By Duncan Mackay

Mario  Sonic Sochi 2014May 17 - Nintendo and Sega have a new partnerhsip to develop computer game Mario and Sonic for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, it was announced today. 

The new Wii U exclusive game features events such as skiing, snowboarding and figure-skating.

Some events make specific use of the Wii U Game Pad, such as curling, where the trajectory of the stone is drawn on the controller's touch screen.

There will also be a mix of decathlon and triathlon races for multiplayer tournaments.

Nintendo Global President Satoru Itawa announced "Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games" during during a Nintendo Direct presentation.

Sonic has competed against Nintendo mustachioed spokesman Mario since 2007 in the "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" mini-game series and this will be the fourth of a series that also includes Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012.

Mario  Sonic curling Sochi 2014Curling will be among the sports to feature in the new Mario and Sochi 2014 game

"The graphics are enhanced in comparison to earlier games in the series," Itawa said.

"The characters are detailed and environment effects such as snow and ice are realistically presented.

"In addition to returning events such as skiing and snowboarding, we have added figure skating pairs, and an event that is new for the 2014 Sochi WInter Games: snowboarding slopestyle."

"You'll also be able to compete against friends in curling, ice hockey, downhill, ski jump, speed skating, the biathlon, and a 'dream event' that basically combines Mario Kart with snowboarding and bobsled."

No release date has been set for the new game yet.

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