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Mario and Sonic Head to the Winter Olympics
Nintendo and SEGA announce another crossover sports game.
By Andrew Joy 02/12/2009 15:09:23 PST

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Like this, but much whiter, we imagine.

To those who lived through their rivalry, the thought of Nintendo and SEGA joining forces on a game seemed like a long shot and, of their two most iconic characters appearing together, downright unthinkable.  However, in 2007 (and, again, in the next year), that’s just what we got with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (and later Super Smash Bros. Brawl) for the Nintendo Wii and DS...but it hasn’t ended just yet.  Today, Nintendo and SEGA announced that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is in development for the Nintendo Wii and DS, and is expected to arrive later this year.  Based off of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – which are being hosted in Vancouver, Canada – this new Mario & Sonic title will feature just the sort of events you’d expect, from skiing to skating, with popular characters from both franchises once again making appearances.  In addition to these new events and an improved multiplayer, the game will also feature support for the Nintendo Wii Balance Board, which should add an interesting dynamic if done correctly.  For more information on Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, be sure to check out the official press release below:

TOKYO (February 12, 2009) – SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd today announced that two of the biggest video game heroes, Mario™ and Sonic™,  will be coming together again, this time taking their rivalry to the snow and ice in another officially licensed Olympic-themed smash hit Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games™.  Heading to stores late in 2009 on the Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS®, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms.

Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series to be revealed later this year. Following the phenomenal worldwide popularity of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, this fresh gaming experience will feature completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating with more events announced throughout the year. 

Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers will enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game will offer an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board™ which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience.

Published by SEGA across Europe and North America, and published by Nintendo in the Japanese market, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is again licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"We are extremely happy to again team up with Nintendo and ISM on what promises to be another global success." says Naoya Tsurumi, CEO, SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. "Sonic will partner with Mario once more beneath the spotlight of the legendary Olympic Games. Together they will face new athletic challenges that will provide gamers with more of the exciting experiences unique to this series."

"SEGA has been a valued publishing partner of Nintendo for many years and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the ultimate representation of that relationship," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO, Nintendo of America.  "We look for this game to continue the tradition its predecessor started by bringing new events, new characters, and new gameplay experiences to fans worldwide."

"To once again have Mario and Sonic and friends compete in Olympic sports and events in a winter setting is tremendously exciting for the Olympic Movement and the millions of gamers worldwide who enjoyed the characters’ previous match up", says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will be in stores late 2009.

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