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Sega has announced that it will be bringing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games to the Nintendo DS in January 2008. This upcoming game for Nintendo DS promises to have exclusive new content and will utilise its unique touch screen and stylus.


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The Nintendo DS version of the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will give players a chance to play as any one of 16 video game characters – eight from the world of Mario and eight from the world of Sonic.

The game will also have a Single Event Mode where players can choose one specific event to play, a Circuit Mode where players can choose a series of events to compete in, and the Mission Mode where players are presented with solo challenges that test their athletic capabilities, timing and reflexes. The game will also have a Gallery mode, where mini-games and Olympic trivia will come together, the company says.

Sega also says that the game will have 16 official Olympic challenges, two new events (10m Platform Diving and Cycling), and will include eight Dream events – five of which can be found on the handheld game. Each Dream event takes an Olympic sport and brings it into a video game-inspired world filled with obstacles, power-ups and familiar opponents from the worlds of Mario & Sonic. These exclusive DS Dream events are: Dream Canoe, Dream Boxing, Dream Basketball, Dream Long Jump, and Dream Shooting (Skeet) and are available to play in both the single and multiplayer modes.

The game will also take advantage of the DS wireless communication capabilities and will offer both Single-Card and Multi-Card gameplay options. Multiplayer gameplay can be enjoyed in Single Event Mode that includes the Dream Events and a Circuit Mode for up to four players.

Availability

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Nintendo DS will release in Australia January 2008. For more information about the game, please visit the website at www.sega.com/mariosonic.

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