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SegaFan.com (Jan 20, 2010)
Esperamos ansiosos el próximo juego conjunto de estos dos grandes personajes. Aunque sinceramente, esperemos que entre juego deportivo y juego deportivo, los chicos de Sega y de Nintendo nos ofrezcan alguna vez una aventura plataformera con estas dos estrellas como protagonistas. Mientras tanto, seguiremos disfrutando de juegos tan entretenidos como este Mario & Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno.
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It's no Wii Sports Resort but Mario or Sonic enthusiasts and sports fans will lap this up.
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NintendoWorldReport (Dec 15, 2009)
In the end, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a great game. Sega took the solid foundation of the first title, addressed many of the concerns found with it, and made an excellent sequel that does justice to both the Olympic Winter Games and the Mario and Sonic universe. If you liked the first Mario and Sonic Olympic game, don't hesitate to give this one a try.
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Nintendo Life (Oct 16, 2009)
Sega has truly listened to the feedback about the first game and slimmed down the waggle controls, beefed up the lastability with a ton of extra content and managed to turn even the seemingly dull events of Curling and Figure Skating into engaging and varied games. With over twenty characters, twenty-five events and hundreds of unlockable items, you’ll be playing this game well into the New Year, and the added subtlety of the controls makes playing it a far less tiring experience. It may not have the control genius of Wii Sports Resort but it’s every bit as good in terms of content, presentation and pure, distilled fun.
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Impulse Gamer (Oct, 2009)
In conclusion, SEGA have created a fun sports game that works well as a single-player game and even as a party game. With a plethora of SEGA and Nintendo references, this game will definitely bring a smile to your face as you compete in a variety of winter sporting events. It's classy, it's fun and best of all, your favourite console characters are ready to challenge everyone in their way and if you don't take it too seriously, you'll have even a better time.
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Worth Playing (Oct 29, 2009)
The Festival mode is much more realized this time out and definitely a blast to play, even as a single-player experience. I found the game's controls to be a minor hindrance, and I think the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the motion-based controls would have gone a long way to making the game a better experience for everyone. We don't all control movement in the same way, so being stuck with one default setting feels a little contrived. Fans of the original Summer Olympics title will definitely enjoy Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games. At the same time, those who didn't care for the original iteration might want to check out this title; I think there's been enough of a presentation improvement to warrant a second look.
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XGN (Oct 31, 2009)
Met Mario & Sonic op de Olympische Winterspelen heb je een leuk spel dat de Winterspelen met een enorm vrolijk Mario & Sonic gehalte naar je huiskamer brengt. De besturing laat het nog wel eens afweten, maar dat mag de pret niet drukken.
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Spazio Games (Oct 28, 2009)
La modalità single player, a differenza di molti altri party games, riesce a mantenere alto l'interesse di chi non ha la possibilità di farsi invadere la casa da una banda di amici, ma allo stesso tempo dona la possibilità a questi ultimi di sfidarsi in tanti modi diversi ma soprattutto di improvvisarsi atleti virtuali appartenenti alla stessa squadra e di collaborare per arricchire il proprio medagliere con il metallo più ambito. E' presente qualche difetto come una IA avversaria non particolarmente brillante e alcune specialità troppo simili ad altre, ma nel complesso possiamo ritenerci soddisfatti di queste Olimpiadi Invernali, capaci senz'altro di appassionare un'ampia fetta di pubblico, ma incapaci di scaldare i cuori di tutti quelli che non sono mai stati attirati da questo genere di giochi.
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Vandal Online (Oct 23, 2009)
Este Mario y Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno toma el testigo de su antecesor y ofrece bastante mejoras. Es cierto que no hay ningún cambio espectacular, pero han conseguido que el resultado sea mucho más equilibrado y divertido que el anterior. El control responde estupendamente y las pruebas, a pesar de no ser demasiadas, son muy variadas y no hay ninguna a la que no apetezca jugar. Además, la incorporación de la tienda hace que para conseguir comprarlo todo, tengamos que dedicarle muchas horas, por lo que tendremos juego para rato. Aún tiene ciertos aspectos que deja de lado, como el juego online, pero aún así sigue siendo un juego muy divertido y muy a tener en cuenta para aquellos que quieran pasar un buen rato, sobre todo si es en compañía.
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3D Juegos (Oct 16, 2009)
Mario y Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno no sólo iguala técnica y jugablemente a su predecesor, sino que aporta nuevos e interesantes contenidos para aquellos que quieran disfrutar de un título arcade, desenfadado, divertido, variado y con la magia que le otorga el contar con los personajes más carismáticos de SEGA y Nintendo. Si todo esto te atrae, la calidad de lo último de los japoneses también lo hará.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 14, 2009)
It's true to say that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is no Mario Kart. But it's a fun, polished party game with broad appeal, and a marked improvement over the previous one. Let's just hope the next instalment has a bit more depth. And is called Mario & Sonic of War, obviously.
