It's hard to believe that it just four years ago that the country was caught up in Olympic fever as the Games came to London. Back then J loved playing Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games - so much so that he was desperate to get his hands on the latest Rio 2016 version. He assured us it was different, it was bigger, better, bolder and more exciting even than the previous fabulous offering from Nintendo.
So when the lovely people at Nintendo UK asked if we would like to review Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo Wii U, we couldn't say no.
And J was right. We loved 2012... we love 2016 even more. There are some favourite track and field events, of course, but the controls are simpler and more fun. Most of all, though, we love some of the new events - rugby sevens being top of my list, and BMX being D's.
As we've come to expect from Nintendo, there's more than one way to play. As well as the 'classic' games, there are multiplayer options (play against up to three others, or work together in team sports), a Duel events (battle a friend in rugby sevens, football and beach volleyball with added Bullet Bills and the like, to create frantic and fast-paced challenges), and the Heroes Showdown - a knockout game moving from one event to another.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is fun, bright and exciting. I was amazed in the archery when our resident gamers (J and D) came second and third to me... but the next round saw them mastering the challenge and completely thrashing me!
One of the great things about this game is the variety. With so many events, loads of characters (plus you can play as your Mii) mean there really is something for everyone. And with games lasting from just a few minutes upwards, there is always time to fit in another event!
More information about Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from Nintendo can be found on their website.
As Nintendo Family Bloggers we were sent a download copy of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.