09:16 AM - August 3, 2007 by Steve_OS
CVG has posted an interview with Sega's UK Product Manager, Grant Gie, as they talk about Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games.
CVG: "Are any of the events more difficult than the others?"
Grant Gie: "The hammer throw is actually the hardest event in the E3 demo - it took me a while to master! The reason it's the trickiest is because there's so many different ways to fail.
As in the real sport, if you rotate too many times and step over the circle it'll be a fail throw. You can hit the side of the cage, then even if you're lucky enough to get it out of the cage you could send it outside of the playing field.
Basically you pick up the hammer with the A button and then use the Wii Remote in a lasso style. The faster you rotate, the faster your character will. In this build there's a countdown to let you know how close you're getting before you have to release it.
Very similarly to how the athletes do it, once you release the hammer if you press A your character will let out a big loud grunt, and that'll give you those extra few meters."