Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is a sports game for the Wii and Nintendo DS, and is the follow-up to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. The game is produced under license from the International Olympic Committee in relation to the Olympic Winter Games taking place at Vancouver in 2010.
Like the previous installment, this game is a collaboration between Sega and Nintendo featuring characters from both the Mario series and the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
Although Sega was handling most of the development for both versions of this game, as it did for the original Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, they were also handling publishing/marketing duties for all territories outside of Japan, while Nintendo has done publishing/marketing duties for Japan itself.
The game features modes that are exclusive on the Wii and DS versions.
The Wii version employs the Wii Remote controls, as well as the Wii Balance Board. The game features a Festival mode where the player starts from the opening to the closing ceremony. In the Festival mode, the player can choose to play an individual festival, where the player faces off against 7 other CPU characters, or a team festival, where the player can choose three other teammates to play.
New to the game is a marketplace that allows the player to purchase various items such as clothes and accessories for the player's Mii, tunes from both series, and customizable snowboards. Players can purchase these items using Star Tokens, which earn based on their performance. Also, the gallery for Olympic trivia has now been replaced with the Library.
Also, all authentic (real-life based events) are unlocked from the start. Dream Events are in this game and all of them (excluding 2) need to be unlocked.
The aforementioned Festival Mode, is a special adventure mode where the participants must compete with some boss characters from the Mario and Sonic series in various events. Both the DS and the Wii versions take place in a place known as Christmas Village.
Wii Olympic EventsEdit
- Alpine Skiing - Downhill
- Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom
- Ski Jumping - Individual Large Hill
- Ski Jumping - Team Large Hill
- Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
- Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross
- Snowboard - Halfpipe
- Snowboard - Snowboard Cross
- Speed Skating - Speed Skating 500m
- Speed Skating - Short Track
- Speed Skating - Short Track Relay
- Figure Skating
- Bobsleigh - Skeleton
- Ice Hockey
Wii Dream EventsEdit
- Dream Alpine - Individual
- Dream Alpine - Team
- Dream Ski Jumping - Individual
- Dream Ski Jumping - Team
- Dream Ski Cross - Individual
- Dream Ski Cross - Team
- Dream Snowboard Cross - Individual
- Dream Snowboard Cross - Team
- Dream Short Track
- Dream Figure Skating
- Dream Bobsleigh
- Dream Ice Hockey
- Dream Curling
- Dream Snowball Fight
- Dream Gliding - Individual
- Dream Gliding - Team
The DS version features Adventure Tours, a single player mode with a plot that involves Bowser and Dr. Eggman's scheme to melt all the snow by capturing the Snow Spirits. The Adventure Tour introduces one of the spirits called Frosty. Just as seen in the Wii version of the game, the DS rendition includes the introduction of boss characters appearing in the Adventure Tour mode. These bosses will be present in certain events where the player will have to compete against them to clear their missions.
Also, all authentic (real-life based events) are unlocked from the start. Dream Events are in this game and all of them need to be unlocked.
DS Olympic EventsEdit
- Skiing - Alpine Skiing GS
- Skiing - Moguls
- Skiing - Nordic Combined
- Skiing - Ski Jumping LH
- Skiing - Cross Country Skiing
- Skating - Speed Skating 500m
- Skating - Short Track 500m
- Skating - Figure Skating
- Snowboard - Snowboard Cross
- Bobsleigh - Bobsleigh
- Bobsleigh - Skeleton
- Ice Hockey - Ice Hockey
- Curling - Curling
- Biathlon - Biathlon
- Luge - Luge
DS Dream EventsEdit
- Dream Skiing - Ski Cross Racing
- Dream Skiing - Rocket Ski Jumping
- Dream Skiing - Super Sonic Downhill
- Dream Skating - Intense Short Track
- Dream Skating - Ultimate Figure Skating
- Dream Snowboard - Extreme Snowboarding
- Dream Snowboard - Deluxe Halfpipe
- Dream Bobsleigh - Blazing Bobsleigh
- Dream Ice Hockey - Fever Hockey
- Dream Curling - Curling Bowling
- Dream Biatlon - Ski Shooting
- Dream Snow Machine - Snow Machine Fight
All of the characters from the previous game, including Miis for the Wii version, return. There are also four new characters who were not present in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Retaining the first game's style, all playable characters are unlocked from the start (including new participants).
- Donkey Kong (new)
- Bowser Jr. (new)
- Dr. Eggman
- Metal Sonic (new)
- Silver (new)
- Shy Guy (DS version, but only as a goalie in Ice Hockey and Fever Hockey)
- Mii (Wii version only)
- 2 Chao (DS version, but only as scrubbers in curling)
It is possible to customize the outfit of the Miis in the game. Aside from differently colored suits, the Miis can also wear outfits that resemble the ones of the regular playable characters and a few bosses. For example, it is possible to give a Mii a Mario costume or an Amy costume. The player can buy equipment through the store in the game and unlike Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the Miis' stats gets altered depending on the equipment they wear.