Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a Wii and Nintendo DS video game starring good friends and long-time mascot rivals Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The game takes place during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China, though set in a Mario/Sonic universe that features Mario and Sonic characters and themes. Players will be involved in multiple different Olympic-styled games, and will be able to play as one of 16 different characters, eight from each series.

The game was headed by SEGA, though that doesn't imply that Nintendo had nothing to do with it. In fact, one of the most famous of Nintendo designers, Shigeru Miyamoto, supervised the entire project which is both a Wii and Nintendo DS video game.

The game is noted to be the first game in which the two famous characters meet each other. However, while essentially this is true, it should be noted that in Donkey Kong Country 2, you were able to see Sonic's shoes next to a trash can, a bash at SEGA from Rare Ltd.

Another first in the game industry is Miis meeting Mario. In the game, you'll also be able to play as the customizable characters that you create in the Wii hard drive, and thus compete with them against the most famous video game icons.

Players are separated not only by team (Team Mario and Team Sonic), though also by their specific advantages. These advantages include power, skill, speed, and stamina, and two characters from each team will be involved in one of these. For example, Yoshi and Daisy from Team Mario are masters at speed, while on the Sonic side Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow are.


The game includes 20 different Olympic sports, dramatically rivaling that of the 5 in Wii Sports. Each one requires you to use the Wii remote or nunchuk in one way or another. The following will take a look at every game that is included.


Team Mario

Team Sonic

Toad and Cream the Rabbit appear as hosts.

DS Gameplay

The DS has 24 different events (most of which must be unlocked), including 8 'dream' events, many of which use the stylus.


100m: Stylus

400m: Stylus

400m Hurdles: Stylus

Long Jump: Stylus

Triple Jump: Stylus

Javelin Throw: Stylus

Hammer Throw: Stylus


100m Freestyle: Stylus

10m Platform: ABXY keypad


Trampoline: Stylus

Vault: Stylus

Dream Events

Race: Stylus

Canoe: Stylus, Arrow Keypad, LR buttons

Boxing: Arrow keypad, AXY buttons, LR buttons

Long Jump: Stylus

Table Tennis: Arrow keypad, ABXY keypad

Fencing: Stylus

Shooting: Stylus

Basketball: Stylus


Archery: Stylus

Table Tennis: Arrow keypad, ABY buttons

Fencing: Stylus

Shooting: Stylus

Cycling: LR buttons


On February 12, 2009, it was announced that to honor the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, SEGA and Nintendo would release Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Wii and Nintendo DS in late 2009. This eventually started a annual series, with a new game every Olympic Games and/or Olympic Winter Games. Following games include Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for the Wii and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with a 5th game in development.

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