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.”
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.
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?
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.
@Jargon 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.
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.