The 2018 Winter Olympics are well underway, and already we are seeing a clear divide between the elite, and those nations just happy to be participating. Germany has been a surprise powerhouse at the midway point, dominating in luge and overall medals in several other events as well. Meanwhile, the coach of the Jamaican women’s bobsled team has quit suddenly, threatening to take the sled with her. Not even John Candy could lift their spirits at this tense juncture.
If none of this means anything to you, then never fear! Because video games are an excellent substitute for the dreaded ‘s’ word (sports), and if you still want to join in the merriment that comes with people’s brief fascination with the snow – a fascination that only resurfaces once every four years, unless you’re Canadian/Russian/Swedish/Snowman – then there are plenty of digital facsimiles to partake in. And the best part: you don’t even have to go outside!
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Best Games to Play During the Winter Olympics
Quick, what’s something that the Olympic Games desperately need? What’s that? You say a less corrupt governing body and more concern given towards establishing proper infrastructure in the host cities? …That’s an okay guess, but the answer we’re looking for is an imaginary plumber and a blue hedgehog having fun.
Since they first crossed paths in 2007, Mario and Sonic have been renewing their rivalry biannually, and fans are spoiled for choice with not one but two entries of the winter variety, based on the 2010 Vancouver Games, and the 2014 Games from Sochi. The former was released on the Wii, so if you’re after the freshest and greatest offering, you’ll be headed to Russia for newly added events like ice hockey and Winter Sports Champion Race. If you’ve ever dreamt of watching Super Mario engage in a thrilling session of curling, now is finally your chance, at long last. Be sure to tell your therapist all about it.
Sadly, as these games are released a year before the Olympic Games are due to take place, it appears as though PyeongChang will not be visited by the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom or Mobius. Most likely it was a passport-related issue. Frankly we don’t know how it is people keep letting Bowser enter the country, considering his myriad of legal transgressions. Further, if you’re a devout Sonic fan and you didn’t bat an eyelid about the suggestion that Mobius is canon, kudos to you.