Mario And Sonic Team Up For The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
by Billy Berghammer
POSTED: 3/28/2007 10:31 AM
ell has officially frozen over as Mario and Sonic will team up for a new title for the Wii and Nintendo DS. Getting ready for next year's Summer Olympics, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be released for both the Wii and Nintendo DS this Holiday season. The title will be published by Sega in North America and Europe and by Nintendo in Japan.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, players will compete in events in environments based on the venues in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The cast will include Mario and Sonic and their friends, which will pit Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more against each other in a variety of events. Olympic events will include such staples as running on a 100m track, table tennis, and swimming.
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?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