Two of gaming’s biggest icons are teaming up for a third time to bring the 2012 Olympics home. Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics was released for the Wii in November, and now the 3DS is receiving an extended trailer to show off all the cool and interesting features of the game on Nintendo’s main portable device.
There are several differences from the Wii version, which was first seen last year at E3, compared to this new 3DS version of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics. Because of the unique nature of the Wii and its party centric focus, the developers had to introduce a different element to the 3DS version, since the handheld offers a much different dynamic as a single-player device. The story mode, which is only known in the game as “story mode,” attempts to tie together the various sporting events in an “epic new adventure” where players are also trying to thwart the plans of Bowser and Dr. Eggman and the mysteries of the fog.
The 3DS version also has a much larger stable of games to play, 55 in all. The events span 10 different disciplines that should offer enough variety in gameplay to keep players on their toes and engaged.
On the Wii version, players undoubtedly resort to larger arm movements, even to the point of flailing around. From the extended trailer, it would appear that the 3DS version relies more on button mashing and subtle wrist movements than large, sweeping arm gestures. That’s not to say that players cannot be grandiose in their style; the system has just been refined to make it simpler.
Some of the staples of gameplay include sliding and tapping the pen during the baton relay race to make a successful hand-off to a teammate. Rotating the 3DS and releasing the throw button will perform a successful hammer throw. Sweeping the pen back and forth during a street race will let the character run faster and faster. Simple movements back and forth with the 3DS will also let players fake out defenders in the basketball game, somewhat mimicking real-life movements but on a much smaller scale.
A very interesting and unique feature is the swimming game, where players will actually blow into the microphone to simulate the breathing one would do while swimming. Obviously timing is critical in an event like this, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Check out the entire extended trailer below!
Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics is available now for both the Wii and the 3DS.
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