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Olympic Battlefields: Four worlds, four dreams

"It is a matter of life and death, a road to game over or to win!"

Ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which kicks off tomorrow in Beijing, homebrew developer Anti-Social Gaming has put out a polemic game titled Olympic Battlefields.

Unlike Mario and Sonic's Olympic outing, however, you won't jump into any traditional events to win the gold for their respective franchises. Rather, you'll pick from one of four countries to represent their tacit agendas and "fight terrorism."

For instance, if you choose the Tibetans, you'll be tasked with dragging Chinese people out of your country before they "turn militant." If you decide to side with China, you'll need to tap the "revolting Tibetans" and turn them into farmers, otherwise "they'll suicide bomb." Also, for some reason, the Chinese farmers and terrorist Tibetans look like Raiden and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.

If that isn't controversial enough, you have the option of playing as Israelis or Palestinians, too. On the Palestinian side, you'll be charged with converting Jews to Islam by dragging them off the map. If you play as the Israelis, you will have to tap and convert Hamas terrorists into Jews. Again, if you don't neutralize them in time, they blow up!

Looks like RanAway and In the Afternoon Sunshine have some serious competition now when it comes to the most offensive homebrew DS game.

[Via DCEmu]

Promotional Consideration: Return of the reused assets

Promotional Consideration is a weekly feature about the Nintendo DS advertisements you usually flip past, change the channel on, or just tune out.

Revisiting last week's theme of recycled assets, we're taking a look at the familiar artwork seen in a recent print ad for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Unlike the Flower, Sun, and Rain commercial which repurposed an old promotional music video to great effect, this one's a forgetful piece, the video game equivalent of a comic book cover with a generic superhero-team action shot.

Gallery: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Mario and Sonic at the embarrassing confession

It could be because this latest trailer starts with the hammer-throw/BUUUUUUHHHHH footage from the Japanese commercial, or because we've spent too much time acting over-the-top enthusiastic about this minigame collection, but we found after watching this that we really want to play Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Is that weird? It's not that we're so surprised to be interested in a game, it's just that we thought we were over the minigame thing by now. And, well, it does instill a bit of nostalgia to care about a Sonic game.

But there's no denying it -- that vault event (the one in which the player draws shapes to make Peach flip) just looks fun. And it's just drawing shapes with the stylus! Well done, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. You got us a little.

Win a medal in 'buying Mario and Sonic'

Well, not so much "win" as "receive for free." And by "medal" we mean "pin with the game's logo on it." But other than that, this pin is just like an Olympic medal. Athletes win medals for excellent performance in Olympic events, and you can get this pin for going to GameStop and spending thirty-five dollars! It's the true Olympic experience.

This is the perfect accessory to let other DS fans know that "Yes, I'm the one who bought the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games." Or, more likely, the perfect eBay fodder to recoup some of the cost of the game.

Mario and Sonic at the Rubbing Olympics

We're going to be let down by any and all Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games advertising that doesn't feature bellowing from now on, but that doesn't mean we don't want to see more footage of the game. This latest trailer features some fencing and ping-pong, but also provides us with a good look at the "Dream Race" event, which is basically Mario Kart without karts.

More than anything, Sega's bizarre fixation on "rubbing" is on display here. Having already created two games built around the idea of rubbing (so much so that "rub" appears in the titles of both in Europe), Sega is using the term to describe the screen-digging back-and-forth technique used in most of these games. We don't mind -- our screen works hard and deserves the occasional massage.

Mario & Sonic is AWESOME

We thought we weren't that into the DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. But Nintendo has fully convinced us that the game is amazing and worth our time, using some innovative marketing. The first commercial here both influences our reaction to the game and mirrors our reaction to the commercial itself.

First, we just watched, from the perspective of a player, as he tries the hammer throw the first time. The controls are easy to figure out, and he's swinging at a pretty good speed almost immediately. Then he releases the hammer and AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! GO HAMMER! We love this game now. We want to buy the yelling-at-stuff sports game when it comes out on the 22nd. We'll be first in line to yell at all the retail employees.

