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Game puts player in the action

Game review: "Mario and Sonic at the Olympics"

Game review: "Mario and Sonic at the Olympics"

January 29, 2008|By HANNAH TUSSING / Pulse Correspondent

Have you ever wanted to compete in the Olympic Games? What if you could compete as a familiar video game character such as Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog?

That's exactly what the new Wii game, "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" does. The game combines basic button controls plus cool active features using the Wii remote. This really puts you in the game.

The Wii system includes a remote that responds to players' motions. To compete in the 100-meter dash, move the Wii remote up and down (as if you are beating a drum). This makes your character's legs run faster. In table tennis, swing the Wii remote like a paddle to hit the ball. And in single scull, you push the button or button combination displayed on the screen and pump your arm forward to move your boat forward.

There are about 20 characters to chose from, all of them from either past Mario or Sonic games. Plus, you can play as your Mii (virtual characters that you design to look something like yourself).

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You can also compete in against seven computer players, or as many as four people can compete against each other.

Some of the awesome games you can play include archery, hurdles, trampoline, swimming and relays. You can also compete in three randomly chosen events and your scores of all three games will be added at the end and the winner will be announced.

This game is a lot like Wii sports, but it is more fun. It has more movement, tons more exciting games and lots of cool characters to choose from. It's a great game for gamers and nongamers alike. The controls are fairly simple, but the game provides hours of entertainment.

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