Nintendo has signed a deal with SEGA that will see the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS the exclusive home of the next three Sonic the Hedgehog games. The first game comes out later in the year, titled “Sonic: Lost World”. This pretty much means meas that all you Sonic fans will need to go out and buy a Wii U (don’t worry, there are plenty to go around).
Another Sonic game, though outside the deal, will be another for the Mario & Sonic series of Olympic-related games – this time covering the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The SEGA deal comes after news suggests that EA – which promised previously to deliver on an “unprecedented partnership” with Nintendo – may have dumped the console. Kotaku reports that the company has no games in development for the Wii U. In a statement, “We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.” However, the company did not rule out EA’s chances of returning again to Wii U development.
That said, it’ll probably wait and see whether or not the numbers could be improved to justify developing a port.
While EA has launched several of its games (mostly ports) really early on with the Wii U’s launch, the fact that it has no games in development should worry Nintendo. Why? The main problem for the Wii U is the lack of content available. Most of the content are either late ports of games already out, or from Nintendo itself.
Other announcements from its Nintendo Direct announcement include:
- Super Luigi U will be available as an additional DLC on June 21, and as a packaged version without the need of Super Mario Bros U on July 27 for a RRP of $59.95. The game features 82 updated courses, and a new multiplayer character called Nabbit.
- The Wonderful 101, by Platinum Games, comes out on August 24
- Pikmin 3 comes to Australia and New Zealand on July 27
- Game & Wario launches in Australia and New Zealand on June 29, and will include 16 games that use the GamePad.
- Resident Evil Revelations launches on the Nintendo eStore and retail outlets on May 23.