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Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series to be revealed later this year.

Following the phenomenal worldwide popularity of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, this fresh gaming experience will feature completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating with more events announced throughout the year.

Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers will enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game will offer an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board™ which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience.

Published by SEGAâ across Europe and North America, and published by Nintendo in the Japanese market, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is again licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“We are extremely happy to again team up with Nintendo and ISM on what promises to be another global success.” says Naoya Tsurumi, CEO, SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. “Sonic will partner with Mario once more beneath the spotlight of the legendary Olympic Games. Together they will face new athletic challenges that will provide gamers with more of the exciting experiences unique to this series.”

”SEGA has been a valued publishing partner of Nintendo for many years and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the ultimate representation of that relationship,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO, Nintendo of America. “We look for this game to continue the tradition its predecessor started by bringing new events, new characters, and new gameplay experiences to fans worldwide.”

“To once again have Mario and Sonic and friends compete in Olympic sports and events in a winter setting is tremendously exciting for the Olympic Movement and the millions of gamers worldwide who enjoyed the characters’ previous match up”, says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

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Posted by James Newton

For once, there's no bad puns - snow joke!

A few years ago, the unthinkable happened – Sega announced that Mario and Sonic were to put aside their 16-bit rivalry and join forces in an officially licensed Olympic game. Clocks ran backwards, dogs barked uncontrollably in the street and the whole...

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User Comments (19)

KnucklesSonic8

#3

KnucklesSonic8 said:

The game's shaping up quite nicely. Looking forward to hearing how they approach online integration this time around...

And of course, the Dream events will steal the show.

SonicTheHedgehog

#5

SonicTheHedgehog said:

I own Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games™, and that was awesome. Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games™ looks even more cool. Can't wait.

jhuhn

#7

jhuhn said:

IGN reports a release date of October 13, 2009 for the North America region.

LztheQuackAdmin

#10

LztheQuack said:

I liked the first one, maybe this one will be good too. Why are they releasing it early in Europe?

SevenForce

#14

SevenForce said:

A lot of people blasted the first game and wrote it off a a pointless mini game pack but truth be told I really enjoyed the first M&S game, both on the Wii and the DS and from what i've been hearing of reviews of the game so far its looking set to be better then the first one. So far so good for the game.

Matthew1

#15

Matthew1 said:

Just watched a video review on IGN and I have to agree with the reviewer, it might look good but underneath its just a cash in which will sell in its millions. The first Mario and Sonic was a big letdown and this looks to be more of the same.

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