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Sega explains why Sonic Lost World is Nintendo exclusive

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Takashi Iizuka has been on a roll lately discussing Sonic Lost world. First he made mention of how he hopes the game will appeal to Mario fans, but now he has decided to reveal how Sonic Lost World became a Nintendo exclusive title. According to Iizuka, development for Sonic Lost World began on PC and was platform agnostic.

As they began fleshing out the game and its platforming elements, Nintendo revealed the Wii U and Sonic Team decided that the game would fit well on both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U.

“The Wii U hadn’t been revealed when development began for Sonic Lost World, so we were working on a PC version in order to see what kind of platformer we could make. Then, when we tried to think about which platform would be best for this game, we chose Nintendo.”

It’s interesting that the game wasn’t announced before then, but it’s likely Sega wanted a much shorter period between the announcement of the game and the release date in order to avoid situations like Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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  • Clel

    This will be my first Sonic game :D

    • Nintedward

      Ever? where have you been all these years :P ? I’ve lost count!

      • Clel

        In the clouds!

        • Nintedward

          ;)

        • Mario

          In that case… Welcome back to Earth!

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      wow… that’s a long wait!

    • Steven_Segal

      And this will be my second!

    • nin-10-doughfan

      joy!

    • Ducked

      This will be my 14th Sonic game!

      • Getfiftytwo RageComics

        5th I believe but i’v been realy hitting the sonic adventure series.

        • Ducked

          Nice. Counting all of my Sonic games:

          Sonic The Hedgehog
          Sonic The Hedgehog 2
          Sonic The Hedgehog 3
          Sonic and Knuckles
          Sonic Adventure
          Sonic Adventure 2
          Sonic Heroes
          Sonic The Hedgehog 06
          Sonic Rush
          Sonic and The Secret Rings
          Sonic Rush Adventure
          Sonic Colors
          Sonic Generations
          and now Sonic Lost World!

          • $63955329

            cool. you have more than me. from what I have on your list is
            sonic heroes
            sonic the hedgehog 06
            sonic and the secret rings
            sonic and the black knight(not on your list)
            sonic colours
            sonic generations
            and I have 6 sonic games. looks like you’ve won

          • Ducked

            How’s Sonic and The Black Knight? I heard good things about it.

          • $63955329

            it’s cool. I completed that and sonic generations and I’m planning to complete sonic and the secret rings. and I plan on getting sonic lost world on my 3ds when it’s released

          • Ducked

            Yeah I might buy Lost World on my 3DS as well, just because it’s cheaper and my wallet will already be as empty as I imagine

          • $63955329

            my wallet would be more empty than yours when I buy it. besides sega revealed the release date October 22nd that means we have to wait 3 months.

          • Ducked

            Yeah, but I’m buying a PS4 this fall, and first party games on the Wii U that I’ve been looking forward too. Then I’ll be buying an Xbox One in the Spring. My poor wallet…lol

          • $63955329

            I just pre ordered a PS4 and im saving up money for when a few games come out like FFXV now I would be broke If I pre ordered that

          • Ducked

            Yeah, I’m looking forward to both Final Fantasy 14 and 15. As well as Kingdom Hearts III

          • $63955329

            I’m looking forward to both final fantasy xv and kingdom hearts 3 still the first game I’ll play on is final fantasy xv. I’m really desperate to try out both xv and KH3

          • Guest

            it’s cool. just completed that and generations although I’m planning to complete sonic and the secret rings. still I’m gonna get this on 3ds when it comes out and then I would’ve had 7 sonic games

          • Ducked

            Nice

          • linkdk12

            sonic and the secret rings it´s a must play for me, i recommend it!! it´s a very unique experience.

          • Billy Master Strange

            sonic 1,2,3
            s&K
            3d flickies island
            chaos
            r
            adventure 1&2
            heroes
            06
            advance 1,2,3
            rush 1& adventure
            secret rings & black knight
            colors
            generations
            all stars,all stars tennis,racing and racing transformed
            cant wait for lost world!

          • Ducked

            Dang, now that’s a true sonic fan

          • Bill Wildaman

            What about Sonic Spinball?!?

          • Getfiftytwo RageComics

            SEGAFAN

    • Eric Degrechie

      Are you young or did you just miss out for some other reason?

      There are a slew of great Sonic games. You should a bunch of them out to get you tasted-up for Lost World.

      • Clel

        Sonic never really perked my interest, until now. Also, I never owned a Wii and I don’t think I’ve ever owned a platform where Sonic came. Maybe PS2? I don’t know. I was a Mario/Crash Bandicoot kid.

