Monday, September 8, 2014
SEGA hopes Sonic: Lost World will boost Wii U sales

SEGA hopes Sonic: Lost World will boost Wii U sales

The former console giant hopes to save a struggling console. Its once-rival company’s console. Poetic.

Speaking in the latest issue of MCV, SEGA Europe president Jurgen Post said that the console’s sluggish start “is a concern. But I certainly hope Sonic can help”.

The Lost World might just be our best Sonic game yet, it is one of the games that can help them. I saw Nintendo’s briefing at E3 and it has a very strong line-up of games for Wii U. I think it’s helping people think that things might change.”

Post even said that Sonic was a good fit for Nintendo’s consoles, despite their past rivalry in the console business.

“Historically, Sonic games have always sold very well on Nintendo platforms, so it’s a good fit. And Nintendo and SEGA have always worked together in a positive way – the first game Sonic debuted on after we stopped making hardware was a Nintendo platform.”

SEGA announced a three-title deal with Nintendo earlier this year, giving Nintendo the exclusive rights to publish and distribute three Sonic titles on its platforms. After Sonic: Lost World, winter’s Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will follow, along with an unannounced title.

SEGA’s top priority is delivering a great Sonic game, Post added.

“We started to make quality the number one priority. Even in the back catalogue: if we had Sonic games with low quality, or a bad Metacritic, we took them off the shelf. We focused on the core game – not offering all that back catalogue deals when a new game comes out. I think we’re seeing the results of that now.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed had good Metacritic scores last year and the last few years the Sonic games have had better and better reviews. We’re on the right track with Sonic.”

Sonic: Lost World launches exclusively on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on October 18.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the spiked blue thunder, and he has a special place in my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed Sonic Generations, and the limited-to-12k-pieces edition statue stands proudly on my shelf, joining the first and last Sonic. What’s your take on this Super Mario galaxy-inspired Sonic game? I’m picking it up on launch on my Wii U, just in case you wondered. And I’ve a good feeling it will indeed boost Wii U sales.

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