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Mario & Sonic In The Same Game

Posted on Wednesday, March 28 @ 15:57:51 PST by Duke_Ferris
Ten years ago I would have said it could never happen, but thanks to Sega's sagging fortunes, gaming's two most famous mascots will be joining forces.

Since the demise of the demise of the Dreamcast, one of the best and most under-rated consoles ever, Sonic has been zooming from platform to platform. Sure, they competed for years, but this marks the first time that the Sega troop (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, etc) will be directly facing the Nintendo icons (Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, etc). As Sega put it: "Pigs have flown…Hell has frozen over…and Steven Seagal has won the Academy Award!!!"

Of course, Sonic's recent games have all been pretty bad, while Mario's can pretty much always be counted on for quality. Whether this title ends up winning the gold, or just an entry in the Special Olympics remains to be seen. But give me a break, Mario, you're not going to beat Sonic in a running race. Throw a turtle shell at him or something.

Full press release you never thought you'd read here:

Legendary Icons Appear Together for the First Time in Video Game History

TOKYO(March 28, 2007) – SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co. Ltd. today made a historical announcement that two of the biggest icons in the entertainment industry, Mario™ and Sonic™, are joining forces to star in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Developed for the Wii™ video game system and the Nintendo DS™ system, this momentous agreement marks the first time these two renowned stars have appeared together in a game.

Published by SEGA across Europe and North America, and published by Nintendo in the Japanese market, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be available for Holiday 2007 and is licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events that take place in environments based on the official venues of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  Using a supporting cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, gamers will be able to compete as or against a range of lovable personalitiesincluding Mario, Sonic, Luigi™, Knuckles™, Yoshi®, Tails™ and more.  Innovative usage of the Wii and DS control systems to maneuver a favorite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, engage in exhilarating rallies in table tennis and churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after gold medal.

“We are thrilled to partner with Nintendo and ISM on this groundbreaking title,” said Hisao Oguchi, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEGA Corporation.  “For the first time, two of the world’s greatest games’ characters come together to compete in the world’s greatest sporting event and we couldn’t be more excited.”

“Mario and Sonic have been respectful rivals since the early days of video games,” says Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director and General Manager, Entertainment Analysis and Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd.. “In fact, for a long time they have been discussing the possibility of one day competing against each other.  Now that they have been given the perfect opportunity to meet at the Olympic Games, we may finally learn who is actually faster, Mario or Sonic?”

 “The Olympic Games represent the true spirit of competition and passion,” said Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ISM.  “Bringing together intensely competitive and fun characters like Mario and Sonic in an Olympic setting helps showcase the sports of the Olympic Games in a new and compelling way for all generations.”

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