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Mario & Sonic team up to sell five million

If you didn't believe that putting both the words "Mario" and "Sonic" in the title of a video game was a viable enough marketing strategy, you'd be wrong. The DS and Wii versions of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games have sold over five million copies combined; we're sure you don't need us to tell you that five million is a lot. Sales will probably only climb much higher when the Beijing Olympics take place later this year.

At the very least, we bet that this ensures a Winter Olympics rendition in two years. We wouldn't mind if that happened, but this blogger's stance is firm -- no biathlon, no sale.

[Via NeoGAF]

DS Fanboy Review: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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.

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Friday Video: Bring your own BUUUUHHH

Yeah, listen. We know we've talked a lot about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and now it's out, and maybe we should just leave it alone. But we can't let go yet. We've had too much fun making jokes about rubbing and destruction, and with the yelling and ... and ... it's an emotional time. So we had to have one more video. One last moment in the sun. You'll have to do your own yelling with this video, however. It's stuffed with melodramatic descriptions, but there's a distinct lack of BUUUUUHHHH.

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DS releases for the week of January 21st

Legions of gamers have been waiting for this week, which brings the release of the latest Advance Wars. Even with the risks that come with picking up the newest version, we're sure that quite a few of you may be disappearing for the next few weeks. Know that you'll be missed, and try to remember to eat.

Not a war person? No worries; if you feel like doing a little yelling, you've got some options. Unless, of course, you live in Australia, where there are no new DS releases being reported for the week. How sad.
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
For releases in the rest of the major markets, march on past the break.

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Rub! Pull! Ogle! New Mario & Sonic screens

While there's no yelling in this new set of screenshots from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, there's plenty of rubbing, pulling, and other sharp, staccato commands. Also, there's bonus character art when you need to rest from all the touchscreen-mutilating action. It's not all about the games; there's got to be lots of posing and stretching as well.

Y'know, we've seen the Olympics before, and we don't remember any event with three floating basketball hoops. We'd like to go ahead and call for Mario's drug screen, 'cause something just ain't right about all this. Looks fun ... but perhaps chemically-induced.

Gallery: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the official web site

With Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games finally heading out in January for U.S. and Japanese gamers, and in February for the European market, it's no surprise that Nintendo's finally gotten around to putting up their official site. Sega's site has been up for some time, as has Nintendo's site for the Wii version, but the DS game has lagged a bit behind. On the Japanese site, you can see some of the games and how they'll control, in all their touchscreen-destroying glory, as well as characters, event breakdowns, and more.

[Via Gamefront]

Mario and Sonic at the wacky Dream Events

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games for the DS looks startlingly similar to the Wii version, except, of course, for the obvious downgrade in graphical quality. The style is the same, and the events are all the same. The only major difference is the change in perspective done for the sake of controls. For example, the camera in the hammer throw event is directly above your character, to allow you to draw swirls around him or her to simulate the character's rotation. For the events in which the controls are not significantly different, like the button-controlled trampoline, both versions look almost identical.

Like the Wii version, the DS game contains a few off-the-wall Dream Events set in the Mario and Sonic universes. Two of these, along with a bunch of the normal events, are revealed in this latest set of screens. Dream Marksmanship looks similar to a normal shooting contest, except everyone shoots at what look like some enemy robots from Sonic games. And Dream Basketball involves flying hoops!

Mario and Sonic will destroy your touch screen

IGN's gameplay impressions of the less-discussed DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games were mostly positive: there's a tantalizing possibility of online play, the 3D engine is apparently pleasing, and the game contains all the same events as the Wii version.

Unfortunately, the description of the game's controls is troubling for us, and probably money in the bank for companies who produce DS screen protectors. Most of the game's events are controlled by moving the stylus back and forth as rapidly as possible in a prescribed direction to build up speed or power.

It may be fun, or it may just be a shortcut to a deep groove carved into your touch screen. Between this and the DS version of the notoriously controller-assassinating Mario Party, is any DS safe?

Mario and Sonic DS runs into a hurdle

We hear a lot about the Wii version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games-- just today we saw a list of events, and we recently learned that, much like David Hasselhoff, the Germans love it. But what of the DS version? Mario and Sonic are indeed at these Olympic Games, as well.

Well, we finally heard something about the DS version! And it's ... bad news, kind of! The game's been delayed until the first quarter of 2008. But, really, considering all the stuff that's coming out on DS this holiday season, we can only see that as a good thing. Better for a complete game to come out when it can shine than for a junk minigame collection to fall through the cracks.

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