Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sega plans to invest in 3DS, more info

Written by pikaby

First the announcement of Sonic Colors for all the Nintendo consoles. And then Sega went ahead and pledged support for 3DS. From what I've heard, many insiders at dev houses have already seen and tried out the new machine, and are very positive about it. The Pokemon Company is getting a 3DS game.....even more reason to get excited about E3. But enough about that. It came from a list of information pieces from Sega's Naoya Tsurumi (pulled from

- Wii and DS versions of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games shipped 6.53 million units worldwide
- SEGA was hoping for 7 million units
- sales were lower-than-expected in NA
- SEGA feels that Hollywood-style, big-budget games do well in NA
- "We won't be focusing just on this market, but we are developing this type of title."
- "I believe 3D will become a big wave. The Nintendo 3DS is a landmark hardware. We'd like to invest heavily in it."
- SEGA also plans to support 3D on consoles
- plans of releasing 12 to 15 titles this fiscal year, including new IPs
- SEGA is working on a game conversion of the anime Keion, but no platforms were announced
- "No comment on that." was said when asked about more Mario and Sonic Olympic titles
- SEGA will be focusing on downloadable games as well, including Virtual Console-style releases of past titles as well games developed from scratch
- "Just so there's no mistake, our core is in package games. This is an area that's packed with high-end technology and knowhow. We cannot lose that strength. I don't believe we can do away with that and focus on titles with simple technology."

What? I didn't expect the Wii and DS versions of that Olympic games thing to ship so many units. Come on Sega, be proud of yourself for once. Or were you a bit overambitious in thinking a Mario vs. Sonic game would sell like crazy? Especially after Smash Bros. Seems like the Olympic trend might just continue into Nintendo's next cycle of consoles.

Downloadable games are always nice, and 12 to 15 new games can't be bad. Unless half of them are Sonic (hopefully not). I know two of them are Okamiden and Ghost Trick, and a third being Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the high-def consoles. Good to see Sega still chugging it out, eh?
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