Upon starting Mario & Sonic 2016, players are welcomed and instructed to select their Mii and the country in which they want to represent. Once the introduction pleasantries are complete, you’ll find yourself on the game’s main screen and ready to begin the game. There are four main modes featured in the game: Quick Play, Road to Rio, Versus Mode, and Pocket Marathon. Now, one of these modes is unlike the rest. Can you guess which one is different?
That’s right; the answer is Pocket Marathon. While the other modes have you compete in various Olympic events or train for the Olympic games, Pocket Marathon is a more personal endeavor as it challenges you finish a full marathon – which is slightly more than 26 miles. By placing your 3DS in your pocket and taking it with you on your daily activities, the game will count your steps and put them towards the completion of a full marathon. As you reach certain distance milestones, you’ll unlock items to use in the main game, which helps keep folks motivated.
This game mode is a nice bonus for those who take their 3DS with them every day, and provides an incentive for others to do so. Personally, I will be taking my 3...
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...e game’s range of playable sporting events, it’s easy to find a handful that your friends and family will enjoy playing.
Unfortunately, Versus Mode cannot be played online and, as a result, this reduces the appeal of the title for those who don’t know folks with a 3DS. With the game’s hefty sport events offerings, and the addition of the Plus Events, the game really could have benefited from an online mode as the majority of the sports are a lot of fun.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has all the makings to be a strong multiplayer game for Nintendo 3DS, but it fails to stick the landing due to the misstep of not including an online multiplayer. With a strong offering of sport events, energetic soundtrack, and quality graphics, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is a great game for children who have friends or family members with a Nintendo 3DS.
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