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GamingXP (Oct 22, 2009)
Eingängiges Gameplay und viele Spielmodi und das auch noch mit Mario, Sonic und vielen weitern bekannten Videospielcharakteren – schöner wäre wohl nur mit Hermann Maier, Gregor Schlierenzauer und anderen Sportskanonen den Sieg zu erringen. Alleine in Ordnung, mit mehreren Freunden ein echter Multiplayer-Hit. Familien und partytauglich gehört das Spiel in jedes Wohnzimmer! Wenn nicht sofort, dann spätestens zum Weihnachtsfest.
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Play.tm (Nov 06, 2009)
It's clearly been strategically geared towards a Christmas release, and that's definitely what it's best at. There's bound to be plenty of cynics, but it's a lot better sitting around with your family and playing this than other Christmas staples, especially some dodgy DVD 'game' of Deal or no Deal your Mum picked up two years ago. Or, as my sulky teenage brother eloquently puts it: "it's better than that piece of crap Carnival." Quite. Plus you can race your Mii against Sonic, and that's the closest to the hedgehog with attitude most of us will ever get.
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4Players.de (Oct 16, 2009)
Vor allem die knackigen Solo-Herausforderungen des DS- Abenteuers konnten mich unerwartet lange unterhalten! Umso unverständlicher, dass die Konsolen-Variante der Karriere ungleich dröger ausfällt und man keine eigenen Turniere erstellen darf. Beides bricht der Wii-Fassung nicht das Genick, sie fühlt sich aber an wichtigen Punkten weniger komplett an als ihr "kleiner" Bruder. Hinzu kommt, dass sich Igel und Handwerker noch immer nicht in Online-Gefilde wagen und dass man den Schwierigkeitsgrad der meisten Disziplinen nicht frei wählen darf. Besonders Letzteres drückt die Motivation auf Dauer leider spürbar. Die Partyspiele sind hingegen nicht kurzweilig genug, was ihre Daseinsberechtigung als kleine Häppchen in Frage stellt. Doch trotz aller Kleinigkeiten: Die Maskottchen legen souverän vor - die Winterspiele dürfen beginnen!
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GameFocus (2009)
If you loved the first Mario and Sonic outing, the Winter Olympics is most definitely a welcome addition to the series. The controls feel less contrived than the previous game, and the addition of Balance Board support makes a huge difference. Perhaps not a gold medal finish, but it’s definitely reached the podium this time around.
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GamesNation (Oct 15, 2009)
Dal punto di vista tecnico Mario & Sonic ai Giochi Olimpici Invernali non si allontana da quanto ci aveva già mostrato la sua controparte estiva, con modelli poligonali dettagliati e convincenti e animazioni quasi sempre all'altezza. La palette di colori utilizzata è ancora una volta fresca e luminosa, scelta perfetta da affiancare a un gameplay solare e frizzante. Proprio per questo motivo è un vero peccato che, in alcune circostanze, ci si trovi di fronte ad alcuni cali di frame rate, che, pur non rovinando l'esperienza di gioco, vanno a macchiare una prestazione tecnica altrimenti più che buona. Sul fronte audio, invece, è tutto nella norma, con motivetti in linea con lo spirito delle produzioni Sega e Nintendo e con il solito doppiaggio che da anni accompagna i personaggi delle due storiche case produttrici.
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2007's game in the snow - an accessible, content-filled party game. Take some risks next time Sega...
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Eurogamer.es (Nov 11, 2009)
Mario & Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno es, en resumen, un más que aceptable party game, entretenido y con un apartado técnico notable (gráficamente es de lo mejorcito que nos ha dado Wii en los últimos meses). Pese a que los Dream Events son un buen aliciente para jugar al modo Festival, como no podía ser de otra forma su modo multijugador es la verdadera estrella de la función. Todavía no está al nivel de diversión que ofrecen juegos como Mario Kart o Smash Bros. Brawl cuando se juegan en compañía, pero desde luego la nueva aventura con Mario y Sonic no sólo es un juego más completo y equilibrado que su antecesor, sino también una buena opción para pasar el rato con nuestros amigos en el salón durante una tarde de domingo, mientras olvidamos el frío que acecha en el exterior.
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DarkZero (Nov 06, 2009)
The regular events, although a little lacking in variety, offer something for the sports enthusiast, and the dream events bring something to the table for the Mario and Sonic fans. It’s certainly on a par with its predecessor in terms of quality. The only problem is since then Nintendo raised the bar with Wii Sports Resort, which has left this looking a little lacking. All in all there’s a lot of play here, although it is most fun playing with friends.
