Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Michael Phelps, or Mario? Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Hours Report

Coffee Beans
     The London 2012 Olympic Games are now officially underway and many exciting competitions have already taken place. Mrs. Coffee and I have been watching a few of the events since they started up last week. Watching Michael Phelps race for more Olympic medals tonight was pretty exciting and the swimming events are probably my favorite right now, though we have also enjoyed several other events as well.
     Being that I enjoy video games though, would I rather play with Mario in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or would I rather watch Michael Phelps in the real London 2012 Olympic Games?

     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games released in North America on November 15, 2011 at a MSRP of $49.99. It was developed by Sega Sports and published by Sega for its North American release.
     The game received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported playing Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games since it released? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

The Brew
     Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games now has approximately 74,954 U.S. Wii players that have reported game-play data. This means the game has seen an increase of 67,400 more Wii players reporting data since the game's initial report in January.
     The game's average play-time per day/session was originally 2 Hours 45 Minutes when it debuted, and the game now has an average play-time of 2 Hours 5 Minutes per day/session reported.

     What about reviews for the game though? How have critics and customers reviewed the latest Olympic outing by Mario and Sonic?
     The game now has a "professional" critic review score average of 67.55% based on 21 reviews on, while the game's customer review score average is now 79.53% based on 43 reviews from

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I still haven't played Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but as I mentioned in the "Coffee Beans" section I have been watching some of the Olympic events over the last several days.
     If you haven't seen any footage for the game though, the trailer below is of two commercials that were released for the game:

     Seeing the average reported play-time for Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games nearly double since the debut data report, I think is very good for the game. With the game having more than one million "Total Hours" now reported, it makes me wonder how many digital Olympic gold medals have been awarded since the game released.
     While the game released with a MSRP of $49.99, you can now find it new for just $29.99 at most stores and online sites. Fair warning though, be careful if you're shopping for it on right now, because they have a third party vendor listed as the main seller for the game at a price of $42.60. Make sure to check the "More Buying Choices" on the right side of the screen, where you will see the price of $29.99 listed.

      Addressing my question from the beginning though, would I rather watch Michael Phelps race in the London 2012 Olympics, or would I prefer to play Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games? Personally with the Olympics only happening once every 4 years, right now I prefer to keep watching Michael Phelps, and other athletes, compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

     Have any of you been watching the London 2012 Olympic Games? If so, do you have a favorite event that you enjoy watching the most?
     If you own Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is it a game you recommend to other Wii, or even 3DS, owners perhaps interested in the game now because of the 2012 Olympics taking place?

If you are interested in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, you can see links to the Wii and 3DS versions on below:


  1. I actually haven't been watching the Olympic Games, usually I tune in just for Team USA basketball, but NBC is doing a terrible job and keeps pushing those games onto cable stations that I don't have.

    I've played the demo for the 3DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, and while it does provide an amusing distraction for a little while, I doubt the full game is worth that kind of money. The mini-games in the demo aren't all that great, mostly timed button presses.

  2. Have any of you been watching the London 2012 Olympic Games? If so,
    do you have a favorite event that you enjoy watching the most?

    No, I actually have not been watching. I don't care for watching as NBC's coverage is usually on a tape delay. They have not handled the coverage well at all, especially with the disrespectful cutting to commercial during the Underground bombing tribute. Regardless, I don't really care about most of the events being shown anyway.

    If you own Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games,
    is it a game you recommend to other Wii, or even 3DS, owners perhaps
    interested in the game now because of the 2012 Olympics taking place?

    I got the game around Christmas time, and I really enjoyed it. Some
    events did not work at all such as synchronized swimming. The Wii remote
    just did not read the motions at all. That said, I really liked the
    majority of the Dream Events that took place in various Mario and Sonic
    level locales with unique twists to each event. I would recommend the
    Wii version, but the 3DS iteration is not up to snuff.

  3. I have been addicted to watching the Olympics - I love this event and I try and watch as much as possible :D.

    I have only played the 3DS version of this game, and it's terrible. I liked the Winter Olympics DS game, because the minigames, though simple, were full minigames. The 3DS 2012 games has microgames, not minigames, so it's lost it on me.

    I do need to try the Wii game... or I could just get the official game of the Games, which I hear is surprisingly good.

  4. I, too, have played (and reviewed) the 3DS version and thought it to be a relatively poor endeavour. By all means skip it.

  5. I'm not really much of an Olympics person. I kind of keep note of the gold count, and any major accomplishments. I do watch highlights now and then, especially of basketball.

  6. Speaking of gold count, sort of, do you know how much an Olympic 2012 gold medal is worth?

  7. Do you still own that copy of the 3DS game? If so... *waits on giveaway to be posted ASAP! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. We don't have cable tv, or even an antenna hooked up, so we catch zero channels. We were out of town when the Olympics started though, so we watched some of the events at night with family. The swimming seems extremely competitive, not sure if the running events will end up the same. The cycling had one crazy ending we saw last Sunday in a women's event, but don't remember which race it was (remember the ending though). Gymnastics was okay to watch, but as superphillip mentioned below, here in the states NBC has "not handled the coverage well at all" of that event for sure. They wouldn't even show scores from certain competitors...THAT JUST competed. Very odd, and IMO stupid. Why even bother showing them compete if you aren't going to show the score?

    Anywho, I have watched the video review for the "official" game you have up, twice now. I'll be commenting/asking something here shortly on it.

    Thanks for the comment/feedback!

  9. We missed most of the opening ceremony, is that where they cut to the commercial of the tribute? The whole replaying of recorded events seems mishmashed and not in a good way. They would show some gymnastics, cut to swimming, commercials, commercials, then back to gymnastics. While I could follow it while watching it straight, if I left the room or turned the channel and flipped back, I might have missed an entire swimming race or other routine, because of the way they air them. Really odd.

    As for your comment about playing the Wii version, "I got the game around Christmas time, and I really enjoyed it. Some events did not work at all such as synchronized swimming.", so you're saying it wasn't very "synchronized"!? Ahhh, the jokes!

    I just think it's odd that this far into the Wii's life-cycle, a developer would have issues making mini/micro games work well with the controller. If motion doesn't work, go to button presses. I just wonder how they reach the decisions they do.

    Thanks for the comment/feedback on everything, and I agree with your thoughts on NBC's "coverage", or lack thereof, of the Olympics from what we saw while visiting family.

  10. It sounds like the 3DS version, from at least four comments here, was pretty terrible; which is terrible on Sega's part. Just really odd, and almost like they just rushed it out, which is even odder considering the 3DS version didn't release during the holidays.

    As for the Team USA basketball, I didn't see any of the games, but heard yesterday they had a close match winning it by only 5 points I think. I guess a close game is more fun to watch than a blowout though.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comments/feedback!

  11. The medal itself or the prize money that varies by country? I read something about both, but neither number stuck, lol

  12. The medal itself, I missed the prize money by country. I just hope the prize money and sponsors make up for the medal... I mean really now, the Olympics committee couldn't make sure that the medal has at least an OUNCE of gold in it? Seriously? Really?

  13. Have watched a good bit of swimming along with some diving, Kayaking and gymnastics.

    As for the game, I hope the Wii version is better than the 3DS demo, because it was just awful. I think I tried it once and never came back for another look.

    Guess I'm saying Phelps (or Lochte?) over Mario.


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