Sega and Nintendo working together still vaguely weirds me out. I grew up when children became bitter enemies or best friends depending on whether they thought the Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis was the better system. To this day, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario working together just feels wrong, somehow.
That's not stopping Sega, chummier than ever with Nintendo, from showing off its upcoming Wii and DS titles at E3. We've heard about these games before, but E3 will bring more screenshots, more trailers, hands-on impressions, and harder release dates for all of these games.
First on deck is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii and DS. This will be the first video game ever to feature both Mario and Sonic together. The mascots will be bringing their entire crews along for the titles' various racing, swimming, and jumping minigames, so you'll be able to go for the gold with Yoshi, Tales, Luigi, and even Knuckles. The real Olympics won't be held until next year, but this Olympic clash of the gaming titans is headed for this year's holiday season.
Also highly anticipated is the upcoming Wii title Nights: Journey of Dreams. This quirky, colorful game is the sequel to the cult Sega Saturn title Nights into Dreams, and has plenty of Sega fans waiting with bated breath. Even if you don't remember the original Nights, this new game's trippy aesthetics and unique gameplay make it worth a look when it comes out in the fall.
For more classic gameplay, Sega will be showing off Sonic Rush Adventure, the sequel to 2005's excellent Sonic Rush. Like its predecessor, Sonic Rush Adventure is a mostly 2D platform game in the vein of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, though 3D boss and water battles will offer an interesting twist when it ships this fall.
Two new games based on the anime series Bleach are heading to Nintendo's consoles as well. Bleach: Shattered Blade for the Wii and Bleach: The Blade of Fate for the DS offer tournament fighting action with giant swords. Bleach: Shattered Blade looks like the most interesting game of the pair, with dozens of selectable characters and Wiimote-based sword-swinging action. Both games will hit stores this fall.
Finally, light-gun fans will be be able to check out Ghost Squad, the Wii port of the 2005 arcade game. The antiterrorism shooter will use the Wiimote like a light gun, and hopefully bring the arcade game's fast-paced action to the Wii. It'll ship this holiday season.