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Notes from Nintendo Direct: Sonic Exclusives, Wonderful 101 Release Date, Game Gear on 3DS

Not the most eventful of Nintendo Directs, but a few details about the publisher's summer lineup have come to light.

You figure Nintendo is probably keeping the majority of its more interesting stuff for E3. At least, I hope so, because this morning's Nintendo Direct wasn't exactly a banger. Ostensibly focused on the Wii U and 3DS' summer lineups, the live stream also revealed a couple of new, further-flung titles headed to Nintendo's various platforms, including two new Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Here is the only image Nintendo sent over for Sonic Lost World. Super helpful, right?

The one shown most prominently was Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, which may win the award for "Most Unwieldy Game Title" for the foreseeable future. As with other Mario/Sonic crossover sports titles, this one will feature a variety of multiplayer-focused sports, including skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, figure skating, and curling, among others. That game is expected to launch in time for the event early next year.

However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also announced another title featuring Sega's hedgehog mascot. Sonic Lost World is a new action/adventure/platformer that will be coming exclusively to the Wii U and 3DS. Details were scarce, but Nintendo is expected to reveal more about the title at E3.

Elsewhere, Nintendo mostly confirmed release dates for its summer games, and added a couple of details about some games already set for release. Here's the rest of today's info in bite-sized chunks.

If you would like to watch the entire stream, which also features additional details and footage for Game & Wario, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Pikmin 3, you can do so here.

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Posted by Mijati

Not too interested in anything there

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Exclusive Sonic? lol

Edited by Taku128

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

Posted by Thoseposers

Hex based world? I'm calling it: Sonic Lost World will be a 4X game.

Posted by msavo

For how much bitching everyone does about Sonic the past few years of Sega's Sonic output, things like Colors, Generations, the Sonic racing games and even Sonic 4, have been solid. I'm looking forward to Sonic Lost World.

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

In other news: I'd play a Sonic game set in Jurassic Park.

Posted by Nezza

On Nintendo UK's Twitter feed yesterday they mentioned there would be a separate Nintendo Direct for autumn and beyond in June.

Edited by Winternet

There's a lot of Sonic in this article.

Posted by 49th

Fuck yeah, Game Gear. I totally played a few of those as a child.

Posted by InertiaXr

Ostensibly

Edited by WinterSnowblind

@thoseposers said:

Hex based world? I'm calling it: Sonic Lost World will be a 4X game.

This is about the only way you could get me to play another Sonic game.

Posted by Torrim

@msavo said:

For how much bitching everyone does about Sonic the past few years of Sega's Sonic output, things like Colors, Generations, the Sonic racing games and even Sonic 4, have been solid. I'm looking forward to Sonic Lost World.

Agreed! There's been a ton of really good sonic games this past decade. It's not that I'm waiting for that one Sonic game to blow my mind, but rather appreciating that the games are rather pretty enjoyable.

I will say that when they try to outright capitalize on nostalgia they lose, terribly. Sonic 4 and Generations were games that tried to rope in the crowd that grew up on the old games, but actually back-peddled on some great ideas they had going for them in titles like Rush and Colors.

Posted by JJOR64

Sonic hasn't been too shabby lately, so I'm looking forward to the new Sonic game. Also glad to see The Wonderful 101 and New Super Luigi U finally getting dates. Also Pikmin 3 is looking great. Looking forward to the E3 Directs.

Posted by BeachThunder

Hex based world? I'm calling it: Sonic Lost World will be a 4X game.

A Sonic-themed Civilization game would definitely pique my interest...

Edited by msavo

@torrim: Oh man I forgot about Sonic Rush! That game was great.

Sonic 4, even though I mentioned it, has probably been their weakest effort but not totally offensive. I thought the nostalgia mining in Generations was great and, for me at least, I started to look at Sega in a better way because they released a great PC port of it. I could see people thinking they were a step back in terms of mechanics though.

Posted by Darji

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

You have a better chance betting on a PS3 version for the west.

Posted by Seb

Columns on my 3DS finally.

Edited by Forcen

No word on Netflix app in Europe?

Edited by ArbitraryWater

It says a lot about both Sega and Nintendo that Sonic exclusivity is something either party would strive toward. I guess it's not all bad. Apparently Generations was pretty good. Certainly they've improved from the infamous Sonic 2006.

Hex based world? I'm calling it: Sonic Lost World will be a 4X game.

I would play this video game.

Posted by Taku128

@darji said:

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

You have a better chance betting on a PS3 version for the west.

Nintendo announced a partnership with Sega, and they'd have a much easier time bankrolling that localization than "oops we're fucked and shutting down everything" Sega. If it were coming to PS3 it probably would have been announced months ago.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

Hrm. So its not next-gen.. I would think they would have 'Something' for the main consoles.. Sonic Heroes 2?.

Posted by Darji

@taku128 said:

@darji said:

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

You have a better chance betting on a PS3 version for the west.

Nintendo announced a partnership with Sega, and they'd have a much easier time bankrolling that localization than "oops we're fucked and shutting down everything" Sega. If it were coming to PS3 it probably would have been announced months ago.

