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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 (マリオ&ソニック AT ソチオリンピック Mario & Sonikku AT Sochi Orinpikku?, lit. "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Olympics") is a cross-over sports/party video game for the Wii U and is the fourth installment of the Mario & Sonic series. It was first announced by Satoru Iwata on Nintendo Direct on 17 May 2013, as the second out of the three titles of Sega and Nintendo's exclusive collaboration, the first being Sonic Lost World and the third being Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric/Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. It is also the first game in the series published by Nintendo outside of Japan and South Korea rather than Sega, who published the first three games.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 features sixteen events, including a wide variety of Olympic winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, pairs figure skating and curling.[4] Players have to use both the GamePad and the Wii Remote Plus, depending on the event in question. Curling, for example, requires players to draw lines on the GamePad's screen.[4]

The game also includes special events set in the world of Mario & Sonic, in which characters have special abilities impossible in the real world. Mixed events that combine sports like skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding in one race, are available. Figure skating can now be performed with two characters on the same team, working simultaneously.

Game modes[]

Legends Showdown[]

Legends Showdown is a story mode of the game. There are 5 areas and characters of the game have separated to 5 different teams: Sonic, Tails, Yoshi and Donkey Kong in blue team, Amy, Knuckles, Wario and Waluigi in red team, Vector, Shadow, Daisy and Luigi in orange team, Silver, Blaze, Mario and Peach in yellow team and Metal Sonic, Dr. Eggman, Bowser and Bowser, Jr. in green team.

The players race against the chosen character's ghost form, which has similarities to the Phantasmal Fog Imposters seen in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Each team completes an area, which has 4 events and one boss battle. The second of these events features a fight against a Mii, and the final stage requires the players to beat a boss. Upon completion, the player receives a rank based on their score. Skill points determines the number of points gained in a single event. If an A+ achieved, a Mii outfit will be rewarded.

Action and answer tour[]

Action and answer tour is an action quiz, which combines quiz and minigames.

  • Quick shot and answer: the answering happens by shooting the answer to the question.
  • Melody and answer (4-man bobsleigh): Players must ride along the path, where they hear an instrument. When players reaches the finish line, they must answer which instrument they heard.
  • Lucky chance: This is luck-based event, the points gained vary between two and ten.
  • Scratch and answer (Freestyle ski cross): The players must ski along a silver scratch sheet, which hides a winning number. Players must scratch them and reveal the winning number, then go through the gate with said number on it.
  • Mid-air scratch and answer (Ski jumping large hill): A symbol is displayed at the start of the minigame, from with the players must catch the balloons with that symbol on them.
  • Mid-air formation and answer (Ski jumping large hill): During the jump, Paratroopas and Buzzers will make a formation. The players must answer with what kind of shape they form. The longer spent in the air, the easier it is to answer.
  • Boo hunt and answer (Short trackspeed skating 1000M): The Boo is recording the players, so the players must track him down by using the video feed. The winner is the one who bumps into Boo.
  • Spiny scramble and answer (Snowboard cross): A Lakitu throws Spinies around the course, so the players must count how many during appear the event to win.
  • Giant balloon and answer (Alpine skiing downhill): After passing a gate, a giant balloon with snowflakes on it appears. Upon counting the number of snowflakes, the player must press WiiDSA.
  • Goal shoot and answer (Ice hockey): Players must shoot the pucks into the goal displaying the correct answer.
  • Try your luck and answer (Snowboard slope style): The players break the various barrels placed on the snow, each housing Rings. The player who collects the most Rings is the winner.


