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Sonic and the Black Knight (New Trailer)

I’m not sure if it’s just tricks my mind is playing on me, but it seems like there’s been a ton of Sonic and the Black Knight trailers popping up. More so than most games. I’m not complaining, but SEGA has released another trailer for Sonic and the Black Knight.

This video features some odd looking concepts. For a medieval setting, there looks to be dragons, dungeons, and other ‘Arthurian’ looking concepts. Of course, it then gets really weird, when I see laser powered rifles, pink knights, and electric rails.

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics (Official)

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics

Earlier this week, WiiBlog reported on an ‘unofficial’ announcement of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics. You can now turn the switch to ‘official’. SEGA has released a website, featuring a debut trailer, and has issued a press release.

Mario & Sonic, snowboarding, and balance board compatibility? I’m down…

TOKYO (February 12, 2009) – SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd today announced that two of the biggest video game heroes, Mario™ and Sonic™, will be coming together again, this time taking their rivalry to the snow and ice in another officially licensed Olympic-themed smash hit Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games™. Heading to stores late in 2009 on the Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS™, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms.

Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series to be revealed later this year. Following the phenomenal worldwide popularity of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, this fresh gaming experience will feature completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating with more events announced throughout the year.

Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers will enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game will offer an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Boardâ„¢ which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience.

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

“We are extremely happy to again team up with Nintendo and ISM on what promises to be another global success.” says Naoya Tsurumi, CEO, SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. “Sonic will partner with Mario once more beneath the spotlight of the legendary Olympic Games. Together they will face new athletic challenges that will provide gamers with more of the exciting experiences unique to this series.”

”SEGA has been a valued publishing partner of Nintendo for many years and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the ultimate representation of that relationship,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO, Nintendo of America. “We look for this game to continue the tradition its predecessor started by bringing new events, new characters, and new gameplay experiences to fans worldwide.”

“To once again have Mario and Sonic and friends compete in Olympic sports and events in a winter setting is tremendously exciting for the Olympic Movement and the millions of gamers worldwide who enjoyed the characters’ previous match up”, says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

Mario & Sonic Going To The Winter Olympics (Vancouver)

Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics

For the millions around the world that enjoyed playing the olympic events, in the smash-hit Mario & Sonic: At The Olympics should be excited. It’s been officially announced that a sequel will be released. Is anyone really surprised?

It’s really interesting to see how the success of Mario & Sonic: At The Olympics was shaped during its reign. The game sold well everywhere around the world, but really found its love in the UK. The Wii & DS version of Mario & Sonic: At The Olympics sold 1.2 million copies going into June 2008. It was also #5 on the Top 10 video game sales list for 2008, in the UK. SEGA has estimated that the title has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

All of this news of success has led to the ‘unofficial’ announcement of a Mario & Sonic Winter Olympics title. Dennis Kim, director licensing of SEGA did everything but come out and say “we’re making it” with this statement, “Last year, 2008, they had a very successful game using Mario and Sonic at the Beijing Games, as well as a multi-sport simulation type of game…That is what is being discussed and planned for Vancouver. We are feeling optimistic about sales because of the Beijing experience.”

So, there you have it. For those who were getting super excited about another Mario & Sonic olympic title can rest easy. I’m guessing that the game will be releasing early next year, or late this year as the Olympic games begin in February.

I’m pretty excited for this game actually. I’ll admit that I haven’t played the Mario & Sonic: Summer Olympics game, but that’s because I’m not really into the summer olympics. I try to watch the events, but beyond synchronized swimming I find most of the events dull. The winter olympics is a whole other beast though, as I enjoy most of the events. Specifically, bobsledding and hockey.

I think that the winter olympics make for a much more enjoyable gaming experience. You already have skiing, and snowboarding games so you know the recipe for success. Of course until we get a list of events, it’s all speculation as to what SEGA decides to include in the game. It will definitely be interesting to see if SEGA decides to add wheelchair curling to the mix.

[via: CVG]

Sonic Chaos and Snowboarding Hit Wii Shop Channel – 02/02/09

If you didn’t happen to live in Europe, or Russia then chances are you didn’t get to play Sonic Chaos on a console during the early 90′s. It was the first game to release that had Tails as a playable character. The game would eventually release on Game Gear for the US, and Japan but never saw a console debut. Until now.

If you’re a fan of Sonic, then it’s a definite download. If you already have Sonic 1&2 downloaded then you could easily look Sonic Chaos over. Or just find a copy of it on Game Gear.

Feb. 2, 2009

If you’ve got a taste for the eclectic, check out this lively lineup of additions to the Wiiâ„¢ Shop Channel. One new WiiWareâ„¢ title combines brisk winter sports with pulverizing power-ups, while another blends intuitive puzzle dynamics with various multiplayer options. Meanwhile, a classic Virtual Consoleâ„¢ game invites you to assume the role of a certain adventurous hedgehog. With diverse releases like these, players of all stripes are sure to find something they’ll love.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Pointsâ„¢ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare

Snowboard Riot™ (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): This snowboard racing and battle game can be enjoyed by multiple players and is compatible with the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. In an intense scramble for first place, guide your character down the slopes while snatching up items to attack and defend against rivals along the way. Up to four players can battle and participate in various ranking modes via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.

LONPOS (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Looking for a puzzle game that anyone can play, but still offers plenty to master? Look no further than LONPOS, with its straightforward premise and large variety of puzzles to solve. Each puzzle revolves around a rectangular playing field of 55 spaces. Using a set of 12 pieces, the goal is to place every piece into the playing field, filling it completely. The higher the level, the more pieces you’ll need to fit correctly into the playing field. Challenge yourself with two single-player modes or bring a friend to compete against or cooperate with. When you think your skills are worthy, use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to check out how you compare with other LONPOS players or download additional puzzles and backgrounds. (Router and broadband access required for online play. For more info, go to www.nintendo.com.)

Virtual Console

Sonic Chaosâ„¢ (SEGA MASTER SYSTEM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Play as Sonic or Tails in Sonic Chaos, which was originally made for the SEGA MASTER SYSTEM. Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik) has stolen the Red Chaos Emerald to create nuclear weapons. This has thrown the remaining Chaos Emeralds off balance, causing them to transport to a parallel universe. As a result, Sonic’s home, South Island, is sinking into the ocean. Speed through various levels in your crusade for the six Chaos Emeralds. Perform Strike Dashes and Super-Peel Outs as Sonic, or Spin Dash and Fly as Tails, and restore order in Sonic Chaos.

SEGA Looking To Corner The ‘Core’ Market

There are a few publishers, and developers I’ve really taken a notice to this past year. The first is Capcom. They’ve really taken their company to a whole new level compared to recent years past. Which is quite a feat, considering the state of the economy. Going into 2009, Capcom is releasing two brand new games based on their current running franchises (Resident Evil, and Street Fighter).

The other developer I’m watching keenly is SEGA. With what I consider four major releases in the first half of 2009, SEGA looks poised to have a strong year. MadWorld, The Conduit, Sonic & The Black Knight, and House of the Dead: Overkill are all releasing on the Wii under the SEGA name.

Looking at that lineup, there’s a good chance that I’ll be purchasing all of those games. Besides Punch-Out!, those four titles are what I’m looking forward to most in 2009 which is saying a lot considering all the games coming out this year.
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Sonic & The Black Knight TGS Trailer

Hmm, not sure what to make of this trailer. It definitely shows us some Sonic, and sword wielding gameplay. Whether that is a good thing is up to you (Sonic and swords makes me sigh personally)