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Sega Announces Sonic Lost World: Deadly Six Bonus Edition for Pre-order

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Sega is offering a bonus edition of Sonic Lost World with content based on the cult classic, NiGHTS into Dreams. This content will come in the form of DLC, which will be redeemable by a special code included with the game.

Those lucky enough to snatch a copy of this bonus edition will be treated with a DLC exclusive level, exclusive boss battles with the Deadly Six inspired by NiGHTS into Dreams.

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Sonic: Lost World Debut Trailer

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IGN has just posted an exclusive Sonic: Lost World Debut Trailer, and things are looking good for the hedgehog. This trailer mixes cut-scenes and gameplay, showcasing a brand new experience for Sonic the Hedgehog fans. It looks like Nintendo may have some influence over this title, as the worlds look similiar to those in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D Land, of course, the game is also reminiscent of the cancelled Sonic X-treme.

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Press Release: Nintendo Seals Exclusive Partnership with Sega on Upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog Games

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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., 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.

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
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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 and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Nintendo Partnering with Sega to Bring Three Sonic the Hedgehog Games Exclusively to Nintendo Hardware

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced they will be partnering with Sega to bring three Sonic the Hedgehog games to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The first title, Sonic Lost World, is Sega’s newest platformer starring the blue hedgehog, and will come exclusively to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Not much else is known about Sonic Lost World, but there is a pretty image to look at above, and information will be shared during E3 2013.

Secondly, Mario and Sonic will team up once again in another Olympic extravaganza. This game will be based on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Of course, it will be called Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and is coming to Wii U.

Nintendo Reveals Incoming Sega Game Gear Lineup for the Virtual Console

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Nintendo has announced a lot of Sega Game Gear titles set for release on the 3DS Virtual Console soon. This list includes the following titles:

  • 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

Sega to Release Thirteen Games During the Next Fiscal Year

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Sega just released financial statements for their fiscal year which ended on March 31, 2013. These statements also include a forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Throughout the second quarter of that year, Sega plans to release at least three new games for the Wii U, while the total for the year will end up being seven Wii U games.

In addition to Wii U titles, Sega also plans to release six new games for the Nintendo 3DS, bringing their total output to 13.

No specifics were given in the forecast, so there’s no way of knowing if any of these titles will be Nintendo eShop games.

Will there be a Sonic the Hedgehog title included amongst those thirteen games? Can fans expect Bayonetta 2 to be among the bunch, or will Sega revive an older, more obscure franchise? My guess is that Sega will likely shed some light at E3 2013.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Update is Live

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This patch went live on Wednesday and fixes a lot of issues that gamers were having with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Below you will find the issues that were fixed with this latest patch:

Networking

• Vehicle collisions in online races handle high latency much better.
• X360 – Increased timeouts to allow for less network errors.
• Rating reset issues should be resolved.
• -100 Rating Penalty for players who quit races intentionally (even for router resets).
• Starlight Carnival – Road shader adjusted to prevent ‘driving in the sky’ issue.
• Super pick-ups in arenas should work in all cases now.
• Rare issue leaving players unable to return to lobby addressed.

Difficulty

• Tuned the difficulty of Traffic Attack, Ring Race, and certain Race events in World Tour.
• Corrected certain traffic attack gates not giving you extra time.
• Made the ‘Skip event after 3 failed events?’ option appear on all difficulties.

Achievements

• Team Sonic – Made achievable in local gameplay so this is easier to get.
• Yokozuna – No longer unlocks when you only beat Sunshine Tour Expert Ghost.
• ‘Beat someone 500 points higher than you’ sticker no longer awarded unless criteria met.
• ‘Meteor Strike’ No longer triggers incorrectly.

Misc

• Time Attack – Multiple exploit fixes.
• Online play – Multiple exploit fixes.
• Co-op swap weapon slot now allows you to swap if you already have a weapon.
• Improved front end leaderboard caching.
• In-games triggers now handle physics tunnelling better for very fast players.
• incorrect HUD showing ‘Lap 2’ cases addressed.
• Improved motion controls for Wii-U
• Favourite character in license no longer incorrect.
• Hot-Rod physics effect in Arena’s clamped.
• Occasionally being able to drive through Swarm attacks corrected.

Audio
• Announcer should now say correct finishing position in high latency games
• All-Star music volume level corrected
• Reverb effects removed when audio disabled.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Contact Trailer – Extended Cut

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Coming to Nintendo 3DS Next Week

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SEGA’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Nintendo 3DS will finally reach retail stores next week in North America. If you haven’t already picked this game up for another console, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Nintendo 3DS may be of interest to you. There will be StreetPass challenges, 24 playable characters (with Mii characters making it 25), and over 20 tracks to explore.

A limited edition will be available at launch for a limited time which will include some bonus content. In this limited edition, you will receive Metal Sonic as a playable character, his vehicle and mod pack, Outrun Bay Run track, plus stickers for your in-game license.

Also, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will feature 8-player download play when it launches on February 12, 2013.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines – Survivor Trailer

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Survivor is a new multiplayer mode being introduced in Aliens: Colonial Marines. As a marine, it is your goal to survive against an onslaught of Xenos.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be available for Wii U on February 12, 2013.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Wii U Trailer

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed may be the definitive experience on Wii U. There are tons of cool features only possible on the console including the rear-view mirror, gameplay on the Wii U GamePad, and the five player split-screen and exclusive multiplayer modes.

Sega has done what seems to be a excellent job crafting this title and the Wii U version just may be the one to buy.

Top 20 Sonic the Hedgehog Zones

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This list was initially created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The idea was to go through each Sonic game and pick out my favourite zones. Well, last year I played through 52 zones spanning the classic Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and Sega CD games. Out of those 52 zones, I managed to narrow this list down to 20. It was grueling to replay each game, but now I can proudly present you the Top 20 Sonic the Hedgehog Zones

20 – Jungle Zone – Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System)

This is a great zone for many reasons. First, it has an incredibly upbeat song worthy of any Sonic game; however, the jungle setting is its real strength. Sega was able to include many neat obstacles for Sonic to overcome in this zone, such as rolling logs, vines, and even waterfalls. My favourite aspect of this Zone is climbing the gigantic waterfall in Act 2. It’s a standout stage because it offers great platforming during your vertical ascent. Yes, this is a change of pace for Sonic, but the design is honestly a lot of fun and challenging, not to mention the cool waterfall backdrop. Sonic even fights Robotnik high above the jungle, which is also a nice touch. Read more

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