Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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Mario & Sonic Winter hits 6m sales

Mario & Sonic Winter hits 6m sales

Should Vancouver the costs.

SEGA has announced that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has sold over six million units since release in October.

Although it combines characters from Nintendo and SEGA franchises, the series is developed by SEGA Japan and the Wii and DS versions of both the original Mario & Sonic and the Winter Olympics variation have done big business for the Japanese company.

SEGA reportedly sold around 10 million copies of the original worldwide, and enjoyed particular success in the UK where the original and sequel continue to occupy senior positions in the Nintendo Wii charts.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Remember Going for Gold? For our younger readers, and those who have never been unemployed or students, it was a BBC1 quiz show presented by Henry "What am I" Kelly. Contestants from all over Europe competed to answer general knowledge questions before the other competitors. Everyone was trying, trying to do the best that they could, but the British contestants had the considerable advantage of all the questions being in English.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympics for Wii was always going to have a similarly significant advantage over the DS version. We found it highly enjoyable as a party game; fun for all the family on Sunday afternoon, or all the urban family in the early hours of Sunday morning when the neighbours have threatened to call the police if the SingStar continues and you really want to go to bed but two of your guests have had too many disco biscuits and are refusing to leave or keep still.

Apart from having an entirely different control system, a rejigged multiplayer mode and not being as good, M&S DS is pretty much the same game. You play as one of 16 characters from the worlds of Mario and Sonic. In theory their skill-sets vary - some are strong, some are speedy and so on. But in practice (and as in the Wii game) it's hard to notice a great deal of difference between them.

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Mario & Sonic comes from behind

To claim chart gold. Top 40 inside.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has returned to the number one position in the UK's All Formats Top 40 chart according to data released by Chart-Track, as SEGA's duplication presumably gets a second wind.

Mario & Sonic tops Charts

Need For Speed slows.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games has moved into the number one spot on the UK all formats chart according to data released by Chart-Track, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

What comes to mind when you hear the word Olympics? Glory, sportsmanship, torches, medals, drugs, Nazis, Daley Thompson... Well, now we can add to that hedgehogs racing dragons, Princess Peach holding a gun and sore breasts.

That's because we've been playing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Much has already been written, not least by us, about how it's the first game to bring SEGA and Nintendo's mascots together, but who cares. More interesting is the fact that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is the best collection of mini-games for Nintendo's console since Wii Sports.

It's also a bigger collection of mini-games. There are more than 20 in total, with categories including track, field, gymnastics and aquatics (look out for the lovely bit in the opening cut-scene where Peach floats along gracefully like the mute fish girl out of Stingray). Up to four players can compete and most of the games can be played with the Wii remote alone if you're out of Nunchuks.

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Wii: 12 Games of Christmas

My true love gave to Wii.

The nights are so long these days (sorry, nights) that you could dress them up in angry forum posts and call them the delay between major Wii releases. Of the 12 Games of Christmas features we've done so far, this line-up saw by far the most chins stroked and calls placed in search of suitable candidates.

Mario & Sonic Olympic details

Mario & Sonic Olympic details

Fit pair do battle. Friends help.

SEGA has raced out new details for plumber and animal-partnering title Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

Finally the two famous characters will get to battle it in 20 authentic sporting events, each calling on the help of seven friends to make up the numbers.

Each character will have their own strengths and weaknesses, too. Bowser will naturally do well at shot put because he's a bit dumpy, while Sonic will run quickly in his buckled-up trainers. Mario and moustache will be an all rounder, as always.

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For millennia, the Olympic Games have brought nations together in a celebration of sporting prowess and global harmony. Apart from that year the Nazis did it and the ones in the eighties with the Cold War boycotts. Now they are bringing the world's most famous videogame characters together in a glorious celebration of shaking small white objects really hard.

GC: Best Of winners revealed

Crysis, BioShock, PES 2008.

The winners of the Best in Show awards from this year's Games Convention in Leipzig have been announced, GamesIndustry.biz reports, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 taking two awards for Best PlayStation 2 game and Best PlayStation 3 game.

Wii: 2007's Most Wanted

Something for the Wii-kend?

Of all Nintendo's various achievements, surely its most consistent is in simultaneously pissing off and delighting its faithful European customers. For twenty-five years the company has wowed us with innovative technology and wonderfully robust and inventive games, filling reservoirs of consumer goodwill in a way few other multinationals manage. In tension with this, interminable localisation delays, sloppy, bordered conversions and,- most heart-breakingly - an ever-slim line-up of releases has made it clear that Europe is literally the least of the Japanese company's global concerns.

Miyamoto will work on Sonic & Mario

"Certainly there and involved"

Nintendo and SEGA have confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that Shigeru Miyamoto will have a hand in the development of forthcoming title Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games.

Mario and Sonic join forces

SEGA Japan developing.

Everyone knows Beijing 2008 is going to bring people together, so it's no surprise to learn that it's enough for old enemies Mario and Sonic to set aside their differences and join forces for a new Wii and DS game marking the occasion.