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Mario & Sonic 4 At the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Announced (WiiU, 3DS)

17 May

Mario & Sonic 4 WiiU Screenshot Peach Bowser Jr In Love Couple Figure Skating

Looks like love is blooming on the ice if you ask me.

Mario & Sonic 4 at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has been announced for WiiU at the Nintendo Direct conference today. This is the 4th game in the Mario & Sonic series that started on the Wii back in 2007. However this marks the first next-generation title in the series and the first time that the series has been upgraded to HD graphics thanks to the power of the WiiU.

Strangely, they did not announce Mario & Sonic At the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (official title) for the 3DS, only the WiiU. However I’d be surprised if the title didn’t also hit the 3DS. Maybe we’ll hear confirmation at E3.

Mario & Sonic 1 was called “Mario & Sonic At the Olympic Games” (Wii, DS 2007), Mario & Sonic 2 was called “Mario & Sonic At the Olympic Winter Games” (Wii, DS 2009) and Mario & Sonic 3 was called “Mario & Sonic At the London 2012 Olympic Games” (Wii, 3DS 2011).

No release date was given for Mario & Sonic 4, but it will assumedly release this holiday ahead of the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7th 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

There was a fun point in the announcement video where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata pointed out where Sochi was located on a map of the world. And that the location is surprisingly warm for Russia, which is known for it’s cold weather.

Here is a video comparing Mario & Sonic Wii to Mario & Sonic WiiU. As you can see, the graphics are nearly identical, just cleaner, sharper looking.

Lots of gameplay footage was shown off of the game including all-new and returning Olympic events that you can play with as either Sonic or Mario characters. New events include Curling and Snowboard Slope Racing, and you will use the GamePad in a number of games (using the touchscreen and getting a different view on the action that’s happening on the TV). Although you can also play with a Wii Remote & Nunchuck. One cool looking Biathlon event combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting, and has players Skiing on the TV then having to switch to the GamePad to shoot targets with the Rifle.

If you liked the previous games in the series, which only received average reviews and are simple mini-game collections, then this game will surely satisfy.

This announcement follows the announcement of Sonic Lost World for WiiU/3DS.

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