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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Nintendo 3DS

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  • Bring a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe as you enjoy a huge range of over 50 Olympic-themed events in glorious 3D
  • Make the most out of the unique touch panel and circle pad controls, as well as the 3DS internal gyroscope as you tilt, blow, shout, tap and more to compete for the coveted gold medal
  • Play as the full cast of characters in a fully immersive single player story mode
  • Take on the team of Dr. Eggman and Bowser in an all-new exciting adventure
  • Four-player multi-card wireless support

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Platform: Nintendo 3DS

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Arriving on Nintendo’s new handheld system for the first time ever Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games contains over 50 original Olympic themed events playable in both single and multiplayer modes. Bringing a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe, the glasses-free 3D visuals and the unique control systems mean there are plenty of new and exciting ways to compete for a coveted gold medal!

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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a Sports/Party game set at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London that features a wide range of characters from both the Nintendo and Sonic game universes competing in Olympic style sports events. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game continues the fun of earlier DS releases in series with returning favorite real-world sports, and new events as well. The game also features expanded gaming possibilities through the unique 3DS features, and four-player multi-card multiplayer support.

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Sonic and Mario facing off in the judo event in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
Join your favorite Nintendo and Sonic characters at the London games in glorious 3D.
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Glory on the Go at the London Olympics

On your marks and get set for the world's greatest sporting event as Mario and Sonic head to the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Coming exclusively to 3DS for handheld play, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is an all new celebration of the Olympic spirit hosted within the truly iconic setting of London and bringing even more multiplayer fun and excitement to friends and families everywhere.

As in earlier releases in the Mario & Sonic Olympic series, the 2012 London game features characters from both the Nintendo and Sonic game universes, arrayed into Team Mario and Team Sonic allowing players to compete as their favorite characters in real world sporting events. Events found in the game include those seen in 2007's Bejing-themed Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, along with new events such as balance beam, 20K race walk and the 100 meter breaststroke. Several of these new events utilize 3DS functionality to heighten the gameplay experience. For example, in the 100m breaststroke players must use the 3DS microphone to provide oxygen to participates as they come up for air, while in the balance beam event the gyroscope inside the 3DS challenges players to maintain their player character's balance. The game also ensures that players can share the competition and fun of the games with friends through its multi-card four-player wireless multiplayer support.

Key Game Features

  • Bring a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe as you enjoy a huge range of over 50 Olympic-themed events in glorious 3D
  • Make the most out of the unique touch panel and circle pad controls, as well as the 3DS internal gyroscope as you tilt, blow, shout, tap and more to compete for the coveted gold medal
  • Play as the full cast of characters in a fully immersive single player story mode
  • Take on the team of Dr. Eggman and Bowser in an all-new exciting adventure
  • Four-player multi-card wireless support

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Using the 3DS internal gyroscope to maintain Princess Peach's balance on the balancing board in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
3DS specific controls.
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Providing Wario with oxygen in the breaststroke event in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
A full cast of characters.
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Using the 3DS circle pad to paddle in the kayak event in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
More than 50 events.
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Using the 3DS stylus in the walk race event in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
4-player wireless support.
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Product Information

Platform:Nintendo 3DS
ASIN B004XV9F62
Release date February 14, 2012
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4.5 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 5.2 x 0.5 x 4.8 inches
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Platform for Display: Nintendo 3DS Verified Purchase
When I played this game on the Wii, it was a lot of fun. I checked out the Demo of the 3DS, and I instantly enjoyed it. Then I bought the game. While it isn't terrible, it could be a lot better. The pros of the game come from the great 3D visuals, the story mode (It adds a nice touch, but the Olympic Winter Games is better because you had more freedom of choice and movement.), and that the game uses nearly all of the 3DS's features, which is great. The cons of the game come from the character limitations to each event (You can only choose characters from within a set group.), how the events are done, and the amount of events in the game (While a lot is good, they can be presented a lot better.). Overall, this is a decent game. Not terrible, but definitely rent-worthy.
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When I first heard that this game was coming to the 3DS, I was looking forward for my parents to get it for me, and since I cannot work with a Wii very well, the 3DS version was my only option. My parents got it for me the day it came out, and I played it immediately. The Wii version of this game looked incredible, so I thought it would be the same thing.