Playable characters[]

Team Sonic[]

Icon Character Skill Type Description
Sonicicon Sonic Speed The hedgehog with attitude is used to being cool, so the Olympic Winter Games are the ideal showcase for his unbeatable speed.
Doctor Eggman (Mario & Sonic series) Dr. Eggman Skill What Dr. Eggman lacks in natural athletic ability he makes up for in skill and his astonishing IQ of 300.
Tailsicon Tails Skill Sonic's long-standing sidekick is an ace pilot and an expert with machines. This fox might be young, but his natural abilities make him a match for any competitor.
AmyMASATOWG Amy All-Around A cheerful and energetic hedgehog. With a well-balanced set of capabilities, she's out to win.
MetalSonicMASATOWG Metal Sonic Speed Engineered to outperform even Sonic himself in the speed stakes, Metal Sonic is just as fast on ice as he is on the open road.
KnucklesMASATOWG Knuckles Power Guardian of the Master Emerald, this echidna packs a real punch. His sizeable strength means he's always a contender.
M&S London 2012 - Vector Icon Vector Power With a love of all things gold, this crafty croc will use his impressive strength to snag as many Gold Medals as possible.
Shadow (Mario & Sonic series) Shadow Speed Matching his great rival Sonic in almost every regard, Shadow is out to prove he's the ultimate competitor.
BlazeMASATOWG Blaze All-Around This feline princess hails from another dimension, where she protects the Sol Emeralds. With no obvious weaknesses, she's an intimidating opponent.
SilverHedgeicon Silver Skill This mysterious hedgehog from the future possesses telekinetic powers. He's sure to be a force to be reckoned with in Sochi.

Team Mario[]

Icon Character Skill Type Description
Marioicon Mario All-Around The hero of the Mushroom Kingdom brings his energy, enthusiasm, and world-famous jumps to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Luigiicon Luigi All-Around Taller and slimmer than his older brother Mario, the multi-talented Luigi is ready to show the world what he can do.
Peachicon Peach Skill
Daisyicon Daisy Speed A princess from Sarasaland who boasts excellent speed and considerable proficiency in many events.
Donkeykongicon Donkey Kong Power This swinging king of the jungle has tremendous strength and agility on his side, and he can't wait to show off his skills.
Yoshiicon Yoshi Speed Yoshi has been a faithful friend to Mario and Luigi for many years. Impressive speed is Yoshi's greatest asset.
Warioicon Wario Power
Waluigiicon Waluigi Skill Wario's mischievous partner and self-proclaimed rival to Luigi. Don't underestimate his abilities in a wide range of events!
Bowsericon Bowser Power The fire-breathing Bowser isn't normally someone to be trifled with, and he's just as formidable out on the ice and snow.
Bowserjricon Bowser Jr. All-Around As Bowser's son, Bowser Jr. combines his father's power with his own well-balanced natural abilities.


Non-playable characters[]


Icon Name Skill Type Event
BirdoIcon Birdo All-Around Ice Hockey
KamekIcon Kamek Speed Bullet Bill Sledge Race
Jeticon Jet Speed Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom
King-Boo-icon King Boo Skill Short Track 1000m
Omega-5 Omega Power Roller Coaster Bobsleigh
Eggmannegaicon Eggman Nega Skill Winter Sports Champion Race
Rouge (Mario & Sonic series) Rouge All-Around Winter Sports Champion Race
Dry-Bowser-icon Dry Bowser Power Winter Sports Champion Race



In event[]

  • Rotatatron (Dream Figure Skating)
  • Shy Guy (Dream Ice Hockey)
  • Wiggler Bus (Dream Snowboard Cross)


Olympic Events[]

Event Icon Description
Alpine Skiing Downhill Alpineico Steer through a series of gates on your way to the bottom of a snow-covered slope.
Ski Jumping Large Hill Skijumpico Launch yourself into the air from a huge ramp and leap as far as you can. A good landing is crucial.
Freestyle Skiing Moguls Mogulico Negotiate a series of large bumps, known as moguls, in this challenging downhill test of speed and skill.
Freestyle Ski Cross Skicrossico Jostle for position with other competitors in an all-out race on a course studded with waves and banks.
Biathlon Biathlonico This demanding event combines phases of skiing with shooting, and requires good technique and athletic ability.
Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Slalomico Go head-to-head with a competitor as you both race downhill, pass gates and try to set the fastest time.
Snowboard Slopestyle Slopestyleico Get some air and execute a wide range of spectacular tricks to impress spectators!
Snowboard Cross Snowboardcrossico Set out to be the number one rider in this exhilarating exhibition of speed.
Speed Skating 500m Skate500ico Take to the ice for a short track sprint that's all about rhythm.
Short Track 1000m Skate1000ico Maintaining a good line is crucial if you want to reach the finish line before your opponent.
Figure Skating Singles Skateico Step, spin, leap and glide to the music in a graceful blend of agility and technique.
Figure Skating Pairs Skateico Take a partner and show off your combined flair in this doubles performance.
Skeleton Skeletonico Reach incredible speeds as you lie face-down on a sled. Find the ideal line to set the best time!
4-Man Bobsleigh Bobsleighico Leap into the bobsleigh with perfect timing and work together as a team to negotiate the course's tricky turns.
Ice Hockey Hockeyico Take your team out to the ice and pass, shoot, and score your way to victory!
Curling Curlingico Carefully measure each shot and guide your stone to the perfect position in this highly strategic event.