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The Telegraph (Nov 02, 2009)
However, while it may be damning with faint praise, Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games is better than we expected. As has been mentioned, given its brand power and time of release, Sega could've easily skimped on the content and this game still would have sold by the truckload. Instead they've produced a title which, while not perfect, sidesteps the cheap cash-in accusations easily, while providing a fun, family orientated gaming experience. It may strike ardent gamers as a little simplistic at times, but anyone prepared to check their cynicism at the door will find Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games a highly enjoyable title.
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Cubed3 (Oct 27, 2009)
Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics is, at the end of the day, a huge party playing host to two most loved franchises and that's what it was designed for. It may be incredibly simple to work through the single player mode, but entertaining friends or family is where the package really shines through. Whilst it may be as accessible as Nintendo's Wii Sports, it may not be for everyone. The simplistic controls and gameplay might be a tad off-putting for those having a resume of gaming skills, but for the masses Winter Olympics are a solid package that can heat up a living room with fierce competition.
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Gamer.nl (Oct 25, 2009)
Mario en Sonic op de Olympische Winterspelen is een geslaagd vervolg op het succesvolle eerste deel. De besturing en kunstmatige intelligentie hadden wat meer om het lijf mogen hebben, maar dat neemt niet weg dat het spel over het algemeen meer dan genoeg plezier te bieden heeft. Een behoorlijk aantal sporten komen goed uit de verf en de droomevenementen zijn een feest van herkenning. Dolle winterpret dus.
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InsideGamer (Oct 19, 2009)
Mario & Sonic op de Olympische Winterspelen is wat mooier en speelt soepeler dan het vorige deel. Vooral de droomevenementen, die je bijna het gevoel geven een echte Mario- of Sonic-game te spelen, zijn een welkome toevoeging. Alleen zul je dit spel vrij snel aangeleerd en uitgespeeld hebben. Maar als er dan geen tegenstand meer is van de computertegenstanders, kun je nog altijd wat echte mensen bellen. Met twee tot vier mensen kom je de dag wel door, aangezien je de sporten vrij snel in de vingers hebt, maar niet meteen topscores haalt. SEGA is er in ieder geval in geslaagd om genoeg te verbeteren en te veranderen aan de game, waardoor deze game zelfs voor bezitters van het vorige deel de moeite waard is.
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WiiDSFrance (Nov 10, 2009)
Le jeu offre pas mal de fun grâce à sa jouabilité très accessible, mais aussi un peu limitée. La durée de vie peut varier mais peut être gigantesque si vous devenez accro, le jeu est une bonne surprise et devrait en donner pour leur argent à pas mal d'entre vous.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 12, 2009)
Traînant quelques-unes des lacunes de son proche parent, ce Mario & Sonic s'en sort malgré tout haut la main grâce à une meilleure accessibilité. Profitant également de plusieurs types de gameplay (Wiimote ou Balance Board), le joueur devrait pouvoir trouver matière à s'amuser avec trois amis. On regrettera cependant des mini-jeux complètement ratés et des temps de chargements nombreux et trop longs. En dehors de ça, les records attendent une fois de plus d'être battus afin que vous puissiez pavaner devant tata simone et tonton guy-gontran lors de fêtes de famille.
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Still, even with its problems Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a slightly better title than its predecessor. There is definitely more variety in the events and the motions required, the dream events are better and more elaborate, and well, I just think that the Winter Games are inherently more fun than the Summer ones to begin with. However, it would have been nice if the game had gotten some more polish before its release, especially in terms of its visuals which can be fairly rough due to the horribly pixelated crowds and occasional framerate hiccups. Even so, if you liked the first Mario and Sonic Olympics title or are just looking for a Mario and Sonic-themed mini-game compilation, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games should be fun in small bursts, especially with four players.
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Gamervision (Oct 28, 2009)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games isn’t going to surprise anyone with its gameplay, graphics, controls, or concept, but it’s a perfectly serviceable party game for the Wii. The few new elements the game introduces are underdeveloped and feel a bit tacked-on, but may end up improving the series in later iterations, and the core game mechanics, while a bit unresponsive, provide a decent amount of casual fun for families and younger gamers. Hardcore gamers need not apply, but for those with a taste for simple gameplay aimed at overstimulated kids and parents with fond memories of the 8-and 16-bit days, you could do much worse.
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The Video Game Critic (Jan 12, 2010)
Winter Games is one of those titles that only manages to be fun in spite of itself!
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1UP (Oct 28, 2009)
Still, even if you're not a fanatic about 100% game completions and unlocking every piece of clothing (which only Miis, and not the licensed characters, can wear), sports equipment decals, Mario and Sonic related music tracks, or ranking first in the events, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games offers enough motion-controlled distraction to keep you busy. The events aren't anything mind-blowing, but they're all competent and solid enough to keep me coming back to improve my last run.