        • Ben Kapferer

          PS2 didn’t get Sonic games until Sonic Heroes, so I don’t blame you for missing out.

    • crocodileman94

      My 14th, I believe. And SADX is my favorite.

    • gamesplayswill

      It’s a good place to start by the looks of it, tbh the newer ones were the worst but this looks promising.

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      Won’t be my first Sonic game but will be the first I’ll own :)

    • JBeauregard

      Good luck!

  • Mark

    I think Sega made a good choice. Let see what Sonic can bring us in this awesome title!

    • nin-10-doughfan

      yahooo!

  • CMB

    Looks promising, might buy it.

  • Leo

    I will buy it for sure! It looks amazing!

  • Zombie Boy

    I’ve been a Sonic fan since day one (when Sonic The Hedgehog released on the Sega Genesis), so I’m really glad that this is coming to the Wii U :)

  • TULFich

    At some point I´ll get this one, but I´d really really like to se a Sonic Adventure 3 in some future, or another game With Shadow on it!!! (without guns and vehicles, WHY U NO UNDESTAND SEEGA SA2:battle WAS BEST SHADOW´S APPEARENCE!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    This will be surely one of the best Sonic of that decade (Sonic Heroes was in 2003. I’m feeling old.)
    Generation was cool, but I really, really hate old-school Sonic gameplay, sorry D:
    (Mainly because I’m from the Sonic Adventure times, never had a dreamcast or saturn)

    • Spike Ashford

      Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were Dreamcast games. Plus, the Saturn never had a real Sonic title. It had a racer that when played made a Tails doll come to life and rape your eye sockets, but that’s about it.

      • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

        ^ yeah that basically show that I didn’t have those consoles <:3

  • The Clockwork Being

    But this doesn’t explain anything. This is bullshit i know how it went down this is actually how it happened:

    Sonic Colors was one of the highest rated games compared to Generations and Unleashed. We stop ourselves and try to think what made us develop Sonic Colors so well and then it hit us. Everytime we think about making a Nintendo exclusive we always think about greatness. -Takashi Iizuka

    This was his exact words during the private interview I had with him.

  • D.M.T

    That doesnt really explain why its Nintendo exclusive. The real reason is because Nintendo paid for exclusivity

  • Adrian

    OK, This is completely out of place, I know, but I have a question to all Wii U owners. Does your WiiU often freeze when accessing netflix (so you have to unplug it to unfreeze, similar to the buzzing sound bug at launch, but without the buzzing)????

    Mine freezes about 30% of the time I access Netflix, and it’s pretty dang annoying. Is anybody else experiencing this?

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      Mine did that. It doesnt anymore… No real explanation. Mighta been an update

      • Pablo Alejandro Vazquez

        It may be that your Netflix app was downloaded to an external source such as an USB drive. I unistalled mine, then reinstalled it on the console itself and never had a problem since.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          mine was on a flash drive and didnt work, now its on an actual hard drive and works fine. that may be it…

      • Adrian

        I’ll try uninstalling Netflix, checking for Wiiu updates and then reinstalling. Hopefully that will resolve this!

    • Robert Butters

      I’ve had that problem maybe three times since I got mine in December. It mostly happened during launch

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Mine freeze on Darksiders 2. When I updated the game it started freezing halfway through the game. It kept freezing about twelve times and it sucks. I heard Xbox 360 is the same and the PS3 does not have any freeze. If I wanna reply the game the second time since I finished the game I will rent PS3 version on gamefly. I can’t sell the Wii U game because the game is download.

      • Mr. J

        Exact same problem here

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Why did I update the game since it was running perfectly. Wii U is one strange console.

    • kevin nun—-

      It happens. bugs. I suggest not to click the home button when a Netflix title is loading or even paused, it tends to freeze when you do that. At least mine did, not always of course.

    • MichelChartrand

      Mine was doing that almost 100% when trying to get Netflix, just about sent it in for service but it stopped freezing.
      Search online for some fixes, there are a few suggestions. I don’t know if any of them specifically worked or if it just started working again after its own update.

      I uninstalled and re-installed but that didn’t seem to do anything.
      I updated my home network settings, I believe one of the possible fixes involved updating the DNS information, I think my router was using Advanced DNS services via D-Link servers or something, that could be an issue with Netflix’s app.

  • Jack5221

    Sega is one million times better than the crappy devs for Aliens. I highly doubt Sonic will turn out like… Ugh Aliens: Colonial Marines… In Space, no one can hear you scream for your money back.

