Mario and Sonic--long time foes in the video game world--decided to, in celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, bury the hatchet and appear together in a game called Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
The first game was so successful that when the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada rolled around in 2010, Mario and Sonic got together again for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, also for the Wii and DS.
And now, with the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games just around the corner, Mario and Sonic will do it one more time - and for the first time ever, they'll be competing on the Nintendo 3DS, too! Soccer, Equestrian, Canoeing, Aquatics, Table Tennis and more add up to almost 50 Olympic-themed events for you to compete in both 2D and 3D.
What are you waiting for? Click more to watch our exclusive trailer of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games!
Keep reading for a few bits of Madden NFL 12 news that the Sports Gamer thought you might like to be looped in on (including an awesome "Football's Back" trailer with all-new gameplay footage!)
The SI Kids offices have been buzzing for months now over two burning questions. One: Why does Professor Ulane where those goofy glasses in his photo? Two: What will 2K do for an encore after last year's terrific NBA 2K11 starring His Airness, Michael Jordan?
The answer we've all been waiting for: They're bringing back Jordan, and this time, he's not alone. Keep reading to see full size cover images of who’s joining Jordan this year.
This year's Tour de France is in full swing. Even as you read these words, riders from around the world are currently pedaling up impossibly steep mountains in the French countryside. Winning the coveted yellow jersey, or even the polka dot jersey (which goes to the best climber in the race), is truly an achievement.
Now, you--yes, you--have the chance to don the yellow jersey, without having to do all the work and training and sweating! Yes, thanks to the wonder of video games, which make experiences that are otherwise impossible to mere mortals like us, we can now travel from one end of France to the other in Tour de France 11: The Official Game (available now for the iPhone and iPad).
Is this game worth a download? Let's take a look at the pros and cons.
Developer Natural Motion boldly made a run at the Madden franchise last year with their underappreciated take on football. The game, titled Backbreaker (PS3 and 360; 505 Games; look for it in the bargain bin at your local game store), featured a realistic physics engine called Euphoria which resulted in some of the best tackles the Sports Gamer has ever seen. Unfortunately, without the coveted NFL license, which Madden's publisher EA Sports has a lock on, few gamers were willing to give the game a shot.
But buried within the mini-games section of Backbreaker, and also available on the iPhone (Backbreaker and Backbreaker 2: Vengeance), was a gaming experience that arguably captures more of the essence of the football experience better than Madden does in its entirety. I'm referring, of course, to Tackle Alley.
If you've played Tackle Alley on the iPhone or 360/PS3, then you have a good idea of what you're in for with Backbreaker: Vengeance (Xbox Live Arcade; $15). Once again, you take control of a ball carrier and attempt to traverse all 100 yards of the football field while tacklers attempt to take you down.
Looking for a taste of Saturday afternoon football before the college season officially begins in August? NCAA Football 12 (EA Sports) is in stores on July 12th, which is a mere 14 short days away. But if you can't wait that long, and you have an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, you can download the NCAA Football 12 demo right now. Best of all, it's free.
A new WiiWare title (1,000 Wii Points, available now) let's racing game fans drive at absurdly fast speeds around some truly fantastical race tracks. It's called, appropriately enough, FAST League Racing.More »
The Sports Gamer's real name is Scott Jones. He played football for 12 years before hanging up his cleats and jumping into video game writing. In his time covering the gaming world, Scott has interviewed star athletes such as Venus Williams, Tony Hawk and David Wright.