What It Is
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
, from Nintendo, is a collection of Olympics inspired games and events, with a Nintendo twist that takes players to Rio. Players compete in the games as, and against, characters from both the Mario and Sonic games series. Some of the playable Nintendo characters include Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Peach, Daisy, Bowser, and Yoshi. The Sonic characters include popular Sega favorites such as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Shadow, Dr. Egg Man, and Vector. There are over 15 Summer Olympic games to play, including the Track & Field events of Javelin throwing and the 100 meter dash. There is also a Rhythmic Gymnastics game where players hit the button on their Wii U controller at the same time an object on the TV screen hits a bar. There are multiple races including the 4x100 meter Relay, and 100 meter Freestyle Swimming. An Equestrian event has players trotting through an obstacle course on horse back. There are also team sports, including Soccer and Beach Volleyball.
Is It Fun?
Like previous games in the Mario & Sonic Olympic series, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is like getting multiple sports video games, in one package. The Nintendo twist also makes it entertaining, and kids will get a kick out of seeing their favorite Nintendo characters competing in Olympics events, like Bowser playing Table Tennis. Players can also select their own Miis as the playable characters, and win new outfits to customize the Mii's appearance in the game.
Who It’s For
The game is rated E10+ for mild cartoon violence, but it is no more violent than other Mario games. We think kids as young as 7 will enjoy, and be able to play the game. Adults will like this one also, and since there are multiple games to choose from, chances are good that most the gamers in your house will be able to find a few that they love.
What To Be Aware Of
There are both single and multiplayer options that allow up to four people to play together. The game also includes info about the stadiums and locations being used for the real games in Rio.
We played the Wii U exclusive version of the game for this review. However, there is also a 3DS edition available.