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      crappy devs? That was gearbox… they make borderlands

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        I know but they made Duke Nukem that game sucked. So I don’t know.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          true… hrm…

      • Jack5221

        Borderlands is okay. I never really liked it to be honest, They went from that to Aliens so Im not very impressed by them.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          borderlands is pretty good in my and a lot of other people’s opinions. Whether or not you like the gameplay, you at least have to admit it was done well for its genre

        • TaintedXGamer

          how they fuck up aliens from doing Borderlands, baffles me still

      • Luffy

        their still a crappy dev. Not sure if it’s true, but supposedly they took money that Sega gave them to make Aliens and did Borderland with it instead.

        That would explain how they took forever to make Aliens and it ends up sucking so bad.

        And they really are an up and down dev. I would always be scare to buy one of there game. Man loof at Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          didnt know they did that. dang…

  • JBeauregard

    Sega has ruined Sonic. Some ‘ok’ ones here and there, but they’ve smashed Sonic into the ground a while ago.

    • nin-10-doughfan

      ooh nooh!

    • Luffy

      I totally do not agree.
      Except 2006, and Secret Knight, I actually enjoy all of recent Sonic games.
      And I really think that I would have enjoy 2006 quite a bit if it wasn’t for the fact the game played more like a bug dodger then a Sonic game.

      P.S. My favorite Sonic 3D game is Sonic Colors. My favorite “recent” 2D game is Sonic Rush.

      • JBeauregard

        We don’t have to agree, it’s simply my opinion. I always find it odd that people will down vote something based on opinion. I never do, because everyone enjoys something different. For example, I could down vote you because you disagree with me, but we’re just sharing opinions. For that sir, I will up-vote you lol

        • Luffy

          advice: say that it is your opinion. I will never downvote you if you say something like:
          Sega as ruined Sonic for me because of X reason.

          • JBeauregard

            Well, I do appreciate that my statements are deemed in such high regard that they are always considered fact, unless otherwise noted. lol

          • Luffy

            it just that when you are stating a opinion as a fact, well of course i will not agree if i believe the contrary. but if you say its your opinion, then yeah i still wont agree but at least ill know that you are not trying to push your opinion as a fact.

  • Archiq09

    Sega want help nintendo as nintendo has help sega after dreamcast.

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Exactly

  • TAKANYAN

    SONIC!!!

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Yes?

  • Joey

    I do not like playing on PC and i don’t play PC games much, but consoles i play on a lot i like playing on my couch with a big screen and sometimes i play on my Wii U Gamepad. I am Looking forward to Sonic Lost World this is my 6th game of Sonic.

    • Elem187

      Ahh the comfy couch reassurance poster .. I knew you would show up eventually. PC gaming is perfectly fine for couch gaming, Steam big screen mode is helluva better than PS3/360 gaming.

      • Eric Degrechie

        While that’s true, a lot of people don’t want their personal computer hooked up to their TV screen and making it the media center in their home. The key word here is “personal”.

        I’m not big on PC gaming, though I used to play the shit out of TF2. It’s just a different experience, though I can’t quite put my finger on why I prefer consoles for certain games. Like Sonic. Playing Sonic on a PC? No thanks.

      • Luffy

        I guess, but that would imply getting another computer to act as a console, and frankly, I prefer the ease of use of consoles.

        • Ben Kapferer

          You could always get an extremely long HDMI cable, I guess.

          • Luffy

            lol, I guess! :P

  • companyoflosers

    awfully long time to develop a game sonic fans wont even like or be grateful for. idk what i is about sonic, whenever theres a new ones the fans are like “finally a GOOD new sonic game!” when thats what they have said about every one of them since adventures 1 and none of them have apparently been good sonic games according to the reaction they get. either sonic fans are REALLY picky or sonic in hindsight just isnt as good as we remembered.

  • Marcus Navarro

    Sonic’s back in action! YES! Nowhere to go but up from here. To be fair, it’s kinda hard to get lower than rock bottom.
    I’ve played every Sonic game except Sonic Genesis(for Game Gear) or Sonic 3D Blast. I can honestly say that I’ve never been this stoked for a Sonic game in YEARS!

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Oh man I can’t wait this game will rule. Don’t worry Sega because this game will sell. trust me.

  • Elem187

    Oh come on that is BS….. Sega would make ALOT more money making it multiplatform… the one and only reason why its a Nintendo exclusive is because Nintendo money hatted it.
    no publisher would willingly give up over 100 million potential customers to sell through just because they liked a console better. I hope people aren’t believing this BS.

