Over the Christmas period, yours truly spent a genuinely exhausting evening drinking with three friends, a Wii, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
. The drink flowed freely that night, and we were all fairly inebriated by the time we hit the sack, happy but tired.
The next morning, we were feeling less jolly.
It wasn't just the hangovers. Thanks to our exertions in Mario & Sonic
, shoulders ached, arms were leaden, and simply putting a shirt on was a painful experience. Despite this, we all agreed we'd do it again. And we did. And yes
, it still
hurt the following morning. Why am I telling you this? Simple: because it underlines just what a fantastic
social experience the Wii version of Mario & Sonic
can be. Break the game down in the cold light of day, and it becomes easy to nitpick at its flaws. It's far from perfect. Yet it is
immensely fun with friends. It's worth the pain, you could say.
And the DS version? Well ... not so much. In fact, as a social experience, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
on the DS falls a long, long way short of its bigger, stronger Wii brother.