New Sonic games are exclusive to Nintendo

The regular Nintendo Direct presentations traditionally bring a few surprises, but the most recent included something we never thought we’d see: Sega has signed an exclusive deal that will see the next Sonic the Hedgehog title arriving exclusively on Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.

Sonic: Lost World

Sonic: Lost World

The former rivals are putting their differences aside and teaming up to create Sonic: Lost World, an action-adventure platformer – expect more details on that one as we get closer to E3 next month.

…but wait, there’s more!

We can also expect a new game in the Mario & Sonic series – no more waiting for the Olympic Games!

The game includes a variety of sports including curling, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating pairs and snowboard slopestyle. Different events might use the Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii U GamePad or both.

As well as those more realistic pastimes, the game also throws you right into the worlds of either Mario or Sonic, to achieve some special moves not possible here on Earth. We’ve only got a handful of details on this one right now, but launch details will be confirmed “at a later date”.

The year of Luigi continues with the eagerly-anticipated New Super Luigi U. We knew about the 82 updated courses, but new playable multiplayer character Nabbit (who steals from Toad Houses) is a surprise.

More surprises were on the way though. We all thought the game was just DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U – but no! Starting July 27th, New Super Luigi U will be available as a standalone game that doesn’t require anything else to start playing.

New Super Luigi U

New Super Luigi U

Also on July 27th: Pikmin 3 finally appears, with new playable characters Alph, Brittany and Charlie taking over from Olimar. The Wonderful 101 from Platinum Games is due out a month later, on August 24, and we’re promised plenty more news in the leadup to that.

If you’re still hanging out for more Nintendo news – stay tuned: A new Nintendo Direct will be held “around the time of E3”, bringing more details on future Wii U content.

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