Sonic Lies Down With Mario In New Game

Sonic and Mario game coming soon. Really!

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Gaming's two biggest icons, Sonic and Mario, will co-star in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on the Wii and DS. Nope, it's not April Fool's Day yet, this comes straight from the SEGA.

So, what should we expect from what's probably the most historic title in gaming history? As you might expect from the name, the game pits characters from both franchises against each other in... the Olympics. Players will compete in events ranging from the 100-metre sprint, to swimming, to ping pong. For that added touch of realism that's so crucial for a Mario or Sonic game, the whole thing's set in the official venues of the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games , due out in time for Christmas, is being published by Nintendo in Japan and by SEGA in Europe and North America. The license comes courtesy of International Sports Media (ISM), the exclusive gaming licensee for the Olympic Games.

“Mario and Sonic have been respectful rivals since the early days of video games,” said Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto. “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?”

SPOnG reckons it already knows the answer to that, but something tells us the plumber plays a mean game of ping pong.

This is certainly an historic event. It's the first time a hedgehog and a plumber have joined together in the interests of sportsmanship and goodwill. With SEGA and Nintendo's partnership on this release, dare we hope for a platformer co-starring Sonic and Mario? If nothing else, SEGA seems to need a helping hand to rescue Sonic from its appalling next-gen offering.

So, one of the biggest gaming announcements in history comes just after a PS3 launch and on the same day as a new hardware announcement? Well, it could be a coincidence...


Svend Joscelyne 28 Mar 2007 10:39
What the... hell..? This might turn out to be... odd.
I agree that if anything though, Nintendo will pretty much bring back some dignity to Sonic.
OptimusP 28 Mar 2007 11:30
Sonic in SSB Brawl confirmed!
I can see a new glorious age coming allready
Mario and Sonic goes fishing
Mario and Sonic go karting
Mario and Sonic goes gangbanging Cream and Peach

aaaaaaaah, bliss
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majin dboy 28 Mar 2007 11:49
lol,u sick f**k.
headcasephil 28 Mar 2007 12:35
its sounds abit like a Friendly sega vs nintendo / megadrive vs snes it be cool if thay were to have a beatem up in there
madjo 28 Mar 2007 13:28
phil c wrote:
its sounds abit like a Friendly sega vs nintendo / megadrive vs snes it be cool if thay were to have a beatem up in there

Sonic would soo kick Mario's A$$. :P
Wow, what a flashback to the nineties.
Joji 28 Mar 2007 16:08
I think this one may happen. Should be cool, kind of like Hypersports back in the day. It about time Sega gave us an alternative to Virtua Athlete.

Guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.
LUPOS 28 Mar 2007 17:31
Joji wrote:
It about time Sega gave us an alternative to Virtua Athlete.

Decathalete was the best game evAr!!1

I'm actually not a SSB fan at all but sonic fighting mario would cinche it for me.

As for future outings, a DS platformer with sonic Mario tag team action, like sonic heroes without the suck, would be f**king fantastic and I would play it till my eyes bled.

The one thing that sucked about New Super Mario Bros what that most of the powerups where useless through most of the game. Sonic rush was great but it just felt more... the same. Mixing the power ups and new found athleticism of Mario with sonics speed and high flying could potentially yield an amazing 2D platformer.

Fire flower + sonic spin boost = flaming wheel of death!

[/nerd dream]
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