    • Sora Morp

      well sonic generations it was multiplat but it didnt sell as much as sonic colors on the wii…so…

      • Elem187

        Wii install base was massive… I would hope it would sell…. Do you really think Sega will make more money on a Wii U exclusive as opposed to a multiplatform title that will sell to two different systems with 15x as much install base?

        Its PR talk. They are straight up lying… I called EA out on their BS PR talk about the Wii U, and I will call SEGA out for the doing the same thing.

        • Sora Morp

          well they are also trying to get mario fans to buy it too. It could work, we’ll have to see

    • NkoSekirei

      it seems we have a troll thats butthurt over this get over it

      • Elem187

        Not a troll nor butthurt, I can’t wait to play it on my Wii U and am glad its a Wii U exclusive….. I just hate being lied to.
        YOU may enjoy being LIED to… hence probably why you are an Obama supporter, but not everyone enjoys being lied to.

  • Mr. J

    Sega, activision, and Ubisoft are all supporting the wii u like crazy. The trolls say there is absolutely know third party support but 3 of the biggest third party companies are supporting it. Hmmmmmmmm……….. Idiots

    • uPadWatcher

      Let’s not forget about WB Games… they’re supporting the Wii U as well (Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Lego City: Undercover, Scribblenauts series, and Lego Batman 2)

      • Mr. J

        Ahhh forgot about them I should of remembered considering I own lego city undercover, scribblenauts, and batman arkham city armored edition

    • Deadpool U

      Personally I think Activision could support Wii U more than they do now and before you ask me why look at my username and it’ll be very clear.

  • Justis Bistawros

    Sega is so nice for making this game a wii u exclusive i will definitely be getting this. I also hope that sonic is a playable character in the next smash bros/his brawl move was sick.

    • TaintedXGamer

      Final smash was Broken, I would rather they use his new parkour moves and regular attacks like in Sonic battle (GBA) either way. I hope they give him a more balanced final smash.

  • Getfiftytwo RageComics

    They just should’v said “BECAUSE….UH…FUCK YOU”

  • Link Slayer

    Sonic 2 for Sega is the first game I’ve ever owned. One of my all time favorite games is Sonic Adventure 2 battle for Gamecube. I wish this game was still on pc but I just may have to get another Wii U for this. I’m going to wait awhile to see if they put it on pc int he future or another console.

    • Zombie Boy

      Don’t bother waiting, it’s a Nintendo exclusive, like Sonic Colors.

      • Link Slayer

        But the only thing that worries me is a deal like Rayman it was sopposed to be a Wii U exclusive. Rayman was one of my deciding reasons to buy a Wii U.

        • Zombie Boy

          Sega’s relationship with Nintendo is a lot different to Ubisoft’s, though. Sega have signed a three-game exclusivity contract with Nintendo, this being one of them (Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games being the second, and the third is yet to be announced). Ubisoft just wanted to support the Wii U, but signed no such contract.

          • BIG Franky

            just to clarify, Sonic: Lost World is the 2nd title of the three-game contract with Nintendo…. the 1st was Sonic Racing (launch title)…. i saw an interview with the developer that clarified this.

          • Zombie Boy

            That’s odd, it was supposed to be three Nintendo EXCLUSIVE games, but Sonic Racing was multi-plat.

            “Sega and Nintendo have joined forces for the release of three Sonic games exclusively on the Wii U and 3DS.

            The exclusive partnership is for the next three Sonic games to be released, which Nintendo will publish. Two of these were announced during today’s Nintendo Direct conference: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Wii U (more in the video below), and action adventure platformer Sonic Lost World for Wii U and 3DS (image below). Sega said the mystery third Sonic game will be revealed at a later date.”

            – Eurogamer .net

          • BIG Franky

            apologies….. after re-watching the interview, yo uare correct…. if you watch this interview i think you’ll see how i made the mistake given how he worded the arrangement… regardless, soem of the gameplay footage in this interview will most likely make some want to get this game… i know thta i do!

          • Zombie Boy

            I’m sure I’ve heard someone say something similar before, so you weren’t alone in the misunderstanding. But an extra exclusive Sonic game is never a bad thing, so treat it as a nice surprise :)

      • Link Slayer

        but I may not be able to wait

  • Pedro Natera

    I hope this game comes to PC

    • Zombie Boy

      It won’t.

      • RoboticLink

        What don’t you understand about “Wii U” exclusive?

