Nintendo Seals Exclusive Partnership with SEGA on Upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Games

  Nintendo Seals Exclusive Partnership with SEGA on Upcoming Sonic the
  Hedgehog Games

Nintendo Direct Also Announces Wii U Games Shown at E3 2013 to be Playable at
                            Select Best Buy Stores

E3 Expo 2013

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- May 17, 2013

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.

Sonic Lost World Image (Photo: Business Wire)

Sonic Lost World Image (Photo: Business Wire)

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.”

To view the Nintendo Direct in its entirety, visit Today’s announcements included:

Wii U News

  *Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The game includes a
    variety of events from the Winter Games, including curling, skiing, figure
    skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle – which will make its Olympic debut
    in Sochi, Russia. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus
    controller, Wii U GamePad controller or both. In addition to realistic
    events, the game also includes those set in the worlds of Sonic and Mario
    that let players perform moves not possible in real life. Launch details
    and timing will be announced at a later date.
  *Experience Games from Nintendo’s E3 Booth at Best Buy: Exclusively at
    participating Best Buy locations in the United States and Canada,
    consumers will be able to play some of the unreleased Wii U games featured
    at E3 while the event is occurring in Los Angeles. Details about locations
    and which games will be featured will be revealed in the coming weeks.
  *New Super Luigi U: The Year of Luigi-themed downloadable content for New
    Super Mario Bros. U offers players 82 updated courses. But it also
    includes a new playable character in multiplayer mode: Nabbit, who steals
    items from Toad Houses. Nabbit can’t power up, but also won’t take damage
    when he touches enemies. New Super Luigi U will be released as
    downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U in the Nintendo eShop on
    June 20 for $19.99. But in honor of the Year of Luigi, Nintendo is also
    offering a standalone packaged version of New Super Luigi U that doesn’t
    require New Super Mario Bros. U on Aug. 25 at a suggested retail price of
  *The Wonderful 101: The mass-action adventure from Platinum Games launches
    Sept. 15. Additional details will be announced after E3.
  *Pikmin 3: New playable characters Alph, Brittany and Charlie recruit the
    Pikmin creatures to help them gather fruit so that they can return with
    the seeds to save their home, Planet Koppai. Players can divide activities
    among the different characters, and explore separate areas in the same map
    with different groups of Pikmin. Using the GamePad (known as the KopPad in
    the game), players can view the overall map and grasp what each character
    and Pikmin are up to. Players also can choose their preferred control
    option: GamePad in conjunction with the TV, Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk
    combo or GamePad only in off-TV mode. Players can also use the Wii Remote
    Plus and Nunchuk with the GamePad as a second-screen monitor. Pikmin 3
    launches Aug. 4.
  *GAME & WARIO: The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop June
    23 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, and includes a number of games
    from WarioWare, Inc., that use the GamePad in different ways. Newly
    revealed games include: Island, which lets two to five people launch
    little creatures called Fronks onto islands in the sea to score points;
    Patchwork, a puzzle game that tests players’ pattern-recognition skills;
    and Kung-Fu, which challenges players to help Young Cricket navigate a
    course safely using the forward-looking view on the TV and the top-down
    view on the GamePad. A new Iwata Asks feature offers more details about
    the game at
  *Resident Evil Revelations: Capcom’s horror-survival game is launching in
    stores and in the Nintendo eShop on May 21. The game originally released
    for Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U version offers players updated HD
    graphics, GamePad controls and new game content. Players can use the
    GamePad to view the map and change items using the touch screen without
    pausing their progress. Or they can play the full game on the GamePad in
    off-TV mode, or play with the Wii U Pro Controller. The game is
    Miiverse-compatible, and a demo version is currently available in the
    Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS News

  *SEGA Game Gear: Games from the classic hand-held system are headed to the
    Virtual Console service. These include:

       *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 Labyrinth
       *Sonic the Hedgehog
       *Sonic the Hedgehog 2
       *Tails Adventure
       *Vampire: Master of Darkness

  *Inside the Treehouse with Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Because of the vast
    amount of content in the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf game,
    Nintendo’s Treehouse localization team is hosting an ongoing video series
    to talk about the franchise and many of the fun features of the new game.
    The videos will be available on Nintendo’s YouTube channel and in the
    Nintendo eShop on a regular basis leading up to the game’s June 9 launch.
    Additionally, a new Animal Crossing panel for Puzzle Swap is now available
    for StreetPass Mii Plaza, and fans also might find a special Animal
    Crossing-themed message on Swapnote.
  *Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: This game launches in stores and in the
    Nintendo eShop on May 24 and includes all the fun of the original Wii
    game, now optimized for portable play. It also includes eight new
    unlockable levels that are each based on one of the eight worlds from the
    original game. These levels will challenge players with new elements like
    platforms that force them to move at a faster pace, large drops of tar
    falling from the ceiling and giant rotating stone gears that can alter the
    level itself.
  *A Legendary Sale: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of
    Zelda: Oracle of Seasons arrive on the Virtual Console service for
    Nintendo 3DS on May 30. Because playing the games together unlocks so much
    additional content, Nintendo is offering them for just $4.99 each for the
    first three weeks after launch. After this promotion expires, the games
    will be available for $5.99 each.
  *Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move: The game, which launched May 9
    exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, challenges players to place tiles on
    the bottom screen to guide the Minis to their goal on the top screen. The
    game includes more than 180 stages, but also dramatically extends the fun
    of the game by letting players create their own stages and share them with
    others. Players can opt to try a random user-created level or one created
    by their friends. They can also select from the most popular levels
    overall or search the top levels of the week.

Another Nintendo Direct focused on future Wii U content will air around the
time of E3 2013.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about this
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