swing but neither my boyfriend nor I can get it to work that way consistently. We've found that you have to snap your wrist and then it works fine.

Balance board option--a pro but a con too as you can only use it for 1-player games.

No Wii Motion Plus option--it would be fun if WM+ worked with this.
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2009 12:40:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2009 12:41:49 PM PDT
Richard H. says:
Very good review.

Out of curiosity, what is the structure for the tournaments for curling in this game? I.E. how many sides/innings are there? Can you choose how many sides/innings? How many games do you need to play in order to win a tournament? How many players on a team? Can you play someone else on Wi-Fi in curling?

I love curling and Deca-Sports did a good job at it, but the tournament play was terribly limited. I need to feel like I earned it and get some sort of recognition for it, i.e. the game keeping stats. Thanks for any details. Just in case you couldn't tell, I'm most interested in curling. ;^)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 8:58:09 PM PDT
S. McGinnis says:
You can choose how many sides/innings you want to play in curling. I saw an option to play 10 per game but there may be more--I haven't explored it that much. The default is two, with a third for tie breakers. When playing against the computer, you'll play one game (however many sides you've chosen) and if you win, you move on to play another team for either the gold or silver medal. Then you're done and start over. I suspect that the teams you play will get harder as with other games but I haven't played it enough yet to confirm that. I misunderstood the Wi-Fi capability--you can't actually play others, you can just register your scores and see your rankings against others in the world, region or your friend list. I've updated the review accordingly. Curling scores don't post on WFC though--only the events where the winners are based on time.

I know you can play with two players on the same team (each controls two people as there are four characters on each team.) I assume you could play with up to four separate players on the same team but I haven't tried so I'm not sure. The game rotates which character does what during each side/inning. One sets the direction for the stone, one throws it and two sweep (or not.)

We really like the curling but the tournament play may be too limited for you in this game as well. At least you can do more sides per match... There's another event called "dream curling" but it's really just bowling with items (like in Mario Kart and the rest) thrown in for a challenge. The controls are a little wacky--they're similar to the golf swing in Wii Sports but they're not as accurate in their response. You can be pretty consistent once you get them down but I wish this game used WM+. I hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2009 7:50:23 AM PST
I think THIS GAMES REELY GONA BE AWSOME!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 10:13:33 AM PST
Have you used the Wi Fi connection to play this (or any other Wii game)?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 4:31:27 PM PST
S. McGinnis says:
You can't play against others via Wi Fi for this game--you can only check your records against friends, the region or the world on it. We do play Mario Kart and Call of Duty via the Wi Fi connection and really enjoy that. There are times when it will dump us out frequently and we give up but the majority of the time it works great. Playing against others adds a fun twist to the games and helps keep them fresh.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2009 11:35:00 AM PST
Great thanks!

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 6:57:51 PM PST
can 2 Wii boards be connected to this game? (AT THE SAME TIME)I have 2 boys and when they take turns they fight tooooooo much I'm trying to have them play at the same time, and by any chance do you know if the Tony Hawk board can be use with this game? THANKS!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2010 7:30:03 PM PST
S. McGinnis says:
I don't know if you can connect two boards at the same time or if the Tony Hawk board works--sorry! The way the game is set up though, the multi-player options don't use the balance board. Some of the games allow you to play together on the same team. For some of the games where you compete, the game forces you to take turns but for others it has a split screen and you play at the same time. Not sure if that helps but it may prevent some fighting between the boys!
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