Mario & Sonic: Just What 3DS Needs
The former rivals turned friends are set to make November the biggest month yet for Nintendo's 3DS.
That's quite the formidable combination, but don't forget about Sonic Generations.
Yes, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version sped to retailers November 1. The 3DS game, meanwhile, needed more time to cook, and will therefore appear on shelves November 22.
Suffice to say, this one two punch of Mario and Sonic could be just what Nintendo needs to propel its system to record setting sales figures, just in time for PlayStation Vita's December 17 and February 22 launches in Japan and the U.S./Europe, respectively.
Super Mario 3D Land is, as expected, yet another masterpiece. The jury's still out on Sonic Generations, but a recent build, handed to us while visiting Sega in October, was fast, fluid and one heck of a fun time. Unless the later stages blow (a real possibility), this could be a wonderful follow up to the Sonic Advance and Sonic Rush games.
Then, February 14, the duo join forces in the promising Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Although Sega's been a third party publisher for quite some time, part of us still refuses to believe Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario coexist. During the 90s, Sega did whatever it took to convince consumers to ditch Nintendo and its SNES for the Genesis and even Game Gear, with some brutal commercials that poked fun at Mario for being such a slow poke compared to Sonic.
It was a bit awkward, since kids had trouble affording both 16-bit consoles and wound up choosing sides. Actually, one could make a convincing argument that Sega's marketing campaign created (or at least sprayed a tanker full of gasoline on) the fan boy phenomenon, at least where it pertains to video games. You were either Mario or Sonic, SNES or Genesis, and the other side was just dumb.
Now we have the best of both worlds on one tiny handheld. On one side of the spectrum sits Mario, casually jogging through the Mushroom Kingdom. The other? Sonic, blazing a trail through Green Hill Zone and other famous locations that hark back to our youth.
Bottom line, it's a wonderful time to be a gamer, and we can't wait to enjoy both titles on the go.