Dream Events[]

Event Image Location Description
Winter Sports Champion Race ChampionRaceSochi Mini Russia Island Use four types of equipment – skis, skates, snowboard and bobsleigh – in a demanding test of all-around ability!
Groove Pipe Snowboard GroovePipeSochi Mushroom Bridge Negotiate twists, curves and ramps in an exhilarating race to the finish.
Figure Skating Spectacular SkatingSpectactularSochi Dream Skating Center A dynamic musical performance on ice with a big difference: there's an extra rink in the air, too!
Roller Coaster Bobsleigh CoasterBobsleighSochi Speed Highway Race along at unbelievable speeds and take in the sights and sounds in a unique bobsleigh race!
Snow Day Street Hockey StreetHockeySochi Delfino Plaza Take your team to the ice and use skill, strategy, and a range of wild items to win the day!
Hole In One Curling HoleinOneCurlingSochi Green Hill Zone You've never seen curling like this! One team member rides a large stone pushed by the other player.
Snowball Scrimmage SnowballScrimmageSochi Snow Colosseum Two teams line up for the ultimate snowball fight. Ready, aim... throw!
Bullet Bill Sledge Race BulletBillRaceSochi Sweet Mountain Hit high speeds in a two-seater bobsleigh pulled by a team of super-fast Bullet Bills!


Role Voice actor
English Japanese French Italian German Spanish
Andrea De Nisco Albert Vilcan

Sonic characters[]

Role Voice actor
English Japanese French Italian German Spanish
Sonic the Hedgehog Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru Alexandre Gillet Renato Novara Marc Stachel Jonatán López
Miles "Tails" Prower Kate Higgins Ryō Hirohashi Marie-Eugénie Maréchal Benedetta Ponticelli Anke Kortemeier Graciela Molina
Knuckles the Echidna Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Canna Sébastien Desjours Maurizio Merluzzo Claus-Peter Damitz Sergio Mesa
Amy Rose Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata Naïké Fauveau Serena Clerici Shandra Schadt Meritxell Ribera
Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock Chikao Ōtsuka Marc Bretonnière Aldo Stella Hartmut Neugebauer Francesc Belda
Eggman Nega
Shadow the Hedgehog Kirk Thornton Kōji Yusa Benoît DuPac Claudio Moneta Klaus Lochthove Manuel Gimeno
Silver the Hedgehog Quinton Flynn Daisuke Ono Hervé Grull Davide Albano Roland Wolf Ángel de Gracia
Blaze the Cat Laura Bailey Nao Takamori Delphine Braillon Tania De Domenico Greta Galisch Carmen Ambrós
Vector the Crocodile Keith Silverstein Kenta Miyake Philippe Roullier Diego Sabre Andi Krösing Alfonso Vallés
Rouge the Bat Karen Strassman Rumi Ochiai Marie Lenoir Jasmine Laurenti Marianne Graffam Ana Vidal
Jet the Hawk Michael Yurchak Daisuke Kishio Benjamin Bollen Andrea De Nisco Roland Wolf Sergio Mesa
E-123 Omega Vic Mignogna Taiten Kusunoki Thierry Buisson Marco Pagani Mario Hassert Albert Vilcan
Omochao Laura Bailey Etsuko Kozakura Delphine Braillon Sabrina Bonfitto Tabea Börner Sofía García
Orbot Kirk Thornton Mitsuo Iwata Tony Marot Massimo Di Benedetto Romanus Fuhrmann Albert Vilcan
Cubot Wally Wingert Wataru Takagi Benjamin Pascal Luca Sandri Matthias Horn Xadi Mouslemeni Mateu
Wisp Announcer Roger Craig Smith Fumihiko Tachiki Andrea De Nisco

