This man. It was his idea.

The man behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, had left Sega by the time Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was underway, but Mr Naka has said that he came up with the concept before his departure.

Speaking to the audience at this year's Eurogamer Expo in London, Mr Naka said:

It was actually my idea, and I was the one who approached Nintendo about it. I thought it would be fascinating to see the two heroes play together or play against each other, so that was exactly what I wanted.

After fifteen years of rivalry between Sonic and Mario, it's interesting to learn the suggestion came from one of Sega's top men.