Mega-sized Mario & Sonic Update: Goes Gold, Ship Date Moved Up, Adds Mii Functionality, Gets Dream Events

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The whirlwind pre-release tour for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games just keeps getting crazier and crazier as the game’s date with the Wii approaches. In its latest press update, Sega has announced that Mario & Sonic has not only gone gold but is actually having its ship date moved up a full two weeks earlier than it was originally planned, officially pegging the title in for a new November 6th North American launch!

“We know that gamers are excited to play Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games so we did whatever we could to get the game into their hands as soon as possible. ” Says Don Mesa, Marketing Director at SEGA of America. “Sega is bringing Mario & Sonic fans an early Christmas present!”

But that’s not all, folks. Sega has also now confirmed a pair of exciting new features being packed into the game, including Mii functionality so players can import their Mii as a playable character and live out their fantasy of competing against their favorite gaming mascots, and a set of four single-player and multiplayer Dream Events, which are more whimsical games with power-ups and that sort of thing. The four Dream Events will include the following:

– Dream Race (Sandhill Race Course) – Get on your marks for this intense power-up filled race course made for either one player or as many as four.

– Dream Platform (Tropical Reef Diving Area – 10,000M Diving) – More like skydiving, soar through hoops and perform aerial tricks while avoiding obstacles and opponents to reach the finish line first.

– Dream Fencing (Duel Wharf Fencing Beach) – With unique special attacks for each character, this jungle-inspired world offers the ultimate duel.

– Dream Table Tennis (Speed Rally Table Tennis Stadium) – A sci-fi wonderland, this magical table tennis extravaganza offers a special ability for each character – so move fast!

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