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TGS '07: Sega predicts Sonic-Mario crossover will sell 4 million

Publisher has high hopes for its upcoming Olympics game in which the company's blue blur squares off against Nintendo's plucky plummer.
By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot
Posted Sep 21, 2007 3:51 pm PT

TOKYO--Sega is looking to bring home the gold with the upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. According to a Bloomberg report, Sega corporate director Masanao Maede said at the Tokyo Game Show that the company will sell 4 million copies of the game, which is set to launch later this year.

Maede didn't give a time frame for how quickly the game would hit that milestone, but both characters reached such lofty sales heights before. The original Sonic the Hedgehog game that frequently was packed in with the Sega Genesis has been touted as selling more than 4 million copies worldwide, while Nintendo has said sales of the DS hit New Super Mario Bros. have topped 9.5 million copies worldwide.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is set for a November release on the DS and Wii. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's Q&A with Nintendo and Sega executives.

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Dark_Mits

The sheer ignorance of the majority of Gamespotters makes me sad to say the least...

To those who believe there have been no good Sonic games since the mega drive: Do these names ring a bell: Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic Advance 1,2,3, Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure? If not, check them here, or at Gamerankings.

To those who say Sega sucks and all games published by them: Medieval? Football Manager?

To those who talk about "serious" gamers: If you consider your average WoW'er or Halo'er a "serious" gamer, you need to look at the 90% rest of the gaming population.

Now everyone who talks **** about this game go back to your "normal" level grinding and leave us who have a life enjoy over this game.

Posted Oct 4, 2007 3:59 am PT
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Ordonian

it was an ok idea

Posted Sep 30, 2007 11:25 pm PT
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Myriam_D

I remember when everyone was damn well convinced this was a total hoax. I still wonder at the balance issues-do Segans speed along while Nintendons pull aces out of their sleeves to cover up a shell toss? Then again, maybe I should read the previews.

Posted Sep 25, 2007 7:00 pm PT
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Paul_TheGreat

Good luck with that Sega.

Posted Sep 24, 2007 8:35 am PT
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nintendave86

i dont care about all the people saying it wont sell 4 million, who cares, all I care about is the actual game and im gonna get it no matter what.

Posted Sep 24, 2007 12:36 am PT
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PatLTornado

Yeah,quit your bellyaching fanboys. Just be glad your gimmick machine is getting another party game.( I'm glad I didn't jump on the wii bandwagon.)

Sounds dumb,but will sell reguardless. Oh and Mario Galaxy doesn't come out until next year, I thought all fanboys knew that.

Posted Sep 23, 2007 10:51 pm PT
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thrashunreal

My diagnosis: Fun.

Posted Sep 23, 2007 7:16 pm PT
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Proman84

This is one olympics game that is guaranteed to be "special". I just hope that Sega and Nintendo don't embarass themselves too much.

P.S. A running contest? WTF? Everyone knows that Sonic will always outrun Mario but Mario can outjump Sonic.

Posted Sep 23, 2007 1:02 pm PT
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ElvenArcher

Mario Party 8 outsold Super Paper Mario, so it is possible this could outdo Mario Galaxy. The latter will be the better game regardless.

Posted Sep 23, 2007 8:11 am PT
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chocolate1325

Well it is released on November 16th same as another Mario game. Super Mario Galaxy which should outsell Mario and Sonic.

Posted Sep 23, 2007 5:33 am PT
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YukoAsho

Jacornonthecob - Problem with that logic is that Wii Play comes with a Wii Remote, making it in effect a $10 game (the Wii Remote on its own is $40). Would Wii Play sell anywhere near as much without that remote? Something to think about.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 10:55 pm PT
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gamesrmybusines

those are REALLY high hopes

Posted Sep 22, 2007 10:49 pm PT
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DynamoFan

keep fingers crossed and hope it's mediocre if not good!

Posted Sep 22, 2007 8:56 pm PT
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JonnyNemesis

I'm buying a copy. Haters can go to hell.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 8:32 pm PT
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BigDaveyDogz

To the people complaining about how Mario shouldn't beat Sonic in a race; what about the rest of the game. With this logic Mario and Sonic BOTH wouldn't win in the hammer throw against Bowser or lets say Donkey Kong!! So therefore, this game is an abomination!!!

BTW I'm just kidding people need to calm down and remember it's just a dumb Track & Field videogame with Sega and Nintendo characters.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 8:19 pm PT
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ShadowBass989

its gonna sell a lot most likly. just because of the name. i bet this game wont be that good.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 8:16 pm PT
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Jacornonthecob

As much as I am sick of these kinds of games, it probably will sell that much. After all, think of how much Wii Play sold. All the people who buy games like Wii Play will buy this, as will Mario and Sonic fanboys.
Also, the game spreads across two platforms, so some people may buy both versions if they really wanted to.

But I think the only place where two video game series should combine is in a RPG or Super Smash Bros.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 7:09 pm PT
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SporkFireXPS

See this is the problem with the Wii, there is just to many party/mini games. I say enough is enough already.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 6:20 pm PT
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mjwickstrom1

I expect it to sell good, but not that good.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 6:05 pm PT
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ShirkDawg

YukoAsho

The games sell well but come on, if you look at the sales games like Halo3 and GTA are beating Mario and sonic on consoles. I don't think this game will sell 4 million, even with all the fanboys its not gonna sell that much.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 5:02 pm PT
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shadowsniper513

well, SONIC+MARIO= $$$

Posted Sep 22, 2007 4:42 pm PT
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YukoAsho

Of course this game will sell that much. Nintendo could put out a noninteractive disc of Mario giggling and the fanboys would sell millions. And of course, Sega's fanboys have completely ignored the fact that Sonic has sucked for over 10 years. It'll sell due to the combined idiocy of two fanboy camps, not on the game's merits.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 4:14 pm PT
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McAndrew_basic

I hear a lot of people complaining about how Mario will never out run Sonic. Has anyone put the two chrs to the test? I remember as a Kid playing through Super Mario bros. 1 with out ever dieing and with out ever letting go of the B button. I think this game might have a lot to offer.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 3:53 pm PT
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chocolate1325

This game doesn't seem to appeal to me at all. I am a huge fan of Mario and Sonic but how can Mario outrun Sonic.

