With the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, approaching, Nintendo will release Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on November 15 for the Wii U console. In the game, characters from the Mario and Sonic universes–such as Mario, Sonic, Princess Peach, and Tails–compete in Olympic Winter Events like snowboard slopestyle, which is making its debut in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games utilizes both the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers. In the four-man bobsled, one player stands at the front of a line and uses the GamePad like a steering wheel, while the other players stand behind him or her and use Wii Remote Plus controllers to lean into each turn on the track. Meanwhile, in pairs figure skating, two players will swing, twist, and pose in sync, sometimes holding the same Wii Remote Plus controller to perform cooperative moves.
In biathlon, players must switch between the GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers to shoot and ski. Finally, in snowboard slopestyle, players race down a slope on a snowboard, performing jumps and tricks using the touch screen on the GamePad controller to score points.
Players with a broadband Internet connection can compete online with up to four players worldwide in four events: ski cross, snowboard cross, speedskating, and Winter Sports Champion Race, which combines many sports into one event. Every time players win a medal in online game play, they win points for their home country, which can be viewed through persistent online rankings.
For Wii U owners who want to add a blue controller to their collections, there is a Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games bundle with Wii Remote Plus controller that can be purchased in stores. The standalone game can also be purchased in stores or in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.