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Sega and Nintendo partner to bring 3 upcoming Sonic games exclusively to Wii U/3DS
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May 17, 2013, 17:51:59
Press Release said:

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The next title in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DS portable system. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata announced the details of a new partnership with SEGA during a new Nintendo Direct video announcement today. Sonic Lost World is a new action platforming game, and more information about it will be announced before the E3 2013 video game trade show begins on June 11.

The Nintendo Direct also announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U, and revealed that additional SEGA Game Gear games would be coming to the Virtual Console service for Nintendo 3DS. Outside of SEGA news, Nintendo announced that select Wii U games featured at E3 2013 will soon be playable at participating Best Buy stores, the launch date for New Super Luigi U, new Pikmin 3 game details and additional information about a variety of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

“The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “These announcements in conjunction with SEGA demonstrate the commitment we have to bringing great games to the Wii U platform, and set the stage for our upcoming announcements at E3.”

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Posted: 05/17/13, 17:51:59  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:56:43    
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Could be good. So basically, sonic is now exclusive to Nintendo systems. This is huge for Nintendo and the Wii U.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 17:55:49
I just hope that the game is good.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 17:59:14
I can't make out if this 'franchise partnership' is a BIG deal, or just a Sonic and The Secret Rings/Black Knight sized deal.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 17:59:59  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:00:22

I thought there was a Sonic game announced at some point that was supposed to come to all next-gen consoles like PS4 and such, but I could be making that up.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:01:43
Pretty exciting news. I wonder if NA will get these games months after everyone else?

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:03:10
@Jargon, I think everyone was assuming Lost World would be multi-platform. That's the one that was rumored to have the working title Sonic Adventure 3.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:03:55  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:04:12
Big news for the Sonic fans out there I suppose, but I would rather see Nintendo try to cater to third parties that have "technical difficulties" when porting their code over to the Wii U.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:04:32
I'm too lazy to post the Sonic cycle image. I just... it's hard to get excited about Sonic.

Although supposedly Colors was pretty solid.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:17:55
Colors and Generations were both a huge improvement over the other recent Sonic games.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:26:14
After playing Generations, I'm excited about this game. I wonder if Nintendo will have any creative input, because that could only help these games.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:31:21
Sonic and Mario Olympics looked quite good.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:32:26
@anon_mastermind Curling!

Just two days ago my husband was scorching the walls while playing Generations. We both find it difficult in some 3D Sonic games to figure out what exactly is going on. Still, I'm sure I'll keep my eye on this one.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:41:26
Sega press release confirms it's a three game deal.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:43:16
Does Nintendo really need another colorful, mascot-based platformer in addition to it's Mario, Kirby, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong games? Seems to me they need to diversify their offerings to appeal to more gamers, but instead they're just doubling down on a market segment they already own.

Oh well, wish them all the luck, maybe this will make the old-school Dreamcast fans stand up and take notice. Wii U/Dreamcast 2?

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:55:41  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 18:56:23

Just yesterday you wrote a very smart post about how lots of popular first person shooters seem the same to outsiders but are actually quite different. I think you can say the same about all of those platformers you mentioned above. More variety within that group could attract a wider audience, that same as a variety of shooters can.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:00:30
I don't type fast enough. I was just going to say that. We'll know more when we see some gameplay. To me, Sonic games have always felt and worked differently from Nintendo's platformers.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:02:42
Good news for Nintendo, but I think it's a bad move on Sega's part.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:03:29
Well there is a difference between having variety within a genre, and having variety of genres within an entire library. Ideally a good console has both, but right now Nintendo is especially weak in the latter so if I was them I'd focus on fixing that aspect first. Just my 2 cents.

PogueSquadron said:
Good news for Nintendo, but I think it's a bad move on Sega's part.
That really depends on what kind of compensation Nintendo is giving them. I'd love to know the details of this deal! I'm always curious about how stuff like this happens.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:14:28  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:21:27

I don't see how, the sales of Sonic games are usually higher on Nintendo systems than on PS3 and 360 combined. This move makes way more sense than Generations skipping the Wii.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:24:19

My guess is that Sega was willing to do this because Sonic games have traditionally sold the best on Nintendo platforms. Do you think Nintendo could secure exclusive rights to any big "core" games? Something like Bayonetta 2 was only possible because the original underperformed.


That's still a lot of sales they are sacrificing. This might be a great move, if Sega got the right incentive, or it could be a desperate attempt by a company that hasn't been in very good shape financially.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:24:33  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:27:35
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