Graphics - 61%
Audio - 62%
Gameplay - 69%
Replayability - 71%
It’s time again for the Olympic Games and what better way to get hyped than to play some games about it. So of course Nintendo took the opportunity and brought out the fifth Mario & Sonic themed game. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is just as the name implies!
The game obviously takes place in Rio, you start off playing as your Mii and you are able to customize your character with outfits and hats. You will be able to buy more items later on in the main game and also have the chance at unlocking character costumes.
In the main game mode, Road to Rio, you are a contender for the Olympic Games. You have to choose to either join Mario or Sonic’s team and then compete against members of the opposite team to win the most gold medals, there is a side-line story but that I will not spoil for you. You will compete in different events and be able to train in various more. The “story mode” is fun and worth playing both sides through.
You can get straight into action and play the Quick Play mode, here you can play any event you wish, and you can also switch the events to plus mode to add some extra fun and challenges to them.
Events you get to play:
- 110m Hurdles
- Long Jump
- Table Tennis
- Beach Volleyball
- and more…
The controls are all different for each event but will be explained to you before each one.
You can also play the versus mode, either by local play or download play on the 3DS. Then there is a little extra mode called Pocket Marathon. Here your Mii character runs the marathon and in order to gain steps for your character to run you have to walk with your 3DS in sleep mode. At different sections you will receive awards and also one for every day you visit. This is a great little addition to the game that will create fun among friends.
The game looks great and is styled towards the Mario & Sonic themes, it is a lot of fun to play and if you enjoy sports it has a great variety and quick and easy to play some events. The music is upbeat as you can expect from Mario & Sonic games.
As I said above the controls are different for each event but most of them are easy to grasp and will get you playing like a pro in no time.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is a fun game and quick play game that anyone will enjoy that are fans of Mario, Sonic or Sport games.
Reviewed on: 3DS
Available on: 3DS, Arcade and later on Wii U
Age Rating: 3+
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / Sega Sports
Estimated RRP: +/-R500
Release Date: 8 April 2016
- Quick and Fun to play
- Has a “story” mode
- “story” mode could’ve been longer
- more game modes