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Get Ready for More 3D Sonics: Sega Will Invest Heavily in 3DS

Posted by James Newton

Console is "landmark hardware" says Sega top man

Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham recently spoke out saying he believed Western third-parties would get behind the 3DS after being put off by the lack of success on DS and now, from the other side of the world, Japanese giant Sega has confirmed its intentions to support 3DS fully.

Speaking to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Sega's CCO Naoya Tsurumi pledged the company's backing for the new machine, due to be unveiled at E3 in just three weeks.

I believe 3D will become a big wave. The Nintendo 3DS is a landmark hardware. We'd like to invest heavily in it.

Undoubtedly this opens up the way for plenty of Sonic titles, but Sega will certainly be investing in new IP for the upcoming machine, hopefully paving the path for some titles as original as the DS's Project Rub series.

If Sega has any titles to show off at E3 in June, you can read all about them here at Nintendo Life as we'll be bringing you all the news from the showfloor during the conference.

[via andriasang.com]

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User Comments (16)

RyuZebian

#2

RyuZebian said:

Yaays! Project Rub really was awesome! If they can copy the concept and style and make it bigger, better and with +1 dimension, that would be great! :)

Ryon

#3

Ryon said:

oh god i hope not for a Sonic 3d Blast 2. the first game gave me motion sickness.

but regardless... i think sega should put there funds into a damn HD machine! a Dreamcast 2!

oh well. i'm down.

Wolfcoyote

#4

Wolfcoyote said:

@Jumbif: perhaps something akin to the unreleased Sonic Xtreme but with the special stages from the Saturn version of 3D Blast? That may be a little more popular with gamers than the isometric original.

To be honest, the music and the special stages of the Saturn version made the game top-notch, but the controls, the isometric view and the gameplay were the reasons why many people still disliked it. Looking towards the future, if this means more Sonic 4-like games then that would be good enough. Less gimmicks, more gameplay.

kevohki

#5

kevohki said:

Hopefully Sega will actually revive good, forgotten series for the 3DS like Ristar, Vectorman, Shining Force, and Streets of Rage along with new IPs instead of just making more crappy games featuring a certain mascot that needed to be put down ages ago.

The_Fox

#8

The_Fox said:

"Console is landmark hardware says Sega top man"

Because if there's anyone that knows about winning hardware, it's Sega.
LOL

Knux

#11

Knux said:

Most 3D Sonic games have been either medicore or awful. The only 3D Sonic game I enjoyed was Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. So more 3D Sonic games most likely equals shovelware on the 3DS. Hopefully Sega can develop a good game on the 3DS, whether it's Sonic, one of their other IPs, or something original.

CorbsAdmin

#12

Corbs said:

I have to admit, the more I think about Sonic Colors, the more excited I get about seeing it at E3. But having Sega on 3DS is a good thing. I can't wait to see what they do with the unit's capabilities. :)

Slapshot

#13

Slapshot said:

I hope you are right Corbie! Sega has definatley stepped it up recently big time, so maybe they can pull off some crazy arcade action we love on the system.

WildPidgeyAppears

#14

WildPidgeyAppears said:

Well, Secret Level went bankrupt so thankfully they can't farm games out to them now. I hope they get a third party that knows what it's doing to make some games this time.

jangonov

#15

jangonov said:

Keep in mind that sega is producing a lot of games these days (conduit, madworld, etc) so there is a good chance that sega backing the 3DS means other developers making things as well

YoshiSage

#16

YoshiSage said:

"Hopefully Sega will actually revive good, forgotten series for the 3DS like Ristar, Vectorman, Shining Force, and Streets of Rage along with new IPs instead of just making more crappy games featuring a certain mascot that needed to be put down ages ago."

OH GOD THIS. Seriously SEGA, enough with the Sonic. Sure, I won't mind a couple of 3D Sonics on the 3DS (Good 3d Sonics), but can we please do something for the forgotten series? You know, the ones that were BETTER than Sonic?

kevohki, as much as you and I both would love to see this happen, I doubt it would. Other SEGA franchises just are not recognizable to those stupid kids that SEGA keeps marketing to, ruining the fun for the rest of us.

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