Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a sports and party game developed
by Sega Sports R&D;. Published by Nintendo in Japan and by Sega in other
regions, it was released on the Wii in November 2007 and the Nintendo DS
handheld in January 2008. It features the two title characters and
fourteen others from the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog games,
participating in twenty-four events based on the official venues of the
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, including the Bird's Nest
(pictured). Players assume the role of a Nintendo or Sega character,
using either the Wii Remote or a stylus and button controls. Critics
praised the multiplayer interaction of the Wii game (not offered on the
DS) and the variety of events of both versions, but criticized the Wii
version for its complexity. Mario & Sonic was awarded "Best Wii game of
2007" at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. It sold over ten
million units and started a series of related sports video games to
coincide with Olympic events.
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