Rumor: Could Sumo Digital be teasing Sonic VS Mario Kart?

Over on twitter, some of the developers from Sumo Digital seem to be talking about how they will follow up Sonic Racing Transformed. Take a look below:?


I honestly think it would be wonderful if Sonic were to appear in Mario Kart. But I think Mario Kart should go the way of Smash Brothers and let other characters be in it. Mario Kart is starting to get a bit stale in my opinion, even if Mario Kart 7 is a really great game. I seriously can’t wait for E3, some megatons are coming our way for sure.

Nintendo Direct May 17th – Press Release

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

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The next title in SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii U home console and Nintendo 3DSportable 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.

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 http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. 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 $29.99.
  • 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 http://iwataasks.nintendo.com.
  • 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:
    • Columns
    • 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 newAnimal 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.

Nintendo Direct May 17, 2013

I will be updating this post with the contents of the Nintendo Direct conference, also with a link to the recording later on

  • Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games for Wii U (due out 2014)
  • Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U!!! Due out August 8th (Japan) <–WHAAAA o_o
  • Nintendo has entered into a worldwide partnership with SEGA (OMG O_O!)
  • Sonic Lost Worlds announced for exclusively for Wii U & 3DS, new action adventure platformer
  • More SEGA GameGear games for the 3DS Virtual Console
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons will be released May 30th and be priced at $5 for 3 weeks after launch
  • The Wonderful 101 headed to Europe August 23rd, North America September 15th
  • New Super Luigi U being released as DLC and at retail. You can play as Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, and Nabbit, no Mario. Nintendo eShop on June 20th as DLC ($20), retail at August 25th ($30).
  • Pikmin 3 headed to Europe on July 26th.
  • Nintendo announces partnership with Best Buy to play unreleased Wii U Games during E3 bringing the games to the consumers directly

That’s all for the Nintendo Direct.

Sonic Generations GET!

Well Sonic Generations finally sped its way to my door this morning since Amazon offered Release Date Delivery for the game! Right now I am still playing Solatorobo however, so I’ll have to just pick one of my new games to start playing next! 🙂

Shinobi 3DS trailer


I have to admit, when this game was first revealed in screenshot form I was not impressed at all and thought the graphics just looked terrible. It just looked like another shovelware game, but it turns out that I was wrong. After watching this video my opinion about Shinobi has changed considerably and I may have to check out this game once it is released.

Yakuza: Dead Souls coming to North America March 2012!

SEGA has finally confirmed that their shooting take on the Yakuza franchise will be headed stateside in March 2012!

You can see screenshots, boxart, and more here!

I am really excited for this game, hopefully the controls are fixed for the western release as I heard from people who imported the Japanese version that it was kind of crummy. I am really glad that Shun Akiyama is returning, I love that guy he is just so awesome!

Operation G.H.O.S.T. – a sequel to Ghost Squad


That soundtrack really reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon opening from the ’90s. I wonder if this will come to the game consoles at all?

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure announced by SEGA


We’re pleased to announce Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. In Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure, players are immersed in the mysterious rhythmic adventure in the city of Paris, recreated in stunning 3D vision on Nintendo’s new handheld console. Pump up the tempo in early 2012 with the most mysterious musical adventure to hit the Nintendo 3DS yet.

“Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure blends rhythm, puzzles and a compelling story set in one of the world’s most exciting cities in a way that has never been seen before,” says Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “This unique blend makes creative use of the Nintendo 3DS’ technology, offering an engaging, challenging and most importantly fun experience throughout.”

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure sees players enter the secret life of Raphael, infamous among Parisians as an honorable thief for stealing famous works of art, only to return it days later. Dive into Raphael’s world and help him find the Wristlet of Tiamat to unmask the mystery behind his father’s disappearance. While unraveling the truth, players will encounter an assortment of different rhythm challenges to master. Tap the screen, swipe the stylus and control the gyro to the beat of the music to maneuver Raphael through the unique streets of Paris, brought to life by stylish animations and vibrant 3D maps and landscapes.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure offers a unique enjoyable single player experience, as well as toe-tapping multiplayer and uses StreetPass. Unearth the clues hidden behind treasures scattered around Paris, call on your sense of rhythm and use all your puzzle solving skills to help Raphael get to the bottom of the mystery.

See more artwork and screens from Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure on our Flickr.

Rhythm Phantom Thief R footage


SEGA’s upcoming Rhythm/Adventure game that plays like Layton and includes rhythm gaming is set to release in Japan sometime this year. This first footage reminds me a bit of the IDOLM@STER series of games and also of Rhythm Heaven. It’ll be interesting to learn more about this game soon enough.

Sonic Anniversary – Through the Ages video


A nice trailer showing Sonic through the ages. Although it only tries to show the main games in the series instead of all the spin-off games. Can’t wait to pick this up for PS3 & 3DS this holiday season!