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March 28, 2007

The day Hell froze over

Filed under: Cool stuff, DS Lite, Gaming, Mario, Nintendo, Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog, Wii, WTF — Daniel @ 6:49 pm

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Don’t you love that feeling you get when good yet totally unexpected things just hit you from out of nowhere? Like today for example, I was just minding my own business, surfing the ‘net, when suddenly, I was smacked in the face by Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games.

15 years ago, the idea of Mario and Sonic being in the same game together was unthinkable. People used to argue for hours on end over which was better: Nintendo or Sega? Mario or Sonic? Heck, wars have been started over lesser disagreements.

Official press release:

SEGA AND NINTENDO JOIN FORCES FOR MARIO & SONIC AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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 personalities including 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.”

For further information on this title please visit www.sega-press.com for Europe and the SEGA FTP for America at: http://segapr.segaamerica.com.

…and then life as we knew it exploded.

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2 Comments »

  1. Yeah, it’s kind of hard to believe those two are gonna be in a game. Then again, it’s not that hard for me to see that since I haven’t played a Mario game in quite a long time; I know I was quite obsessed with Super Mario World and the cartoons back in the early 90s;

    Comment by Tony Montana — March 28, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

  2. Dude, I like…totally..cannot believe that you commented on my site…like hell really has frozen over, man.:)

    Comment by Tony Montana — April 6, 2007 @ 6:18 pm


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