"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.
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
, and that was where they decided the first crossover would be.
This is basically the Loads and Loads of Characters
of the respective series competing in the events of the Olympic Games
. Now being in what amounts to a minigame compilation is a disappointment for some, since the most logical crossover would be a Platform Gamenote
. Regardless, this series has been a major success.
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)
See also Super Smash Bros. Brawl
, the second 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 game reminds you to take a break, but the reminders happen more often than the breaks they recommend.
- The Cameo: Various characters appear as Mii costumes.
- Cash Cow Franchise: Considering what both Mario and Sonic are on their own.
- Character Customization: The Mii's stats can be altered with different costumes in Winter Games and London 2012.
- 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.
- Several NPC's mention both Beijing and Vancouver in London Party.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Original Generation: The Snow Spirits from the second game's DS version.
- The Other Darrin: Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics now utilizes the new Sonic Voice cast introduced in 2010(With returning voice actor Mike Pollock recording new lines for Eggman). Furthermore, this is also the first Mario and Sonic game where Kenny James' voice of Bowser replaces Scott Burns's archived recordings of Bowser.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Could Have Been:
- Silver the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong, who are playable characters in the second game, were planned to appear in the first one in the same capacity. Birdo and Jet the Hawk were to appear in the first game as playable characters too, but they ended up in the second game as a VIP audience member and a Festival Mode rival character, respectively.
- The Olympic Games games also caused a What Could Have Been on an unrelated game: Sumo Digital thought up of the possibility of having Mario as a guest character for the Wii version of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (for reasons that should be obvious) but didn't go ahead because of the mere existence of these games, feeling that Sega would be cash-cowing both Mario and Sonic too much otherwise. (This also had the side effect of letting Microsoft go unopposed with their own guest racer for the Xbox 360 version.)
- The game was actually intended to be a standard Mario & Sonic crossover, but the team couldn't decide on how to make the two sides meet. Then SEGA proposed they make an Olympics-based game as they had gotten the license to make a game about them already.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The rivals disappear without explanation on the Wii. The DS version has most of them become friendly NPCs.