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Mario and Sonic head to London!


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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (マリオ&ソニック AT ロンドンオリンピック[1]?) is the third installment of the Mario & Sonic series that was published by Nintendo in Japan and by Sega in North America and Europe. The game was released for the Nintendo 3DS, while a alternate version was also created for the Wii. This game features new sports, such as football, and the 3DS version features a unique control mechanism. It was released on 14 February 2012 in North America,[2] 1 March in Japan and Australia,[1][2] and on 10 February in Europe,[3] with a playable demo being launched to promote the game on 27 January 2012.

Plot

Opening

Bowser and Dr. Eggman watch over London from the inside of Big Ben, but the doctor tells Bowser they're already starting the 2012 Olympics and they haven't got their invitations yet. Bowser suggests that he could use his new machine. Dr. Eggman agrees and puts a mysterious pot in side of it and presses the start button. Then, colorful fog covers all over London, while Bowser and Dr. Eggman laugh in victory.

Heroes

Challengers

Bowser Jr. arrives in England to compete in the games. Unfortunately, he took a wrong turn and ended up in Stonehenge instead of London. He sees Yoshi training for the games and challenges him to an Olympic event. Jr. wins and calls on his Bullet Bill to bring him to London. Later, Omochao and a regular Chao are being threatened by two of Dr. Eggman's robots for unknown reasons. Shadow and Silver arrive to defeat them, but Jr., flying overhead, accidentally falls off of his Bullet Bill and destroys both robots. The two Chao are grateful and even the two hedgehogs are impressed. Wanting to see how strong he really is, they challenge Jr. to a 2-on-1 Olympic event. Surprisingly, Jr. wins. Shadow and Silver are good sports and congratulate the young Koopa. A nearby Goomba convinces Jr. to look for more robots so that he'll be even stronger. Arriving at the stadium, Jr. and the Goomba see Dr. Eggman measuring Metal Sonic's time running around the track. Jr. challenges Metal Sonic to an event. Thinking this would be perfect practice for the robot, Eggman agrees, on the condition that Jr. becomes his servant if he loses. Jr. accepts, telling Eggman that if he wins, he has to tell Bowser of his victory. With that, the reptile and robot set off. Jr. eventually wins. Eggman tries to examine Jr. to see what he needs to do to upgrade Metal Sonic, but Jr. angrily stops him, demanding a snack in exchange for Eggman trying to trick him. The scientist reluctantly agrees.

Wild Ones

Meanwhie, Bowser angrily stomps through London, followed by a Goomba, a Lakitu, and a Magikoopa. Bowser is really angry because of a toothache he has. His minions decide to cheer him up by secretly letting him win some Olympic events against various challengers. Their first target is Donkey Kong. The Magikoopa promises a pile of bananas in exchange for defeating Bowser in an event, but when the ape agrees, the wizard summons a Thwomp to fall on DK, making him dizzy and less likely to win. When Bowser shows up, he defeats DK, but behind his back, the Magikoopa makes it up to DK by getting him those bananas he promised. Later, the Magikoopa, as well as the Lakitu and a Dry Bones, somehow convince Knuckles and Vector to rendezvous. To convince them to fight, the Magikoopa uses his magic to make the Lakitu look like Charmy and the Dry Bones to look like Espio. The two real Chaotix members notice the two fake members acting funny, but agree to fight Bowser. The Magikoopa then summons giant versions of a Chain Chomp and Piranha Plant to bite Knuckles and Vector, respectively. Similar to DK, this makes the two animals dazed and less likely to win. After Bowser defeats them, the Goomba (who had led Bowser to the arena) quickly escorts him out before Knuckles and Vector ask too many questions. For Bowser's last false victory, the minions plan to have their king triumph over Mario in a tennis game. Unfortunately, the Boo assigned for the job failed to trick Mario into coming to the court, so after the other minions come, Dry Bones distracts Bowser while the others think of a plan. The Magikoopa decides he'll have to transform one of the minions into Mario. Dry Bones can't do it since he's talking to Bowser, and neither Boo nor Lakitu can do it because they're floating. This leaves the Goomba as the only solution. The mushroom is terrified to do it, but when Bowser's patience wears thin, he agrees. Bowser challenges "Mario" to a game of tennis and wins. After the match, Bowser Jr. arrives and congratulates his dad while the minions celebrate over the success of their plan.