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I soon realized this version of "Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games" isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you think you're going to select your character at the beginning of the game, tough luck. Once you pick your mode, event and match, all the characters are split into five separate categories: "Heroes," "Wild Ones," "Girls," "Tricksters" and "Challengers." I was really disappointed by this. I expected to choose either Sonic, Mario or Yoshi and go on with the game. Boy, was I wrong.

The controls are a mixed bag, and some of them require you to tip the 3DS and use its microphone. It is really hard and frustrating. I couldn't even do the "Balance Beam" event because the controls were too confusing.

There are thirty events to choose from, and some of them are fairly easy. They go from "Athletics" and "Aquatics," down to marathons. You can do a "Story Mode" or play some of the events by yourself. Some of them are a little fun. "Fencing," for example. This is one of the games you can control with the Analog Stick, and it's ALMOST a requirement. If you control it that way, instead of tilting the 3DS back and forth, it might be easier for you.

I'm not saying this game is bad, it's a little mediocre, but it could have been better. The graphics and 3D are nice, and its music is good, but unfortunately, it's not on the "Great" selection in my standards.
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I have to admit, this game was somewhat of a let down. I haven't played a Mario game in awhile but I expected more from this one. Watching a few youtube videos prior to purchasing, made me think it was a lot more fun than it actually is. The graphics are really cool though. I agree with another reviewer though...it feels like you're playing mini games. C'mon, the Olympics are the big games!

Disclaimer, I am a 46 year old adult so this is JMO. I do have another "gamer", my daughter who is 11, but she has not yet played this. I know she'll love the equestrian portion, but not so sure about the rest.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo 3DS
.Don't get me wrong, the Wii version of this game is excellent, but the 3DS version lacks key elements that made the Mario and Sonic series worth purchasing to begin with.

One of these missing elements is that you can no longer choose any character for any event. Each event force-feeds you one of five groups of four characters to choose from, these groups being "Heroes" (Mario, Sonic, Luigi, and Tails) "Girls" (Peach, Blaze, Daisy, Amy) "Challengers" (Yoshi, Shadow, Bowser Jr., Silver) "Brutes" (Bowser, Knuckles, Donkey Kong, Vector) and "Tricksters" (Wario, Metal Sonic, Waluigi, Dr. Eggman). That means you can only choose from the "Heroes" group in some events, the "Challengers" group in other events, etc. What makes things worse, there is NO difference between characters like there was in past games. Sonic isn't any faster than Mario, Wario isn't any stronger than Waluigi, etc. Players no longer get to enjoy the strategy of choosing the right character for the right event, because there is no difference whatsoever between them.

You'll notice that the website, packaging, etc. for this game says "over 50 fun and exciting events!" Fun?! Ha! Exciting?! Gimme a break! It seems the "events" in this game are no more than half-baked minigames! For example, in the basketball event, all you get to do is shoot free-throws! And the Marathon event consists of no more than picking up a water bottle before your opponents do! Most of the field events are executed nicely, but you only get one try at each of them...whereas the Wii version gave you three!
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My daughter loves the game and plays it on her 3DS often - we have an older wii game that is similar and it is a hit!
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This game is just bad. There are two Mario Olympic style games for the original Nintendo DS that are far superior to this game. All the events in this game are short and lack any type of substantial gameplay. All events are cut-down to snippets of the actual event and they are 1 and done. So if you false start in an event your done so making sure you don't mess up is a must. If you have a 3DS and want a Mario Olympic style game I would suggest looking for the summer 2008 and winter 2010 games for the DS as the 3DS is backwards compatible and those 2 games will be a much more fulfilling experience.
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