Video Game: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

aka: Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
The crossover that made Hell freeze over.

"The mustachioed one led the mission to rescue the princess. The one in blue may wish to see the crown jewels. He's an avid ring collector. And he may suddenly curl into a ball. Perfectly normal."
Commercial for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The 16-bit era of the early 1990s was one of the bitterest of the Console Wars, and the Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog series were two of the strongest weapons for the Fanboys. Thus when Sega left the hardware business, it was a huge shock that they also announced they were going third party, and thus their games would be on Nintendo systems in addition to the others.

A crossover was the next logical step. Then Sega got the license for the Olympic Games, Nintendo jumped in to get a piece of the tasty, tasty, athletic action, and that was where they decided the first crossover would be, so the Loads and Loads of Characters of the respective series were slapped together to compete in various events.

The games in the series:
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008) (DS and Wii)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Vancouver 2010) (DS and Wii)
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (London 2012) (3DS and Wii)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games (Sochi 2014) (Wii U)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Rio 2016) (Wii U and 3DS)

See also the Super Smash Bros. series, another crossover between these two characters/series.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Acrofatic: Where else would you see obese men set Olympic world records?
  • Anti-Poop Socking : The first two games will remind you to take a break, but the reminders happen more often than the breaks they recommend.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Urn in London 2012 3DS is the cause of the Phantasmal Fog.
  • The Cameo: Various characters appear as Mii costumes. Special note goes to the Koopalings in the London 2012 iteration.
  • Canon Immigrant: Sticks the Jungle Badger of the Sonic Boom animated series will appear as a playable character in Rio 2016.
  • Character Customization: The Mii's stats can be altered with different costumes starting from the second game.
  • Competitive Balance:
    • Fragile Speedster: The Speed-type characters: Sonic, Yoshi, Shadow, Daisy, and Metal Sonic.
    • Jack of All Stats: The All Around-type characters: Mario, Blaze, Luigi, Amy Rose, and Bowser Jr. Miis also fall under this category by default.
    • Mighty Glacier: The Power-type characters: Bowser, Vector, Donkey Kong, Knuckles, and Wario.
    • Weak, but Skilled: The Skill-type characters: Tails, Peach, Doctor Eggman, Waluigi, and Silver.
  • Continuity Nod: The devs remembered that Sonic can't swim; in water events he wears a life jacket and runs on the bottom of the pool instead (even though it makes no sense and is actually against the rules). This was also carried over in London 2012.
  • Cool Horse: You get to ride 'em in the London 2012 installment. You also get to make awesome Horse Jumps in the Dream Equestrian event.
  • Crossover
  • Darker and Edgier: Done tongue-in-cheek with the Rio 2016 game art. Prior M&S games usually have the main characters smiling and enjoying themselves while partaking in olympic events. In Rio 2016, all the characters have a new sense of competitive intensity, looking angry and the titualar mascots, looking like total buddy-buddies on the box art in games prior, are now butting heads, as if they remember the old console wars. The happy-go-lucky world of M&S Olympics has definitely gone hardcore this time around.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first entry in the series is missing a few things that are constantly present in the other entries. (Donkey Kong, Silver, Bowser Jr. and Metal Sonic as playable characters, Runblebee as the announcer, the Dream Events taking place in Mario & Sonic locales)
  • Flunky Boss: Dry Bowser.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the "Supporting Characters quiz" in London Party, one of the questions asks what Jet the Hawk's nickname is. One of the choices is "Hound of Hell".
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: And Eggman. And later Metal Sonic, and later still, Zazz.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: The bosses start off friendly before the fight, and then they go back, with the exceptions of Eggman Nega and Dry Bowser, who simply vanish.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Sega hoped both versions of the first game would sell 4 million copies combined. They got laughed at by the gaming press and on Message Boards. To date, both versions of the first game have sold more than that each. In fact, the Wii version is currently the highest selling Sonic game of all time (second best if you count Super Smash Bros.. Brawl), and the second game is also a hit, with the Wii version selling just over 4 million, and the DS version selling over 3 million, as of early September 2011.
  • Licensed Game: The Olympics part.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Sonic's aforementioned life jacket.
    • Vector can curl up into a wheel in Dream Long Jump, just like in Knuckles Chaotix.
    • A lot of the characters special boost are these. Peach uses her midair floating from Super Mario Bros. 2, Waluigi uses his air swimming from Mario Tennis, and Shadow uses Chaos Control from Sonic Adventure 2.
  • Ominous Fog: The Phantasmal Fog in London 2012 3DS. It can create evil duplicates of characters, create illusions and even choke people.
  • Original Generation: The Snow Spirits from the second game's DS version.
  • Pretty in Mink: During the winter games, Peach, Daisy, and Amy wear mini dresses trimmed with white fur (although not every version applies fur shading to their outfits).
  • Promoted to Playable: Rouge and Jet, who were originally boss characters in the Vancouver Winter Games onwards, become playable in the Rio 2016 Games.
    • After spending the previous two games as a suit for Miis, Diddy Kong makes his debut playable appearance in the series.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: During figure skating, synchronized swimming and rhythmic ribbon gymnastics events.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Male characters are fully playable in feminine-centric events, such as synchronized swimming and ribbon twirling. They do not, however, get event-specific outfits like the girls do.
  • Rivals Team Up: One of the biggest ones ever, only supplanted by Super Smash Bros. Brawl's release.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Luigi's boost in the winter version is essentially the Green Missile from the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • Two Mii outfits in London 2012 resemble both Amigo's and Link's outfits.
  • Shown Their Work: Shy Guy's quizes in London Party will really dig deep in Mario and Sonic trivia, even into the most obscure places. Including the Sonic hedgehog gene.
  • Sit On The Camera: with Wario's Special Punch attack in the Dream Boxing Event.
  • Start My Own: in the DS version of the Vancouver Winter Olympics game, Bowser and Eggman steal all of Vancouver's snow so they can start their own Olympic Games somehow.
  • True Companions: In Sochi 2014, characters who are friends, such as Mario and Luigi, have an unique victory animation if they're on the same team. This is also inverted if enemies, like Sonic and Dr. Eggman, are working together.
  • Villain Team-Up: Bowser and Dr. Eggman do it on two different occasions in the Vancouver 2010 DS game and the London 2012 3DS game. Their Dragons, Bowser Jr and Metal Sonic do this too.
  • Wacky Racing: A few of the Dream events behave like this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The rivals disappear without explanation on the Wii. The DS version has most of them become friendly NPCs.
  • Your Size May Vary: Sonic's official height is 3'3", yet in these games, he's roughly the same height, if not slightly taller than Mario, who is 5'1".

Alternative Title(s):

Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games, Mario And Sonic At The Olympics, Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games