For example, the Synchronized Swimming and Rhythmic Ribbon minigames which can be amusing to watch if you choose characters you might not expect to see display real grace require you to move your arms into various positions in time with a musical accompaniment. The mini-games suffer from dated controls at a point in the Wii's life where MotionPlus has become the standard, and with so many superior collections out there, this one's just plain hard to recommend. Players can collect stickers either by winning bonus games and events from characters or rivals, or by obtaining them from bonus balloons. Every chance to gain a slight lead over your opponents means something. If you simply choose a single Olympic event and play through it alone or with up to three friends or computer opponents, it's entertaining, but there's little drama. For those new to the series, the best way to describe these types of events is that they do have some lineage in Olympic events, but they are far from any realistic interpretation of the event it may be modeled after. New sports, such as soccer association football and Equestrian, along with other athletic events, debut in the Wii version.
However, some of the minigames are duds and outwear their welcome. Badminton has you swinging the Wii Remote as you try to out last your opponent hitting the birdie back and forth while horseback show jumping has you waggling the Wii Remote while also balancing the remote and Nunchuck between obstacles. Instead, you're expected to control everything more directly as your opponents simultaneously do the same thing. Like Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Dream Events take place on areas from Mario and Sonic games. Sure, it may not be a must have title, but in the end there is enough substance here to provide most gamers with some enjoyable times. You will come across events that are very unique to this mode. Competition becomes quite fierce, particularly if you're going up against similarly skilled players.
As much fun as such events are, though, perhaps the most important content comes in the form of the new London Party mode. These tickets reveal specific prizes, such as clothing accessories for your Mii, full body outfits for your Mii, or music tracks from past Mario or Sonic games. However, in this case, you don't simply roll dice and hop along spaces on a game board while gathering stars, coins, or special items. Some of them return from the past installment. For a bit more complex control, but still on the simple side of things, Rhythmic Ribbon Dancing and Synchronized Swimming has you moving your arms into various positions in time with musical accompaniment. At first, the miniaturized London city streets may remind you of a game board from one of the Mario Party games.
There are various types of Dream events from discus, hurdles, to the aforementioned long jump. You can then set unlocked tunes to accompany your favorite sporting events. In the end you should feel confident that you can pick up this title and have quite a bit of fun with it. Volleyball is fun for one round, but playing against two separate teams across multiple rounds can get old quickly. Before you start, you select the number of stamps that are required based on how long you plan to play. This latest version has both some pluses and minuses, but in the end all the content manages to make for a game that most should enjoy. The motion controls fail to give a groundbreaking presence amongst its many party game brethren on the Wii, and many of the events featured here already made appearances in the other games.
The mini games are well executed and the regular sports are topped off with fantastic dream sports. There are a total of 31 activities, some of which are truly substantial. If you are trying to collect the minimum 16 stamps, the game suggests that the effort will take about a half hour. So there is enough content to keep people busy, and the party mode can be fun with a group of friends, but there is on nagging issue for me with the game. Control repetition aside, the minigames that challenge you tend to do so in pleasant ways, which keeps you coming back to them to see how much better you can do. It's easy to perform such activities moderately well, but a truly great performance requires careful timing that no amount of furious shaking can produce.
Fortunately, the game is easier to appreciate once you master its subtleties. These include musical compositions from Mario and Sonic games, silly clothing accessories for your Mii character which can also be used in game , and full-body costumes for the same purpose. Canoeing has you swinging the Wii Remote in time with an on-screen graphic that sets up the rhythm. You can never rest easy because chance-based events such as a bonus event where you spin a wheel to try for bonus stamps can chip away at even a commanding lead. The dream events are This game is amazing! Although there's still not enough content for long lasting sporting mayhem, the presentation is far better than in the two previous installments. London Party raises the stakes by placing each of four characters on a map that represents the streets of London.
You can carry up to 99 of the tickets at once and then scratch them off at your leisure to reveal prizes. Or you can press the A and B buttons to produce special bursts of speed or to jump. All rival music except for Dino Piranha, Birdo, Rouge, and Gooper Blooper, for Dino Piranha and Gooper Blooper have their music boss theme from their past games. Each player will run around the city collecting various items and playing various mini-games. The game takes place in London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics. For example, the Sky Station Galaxy is the Synchro Battle Galaxy.
Sega also found other ways to make the actual sporting events engaging, even if you're not playing the London Party mode. Sega's latest outing would have benefitted from a few more surprises, but it's quite enjoyable and packed with content. Like all mini-game collections, some of the games work and others are just a little embarrassing. Add to this the London Party mode, which is a great multiplayer party game for everyone to play. Most music is taken from the past installments.