It is the week after E3 and new announcements have slowed down, but impressions and trailers continue to flood the internet. The majority of post-E3 attention is focused on upcoming hardware like the Wii U and PlayStation Vita. However, Nintendo isn’t quite finished with the Wii and has a few select titles left that it is promoting. One of these last Wii games is Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (what a mouthful) is the third entry in the Olympic licensed series that pits Mario and company against Sonic and his friends and foes. All of the characters duke it out in a wide variety of events to determine those worthy of a gold medal. Sonic and Mario have been bitter rivals for quite some time now, but they didn’t appear in a game together until 2007’s original Olympic Games title. Lately, Mario has been faring better with many hit games, but Sonic has not given up and is making a return with Sonic Generations.
“A host of exciting new headline events, including Soccer and Equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as Athletics, Aquatics and Table Tennis. The new handheld system from Nintendo will bring a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe with glasses-free 3D visuals and around 50 original Olympic themed events playable using the unique control systems of the Nintendo 3DS.”
The trailer does not show off any actual gameplay footage, but does showcase some of the newly added events. Check it out below.
Mario sports games that focus on one sport and inject it with Nintendo wackiness tend to be better as the compilation type of games all too often emphasize quantity over quality. The original Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was a commercial success, but didn’t perform as well as most Mario games critically. Most critics cited the game’s controls as one of its biggest weaknesses as well as shallow gameplay and unnessacrily complicated rules. The series next game, Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games, was victim of many of the same complaints and debuted to very mixed reviews.
Time will tell whether Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will improve upon the series’ pedigree or simply offer more of the same. Are you interested in Mario and Sonic’s latest adventure?
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be available on Nintendo Wii in November of 2011 and 3DS in February of 2012.