First Impressions of Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games

Posted by at 10:13 pm on June 12, 2011

The partnership between Nintendo, SEGA and the Olympic games has already sent us to Beijing and Vancouver. Well, soon the man with the moustache and the blue blur will be off to jolly old London for some more sporting fun with Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games. The game will be the first in the series to release on the Nintendo 3DS and while stopping by the SEGA booth at E3 I managed to get some hands-on time with the title.

The demo version I played was split into five events; judo, kayak, gymnastics, badminton and speed walking, all of which feature very different gameplay mechanics. Judo is a race to see who can press the on-screen button combinations the fasted, kayak requires you to spin the circle pad quickly, gymnastics uses the 3DS’ motion sensors to help you land your jumps, badminton is a timing game to return the serve and speed walking uses the touch screen and makes you slide the stylus to the rhythm.

All these games played great. Using the 3DS’ gyroscopes to guide your character is smooth and precise.

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