Looks like a boring game because Sonic can not swim and Eggman is not fast neither is Bowser.This is looking like a dissapointing title. The reason it will sell is because it's Sonic and Mario together in a game. Smash Bros Brawl would be so much better.

SEGA have made horrible games lately but to have Mario in one might hurt Nintendos sales with Mario games because to me he is a much more popular character than Sonic. At least there's one great Mario game coming out and thats Super Mario Galaxy.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 3:28 pm PT
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mkoo

The probelm with this game isn't mario and sonic it's olympic games! it's a nonsense idea to make an olypic games video game. If it was a mario 64 or say sonic the secret ring with cooperitive multiplayer as sonic and mario it would sell 8 millon

Posted Sep 22, 2007 3:09 pm PT
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Aneural

4 millions? Only if they release it in 1992.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 3:00 pm PT
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piinshot

I for one am sick to death of the mario and sonic CRAP....how about someone actually make something that even comes close to mario 64.What the hell is with alol the gimmicks...none cares about crappy olympics...we want ...ooohh i dunno SUPER MARIO Wii? Nice simple mario game...actually put some effort in Nintendo...my Wii is not getting any use at all.
As for Sonic : (...i have not seen a worthwhile sonic game since the megadrive...nuff said!

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:54 pm PT
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HXCDEW

More Mario and Sonic. Is that all? Where is all the new innovative franchises for the Wii?

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:51 pm PT
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ShirkDawg

4 mil are you kidding me? First of all Sonic has been trash lately so a lot of gamers probably don't care. I love mario games but I've barely even seen anything on this game. The concept of it isn't that great especially when there's stuff like Halo 3, Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl coming out this year. Maybe a million, but 4 mil? I doubt it.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:35 pm PT
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vass86

i bet you wii gamers are getting sick of mini games by now. it could well sell 4 million with the "casual" gamers (gamers without a brain)

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:28 pm PT
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messiahtj

"You guys are underestimating the power of Mario and Sonic in the same game."

Its true, its a excellent idea to bring a game with both mario and sonic in it, but the concept of the game is dumb, boring and stupid. Olympics games?? WTF???? What about an adventure game with 2P coop option??? But this olympics game will be the stupidiest game for wii for sure.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:24 pm PT
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FLEEBS

Nick_GE: "How can Mario outrun Sonic? It's like Superman being stronger than The Hulk."

Are you saying that Superman isn't stronger than the Hulk? Because he certainly is.

Don't get me wrong, I like Hulk and he's strong and all, but Superman would kill him.

Really, it's not a very good analogy. They are both strong.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:15 pm PT
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lamprey263

@Zergvasion89 - yes, I agree, Sonic would do a lot better as a Smash Brothers character

Posted Sep 22, 2007 2:04 pm PT
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Zergvasion89

I'll say yes because same people are really looking forward to seeing both Mario and Sonic in the both game.

I'll say no because I have a brain.

Sonic + SSBB = More reasonable approach

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:33 pm PT
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peeweeshift

i traded my nintendo back in the day with some of my games for the sega genisis with some games at eb. I ended up buying the games and a new nes after. the decisions i made still make me laugh

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:12 pm PT
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Two400

You guys are underestimating the power of Mario and Sonic in the same game.

Sonic games have been on the top of charts for years just on the Sonic name alone. What makes any of you think this will sell any less? Especially with Mario..

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:10 pm PT
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Chief_Kuuni

well should be a kick butt game, can't wait to play and get it

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:08 pm PT
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svaubel

Doesnt look great at all

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:08 pm PT
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ctg867

Yea, I really don't think that this game will sell well, it looks like a bloody awful game. *Re-checks NPDs* Oh wait, almost forgot, crappy Wii games sell regardless of how bad they are. See: Mario Party 8, Wii Play, etc.

Sorry, but this game hast little promise in my eyes. That's just my opinion, I think it'll be a horrible game that'll sell well regardless because the majority of Wii owners have very, very poor taste and games. Stick with MP3, Galaxy, and SSBB.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:08 pm PT
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Nick_GE

How can Mario outrun Sonic? It's like Superman being stronger than The Hulk.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 1:03 pm PT
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jakndaxter7223

this is like the stupidest game i have ever seen.....and sega is a bunch of idiots, there is a reason they havent done anything worth mentioning in 10 yrs

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:54 pm PT
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HelixTurnHelix

I doubt it will be too good but you never know.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:36 pm PT
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jazzblack

This game is a marketing ploy to sell millions of games to casual and young gamers, I bet the game will have very little for the serious or mature games player.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:27 pm PT
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cayne_phoenix

i always dreamed for a game like this for 25 years...
and now it finally pays off, guess patience is a virtue...

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:27 pm PT
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Redmarble

As a guy who grew up during the 16-bit wars...I never thought I'd see the day this would happen.

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:18 pm PT
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Imperial_Colone

lolll who can take sega seriously these days

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:14 pm PT
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whale450

sega say wat!

Posted Sep 22, 2007 12:11 pm PT
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