"SEGA’s mission is to publish fun and entertaining games for people wherever and whenever they want to play," said Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America. “For some titles like The Golden Compass we’ll provide a compelling and similar game experience across all the major systems, and for other games like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games or NiGHTS we create specific gameplay unique to the capabilities of a platform like the Wii or DS. And with Universe at War we are leading the pack as the first third-party publisher to announce a game that takes advantage of cross platform play between an Xbox 360 and Windows. We are proud to show the world all of these games and more this week at E3."
Here's the low down on this years E3 showcase from Sega:
Bleach: Shattered Blade™ (Wii) & Bleach: The Blade of Fate™ (DS) – Release: Fall 2007
The award-winning Bleach™ anime series, currently featured on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, is coming to the Wii and Nintendo DS this fall. Timed with the launch of the highly-anticipated second season, gamers will get to experience the cinematic, sword fighting action of Bleach: Shattered Blade on the Wii and Bleach: The Blade of Fate on the DS. The series follows the life of a 15-year-old boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who is able to see spirits and becomes a Soul Reaper with supernatural powers.
Ghost Squad™ (Wii) – Release: Holiday 2007
SEGA's top-grossing light gun game from 2005, Ghost Squad, comes to the Wii system and replicates the excitement of the arcade experience in your home for 1-4 players. The Ghost Squad is a Special Forces unit established in strict secrecy by the U.N. to combat terrorism and carry out special highly-classified missions without leaving a trace. As an elite member of the Ghost Squad, players will complete dangerous missions such as eliminating terrorist groups, releasing hostages, deactivating bombs, and even rescuing the U.S. President when terrorists hijack Air Force One. Using the Wii Remote™, players will utilize revolutionary selectable weapons including a high-powered rifle, submachine gun and shotgun, or even engage in hand-to-hand combat.
The Golden Compass™ (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, DS, PSP, Mobile) – Release: December 2007
Immerse yourself in the magical world of The Golden Compass, the upcoming video game based on the highly anticipated new film from New Line Cinema. It is a world where witches fly through frozen skies, giant armored bears fight to defend their kingdom and where sinister Gobblers kidnap children and carry them to a frozen wasteland. And it is a world of intense danger and amazing adventure for the rebellious Lyra Belacqua, her animal daemon, Pan, and a giant and powerful bear named Iorek. Together they embark on an epic journey of action, exploration, collaboration and discovery.
Iron Man™ (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PC, DS, PSP) – Release: Spring 2008
Marvel and SEGA bring this invincible armored hero to theaters and video game platforms in 2008. Iron Man, one of Marvel’s most indestructible crime fighters, is blasting onto video game platforms and the big screen next year. Armed with a high-tech suit and a variety of weapons, the player will take on entire armies on constantly evolving and chaotic battlefields. The epic, action-packed Marvel Studios production will be directed by John Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. Thrilling sequences from the film will be featured in this third-person action game, immersing the player in the explosive militaristic combat with loads of additional content created exclusively for the game.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games™ (Wii, DS) - Release: Holiday 2007
Two of the most beloved icons in the world, Mario™ and Sonic™, are joining forces to star in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Developed exclusively for the Wii video game system and the Nintendo DS system, this momentous agreement marks the first time these two renowned stars will appear together in a game.
Featuring an all-star cast of characters from the amazing worlds of both Mario and Sonic, players will be able to compete as or against a range of familiar characters including Mario, Sonic, Luigi™, Knuckles™, Yoshi®, Tails™ and more. Innovative usage of the Wii and DS control systems to maneuver your favorite character will allow players to race the likes of Mario and Sonic down the 100m track, leap over the high jump or churn water in a swimming heat, all while competing for the much sought after Olympic gold medal. With up to four players on the Wii and on the DS, the stage is set to catch the fever this holiday with Mario and Sonic.
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams™ (Wii) - Release: Fall 2007
As a fantasy jester called NiGHTS, players will fly through Nightopia, a rich and vibrant world where dreams come to life. With the innovative Wii Remote, gamers will experience a heightened sense of gliding, spiraling, and looping through a variety of mystical dream worlds packed with high-flying adventure. Players must find inventive ways to confront the “Nightmarens" from the neighboring dark world of Nightmare using amazing acrobatic skills, freedom of flight, and other special abilities to protect Nightopia. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is an adventure filled with courage, hope and inspiration that the whole family will enjoy.
Sonic Rush Adventure™ (DS) – Release: Fall 2007
Sonic returns to the Nintendo DS with all the classic 2D, dual screen action the fans loved in Sonic Rush™, as well as a new island hopping 3D adventure where he clashes with ruthless pirates. As Sonic, players will set off from Windmill Village to explore seven action-packed levels featuring the classic 2D gameplay that the Sonic series is known for. Now players will get to explore the action stages to uncover valuable items and materials which allow Tails to build new ships that help Sonic explore the high seas and discover new islands. With a fleet of up to five ships, including a submarine, water bike, and hovercraft, players will use the touch screen technology in exciting new ways to control their ships as they race from island to island gathering rings, busting tricks, and torching pirate ships in fierce ship-to-ship battles. At the end of each level, players will test their skills in epic 3D boss battles that span both screens, including the ultimate showdown with the evil pirate, Captain Whisker. Let the adventure begin!
Sega are defiantly showing their love for the Nintendo platforms, I think pretty much all of these games will be huge hits. We'll hopefully get our hands on some more screenshots over the coming days, hang in there.
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