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Gamer Limit (Nov 02, 2009)
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games brings with it a good amount of events, most of which are done better in other games. This is one of the many Wii titles where enjoyment depends entirely on how it will be played in the household.
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IGN (Oct 14, 2009)
We’ve seen many of these events before, oftentimes within stronger packages, first-party Nintendo offerings, or in full-fledged standalone games. Snowboarding isn’t going to trump Wii Fit Plus – or even have a chance against SSX Blur or Shawn White – and anyone that hopped on board with the original Wii Fit has already gone through the motions with balance board support and ski jumping or slalom racing; both of which handle controls better on Fit than in this package. Tie that together with a generally uninspired control scheme across most events – shake, shake, and more shake – and you’ve got a game that doesn’t live up to the previous Olympics offering or break any real ground on Wii. It’s fine for casual users or younger gamers, but anyone following Wii’s year-over-year offerings is going to find nothing truly innovative or uniquely designed. Unless you like curling, that is. If you like curling, Craig and I will see you out on the leaderboards.
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IGN Australia (Oct 13, 2009)
In all seriousness, knowing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will still sell incredibly well off the back of star-power alone, it's hard to give this one a pass just because it contains these two almighty gaming deities. We suppose that for some of you out there, that might be enough – but we always hope that developers will continue to push themselves and this category of entertainment further with each sequel and iteration. Pardon the bad pun, but this one left us cold.
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Gamekult (Oct 13, 2009)
Avec Vancouver 2010 en ligne de mire, Mario & Sonic aux J.O. d'Hiver est un peu le blockbuster de la compilation multi-épreuves. Grosses licences, gros background, ce party game sportif n'invente pas la roue, ni la peau de phoque, mais il offre tout de même plus que ses nombreux concurrents sur Wii. On apprécie sa compatibilité Wii Balance Board et ses défis Rêves inspirés de Mario Kart, tout en regrettant que certains sports soient beaucoup moins drôles à la Wiimote. Dommage aussi que la sélection de vingt-sept disciplines soit toujours assez inégale, avec ses coups d'éclat et ses ratés. Mais enfin bon, le fun est là, les sommets enneigés offrent de quoi rigoler en famille plusieurs soirées d'affilée, alors pourquoi chercher l'Aiguille du Midi à quatorze heures ?
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Eurogamer.pt (Nov 05, 2009)
Na trilha sonora temos as clássicas composições do universo Mario e Sonic, porém mais uma vez limitaram-se ao básico do básico, muito distante do excelente trabalho feito em Super Smash Bros. Brawl. As vozes são o clássico que acompanha as personagens das duas companhias, o que é bom, mas que pode tornar-se irritante ao longo do tempo. Todos os restantes efeitos sonoros parecem estar no sítio e não fogem do que seria de esperar. Enfim, é um dos muitos jogos, casuais da Wii, que pode ser usado para se divertir com os amigos numa noitada e queimar umas calorias. Um jogo típico para a Wii…
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GameSpot (Oct 26, 2009)
There's balance board support for the skiing, snowboarding, and bobsleigh events, and it works just fine. You shift your weight left or right to steer in that direction. Unfortunately the balance board has its own area on the game's main menu, and it can't be used during Festival mode or in multiplayer, limiting the use you're likely to get out of this option. Some events have a good party game feel to them that makes them fun to play with friends for a little while. But unfortunately there are way too many misses in this hit-and-miss collection to make it easily recommendable.
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GameTrailers (Oct 19, 2009)
Mario and Sonic should have sat out the Olympic Winter Games. The lackluster controls put huge a damper on the experience for anyone trying to take the game seriously. Let's face it: the Wii has no shortage of mini-game compilations that are more worthy of your time and money. You're best served by staying in this winter.
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It's not a game entirely without merit. The presentation is strong, balancing the Olympic spirit with the charm of the Mario and Sonic casts. The Dream Events offer a nifty Mario Kart-esque experience in some colourful and nostalgic environments, and the ice hockey is quite enjoyable. Elsewhere however, the gameplay is overly dull. Sports like snowboarding should have been a treat to play, but they're slow and awkward. But it's not the game's fault that curling and figure skating aren't the most riveting sports to translate to video games, right? If grenade hockey and unicorn ice joust were official Winter Olympic sports this game would have been awesome. But they're not, so it isn't.
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The A.V. Club (Oct 26, 2009)
Winter Games comes alive most effectively in Dream Events, where it breaks free from the Olympics as they exist in real life. These are Olympics events run through a zany Mario Kart filter: For instance, dream bobsleigh lets you take the gravity-powered sled on a winding track bearing a strong resemblance to the Doctor Who intro, while collecting power-ups and coins, and avoiding fireballs. These events would truly be stellar were they not marred by the occasional slow-down. But that, at its heart, is the other main problem with Winter Games: So much of what’s here has been done before in other games, and better, faster, and stronger.


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