Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka recently spoke to MCV magazine about how linked Sonic has become to Nintendo platforms over the last few years. The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS have had their share of exclusive Sonic titles and according to Iizuka, the relationship between Sega and Nintendo has never been better.

“When SEGA stopped making hardware and just started doing software, the first platform that we released Sonic on was a Nintendo console. We felt from the very beginning, that the Nintendo platforms were where the passionate Sonic fans were. Historically that is where our relationship started with Nintendo.

Unfortunately, the Wii U didn’t manage to get as many gamers on the hardware as we would have liked. That was unfortunate for Sonic because we didn’t get the mass of people to enjoy the content. But Nintendo has always been a great partner, we have Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Sonic in Super Smash Bros… we really appreciate the work that they do.”

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