Tricksters

In his secret headquarters inside Big Ben, Dr. Eggman defeats Metal Sonic in a match of Taekwondo. However, he is unsure what to do to upgrade his creation. His other robot minions, Orbot and Cubot, see Waluigi on the monitors and suggest him for practice. The foursome confront the man in purple and convince him to battle, saying it would make good practice for defeating Luigi in the Olympics. Metal Sonic wins, and Eggman deduces that Metal Sonic possesses speed, but not strength. Eggman and the robots come across Wario and ask him to challenge Metal Sonic so that the robot may go against Wario's strength. However, defeating Mario isn't good enough for Wario, so he and Eggman settle on a bet: If Wario wins, Orbot and Cubot come work for him. If Metal Sonic wins, Wario has to give Eggman something of his. Metal Sonic emerges victorious. Wario gives Eggman an old urn he got from an antique shop, claiming its magic. Eggman seems to recognize it and accepts it. Back in his headquarters, Eggman places the urn inside a machine. The machine slightly unseals the lid on the urn and gray fog pours into the room. Some of this fog takes the shape of Sonic and Eggman challenges it to an event. Eggman appears victorious and the Sonic imposter vanishes into thin air. Eggman explains to his minions that this urn contains the legendary Phantasmal Fog, stolen 300 years ago by the legendary pirate William Kidd. The urn eventually ended up in the British Museum, where it was recently stolen. Eggman resolves to completely unseal the urn after he and Metal Sonic are done training for the Olympics.

Girls

At Hyde Park Peach, Amy, Blaze, and three Toads are setting up the invitations for all of the athletes, however Amy suggests she take Sonic's invitation to him personally, Blaze suggests that if Amy can beat her in a competition she will let her go. Then, after Amy beats her, Daisy shows up and battles with Peach, after the latter wins they all go out for a break, but when they return the wind had knocked off all of the invitations to the ground. After they pick them all up they realize that they are missing Bowser and Dr. Eggman's invitations they make new ones. Later, Peach and Amy meet Bowser and Eggman in the park and end up playing a round of Beach Volleyball, after they win they go fetch their invitations, but at the same moment the toads go to deliver them, they drop Eggman and Bowser's next to them. Bowser and Eggman look at how well it's written and think that they're love letters to Sonic and Mario. Bowser and Eggman go off together looking around London before they do something evil. The girls assume that Bowser and Eggman took their own and then all go out shopping together before the Olympic Games start.

Characters

Playable characters

Team Sonic

Image Character Group
Sonic fencing.png Sonic the Hedgehog Heroes
Dr eggman 1.png Dr. Eggman Tricksters
Knucklessoccer.png Knuckles the Echidna Wild Ones
Tailstennis.png Miles "Tails" Prower Heroes
AmyLondonOlympicGames.png Amy Rose Girls
Blaze serious.png Blaze the Cat Girls
Shadowskate.png Shadow the Hedgehog Challengers
Vector 1 merry merry merry.png Vector the Crocodile Wild Ones
Metalsonic 1.png Metal Sonic Tricksters
Silver upside down.png Silver the Hedgehog Challengers

Team Mario

Image Character Group
Mario 1.png Mario Heroes
Mario & Sonic 2012 Luigi.png Luigi Heroes
Mario & Sonic 2012 Peach.png Princess Peach Girls
Daisy haim dayzie.png Princess Daisy Girls
Yoshi legs.png Yoshi Challengers
Wario CRACK.png Wario Tricksters
Waluigi gun.png Waluigi Tricksters
Bowser.png Bowser Wild Ones
Donkeykong 1.png Donkey Kong Wild Ones
Bowserjr.png Bowser Jr. Challengers

Non-playable characters

Rivals

Referees

Audience

Other

Events

Event Playable group
Athletics 100m Sprint Heroes
110m Hurdles Challengers
20km Race Walk Heroes
1500m Challengers
3000m Steeplechase
4 x 100m Relay Heroes
Marathon
Long Jump Tricksters
Triple Jump Challengers
Pole Vault Heroes
Hammer Throw Wild Ones
Javelin Throw
Shot Put Challengers
Aquatics 100m Freestyle Heroes
100m Backstroke Girls
10k Marathon Swim Challengers
Platform Diving (Synchronised) Tricksters
Water Polo Challengers
Synchronized Swimming (Duet) Heroes
Synchronized Swimming (Team) Girls
100m Breaststroke Tricksters
Court and Field Games Beach Volleyball Girls
Table Tennis (Doubles) Heroes
Tennis (Singles) Wild Ones
Basketball Challengers
Badminton (Singles) Tricksters
Badminton (Doubles) Heroes
Contact Sports Judo
Boxing Wild Ones
Taekwondo Tricksters
Fencing - Epee Heroes
Wrestling - Freestyle Wild Ones
Gymnastics Balance Beam Girls
Rythmic Ribbon
Horizontal Bar Heroes
Rings Wild ones
Floor Challengers
Trampoline
Cycling BMX Heroes
Sprint
Omnium Girls
Keirin
Boat Games 1000m Kayak (Singles) Tricksters
Rowing - Quadruple Sculls Heroes
Canoe Slalom (Pair) Girls
Sailing - 470 (Pair) Heroes
Shooting Double Trap Wild Ones
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Tricksters
Archery (Individual) Girls
Archery (Teams) Heroes
Multi-discipline Triathlon Heroes
Modern Pentathlon Heroes
Soccer Wild Ones
Handball Tricksters
Hockey
Weightlifting Wild Ones
Show Jumping Girls

Other modes

Medley Match

The Medley Match game mode is a collection of events played in a chain with the goal of earning the most points. The player goes up against three computer controlled characters in, usually, three consecutive events. There are four different options within the Medley Match menu, these are as follows:

  • London Games: Includes only events from a certain category, such as athletics or contact sports. There are eighteen different medleys to choose from.
  • Variety: Focuses on a gameplay theme, such as tilt controls or using the stylus, and showcase a variety of events.
  • Party Mix: Larger medleys that consist of ten, fifteen or twenty events, along with Bonus Games mixed throughout. This mode is similar to the London Party game mode from the Wii version of the game.
  • Custom: allows for a player created Medley to be played.

