Mario and Sonic Compete at the Olympics

Posted on April 3, 2007

Mario and Sonic

Sega and Nintendo have announced that two big video game characters Mario and Sonic are teaming up for a game called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. The game will be available for the Wii and Nintendo DS in time for this year's holidays.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers will be able to compete as or against a range of lovable personalities including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more. Innovative usage of the Wii and DS control systems to maneuver a favorite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, engage in exhilarating rallies in table tennis and churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after gold medal.

"We are thrilled to partner with Nintendo and ISM on this groundbreaking title," said Hisao Oguchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEGA Corporation. "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."
Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and General Manager, Entertainment Analysis and Development Division for Nintendo, says in a statement, "Mario and Sonic have been respectful rivals since the early days of video games. In fact, for a long time they have been discussing the possibility of one day competing against each other. Now that they have been given the perfect opportunity to meet at the Olympic Games, we may finally learn who is actually faster, Mario or Sonic?"

Who is faster? It seems there's no way Mario is faster than the speedster Sonic but it should be interesting to see how the competition between the two super game characters unfolds and what games they are able to compete in. A website for the game can be found here -- although there is little information there so far.