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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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But here we are talking business again. What do Sonic fans want to see out of this game? I got Sonic Generations on PC and it was somewhat fun but I never ended up beating it.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:29:13
Yeah, you're probably right. My thought is if they had money to spend, why not get something like Dark Souls, Dragon's Dogma, even Lost Planet, something that doesn't scream "typical Nintendo"?

But maybe it would have cost them $100 million to secure Dark Souls and they didn't have to pay anything for Sonic, just agree to do the marketing or pay for part fo the development cost or something. Again, would love to know the details.

So yeah, any exclusive is a big win, and Sonic has tons of fans, so good on them.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:31:23  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:32:58
Yeah my two cents were just that I think Sonic has been popular enough on 360/PS3/PC/iOS that they're probably sacrificing a lot of sales (depending on what kind of a deal they worked out with Nintendo).

I just want a Sonic game that plays like the old ones. No more Sonic feeling like he's stopping on a dime. He had a great feel on the old games. A nice weight to him. Do I want to have enemies pop up out of nowhere? No, but I'd love something more along the lines of Sonic Advance 1, which in my mind is the closest they ever got to the old games.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:47:45
I think this is gonna be great. Devoting Sonic attention to the userbase that typically responds best is a smart move. Plus, I bet Nintendo will have more input if it's an exclusive partnership.

Also, don't forget the amazingly good Sonic Colors! This is excite!

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 19:53:24
@deathly_hallows Well, they are getting Bayonetta 2 I suppose, so doesn't that fit what you want? That's Nintendo financed.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:12:48  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:13:40
I still haven't played Colors or Generations, but from my understanding they were vastly improved. How much that means in the grand scheme of things, I'm not sure considering what they were improving from.

Still, I'm more interested in this because the last few Sonic games haven't sucked ass, essentially.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:19:43
I'm expecting a marginal improvement over Generations, which was a marginal improvement over Colors, which was a marginal improvement over Unleashed, which was a really bad game.

What I'd love is for them to let Christian Whitehead assemble a small team of developers to make new Genesis-style games in his fangame-spawned Retro Engine. It worked perfectly in remaking Sonic CD. Might as well let him make something brand new. He apparently did the recent Sonic 1 update for phones, but his talent seems wasted on making pretty ports of games everybody's played on platforms nobody wants to play them on. Give him the reins to Sonic in Mega Man 9 fashion, and let the current Sonic Team or Dimps or whoever try to strike gold with a new IP.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:45:57
Yeah, but it's not what I want, I didn't play Bayonetta and I won't play the sequel, but it's what I think Nintendo should be doing for the good of the platform: offering gamers diversity and a wide range of experiences.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:47:20
Does anyone think Nintendo and Sega ought to dump the official Olympics branding with actual events and just focus on making a full game of Olympic style dream events?

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 20:50:50
I don't know, but that snowboarding looked like the closest thing we're going to get to a SSX game, so I want it just for that.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:05:00
@deathly_hallows I know, and I'm saying they are doing it! With that game at least as a clear, Nintendo published M-rated action exclusive game, but I think there has been a bit of behind the scenes to get some of the other bigger 3rd party games on the Wii U that have been announced, even if they are not exclusives.

I think a Nintendo published Sonic has some potential. I've always said that Sonic needs a good developer behind him and he can be awesome again not that I think the early games were that great but whatever, Sega seems to have more IPs than talent nowadays so they probably need to work that angle more. So yeah, Nintendo isn't developing this game, but as Stephen said once and we all agree with, Nintendo as a publisher has MAGIC so maybe that will help make one of the best Sonic games in recent years.

I was this close to picking up Colors, just got sidetracked by other games, but maybe this one...?

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:10:52
This is a nice maneuver on the chess board that is home console relevance. People with kids (like me) might want to buy for their kids what they enjoyed playing when they were little. Back then, it boiled down to either Mario or Sonic. Now, it will be Mario AND Sonic, exclusively on Nintendo consoles. I'm not sure it will trump anything, but it will influence the decision for some people. Baby steps.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:15:29
Yeah I agree, Bayonetta was a good move, so was Sonic, those kinds of strategic partnerships could really help beef-up/diversify the library of the system.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:18:14
Just checked my calendar, it's no longer 1996. Zero fucks given about Sonic.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:51:32
This tweet hints at a Sonic Kart vs Mario Kart crossover

... please God, no. Keep Sonic and his shitty friends out of Mario Kart.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 21:53:02
I agree that Sonic shouldn't be in MK, but it would be so awesome if the next Sonic racer had Nintendo characters and tracks in it too. It could let the people who want a Smash Kart to somewhat get their wish while still keeping MK separate.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 22:01:18

Mario will resuscitate Sonic. Believe.

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 on: 05/17/13, 22:15:43

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Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 22:20:43
The most amazing thing about Generations was that the 2D sections, which were excellent, were overshadowed by the quality if the 3D sections.

It's not a perfect game, but it's definitely a good game. That coupled with the quality of Transformed and the positive reviews of Colors makes me feel like the Sonic Cycle has definitely been broken.

Whether this means these games will be any good is still up in the air. But I'm upbeat about it. Good news.

Posted by 
 on: 05/17/13, 22:33:13
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