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Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (also known as Mario and Sonic 3) is a sports game for the Nintendo 3DS featuring characters from the Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series to tie-in in with the real Olympic Games in London in 2012.

It is a sequel to "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" and "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games", both released for the Wii and Nintendo DS. The game was released February 9, 2012 in Australia, February 10 in Europe, February 14 in North America, and March 1 in Japan. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Gameplay

The game features more than 55 original Olympic sports, playable in both single player and multiplayer modes. [5] [6]

Sports

Athletics

  • 20km Race Walk
  • 3000m Steeplechase
  • Marathon
  • Triple Jump
  • Hammer Throw
  • Shot Put
  • 110m Hurdles
  • 1500m Race
  • 4 x 100m Relay
  • Long Jump
  • Pole Vault
  • Javelin

Aquatic

  • 100m Freestyle
  • 10km Marathon Swim
  • Water Polo
  • Synchronised Swimming (duet)
  • 100m Backstroke
  • Synchronised Platform Diving
  • 100m Breaststroke

Court & Field

  • Beach Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton (singles/doubles)
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball

Contact Sports

  • Judo
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Fencing

Gymnastics

  • Balance Beam
  • Horizontal Bar
  • Floor
  • Rhythmic Ribbons
  • Rings
  • Trampoline

Cycling

  • BMX
  • Omnium
  • Sprint
  • Keirin

Boat Games

  • 1000m Kayak
  • Canoe Slalom
  • Rowing (quadruple sculls)
  • Sailing 470 (pair)

Shooting

  • Double Trap
  • Archery
  • 25 Rapid Fire Pistol
  • Team Archery

Multiple Sports

  • Triathlon
  • Modern Pentathlon

Others

  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Show Jumping
  • Handball
  • Weightlifting

Story Mode

Characters

Heroes

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Sonic
  • Tails

Girls

  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Amy
  • Blaze

Wild Ones

  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Knuckles
  • Vector

Tricksters

  • Wario
  • Waluigi
  • Dr. Eggman
  • Metal Sonic

Challengers

  • Yoshi
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Shadow
  • Silver

Rivals

  • Dry Bones (Sailing 470 (pair))
  • Dry Bowser (Sailing 470 (pair))
  • King Boo (Badminton doubles)
  • Boo (Badminton doubles)
  • Magikoopa (BMX)
  • Eggman Nega (4x100m Relay)
  • E-123 Omega (Wrestling)
  • Jet the Hawk (3000m Steeplechase)
  • Rouge the Bat (100m Backstroke)

Reception

The game has received average critical response. Official Nintendo Magazine gave it a 78, calling it "A better attempt at capturing Olympic spirit than the Wii version, but still not meaty enough." [7] Nintendo Gamer gave it a 70, reason being "Most events are just too simplified to make this truly essential."

Nintendo Power also gave it the same score, saying "Some activities aren't worthy of gold medals, but the addictive fun of the best ones proves that Mario and Sonic's latest competition is still a victory." IGN gave it a 65, stating "While it has some great mini-games, it forcefully limits itself and discards many of the ideas that made its predecessors so good." [8]

Nintendo Life gave it a 60, saying "While Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is technically no worse than its forebears, its events are too much of a mixture when it comes to quality and after four years the blemishes and inconsistencies are beginning to wear thin." [9]

Nintendo World Report gave it a 55, stating "Even the best games in this package are fun no more than five times, and anything below that was lucky to be played more than twice. If there was more content, and Sega put more focus into making more of the games fun rather than making more games, I might have viewed the experience more fondly." [10]

Gallery

Videos

References

  1. http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/26268/newsfirst-mario-and-sonic-london-2012-olympics-3ds-screenshots-details/
  2. http://www.sonicstadium.org/2011/10/sega-date-3ds-games-new-screenshots/
  3. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2011/111028e.pdf
  4. http://andriasang.com/comzi6/3ds_dates/
  5. http://www.sonicstadium.org/2011/04/press-release-confirms-mario-sonic-at-the-london-2012-olympic-games-for-wii-3ds/
  6. http://www.olympicvideogames.com/mario-and-sonic-london-olympics/us/
  7. http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/35274/mario-and-sonic-at-the-london-2012-olympic-games-3ds-review/
  8. http://ds.ign.com/articles/121/1218504p1.html
  9. http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/3ds/mario_and_sonic_at_the_london_2012_olympic_games
  10. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/29236

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