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'Sonic' video games coming to Nintendo

By Derrik J. Lang

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 11:14 p.m. HST, May 17, 2013

LOS ANGELES » Sonic the Hedgehog is rolling with Nintendo.

Sega says it will exclusively release the next three games starring the popular blue critter on Nintendo platforms. The first title will be called "Sonic Lost World" and is set for release on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS later this year.

"With 'Sonic Lost World,' we're going to introduce new gameplay and enemies, which is always fun," said John Cheng, president and chief financial officer of Sega of America Inc. "In terms of Sonic and his friends, he'll have his same friends there, and I think there'll be some new ones as well. It's not a reiteration. It's going to be all new."

The original fast-paced side-scrolling "Sonic the Hedgehog" debuted in 1991. The twirling, ring-hoarding hedgehog became Sega's mascot and a video-game icon rivaling the likes of Mario and Pac-Man.

While his recent interactive exploits haven't achieved the same level of success as previous "Sonic" outings, the character has remained a presence in pop culture, appearing in cartoons, downloadable games and the Disney film "Wreck-It Ralph."

"The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in a statement. "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."

Sonic has competed against Nintendo's mustachioed spokesman Mario since 2007 in the "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games" mini-game series. Cheng said the characters would be back for more match-ups in "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games."

Over the past 22 years, Sonic and his friends have starred in dozens of games, including the hallmark 1992 sequel "Sonic the Hedgehog 2," 1997 3-D racer "Sonic R," 2002 hand-held adventure "Sonic Advance" and 2011 anniversary mash-up "Sonic Generations."

Sega says more than 75 million games and smartphone apps featuring Sonic have been sold worldwide. After the publisher stopped producing its own game consoles in 2001, Sega began releasing "Sonic" games for other systems, including Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox.

Microsoft is expected to unveil a new Xbox console at an event in Seattle next week, following Sony's tease of the forthcoming PlayStation 4 earlier this year in New York.

Last fall, Nintendo launched the next generation of gaming consoles with the Wii U, which comes with a tabletlike controller called the GamePad. Nintendo said last March it has sold 3.45 million units worldwide, a disappointing start for the first of a new generation of gaming systems. Sega's Cheng believes bringing Sonic exclusively to the Wii U will help Nintendo.

"It should be a win-win situation," said Cheng. "Don't count Nintendo out."

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Uncleart66 wrote:
Headline news is Honolulu......god help us.
on May 18,2013 | 03:11AM
RichardCory wrote:
No kidding. Sonic games have been on Nintendo for a few years now. This isn't news. May God have mercy on our souls.
on May 18,2013 | 06:50AM
false wrote:
Forget the games, when is the Sonic Drive In coming to Hawaii. Now that would be some good news. LOL
on May 18,2013 | 07:50AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Still sounds wrong, it's like Coke distributing Pepsi products, Transformers teaming up with Voltron...
on May 18,2013 | 10:04AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Sonic has been fail as of late. Nintendo's move to sign a contract with Sonic is a very big risk. Of course, there are a lot of Sonic fanboys out there so they will generate some revenue right off the bat. Also, Nintendo, at one point in history, generated the biggest revenue that overshadowed even the movie industry. What is disturbing to me is that parents are buying these games for their children willy-nilly. At sixty dollars a pop they are teaching their children that you don't have to work to get what you want. One parent even told me that her kid does not accept used games. What kind of parenting is that when your child dictates the rules? In my household, my children earn their toys. They have their chores and duties. Everything is a learning experience. I don't want to raise children that will become a burden on society.
on May 18,2013 | 11:10AM
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