During last week’s Nintendo Direct fans not only got news about Nintendo games but Sega and Sonic also got some love during the presentation. Last Friday it was announced that Nintendo and Sega formed a global partnership to bring the next three Sonic titles exclusively to Nintendo platforms. The first two games to be announced as part of the partnership are a new Mario & Sonic Winter Olympic crossover title and Sonic Lost World, a new Sonic action platformer exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS.
SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced details of an exclusive partnership with Nintendo of America Inc. and Nintendo of Europe GmbH for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The new agreement will make Nintendo consoles the number one destination for Sonic gaming over the next three titles. The first two titles of the deal were announced today via Nintendo Direct, and details of the third Sonic title will be revealed at a later date.
“Sonic the Hedgehog has performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms and this exclusive partnership is a natural fit for the next evolution of Sonic games” commented Jurgen Post COO SEGA Europe Ltd. “The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are ideal platforms to showcase Sonic and we are looking forward to working with Nintendo on these three exciting adventures.” – Official Sega Blog
Nintendo is very busy trying to lure developers to their new console, Wii U, to try and help bolster the software library in hopes of increasing Wii U sales. Nintendo has given away free dev kits, visited developers, and even straight up funded development projects, such as Bayonetta 2. This new partnership with Sega could just be another attempt by Nintendo to try and get more consumers to make that jump over to the Wii U. But it is also possible that Nintendo could be trying to help Sega recapture what made their Sonic franchise great.
Sega has not had very much luck with the Sonic franchise when it comes to down to their platforming games. If Sega were to ask anyone for help with a Sonic platforming game, Nintendo would be the best choice. Nintendo has quite clearly made some of the best platformers in the history of video games. Could Nintendo actually be helping Sega revamp the Sonic platformer? It is possible but without more news about Sonic Lost World or the third exclusive Sonic title that is yet to be announced, it is hard to gauge what Nintendo’s involvement would be in development.