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S&M at the Olympics going quadruple platinum

September 22, 2007
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Little wishful, Sega. Little wishful.

Masanao Maeda, Sega’s corporate director, expects Mario and Sonic at the Olympics to sell 4 million copies, about half the Wii installed base. Lofty goals, certainly, but the game is also going to DS. Nevertheless, who wants to play this lopsided olympiad featuring one character who’s sorta relevant, and another who’s still stretching out his 15 minutes from the 90s? More than that though, nobody ever buys those sponsored olympic games, like that Tourino crap. This game’s one and only defining feature as far as gameplay and everything else goes – i’m not exagerrating here – is that Mario and Sonic finally share a game. Somehow, somewhere, to somebody, this is revolutionary.

I can practically hear it flying off the shelves already…

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2007 7:46 am

    Well let’s not give up hope on it yet. I actually like Olympics games and track and field games and such. A good game’s a good game regardless of the characters involved so if the game itself is solid there’s every reason to believe it’ll sell 4 million.

    Wait, what’s Wii’s install base anyway?

  2. September 23, 2007 2:01 pm

    About 9 mil.

    See, i don’t think this is gonna be of the same quality as an NES Track & Field, or something of that calibur. Mainly because this is fantastical, yet these dudes are all balanced in the categories where each of them is supposed to excel. Mario can beat Sonic in a footrace (a footrace) and Luigi probably won’t be winning the long jump much easier than Robotnik. Other than the balancing, there’s not much else known about the game mechanics. I’m not impressed. Oh, and the graphics are on the weak side.

    I should mention that this is a sponsored Olympics game. What i meant to say in the article (about a sponsored game) is an official Olympics game that emulates the events realistically with all the real olympians.

  3. September 23, 2007 8:43 pm

    Right I get what you’re saying. I guess the fact that its rooted to the grounding element that is the Olympics makes it hard to suspend disbelief.

  4. September 23, 2007 10:46 pm

    Yea, the Olympics do draw me in every time. Haven’t tried a game of them in ages, though.

  5. September 26, 2007 12:38 pm

    I’ve seen the previews for this game, and I already HATE it!

    What I really dislike is the fact that there is no point in using video game characters in the game, since all of them behave mostly in the same manner and same limitations than a regular player (obviously since otherwise the characters would not be able to compete against each other in their video game specialties, like Rollin pointed out).

    But the worst part is, they are losing a big opportunity to showcase the REAL olympic athletes on a game like this! We all know those athletes need all the exposure they can get, and why not use a video game as a vehicle??

  6. September 26, 2007 1:15 pm

    Yea, that’s true. But it reminds (or shows) you that this is really aimed at the kiddies so they recognize the real deal when the actual Beijing begins. Gotta love advertising.

  7. September 26, 2007 2:17 pm

    Then make Mii versions of the REAL athletes, for Luigi’s sake!! Those guys need more support… and the game would probably sell better if older gamers didn’t have to swallow a balanced foot race between Mario and Sonic!

  8. September 26, 2007 4:38 pm

    I imagine this is targeted at people who are still Sonic fans and parents, exclusively. They don’t care about the serious gamers so much, remember?

  9. September 27, 2007 12:53 pm

    They would if they looked as cute as MySims, or the Animal Crossing characters, I’ll bet…

    (I would.)

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