Sega shows their love for Nintendo at E3

SSCN4017Sega’s giant spinning Sonic the Hedgehog is tough to miss on the E3 Expo’s floor, which wrapped up on June 13.  Surprisingly, they didn’t have a lot to show off this year for home consoles, though they had big announcement just before the show kicked off.  The reports of third party publishers abandoning the Wii U are at least a little exaggerated.  In May, Sega and Nintendo announced an exclusive partnership for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.  The new agreement makes Nintendo consoles the top destination for Sonic games.  Luckily, Sega does have something pretty cool coming out for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s Playstation 3.

“Sonic Lost World” will be available exclusively for the Nintendo Wii later this year.  In the game, Dr. Eggman has harnessed the power of six creatures known as the Deadly Six, but when the Deadly Six rise up against their master, Sonic has to team up with his arch nemesis to take them on.  Using his dynamic new parkour moves and improved Color Powers, Sonic must run, jump and race through a variety of changing terrains in order to defeat them.  After a bit of hands on time, it seems that Sega has finally found a competent controls scheme for their lightning fast mascot in a 3D world.

Alongside the single player adventure, the Wii U and the slightly different Nintendo 3DS versions of “Sonic Lost World” will feature a range of competitive multiplayer modes.  Each platform will also contain distinctive features that take advantage of the consoles’ unique capabilities.  Exclusive Wii U Color Powers can be controlled with the Wii U GamePad by tilting, touching, and aiming.  The game will also feature an off screen mode, where it can also be played using only the GamePad screen.  “Sonic Lost World” will also feature a two player support mode where a player can use the GamePad to assist another player using a Wiimote.

Sega has also dug deep into their vault of Genesis games to re-imagine “Castle of Illusion.”  Designed by the creator of the original game, this all new one returns with a shiny new HD Mickey Mouse.  With all-new HD graphics and gameplay, “Castle of Illusion” brings Mickey and his world back to life in this magical Disney adventure.  A 2.5D platformer, the game really plays to Sega’s strengths.   Though challenging in an era of simplified gameplay, the gorgeous remake has plenty to offer.  The game will be available for download this summer for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

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