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Mario vs. Sonic: The Current Console Generation
Mario vs. Sonic the Hedgehog is a mascot rivalry that has transcended over years and years of gaming. The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii are all a part of the current console race, and Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog have continued to release games for their respective franchises.
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Sonic the Hedgehog - Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3
Don’t let this Sonic game’s title fool you. Sonic the Hedgehog on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is nowhere near the level of greatness that the Sega Genesis original is at. In 2006, Sonic the Hedgehog appeared in what many consider his worst game to date. Poor controls, punishing difficulty, and questionable design choices led to mass criticism for this current-gen Sonic title.
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Sonic Storybook Series - Nintendo Wii
In 2007, Sega decided to take Sonic back to his speedy roots, but they did so in a different manner. Sonic and the Secret Rings was an on-rails game that featured high speeds and creative environments. The game wasn’t perfect, but it did something very pivotal: it made Sonic go fast. A sequel, Sonic and the Black Knight, was released in 2009 to mixed reviews, with the game’s major problem being motion control issues.
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Super Mario Galaxy - Nintendo Wii
In November of 2007, Nintendo set forth to do something special: create a Mario game that truly broke boundaries in 3D platforming. Not since Super Mario 64 had the iconic plumber engaged in an adventure like his Nintendo Wii outing. Fans rejoiced as they guided Mario through countless galaxies and collected over 100 Stars, only to take on the evil King Bowser in an epic battle.
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Sonic Unleashed - Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
With Super Mario Galaxy wowing gamers everywhere, Sega set out and created an all-new Sonic experience. Sonic Unleashed was split up into two parts. Daytime stages featured fast-paced 3D gameplay that really felt like a true Sonic experience. Nighttime stages, however, turned the Blue Blur into a slow, lumbering Werehog, and these sections required block-pushing, platforming, and a lot of combat. Sega still wasn’t getting it 100% right.
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New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Nintendo Wii
Nintendo once again proved that Mario could be successful whether he ventured into free-roaming 3D worlds or side-scrolling lands. New Super Mario Bros. Wii brought Mario back to his roots and provided a fun experience that could be played alone or with friends. And while the level design wasn’t as spectacular as that of New Super Mario Bros. for the DS, it was still a Mario title worth checking out.
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Nintendo Wii
Just a few months ago, Nintendo did the seemingly impossible. They took a near-perfect formula and expanded upon it. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was everything that Super Mario Galaxy was and more. Featuring bizarre worlds, a creative mixture of side-scrolling and 3D platforming, and crazy power-ups, Super Mario Galaxy 2 proved once more why Mario has been considered the king of the platformer all these years.
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Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog in the Modern Era
It goes without saying that Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog have appeared in a vast number of games this console generation. It is apparent that Mario has come out on the winning side of things over the past few years, but don’t count Sonic out just yet. What does the future hold for these two iconic mascots?