Mario Producer: Sonic’s Same Week Release Is “An Interesting Coincidence”

New Releases: Mario and Sonic Side-Scrolling Games Arriving Soon

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Mario and Sonic are both set to launch new side-scrolling games later this month, and the online community is buzzing with excitement.

Wondering how the developers of Super Mario Bros. Wonder feel about this? According to game producer Takashi Tezuka, the Nintendo team doesn’t mind. They are actually looking forward to the return of “2D side-scroller action games.” Tezuka did find it to be an “interesting coincidence,” though.

Here is what he had to say during a recent interview with Game Informer:

Takashi Tezuka: “I think it’s an interesting coincidence. We’ve been creating 2D action games for a long time and we, of course, want as many players as possible to enjoy those games. We’re looking forward to as many people as possible having the opportunity to play these 2D side-scrolling action games, Mario and otherwise.”

This is quite a contrast to the ’90s when Mario and Sonic were direct competitors in the 2D pixel space. Since Sega’s exit from console production, the two mascots have joined forces in games like Mario & Sonic, and Sonic has even become a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Early impressions of Wonder and Sonic Superstars have been overwhelmingly positive. However, Mario’s game seems to have the edge based on the latest round of previews, which are already touting it as a potential “game-of-the-year” contender. Sonic’s new game will be released on October 17th, followed by Mario’s title on October 20th.

What are your thoughts on these games releasing in the same week? Will you be choosing Sonic, Mario, or both? Leave a comment below.