Along with these four, a Warm-Up Medley is played upon first entering the Medley Match menu. The events are 100m, 100m Freestyle, and Judo, in that order. Upon completion, the full game mode is unlocked, although each specific Medley requires a certain prerequisite before becoming accessible. Eleven London Games Medleys are available from the beginning, along with ten Variety Medleys and up to twenty Custom Medleys. The Party Mix options are all unlocked upon completing the Warm-Up.

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 66%[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 6.5/10[2]
Nintendo Life 6/10[3]
Nintendo Power 7.0/10[5]
Nintendo World Report 5.5/10[6]
Official Nintendo Magazine 78%[7]
GamingXP 75%[8]

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games received mostly positive reviews from critics, with the score at Metacritic sitting at 66%.[4]

Nintendo Power gave the Nintendo 3DS version of the game a 7.0 out of 10 rating, saying that some of the events weren't quite accurate, but still a fun minigame jamboree.[5] Chris Scullion of Official Nintendo Magazine preferred this game to its Wii counterpart, though he criticized the "bite-sized" and "cut-down" versions of the events.[7]

Cast

Role English voice actor Japanese voice actor
Announcer Runblebee

Sonic characters

Role English voice actor Japanese voice actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Miles "Tails" Prower Kate Higgins Ryō Hirohashi
Knuckles the Echidna Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Canna
Amy Rose Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata
Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock Chikao Ōtsuka
Eggman Nega
Shadow the Hedgehog Kirk Thornton Kōji Yusa
Orbot Mitsuo Iwata
Blaze the Cat Laura Bailey Nao Takamori
Omochao Etsuko Kozakura
Vector the Crocodile Keith Silverstein Kenta Miyake
Silver the Hedgehog Quinton Flynn Daisuke Ono
Rouge the Bat Karen Strassman Rumi Ochiai
Jet the Hawk Michael Yurchak Daisuke Kishio
E-123 Omega Vic Mignogna Taiten Kusunoki
Espio the Chameleon Troy Baker Yūki Masuda
Charmy Bee Colleen O'Shaughnessey Yōko Teppōzuka
Cream the Rabbit Michelle Ruff Sayaka Aoki
Cubot Wally Wingert Wataru Takagi
Big the Cat Kyle Hebert Takashi Nagasako
Chao Tomoko Sasaki

Mario characters

Role Voice actor
Mario Charles Martinet
Luigi
Wario
Waluigi
Goomba
Princess Peach Samantha Kelly
Toad
Princess Daisy Deanna Mustard
Bowser Kenny James
Dry Bowser
Yoshi Kazumi Totaka
Birdo
Donkey Kong Takashi Nagasako
Bowser Jr. Caety Sagoian
King Boo Toru Asakawa
Dry Bones
Lakitu Dex Manley
Magikoopa Atsushi Masaki
Boo Sanae Susaki
Luma Yuya Takezawa

Trivia

  • This is the only Sonic game where the characters were not officially dubbed in French, Italian, German or Spanish following Sonic Generations.
    • Only the Announcer was dubbed in these languages.
  • This game has the most events out of any Mario & Sonic game yet, with a total of 55.
    • However, this is the first Mario & Sonic game to not have Dream Events.
  • Blaze and Amy's character select screens are recolors of pre-existing artwork, with Blaze's pose being from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Amy's from Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
  • In the Aquatic, Equestrian and Gymnastic events, all the female characters have different clothes.
    • Originally, all characters were going to have swimsuits as well. However, Sega rejected the idea as Sonic is not allowed to have his shoes removed.[9]
      • Swimsuits for the female characters were originally planned for the first game.
    • In Aquatics, Sonic wears a life jacket.
      • Sonic's life-jacket is blue in this game instead of yellow as in previous games..

Videos


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 マリオ&ソニック AT ロンドンオリンピック (Japanese). Nintendo (JP). Archived from the original on 7 June 2017. Retrieved on 25 December 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 George, Richard (14 February 2012). Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Review. IGN. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved on 5 March 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Reece, Mark (15 February 2012). Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Review (3DS). NintendoLife. Retrieved on 5 March 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS). Metacritic.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nintendo Power (275): 84. January/February 2012.
  6. Culafi, Alex (12 February 2012). Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Nintendo World Report.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Scullion, Chris (10 February 2012). Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games 3DS review. Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012.
  8. Hohenwarter, Stefan (7 February 2011). Mario & Sonic bei den Olympischen Spielen: London 2012 (German). GamingXP. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011.
  9. Watts, Steve (19 December 2011). How Mario and Sonic get outfitted for the Olympics. Shack News.

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