I don't know if you knew that but Yakuza 1 and 2 HD is already out like 6 months in Japan for the PS3.. And for the west. It is not like Other Yakuza games did not come out here as well. My bet announcement for it at E3 including Yakuza 5 for a 2014 release for PS3 in the West.

Sega maybe is testing the waters for an new yakuza game comming to the Wii U or mabye make it multiplatform who knows.

Edited by Haziqonfire

Sonic Colors was pretty good, so I'm looking forward to this.

Posted by StriderNo9

Okay.... Well at least nothing was set on fire during the feed.

Posted by Demoskinos

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

Considering how Yakuza 4 and Dead Souls sold I think america is done getting Yakuza stuff from Sega which sucks balls. Still holding out a sliver of hope for Yakuza 5 in america.

Edited by Epidehl

Really excited to get and play the Oracles games again, gotta get my Subrosian dance moves on!

Also didn't those games a bunch of weird link-cable stuff in them? I wonder how/if that will work.

Posted by Ohvee

@epidehl said:

Really excited to get and play the Oracles games again, gotta get my Subrosian dance moves on!

Also didn't those games a bunch of weird link-cable stuff in them? I wonder how/if that will work.

They did mention something about if you own both they could be played together to unlock content and story in each game.

Edited by radioactivez0r

I will always love Defenders of Oasis. For a really long time, it was the only RPG I beat after Final Fantasy. Now I have to get a 3DS XL next year sometime; it's possible my Game Gear and games are still at my parents' house but who knows?

Posted by Darji

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

Considering how Yakuza 4 and Dead Souls sold I think america is done getting Yakuza stuff from Sega which sucks balls. Still holding out a sliver of hope for Yakuza 5 in america.

I am pretty sure Sega or was satisfied with Yakuza 4 sales. Not sure about the spin off though.

Edited by Eisen

@epidehl: Those games also had a code input system as well in the event you didn't have multiple gameboys to do the transfer with.

Posted by PurpleSpandex

Still no Picross E, FUCK NINTENDO!

Edited by ripelivejam

@inertiaxr said:

Ostensibly

you know the bombcrew is just doing this to troll you now, right?

may pick up oracle of seasons/ages as i've never played them :\

Edited by CircleNine

It'd be cool if the Year of Luigi focused more on things like Luigi's Mansion and just completely avoided New Super Mario Bros Luigi.

The Oracle games finally coming out on VC will be nice though, I always liked those games even if both of them had a couple of really bad/confusing sections in them.

e: Also goddamn who even still cares about Sonic anymore.

Posted by Baltimore

My reaction to this news is a simple 'shrug' and 'meh'. I think I might be dead inside.

Edited by Roger_Klotz

I had a game gear. The thing went through so many batteries, but was amazing at the time.

Posted by MikkaQ

@taku128 said:

Japan got an announcement of a Yakuza HD Collection port, but it isn't coming to America. Fuck this planet.

Of course, something I'd actually buy a Wii U for and it's Japan-only.

Edited by csl316

Sonic Generations was awesome, as was Racing Transformed. More of that stuff, please!

Edited by empathe

Swing and a miss, Nintendo.

Posted by RudeCubes

Can't wait for the new Sonic Cycle of

New game is announced, everyone is cautious because THEY WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN SEGA!!!
Press blasts and/or slams it in reviews because Sonic Hasn't Been Good Since The Genesis Why Don't They Just Remake Sonic 3 & Knuckles Screens and Videos are out, game actually looks alright, caution fades
Game is released, is revealed to be actually an alright game!

And repeat. First time i've seen tables used here I think!

Posted by damswedon

Mean Bean Machine!

Posted by SupberUber

Exclusive Sonic games is better than nothing. But not by much.

Posted by Maitimo

No coups or anything, but they could certainly have done worse.

Posted by Foil1212

Yeah! Columns! I love Columns!

Posted by TheKing

First time I've been underwhelmed by a Nintendo Direct. Guess they can't all be winners.

Edited by GorillaMoPena

To simulate the Game Gear experience you will have to charge the WiiU controller every hour.

Edited by Vance_Helsing

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Game Gear sucks so hard, it's not even funny.

Edited by trelution

I think Columns is the most interesting thing on this list. . . I think that is . . . sad?

Posted by oldenglishC

To simulate the Game Gear experience you will have to charge the WiiU controller every hour.

That function has been there since launch.

Edited by dropabombonit

Yeah nothing here is of interest to me and there was defiantly nothing announced that will help Nintendo sell the WiiU

Edited by sonicrift

I'm a pretty big Sonic Drift fan, so this is pretty great. You know, about 14 years ago, I even tried to use SonicDrift as my Battle.net username for StarCraft. It was in use already, so I ended up dropping a letter.

Around Christmas I scored some batteries from Dollarama and used 'em up in my olde Game Gear all playing G-LOC. I'm pretty excited to get that on my 3DS. I wasn't a fan of many of the Sonic games on GameGear beyond Triple Trouble and Chaos. I really don't recommend those Sonic games. For a portable Sonic game, I'd recommend finding Sonic Classics Collection for DS. Mean Bean Machine and Columns once held a special place in my heart, but I don't play puzzle games like that the way I did in the early 90s.

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