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. 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.
The game also includes special events set in the world of Mario & Sonic, in which characters have special abilities not possible 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.
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.
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 .
- 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.
|Sonic||Speed||The hedgehog with attitude is used to being cool, so the Olympic Winter Games are the ideal showcase for his unbeatable speed.|
|Dr. Eggman||Skill||What Dr. Eggman lacks in natural athletic ability he makes up for in skill and his astonishing IQ of 300.|
|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.|
|Amy||All-Around||A cheerful and energetic hedgehog. With a well-balanced set of capabilities, she's out to win.|
|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.|
|Knuckles||Power||Guardian of the Master Emerald, this echidna packs a real punch. His sizeable strength means he's always a contender.|
|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||Speed||Matching his great rival Sonic in almost every regard, Shadow is out to prove he's the ultimate competitor.|
|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.|
|Silver||Skill||This mysterious hedgehog from the future possesses telekinetic powers. He's sure to be a force to be reckoned with in Sochi.|
|Mario||All-Around||The hero of the Mushroom Kingdom brings his energy, enthusiasm, and world-famous jumps to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.|
|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.|
|Daisy||Speed||A princess from Sarasaland who boasts excellent speed and considerable proficiency in many events.|
|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.|
|Yoshi||Speed||Yoshi has been a faithful friend to Mario and Luigi for many years. Impressive speed is Yoshi's greatest asset.|
|Waluigi||Skill||Wario's mischievous partner and self-proclaimed rival to Luigi. Don't underestimate his abilities in a wide range of events!|
|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.|
|Bowser Jr.||All-Around||As Bowser's son, Bowser Jr. combines his father's power with his own well-balanced natural abilities.|
|Kamek||Speed||Bullet Bill Sledge Race|
|Jet||Speed||Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom|
|King Boo||Skill||Short Track 1000m|
|Omega||Power||Roller Coaster Bobsleigh|
|Eggman Nega||Skill||Winter Sports Champion Race|
|Rouge||All-Around||Winter Sports Champion Race|
|Dry Bowser||Power||Winter Sports Champion Race|
|Winter Sports Champion Race||Mini Russia Island||Use four types of equipment – skis, skates, snowboard and bobsleigh – in a demanding test of all-around ability!|
|Groove Pipe Snowboard||Mushroom Bridge||Negotiate twists, curves and ramps in an exhilarating race to the finish.|
|Figure Skating Spectacular||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||Speed Highway||Race along at unbelievable speeds and take in the sights and sounds in a unique bobsleigh race!|
|Snow Day Street Hockey||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||Green Hill Zone||You've never seen curling like this! One team member rides a large stone pushed by the other player.|
|Snowball Scrimmage||Snow Colosseum||Two teams line up for the ultimate snowball fight. Ready, aim... throw!|
|Bullet Bill Sledge Race||Sweet Mountain||Hit high speeds in a two-seater bobsleigh pulled by a team of super-fast Bullet Bills!|
|Role||English voice actor||Japanese voice actor||French voice actor||Italian voice actor||German voice actor||Spanish voice actor|
|Announcer||Andrea De Nisco|
|Donkey Kong||Takashi Nagasako|
|Bowser Jr.||Caety Sagoian|
|Lakitu||Dex Manley[note 1] (archive)|
|King Boo||Toru Asakawa|
|Shy Guy||Nate Bihldorff|
|Nintendo World Report||7/10|
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, with Liam Martin of Digital Spy agreeing with his rating of 3 out of 5. Scott Thompson of IGN criticized the game's unbalanced AI and unresponsive motion controls, giving it a 4.5/10.
- 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:
- This game features special animations for some paired characters.
- This is the last Sonic game where Kate Higgins voices Tails.
- This is also the first Mario & Sonic game where voice overs exist not only for English and Japanese, but also for German, French, Italian, and Spanish.
- 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.
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- Thompson, Scott (8 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Review. IGN.
- Gaz Plant (3 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Review (Wii U). Nintendo Life.
- Kaplan, Zack (5 November 2013). Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Nintendo World Report.
- Martin, Liam (4 November 2013). 'Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games' review (Wii U). Digital Spy.