[Via GoNintendo]

Event demonstrations in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics

IGN has dished out four new trailers for Sega's upcoming romp starring both Nintendo and Sega's most recognizable characters. It's also the first game to have both Sonic and Mario in it, although it might not be the one you're waiting for. So, check out the freestyle swimming above and head past the break for three more trailers from the other included challenges in Mario & Sonic at the Olympics.

Gallery: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Mario & Sonic filmed at the Olympics

A hot new trailer has hit the bench, cooling itself down next to the Gatorade after competing. It's stopped just long enough for us to get a good look at it. Inside, it presents some of the 16 different events and how you'll have to destroy your touch screen to ensure victory. Also, there are 16 different playable characters, but that doesn't make much difference considering Mario can apparently keep up with Sonic in a foot race.

Gallery: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Mario & Sonic at the Olympics for all to see

With the DS receiving its version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympics during Q1 next year, we find ourselves growing more anxious as to how the portable version will differentiate itself from its console version. Actually, we're just wondering if it'll be good, since the Wii version wasn't received with accolades and some kind of parade. In fact, it was just the opposite.

But, we're optimists. So, we're perfectly fine with believing the game will be incredible up until we have it in our hands and find out the truth for ourselves. Heck, we've done it enough times with other games, that's for sure.

Head past the break for some more screens.

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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!

DS Daily: Mario and Sonic and DS

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is a big deal on the Wii, especially with the Leipzig crowd. Super Smash Bros. may have stolen some of its thunder recently, but the very idea of Sonic and Mario in a game together still holds a lot of power to many fans. Plus, if you don't own a Wii, Olympics on the DS is your only shot at Nintendo and Sega mascot characters competing at stuff.

Are you planning on going for the portable gold? Do you think this game has the potential to be any good? Are you eschewing the handheld release for the Wii version, or are you dedicated enough to making Knuckles and Yoshi compete in a judo match to get both?

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.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games screens

Everyone's eager to see what Sonic and Mario's first collaboration will look like, right? Well, here it is! The DS version, anyway. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games looks pretty okay! We don't really know what else to say about it. It's in 3D, and includes, at the very least, long jump, archery, hammer throw, and some kind of track event.

Sonic and Tails are participating in the manner of the ancient Olympians-- nude. We don't know if they've covered themselves in olive oil as the Greeks did, and we hope we never find out. We hope nobody ever finds out.

Gallery: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Former Olympian joins Nicole Kidman in promoting Brain Age 2

When we think Brain Age 2, we think swimming*. Well, maybe not so much, but for Australians, former Olympian Kieren Perkins is probably a great choice as the face of Brain Age 2. Perkins, who medaled in three consecutive Olympic Games, will be promoting the game (along with his wife, Symantha) in an expansive media campaign.

So we've got Nicole Kidman in the U.K., Kieren Perkins in Australia ... will we have a designated celebrity for Brain Age 2 here in the U.S.?

*We do not recommend swimming and playing
Brain Age 2 at the same time, for, y'know, obvious reasons.

Sonic & Mario finally team up for a game

Once embittered rivals, Mario and Sonic were at each others' necks during the 16-bit console wars, both of them vying for the Top Mascot prize that awaited the victor at the end of the battle. Tensions eventually eased between the two combatants and their respective companies, and after years of respectful neutrality, Nintendo and Sega are making their friendship official with a game that joins both franchises.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be released during the holiday season this year for the Nintendo DS and the Wii. Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Tails, and the rest of the extended casts will be competing in events set in arenas modeled after the venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Hisao Oguchi, Sega Corp.'s President and CEO, had nothing but praise for the project: "For the first time, two of the world's greatest games' characters come together to compete in the world's greatest sporting event and we couldn't be more excited." While we can't imagine anyone from the Mario troupe besting Sonic at the 100m run, the blue hedgehog might have trouble with swimming competitions if he has to stop and replenish his air supply with bubbles too much.

This might not receive the same fanfare as a Sonic appearance on Super Smash Bros. Brawl would, but maybe this is just a hint of what's to come from Nintendo and Sega? There's not much at the video game's official site yet, but head over there to check out forum discussions and sign up for email updates.

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