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Mario and Sonic Have a Valentine's Day Date

Posted by James Newton

Look away, kids

SEGA's continuing to support the 3DS strongly with an array of new and revamped games, and the famous publisher has just rubber-stamped release dates for some of its games due in the coming months.

Here's the full list:

Shinobi — 11th November (Europe), 15th November (North America)
Sonic Generations — 22nd November (North America), 25th November (Europe)
CRUSH3D — 10th January 2012 (North America), 13th January 2012 (Europe)
Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games — 10th February 2012 (Europe), 14th February 2012 (North America).

As you can see, the big news is that old rivals Mario and Sonic are putting aside their differences for a Valentine's Day get-together in North America, and CRUSH3D has been brought forward by a month as well.

Will SEGA be seeing any of your 3D money on these titles?

SEGA’S BLOCKBUSTER GAMES TO HIT NINTENDO 3DS

Release Dates Confirmed for Shinobi™, Sonic Generations™, CRUSH™3D and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (Oct 27th, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are delighted to announce final release dates of several highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS™ titles. Coming out this year and early 2012 each of these exciting new titles have been specifically designed for the Nintendo 3DS experience and feature favourite classic SEGA characters as well as brand new heroes.

Shinobi™ is the long anticipated return of the fan favourite series and includes the classic side-scrolling action gameplay players have loved since the original. Coming to stores in Europe on 11th November 2011 and 15th November for North America, Shinobi introduces several exciting new features such as StreetPass™ and a large assortment of achievements and challenges to unlock.

SEGA’s much loved mascot Sonic the Hedgehog™ makes his way onto Nintendo 3DS for the very first time as part of the celebrations for his 20th anniversary. Speeding through many levels designed exclusively for the Nintendo system, Sonic Generations™ allows fans to play as both Classic and Modern Sonic across a range of iconic and memorable levels – all re-imagined for a completely new experience. Sonic Generations for Nintendo 3DS launches on 22nd November in North America and 25th November across Europe.

CRUSH™3D, the critically acclaimed puzzle platformer game, redesigned for Nintendo 3DS will hit stores on 10th January 2012 for North America and 13th January for Europe. Help Danny solve brain-teasing puzzles by ‘crushing’ your way from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional world and back again with the touch of a button.

And finally, the record-breaking duo of Mario and Sonic join forces for the first time ever on the Nintendo 3DS with the eagerly anticipated launch of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™. The much loved pair head to stores on 10th February 2012 across Europe and 14th February 2012 in North America and are sure to continue their formidable partnership for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Bringing a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ for the Nintendo 3DS contains over 50 original Olympic Games themed events for players to compete in for a coveted gold medal!

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User Comments (16)

Blaze

#3

Blaze said:

I'll be getting Sonic Generations and Shinobi for Christmas, along with Pokemon Rumble Blast. I doubt I'll be picking up Crush 3D, and I might look into Mario and Sonic at the London Games as long as it isn't just madly swiping the stylus like the last two were, because I don't want to mess up my touch screen with loads of scratches.

misswliu81

#5

misswliu81 said:

good to see SEGA supporting the 3DS. i know that many nintendo console owners are sitting on the fence with SEGA and insisting their current games aren't as good as their classic titles. but their support for the 3DS is very encouraging.

hopefully, rhythm thief will get a european release date soon as well. :-)

Linkstrikesback

#6

Linkstrikesback said:

I'll probably be getting all 4 of these within the next 12 months. I expect sonic generations for christmas, probably getting mario and sonic near launch, and iI'll be waiting for reviews/prices for shinobi and crush 3d, but they both have my intrest so far :)

@5 Yeah, can't wait for Rhythm theif either. Sega sure has a lot more varied support than other 3rd parties (that I know of anyway)

GARF13LD

#7

GARF13LD said:

Will be picking up all of these except Mario and Sonic, that game only ever interested me on the Wii. I will pick up Shinobi and Sonic maybe in the new year after a price drop, but CRUSH3D will be a day one pick up for me, I like the look of the videos I have seen and I am keen for some new IP's.

Azooooz

#8

Azooooz said:

Ooooohhh, SEGA will sing Money Money Money in November with these titles.

Mr_Reece

#9

Mr_Reece said:

Bring on Sonic Generations! I've already succumbed to the fact that I'll be getting the 3DS version along with the Xbox 360 version. It's going to be a very Sonic-y winter for yours truly.

FonistofCruxis

#11

FonistofCruxis said:

I might get Sonic generations at some point but the Sega 3DS game I'm most anticipating is Rhythm thief and the emperor's treasure. I wonder when that will come out.

Punny

#12

Punny said:

Forget Peach! Sonic is the only one for Mario! MarioXSonic FTW!!!!
You did say that they had a Valentine's Day Date...

Robo-goose

#13

Robo-goose said:

@Collision_Cat & @PunnyGuy
"Sonic glanced back at Mario shyly, but happily, for he knew that Mario's love for him was as strong as the roaring tide. He just blushed, and sweetly said 'I love you.'
It was then that Mario and Sonic knew they would never be separated by any force in the universe.
No matter what happened, they would always be together...
They had many babies."

I added quotation marks because I'm sure someone on FA already has that in one of their many MarioXSonic fan-fics.
I'm going to go take a bath now.

eviLaTtenDant

#14

eviLaTtenDant said:

Hey ! The release dates are even in order of my anticipation. However i'll stay cautious and wait for reviews on the games. The price i'm willing to pay depends on how good they seem to me then. But it's nearly certain i'll only get M&S for a budget price. Hoping the other three will be so good that i'll gladly pay the full price for 'em.

misswliu81 wrote:

hopefully, rhythm thief will release everywhere.

Fixed that for you. ;)

BlueBandanaJake

#15

BlueBandanaJake said:

Hey Sega... you know how Capcom kinda dropped the ball and everyone is feeling like they're missing out on some high flying sky pirating adventures?? Maybe they were really hoping for an older property to finally make a triumphant return? Dont you have something like that to kinda fill the void (and totally cash in on someone else's mistake)? Hmm...???

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