Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is a Wii U game and is the fourth installment of the Mario & Sonic series. It was first announced by Satoru Iwata on Nintendo Direct on 17 May 2013. It was released on November 15, 2013. It was created to coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics, like other games in the Mario and Sonic series.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games features sixteen events, including a wide variety of Olympic winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, pairs figure skating and curling. Players have to use both the GamePad and the Wii Remote Plus, depending on the event in question. Curling, for example, requires players to draw lines on the GamePad's screen.
The game also includes special events set in the world of Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, in which the characters have special abilities not possible in the events set in Sochi. Mixed events that combine sports like skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding in one race, will also be available. Figure skating can now be performed with two characters on the same team, team-working simultaneously.
|Single Match||Enjoy any event quickly and easily. Play solo, pit your skills against friends and family, or work together in selected co-operative events.|
|Medley Mania||Compete in special event medleys, or create your own. The player with the most points at the end wins, so go all-out!|
|Worldwide VS||Face-off against players from all over the world in selected events. Perform well and help your country in the global rankings!|
|Legends Showdown||All 20 characters come together for a spectacular single-player showdown! Clear stages, defeat boss characters, and take home the ultimate trophy!|
|Action & Answer Tour||Get friends and family together for a unique combination of sports and quiz questions! Use your body and your brain in a wild mode where anything can happen!|
Legends Showdown is shown to be the story mode of the game. It has 5 areas where the characters of the game are separated into 5 different teams:
|1||Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower||
|2||Wario, Waluigi, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna||
|3||Luigi, Princess Daisy, Shadow the Hedgehog, Vector the Crocodile||
|4||Mario, Princess Peach, Silver the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat||
|5||Bowser, Bowser Jr., Doctor Eggman, Metal Sonic||
|Kamek||Bullet Bill Sled Race|
|Jet the Hawk||Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom|
|King Boo||Short Track 1000m|
|E-123 Omega||Roller Coaster Bobsleigh|
||Winter Sports Champion Race|
After players clear an area they will be ranked on how well the did in all the events after the area is cleared. If players receive an A+ rank, they will be awarded with an unlockable Mii Outfit.
All characters from the previous games in the series return.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Amy Rose
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Blaze the Cat
- Vector the Crocodile
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Doctor Eggman
- Metal Sonic
There is a total of 16 Olympic Events in this game.
There is a total of eight Dream Events for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set in locations from the Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario series.
|Winter Sports Champion Race||Mini Russia Island||Use four types of equipment – skis, skates, snowboard and bobsleigh – in a demanding test of all-around ability!|
|Groove Pipe Snowboard||Mushroom Bridge||Negotiate twists, curves and ramps in an exhilarating race to the finish.|
|Figure Skating Spectacular||Dream Skating Center||A dynamic musical performance on ice with a big difference: there's an extra rink in the air, too!|
|Roller Coaster Bobsleigh||Speed Highway||Race along at unbelievable speeds and take in the sights and sounds in a unique bobsleigh race!|
|Snow Day Street Hockey||Delfino Plaza||Take your team to the ice and use skill, strategy, and a range of wild items to win the day!|
|Hole In One Curling||Green Hill||You've never seen curling like this! One team member rides a large stone pushed by the other player.|
|Snowball Scrimmage||Snow Colosseum||Two teams line up for the ultimate snowball fight. Ready, aim... throw!|
|Bullet Bill Sledge Race||Sweet Mountain||Hit high speeds in a two-seater bobsleigh pulled by a team of super-fast Bullet Bills!|
- The Olympic Events was based on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
- This is the first installment to be published by Nintendo instead of Sega who published the previous games in the Mario and Sonic series.
- It has exactly the same characters as Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. However, DLC characters are possible to unlock.
- This is the first Mario & Sonic game without a handheld counterpart.
- This is also a first game of the series, which includes online multiplayer mode.