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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.

Gameplay

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will feature sixteen events, including a wide variety of Olympic winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, pairs figure skating and curling. Players will 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 will also include special events set in the world of Mario and Sonic, in which characters have special abilities not possible in the real world. 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.

Modes

Mode Description
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

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:

Area Characters Events
1 Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower
  • Alpine Skiing Downhill
  • Speed Skate 500m
  • Snowboard Cross
2 Wario, Waluigi, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna
  • Figure Skating Singles
  • Biathlon
  • Skeleton
3 Luigi, Princess Daisy, Shadow the Hedgehog, Vector the Crocodile
  • Snowball Scrimmage
  • Curling
  • Dream Ice Hockey
4 Mario, Princess Peach, Silver the Hedgehog, Blaze the Cat
  • Freestyle Skiing Moguls
  • Dream Snowboard Cross
  • Figure Skating Pairs
  • Hole In One Curling
5 Bowser, Bowser Jr., Doctor Eggman, Metal Sonic
  • Freestyle Ski Cross
  • Snowboard Slope Style
  • Figure Skating Spectacular
  • Ski Jumping Large Hill

Rivals

Name Event
Birdo Ice Hockey
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.

Characters

All characters from the previous games in the series return.

Team Mario 

Team Sonic

Events

Olympic Events

There is going to be a total of 16 Olympic Events in this game.

Event Icon Description
Alpine Skiing Downhill Alpineico Steer through a series of gates on your way to the bottom of a snow-covered slope.
Ski Jumping Large Hill Skijumpico Launch yourself into the air from a huge ramp and leap as far as you can. A good landing is crucial.
Freestyle Skiing Moguls Mogulico Negotiate a series of large bumps, known as moguls, in this challenging downhill test of speed and skill.
Freestyle Ski Cross Skicrossico Jostle for position with other competitors in an all-out race on a course studded with waves and banks.
Biathlon Biathlonico This demanding event combines phases of skiing with shooting, and requires good technique and athletic ability.
Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Slalomico Go head-to-head with a competitor as you both race downhill, pass gates and try to set the fastest time.
Snowboard Slopestyle Slopestyleico Get some air and execute a wide range of spectacular tricks to impress spectators!
Snowboard Cross Snowboardcrossico Set out to be the number one rider in this exhilarating exhibition of speed.
Speed Skating 500m Skate500ico Take to the ice for a short track sprint that's all about rhythm.
Short Track 1000m Skate1000ico Maintaining a good line is crucial if you want to reach the finish line before your opponent.
Figure Skating Singles Skateico Step, spin, leap and glide to the music in a graceful blend of agility and technique.
Figure Skating Pairs Skateico Take a partner and show off your combined flair in this doubles performance.
Skeleton Skeletonico Reach incredible speeds as you lie face-down on a sled. Find the ideal line to set the best time!
4-Man Bobsleigh Bobsleighico Leap into the bobsleigh with perfect timing and work together as a team to negotiate the course's tricky turns.
Ice Hockey Hockeyico Take your team out to the ice and pass, shoot, and score your way to victory!
Curling Curlingico Carefully measure each shot and guide your stone to the perfect position in this highly strategic event.

Dream Events

There will be a total of eight Dream Events for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set in unrealistic locations from the Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario series.

Event Image Location Description
Winter Sports Champion Race ChampionRaceSochi Mini Russia Island Use four types of equipment – skis, skates, snowboard and bobsleigh – in a demanding test of all-around ability!
Groove Pipe Snowboard GroovePipeSochi Mushroom Bridge Negotiate twists, curves and ramps in an exhilarating race to the finish.
Figure Skating Spectacular SkatingSpectactularSochi 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 CoasterBobsleighSochi Speed Highway Race along at unbelievable speeds and take in the sights and sounds in a unique bobsleigh race!
Snow Day Street Hockey StreetHockeySochi 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 HoleinOneCurlingSochi Green Hill You've never seen curling like this! One team member rides a large stone pushed by the other player.
Snowball Scrimmage SnowballScrimmageSochi Snow Colosseum Two teams line up for the ultimate snowball fight. Ready, aim... throw!
Bullet Bill Sledge Race BulletBillRaceSochi Sweet Mountain Hit high speeds in a two-seater bobsleigh pulled by a team of super-fast Bullet Bills!

Trivia

  • The Olympic Events was based on the Sochi 2014.
  • This is the first installment to be published by Nintendo instead of Sega who published the previous games.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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