Wednesday, March 28, 2007

BREAKING: Sonic and Mario go olympic on Wii



The old rivals Mario and Sonic will appear in their first videogame together, entitled ´Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games´. The press release reads:

Developed for the Wii (TM) video game system and the Nintendo DS (TM) system, this momentous agreement marks the first time these two renowned stars have appeared together in a game.

Published by SEGA across Europe and North America, and published by Nintendo in the Japanese market, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be available for Christmas 2007 and is licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).




In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Using a supporting cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers will be able to compete as or against a range of lovable personalities including Mario, Sonic, Luigi (TM), Knuckles (TM), Yoshi®, Tails (TM) and more. Innovative usage of the Wii and DS control systems to maneuver a favourite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, engage in exhilarating rallies in table tennis and churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after gold medal.

In late 2005, SEGA acquired the rights to games based on the 2008 Olympics.


I have known about this announcement for a few days now - and this is set to become a huge exclusive for both Wii and DS. More info and media as it becomes available.

EDIT SEGA of America has included a quote by Shigeru Miyamoto:

“Mario and Sonic have been respectful rivals since the early days of video games,” says Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and General Manager, Entertainment Analysis and Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd.. “In fact, for a long time they have been discussing the possibility of one day competing against each other. Now that they have been given the perfect opportunity to meet at the Olympic Games, we may finally learn who is actually faster, Mario or Sonic?”


EDIT It looks as if this title will be online. The good people over at GameOn Revolution have picked up on a comment by IGN´s Matt Casamassina on his blog.

I think some of you were expecting a Mario and Sonic platformer of some sort, but really, this title makes much more sense to me. It is, when you break it down, Wii Sports + Olympics + Mario + Sonic + online. What the hell is not to like about that?

Finally, Next-Gen has received word that the game, while being developed by Sega Sports Team, is under direct and intense supervision of Miyamoto and his team.


Sources: SEGA of Europe, SEGA of America

10 comments:

pn18 said...

exclusive? lol

vb said...

Seems...
Hope it's no Joke. >.<

Falafelkid said...

Yes, exclusive. I have known about this for a number of days already - though I was under an NDA. And so I have prepared this post for quite some time. You also might want to check the size of the artwork. I got that directly from SEGA.

Anonymous said...

Nice Fala!

Btw. I just went by a EBGames store a minute ago, and found out that both Mario Galaxy and Metroid is coming in May 2007. Is this true?

/silver

Grandmaster B said...

Doubt it. Plus if I am not mistaken that Super Paper Mario is due to come out shortly so i doubt it even more.

MtnHippy said...

This news just made my week. How could Nintendo make a game that is as popular with everyone as Wii Sports? This is how. Simply brilliant.

Anonymous said...

@ grandmaster.

Yeah I've the same douts. But I just got recomfirmed by the same guy at the store that the actuallly date --> 25 May for both Galaxy and Corruption.

I took a preorder incase if its true though ;)

/silver

Starstriker1 said...

I doubt it... that'd be a hell of a stealthy release. On top of that... I'm skeptical that Nintendo would release two of this year's biggest games directly against each other, on the same day. The fact that they'd both have the same, stealthy release date screams "release date speculation" for me...

Carmine "Cai" M. Red said...

This could be Wii Sports 2.... hmmm...

Oh, and IGN thinks that this game might be being worked on by Tose, a developer who likes to remain in the shadows but has contributed to 1000s of games that are unknown... They're basically Development Ninjas.

http://wii.ign.com/articles/777/777142p1.html

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Anonymous said...

You will get a beautiful cloth which in the game if we want to need the beautiful cloth, we can use our own Scions Of Fate gold to buy. The one I owned on my character is one of my friends sent to me the necessary SOF gold. Sometimes we can share the trophy as the necessary Scions Of Fate money together, and we do quest together. I do not have enough confidence and cheap SOF gold about my weak memory. First I have to buy sof gold to improve my pet which I have a lovely leopard in this game.