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February 12, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Experience the Vancouver Winter Olympics, on Nintendo’s Wii

If you can’t find tickets to the Vancouver Olympics, Nintendo and Sega are offering an alternative.

The companies today announced a Vancouver Olympics-themed game they plan to release intime for the 2009 holiday season. It will let players compete in events such as alpine skiing and speed skating in a virtual Vancouver.

“Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games” is being developed by Sega with guidance from Wii developer Shigeru Miyamoto. The companies are also releasing a version for Nintendo’s DS handheld.

The game “will take players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games,” the release said. “This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms.”

Earlier the companies collaborated on a similar game with a summer Olympics theme that sold more than 10 million copies.

New for the winter version is the ability to use the Wii balance board, which already comes with a great ski-jumping game.

The companies announced the game today, following the Feb. 5 news that Sega was chosen as the sole official video game developer for the Vancouver 2010 games.

Their new game is apparently still in progress. Additional features, beyond apline skiing and speed skating, will be announced through the year.

A video preview is available at a special site they created, Olympicvideogames.com.

Comments | Topics: Games & entertainment, Nintendo, Wii

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