As part of their Nintendo Direct presentation that took place on Friday, May 17th, Nintendo discussed upcoming games for their Wii U video game console, including a partnership with a former rival.
During that presentation, it was announced by Nintendo that the company would be entering a partnership with former 1990s gaming rival, Sega, involving Sonic the Hedgehog.
Three Sonic games will be coming out of this partnership exclusively for Nintendo platforms.
One of these is Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The fourth installment in the successful Mario & Sonic Olympic series, this Wii U game will be released on a date to be announced. The game will feature a variety of winter-themed sports such as curling, skiing and figure skating with favorite characters from both franchises.
The second game, Sonic Lost World, will be a new “action platforming” game. More details on this game, coming to both Wii U and 3DS, will be released in or around the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The third game in the partnership has yet to be announced.
More details on New Super Luigi U, a new set of levels for New Super Mario Bros. U, were also revealed. The game will support multiplayer, have over 80 updated levels, and two different purchasing options. For $20, gamers who have New Super Mario Bros. U will be able to download the expansion in June. In August, for $30, it will have its own separate, boxed retail release.
In a Tweet released the same day, Nintendo of America says they will discuss other anticipated games like the new 3D Mario game, the popular fighting franchise Smash Brothers and the fantasy racer Mario Kart in a future Nintendo Direct before the start of E3.