Sonic: Lost World Nintendo Exclusivity Explained
Sonic: Lost World is a Nintendo exclusive because it will ‘bring out the full potential’ of Wii U and 3DS, along with marketing considerations.
gamesTM asked Takashi Iizuka, executive producer on Lost World, why the latest Sonic title has been positioned as a Nintendo exclusive.
“From a development point of view, bringing [Sonic] exclusively to Wii U and 3DS was best to bring out the full potential of the consoles, instead of doing multiplatform,” Iizuka explained.
“You can bring out the best of the actual consoles, whether it be the Gamepad where you can use the touchscreen and the gyroscope to actually be part of the game or having a data transfer between 3DS and Wii U. Also, another big part of this was the marketing side, where Nintendo console users tend to be action platform gamers anyway, so it really made a lot of sense to have this as a Wii U exclusive title.”
The full interview with Iizuka is in issue 139 of gamesTM, which goes on sale September 12th, and sees Iizuka discuss the secret behind Sonic’s level design, Sonic Xtreme and Mario Galaxy.