        • Zombie Boy

          I understand. I was replying to Pedro Natera.

          • RoboticLink

            Yeah I know. Sorry, I meant to reply to Pedro Natera. He said “I hope it comes to PC” and I meant to tell him that it won’t because it is exclusive to Wii U

  • http://twitch.tv/dve2k DVE

    Sonic Sucks, last great Sonic games where 123 S&K :)

    • TaintedXGamer

      still suck in the megadrive sonic era? dude. I’m not saying “New sonic is totally radical than his old self” but I’ll give you a upvote anyway. keep a open mind bru..

  • e_rocket

    Hope they sell a lot, the first Sonic I played was on a Sega game gear!!!!

  • Bomberman

    They should just have it released on the PC anyway. Sales are going to be horrible if they keep it exclusively on Wii U.

    • NkoSekirei

      nope

    • Damian Waga

      You need to realize that this a Nintendo funded contract for 3 games. All 3 have investments made by Nintendo to make them, and so low sales wont affect Sega, but rather Nintendo themselves.

  • Johny

    this doesnt seem like a solid reason or explanation… honestly i call bullshit on this one..
    still.. im VERY VERY glad the game is coming to wii u :D so excited.. cant wait … loved Colors to death

  • Michael Ocampo

    Personally most of the exclusive sonics were better than the multiplat ones (Nintendo exclusive of course)

    • Luffy

      What about Sega exclusives? (Back in the days) :P

  • Yugi

    YES! make it for PC!!!
    Sonic generations is already great on pc with all the mods and big picture support.

  • Joyous Killer

    All I want is Chaos to raise and love…. is that too much to ask?

  • RoboticLink

    Sadly, I’m not sure if this is a system seller…

    • Damian Waga

      Sonic has a strong, dedicated userbase that is probably willing to purchase a wii u for a new game, especially when they’re promised one that’s as good as the old ones. Pikmin wasn’t a system seller, yet Wii U sales jumped on release day.

      • RoboticLink

        Well, maybe they have enough Sonic fans to sell systems, but the franchise just isn’t what it used to be. And Pikmin 3 IS a system seller, it’s not just a coincidence that sales skyrocketed as soon as it launched

  • thedeciderU

    from what i’ve seen, the platforming in this game looks really great and it looks super fun. i’m glad devs are making it so the game doesn’t play itself. i played the genesis titles when they came out, and am a huge fan of those. i still need to pick up sonic cd on xbla. it was on sale last month for $2.50 and i didn’t buy it. so stupid of me!

  • Jerry Dolby

    I’m strangely excited for this game

  • Haize

    Not to mention that the game is published by Nintendo. Plus, Iwata said in the Nintendo Direct that they (Nintendo) entered a partnership with Sega where they would be making something like 4 or 5 games (I didn’t check resources before making this comment so its entirely possible that I’m slightly off by a game or two) exclusively for Nintendo and that this game was the first of those titles.

  • SuperSonicBrawler

    Alright, so SEGA’s making a slightly less speedy, more platform-based Sonic game to reel in the Mario fans. I guess that’s understandable from a business standpoint. As long as SEGA remembers that, while they are both platformers at heart, the differences between Mario and Sonic are what make them both unique and great in their own rights. The core Sonic fans play Sonic games because they like the high-speed gameplay and the split-second reaction time required to master it. As long as SEGA remembers that with future Sonic titles, I won’t have a problem. It’s games like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing that get me worried about the hedgehog’s future, where the developers purposely tone down Sonic’s abilities, or put him in a FREAKING CAR HE DOESN’T NEED simply to make him more appealing to casual gamers who would otherwise never play a REAL Sonic game. Realistically, Sonic would destroy the plumber in pretty much any Olympic sport ever, with the exception of swimming, and could run faster than any damn car. See, Nintendo can afford to put Mario in a bunch of casual sports and kart racing games, because that’s how they designed and marketed the character. The entirety of Sonic’s design was centered around creating a more badass and extreme (no pun intended) character than Mario, and as such his gameplay was always meant to be more intimidating and challenging. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I don’t mind SEGA making a bit more lax , Mario-esque type Sonic game to draw in more casual fans, but they need to do it in moderation so as not to stray from the original Sonic the Hedgehog formula, otherwise they risk losing the fans they started out with in the first place. That’s why I have no problem with a game like Lost World. Sure, its
    gameplay may be a bit watered down to appeal to a more casual audience, but at its core it’s still a Sonic
    game and it’s going to play like a Sonic game.