I won’t pretend to be revealing breaking news here; I’m sure you’re all aware by now that long-time rivals from Nintendo and Sega will finally be in a game together, titled Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games. Frankly, I’m still getting over the fact that this probably isn’t some massive April Fool’s prank. I don’t have much extra to contribute to the topic, but I did want to point to an interview conducted by IGN with Mike Hayes (president and COO of SEGA Europe) and Laurent Fischer (marketing director of Nintendo Europe). It’s pretty straightforward early hype (a few too many “I don’t know”s and “it’s too early to tell”s for my taste), but at least it further confirms that it’s really happening.
I’ll assume most of the people that read this blog are old enough to remember the bitter rivalry between Nintendo and Sega fans back in the 90’s. That was back when a console war reallly felt like a battle, when gamers would trash talk each other about which system had the better game library, when we’d have serious “who would win?” discussions about the plumber and the hedgehog. I have always wanted to pit the two against each other on a level playing field and, since the interview pretty effectively shoots down the possibility of a Sonic cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Olympic Events will have to do. Of course, the results of the 2008 Olypmics are pretty easy to predict:
100m dash: Sonic
High Jump: Luigi
Long Jump: Peach (maybe Tails, if flying is allowed)
Shot Put: Toad