Despite their contentious history, Mario and Sonic have certainly been getting very buddy-buddy recently; during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced an extensive partnership with former rival Sega, making Nintendo consoles the exclusive home for Sonic games for the next three titles.
Among these three games will be Sonic Lost World, a new action platformer coming exclusively to Wii U. No further details on the title have been announced, but Nintendo and Sega will reveal more information on the game at this year’s E3.
Nintendo also announced a new installment of the Mario & Sonic series, titled Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This, likewise, will be coming to Wii U, using the console’s added horsepower for improved character models and particle effects. The title will also make use of the Wii Remote Plus and the GamePad, and will feature a number of new winter events to take part in such as figure skating.
Last, but certainly not least, Nintendo announced a handful of new Game Gear games will be added to the 3DS Virtual Console. Among the games coming to the service are
- Crystal Warriors
- Defenders of Oasis
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- G-LOC: Air Battles
- Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
- Sonic Blast
- Sonic Drift 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Tails Adventure
- Vampire: Master of Darkness
No word on when these titles will be added to the eShop, but expect them to be rolled out gradually over the coming months!
Source: Nintendo Direct, press release