Mario characters[]

Role Voice actor
Mario Charles Martinet
Princess Peach Samantha Kelly
Princess Daisy Deanna Mustard
Yoshi Kazumi Totaka
Donkey Kong Takashi Nagasako
Bowser Kenny James
Dry Bowser
Bowser Jr. Caety Sagoian
Lakitu Dex Manley[note 1] (archive)
Boo Sanae Suzaki
King Boo Toru Asakawa
Kamek Atsushi Masaki
Shy Guy Nate Bihldorff


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 56%
Metacritic 57%
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 5/10[5]
IGN 4.5/10[6]
Nintendo Life 6/10[7]
Nintendo World Report 7/10[8]
Digital Spy 3/5[9]

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has received mixed reviews, with most praising the visuals, but criticizing the game for being too similar to previous games of the series. It currently holds a score of 56% at GameRankings and 57/100 at Metacritic. Nintendo Life gave the game a 6 out of 10,[7] with Liam Martin of Digital Spy agreeing with his rating of 3 out of 5.[9] Scott Thompson of IGN criticized the game's unbalanced AI and unresponsive motion controls, giving it a 4.5/10.[6]


  • This game is the fifth crossover between Mario and Sonic, the others being Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game on the Wii U and the first one to not be on the Wii.
  • The game appears to have the longest Sonic the Hedgehog video game title in the entire Sonic franchise, as it has twenty syllables in its entire name (twenty-two syllables if one pronounced it "two thousand and fourteen" instead of "twenty fourteen").
  • It has exactly the same characters as Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
  • This is the first and only Mario & Sonic game without a handheld counterpart.
  • This is also the first game of the series that includes online multiplayer mode.
  • Coincidentally, both Green Hill Zone and Delfino Plaza appeared as stages in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • There is a stage from each era:
    • Green Hill from the Classic Era
    • Speed Highway from the Dreamcast Era
    • Sweet Mountain from the Modern Era
      • In addition, the first two of the above appeared in Sonic Generations. Also, their textures are taken from Sonic Generations, despite the said game not being released on a Nintendo home console.
  • This game features special animations for some paired characters.
  • This is the last Sonic game where Kate Higgins voices Tails.
  • This is the first Mario & Sonic game where voice-overs exist not only for English and Japanese, but also for German, French, Italian, and Spanish.
  • For unexplained reasons, the English voice credits list Troy Baker, Colleen O'Shaughnessey (credited as Maggie O'Connor), Kyle Hebert, and Michelle Ruff, the respective voice actors of Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee, Big the Cat, and Cream the Rabbit at the time of the game's release. However, while Espio and Charmy appear in the game, they are completely silent and do not emit any voice lines, while Big and Cream are completely absent from the game altogether. Furthering this oddity is that their voice actors in other languages are not listed in the credits.



  1. Tadd Morgan, Lakitu's voice actor since Mario Kart 7, is mistakenly credited in this game, as Lakitu's voice clips in this game are recycled from the last two games, where he was voiced by Dex Manley.


  1. Brian (11 June 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games fact sheet. Nintendo Everything. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015.
  2. Nintendo UK (1 October 2013). Nintendo Direct Presentation - 01.10.2013. YouTube.
  3. NINTENDO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATES FOR ANTICIPATED Wii U & NINTENDO 3DS TITLES FOR 2013. Nintendo (AU). Archived from the original on 5 September 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 False (17 May 2013). New Mario & Sonic Game Announced For Wii U. My Nintendo News.
  5. Gaston, Martin (4 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Review. GameSpot.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thompson, Scott (8 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Review. IGN.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gaz Plant (3 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Review (Wii U). Nintendo Life.
  8. Kaplan, Zack (5 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Nintendo World Report.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Martin, Liam (4 November 2013). 'Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games' review (Wii U). Digital Spy.

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