Alongside the announcement of Sonic: Lost World, Sega has announced another Nintendo exclusive Sonic game, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This new title in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series will provide more intuitive controls by implementing Wii Motion Plus. Certain events, such as curling, will even make use of the Wii U GamePad.
While the new entry in the franchise will be maintaining a number of the events from its previous Winter Olympics outing, new events, including snowboarding "slope-style" and figure skating, have also been added to the events roster. Dream events, events which take place in the game worlds of Sonic and Mario, will also be making a return in this game.
Sega has also confirmed that their Sonic the Hedgehog deal with Nintendo for Nintendo-exclusivity will cover three Sonic games, Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games being two of them.
Head past the jump to see the Sonic & Mario at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games trailer!
So say a new game has just been announced with a fancy new trailer and let's face it, you're hyped, but you decide not to pay attention to any new trailers or details for it because you know you're buying it day one regardless. After all you're a smart guy/gal and it's not like the trailer is going to lie and the game is actually bad, right?
Well now it's been over 2 years since it was announced and the game is just about to come out meaning it's probably already on The Pirate Bay. But you can't help but wonder if you should read up on it to see whether or not you should actually buy it and it boils down to one thing, should you go in clueless and blind or should you go in informed? You don't have a choice in The Starship Damrey.
The Starship Damrey throws you into its story with no tutorials, hints, or even any backstory. You are alone and have no idea where you are or what a single button on the 3DS does. It's an interesting concept, especially since this this makes almost every little plot detail a spoiler, but it also gives the game a heavy and mysterious feeling to it. It's a good game and well-worth trying, but sometimes I just wish I knew a bit more about what was going on, but considering its concept I suppose I'd prefer to still go in blind. I've done it before with games like Virtue's Last Reward and BioShock Infinite and was much more pleased than I was with other games I had been informed about like Lego City: Undercover, which is still a good game. So I want to know, do you prefer to go in blind when it comes to certain video goes or do you prefer being informed?
While Nintendo may not be holding a large-scale E3 conference this year, the Big N has promised that the company will be there on the show floor and delivering news through Nintendo Directs.
In it's NPD response today, Nintendo confirmed its E3 presence, and even gave fans an idea of what games they'll have to look forward to in June:
At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
I'd imagine that the Zelda games in question are likely The Wind Waker HD, but perhaps we could be pleasantly surprised with at least another brief mention of the new Zelda for the Wii U. Mario and Mario Kart for the Wii U seem to also be confirmed as appearing, as well as Smash Bros.
Personally, I'm the most excited about Smash Bros. being in attendance; hopefully they'll announce a new character or two, and possibly show us some screenshots or a trailer. Seeing more Zelda action will also be a perk.
UPDATE: Iwata's got some news for us:
It looks like we'll be seeing some Smash info a tad earlier than we thought; looks like Nintendo's intending to engulf the entire duration of E3 with constant announcements.
What are you looking forward to seeing at E3?
Nintendo and SEGA seem to be buddying up nicely as of late; in today's Nintendo Direct, Iwata announced that 13 games from the SEGA Game Gear handheld.
There's no word as of yet on the release date of the games, but they are supposed to be coming "soon".
For a rundown of the games, hop inside!
In today's Nintendo Direct, we got another look at Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which is set to release on 3DS on May 24th.
Nintendo has now released a new trailer for the game; in the trailer, the new items and levels for the game are shown, demonstrating how this is a new release that is worth an additional purchase. The game will feature life-saving green balloons and crash guards, portable DK barrels, and a new world of levels, each detailing a world from the Wii release.
Are you pumped for DK's premiere on 3DS?
Hop inside for the trailer!
In today's Nintendo Direct conference, Reggie had some big news to share with everyone about Nintendo's E3 strategy.
Reggie declared that this year, Nintendo will strive to make "E3 for the people"; to support this, he announced that Nintendo would be partnering with Best Buy to allow gamers across the US to access Nintendo's E3 demos at over 100 Best Buy stores.
This is a huge improvement for the common fan; rather than just watching or reading about the demo, we can actually try them out. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pumped. I'm going to have a tent set up in my Best Buy, so come visit if you like.
This news comes straight from today's Nintendo Direct; today, Iwata has announced that SEGA and Nintendo have entered an exclusive contract for Sonic the Hedgehog, meaning the little blue guy won't be on PS3 or Xbox now.
Next, Iwata also announced that Sonic: Lost World, which we posted about just this morning, is coming to Wii U and 3DS exclusively.
This is pretty big for Nintendo if you ask me!
The Wii U and 3DS Summer Showcase is upon us.
Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!
According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains SonicLostWorld.com and SonicLostWorlds.com.
This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?
To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?
Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer today for the latest installment in the Batman series of games, Batman: Arkham Origins, which is set to release on all major platforms on October 25th.
In the trailer, the Dark Knight encounters the villain Deathstroke, and the duo exchange blows. And...that's really it. The end of the video does promise a longer trailer on Monday, May 20, however, for those of you who aren't satisfied with this small glimpse.
Are you excited for Arkham Origins? I am; I played Arkham City on the Wii U when it came out. It was my first experience with the series, and I'm looking forward to more.
Hop inside for a look at the trailer!