E3 '07: Sega dishes on E3 lineup

[UPDATE] Publisher pulling curtain on Mario & Sonic at the Olympics for the first time; Condemned 2, Iron Man, Sega Rally Revo also on docket.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--In years past, publishers have used the Electronic Entertainment Expo to announce new games, taking advantage of the global audience tuned in to the trade show. However, as it did last year, Sega has played the bricklayer, paving its road to E3 well in advance with announcements for games such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Ghost Squad, and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. However, while the publisher isn't using the annual trade show as a venue for its big reveal, Sega's lineup includes many games whose details have been sparse at best.

One of the more intriguing games Sega will be showing for the first time at this year's show is Mario & Sonic at the Olympics. The once bitter rivals bring their respective posses to that great harmonizer of disparate factions, the Olympic games, where they will face off in events including track and field, archery, gymnastics, and more. Mario & Sonic at the Olympics will be shown on both the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Sega's lineup includes three more Nintendo-platform exclusives. Announced during the publisher's gamers' day in May, Sega will be porting its arcade light-gun shooter Ghost Squad to the Wii. Also for the Wii will be the revival of the Sega Saturn's non-Sonic mascot, NiGHTS. In the jester's follow-up adventure, Journey of Dreams, Sega will again seek to push creativity in gaming, this time by way of the Wii's motion-sensing controls. Pulling double duty, Sonic will make his second appearance of the show with classic platforming action in Sonic Rush Adventure for the DS.

On the multiplatform front, Sega will be showing its book-to-film-to-game adaptation Golden Compass. Set to follow the first book in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Golden Compass will be shown on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC. Sega will also be wielding its modern-day gladiatorial-style shooter The Club on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

And as expected, the publisher will be showing off its postapocalyptic sci-fi real-time strategy game Universe at War: Earth Assault, on both the PC and Xbox 360. Sega will also give gamers a chance to see just how well it updated its online-fighting-enabled fighter Virtua Fighter 5 in the Xbox 360 version. Wrapping up its offerings, Sega plans on showing the recently announced Dungeon Siege spiritual successor, Space Siege, from Gas Powered Games.

Check back later this week for GameSpot's complete E3 coverage, as well as to get a more in-depth look at what Sega has on offer.

[UPDATE] On Tuesday morning, Sega released an officially updated show listing. Adding to the Japanese publisher's lineup will be several multiplatform releases. Condemned 2: Bloodshot, the sequel to Monolith's horror action game released in 2005, will be shown for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. From acclaimed rhythm-game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Sega Rally Revo will also be steering its way to the show on the PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, and PC.

Sega also revealed Iron Man would be headed to the show. The publisher initially hadn't indicated which platforms the metal-clad hero would appear on. Aside from initially only being slated for "next-gen platforms," the publisher noted that Iron Man will appear on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PS3, PS2, PSP, PC, Wii, and DS. The game is now slated to appear in Spring 2008.

Also at the show will be the recently announced anime-inspired Bleach: Shattered Blade on the Wii and Bleach: The Blade of Fate, both of which will be released this fall.

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ansef1x
ansef1x

i have a major question like i am the biggest bleach fan that i know of so far and i was into the game shattered blade for wii so i was wondering how come u guys do not have bleach verses crusade for nintendo wii out yet everyone i know is waiting for it wants it and expects that these 2 games come out in the USA and Canada

hell_bat
hell_bat

looks absaloutley MINT! im well getting it

taddia
taddia

sega is crapping on ours wii.. most of the game are not for wii 8(

Firestorm217
Firestorm217

"Iron Man will appear on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PS3, PS2," Ps3, ps2,ps3,ps2? Tyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyypppppppppppppo

peterlala2002
peterlala2002

Hey Sega, Release a New console Please, I'm sick of these new Lame consoles ( exept wii, thtas kewl), your consoles are the reason i loved games, since the dreamcast died i have no real interest in games :( Release New Console NOW!, WOW us in E3 08!

shabulia
shabulia

OMG OMG OMG!!!! Sega gives us Online Enabled Virtua Fighter 5? Take that, Sony!

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

HO!HO! More mediocre 3rd party games for the western market by Sega of America. Sigh. I feel sorry for Sega of America, it's depressing how as a struggling 3rd party publisher they continue to churn out these lame titles to fill their qouta. Sonic and Mario olympics? Come on! I really hope that SEGA of America throws in the towel on 3rd party titles and I hope that SOA can convince SEGA of Japan that there's a chance they can make it in the console race again. As much as I love SEGA, I suspect that 2007-08 could be thier last year as a 3rd party publisher. But as least thier PC lineup is great.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Should be interesting to finding out more on their titles these next few days.

RidersDX
RidersDX

Sonic...Rush...Adventure...must...play...

carpathianrogue
carpathianrogue

Yeah, big pity about Golden Axe (if not during E3, TGS), and where are the Sega Classics offerings for Xbox Live Arcade?...I'm really anticipating seeing some real footage from The Club. That game could be the best. I've no interest in Nintendo, anymore.

DjRyu420
DjRyu420

The only good game on that list would be NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams.. Sega needs its own console....NOW!

mithund
mithund

what about Golden Axe ?

stupid_toaster
stupid_toaster

ffs where is shenmue?! Have they not realised it could be a killer? Maybe the legendary hype has overawed them. meh screw sonic

EPaul
EPaul

dudes give up there will never be a Shenmue 3 or at least till 09

gamer_girl15
gamer_girl15

I have to say I'm not really interested in Mario & Sonic Olympics... :P

XChaosHawKX
XChaosHawKX

they need to stop makin Sonic games, it all went to total crap after Shadow the Hedgehog...

pixelsword
pixelsword

Dear Sonic: Who's your daddy? Signed, Mario P.S. Take a bath before stepping foot in Nintendo.

exocel
exocel

no shenmue 3 again....

Darth_Tigris
Darth_Tigris

BTW, after reading through the comments, its great to see the real historical Sega fans all clammoring for the same games. We're all still out there, but NuSega just doesn't care. That's why I said Sega's dead to me. But, NiGHTS is worth keeping an eye on and VF5 is a storied series. But I'm not interested in the Sonic games and the 360 and PS3 offerings are games that any publisher could be releasing. There are very few publishers with the library catalog of Sega's caliber, and they JUST DON'T CARE ...

Darth_Tigris
Darth_Tigris

Sega's dead to me. This is just another publisher of stuff. What a pitiful shame.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

How the mighty have fallen. Sega used to be a driving force in the arcade and console scene. After killing off one franchise after another with bad games, all they have left is poor Sonic to get pimped out more than Mario. At this point Sega should just start doing classic game compilations of its great arcade games. I'd like to see some Master System games on Virtual Console too.

VenDaler
VenDaler

Ooh Space Siege. That sounds interesting. Maybe better setting for the gameplay in Dungeon Siege. Of course, I didn't play Dungeon Siege 2, so I can't speak for that one.

bhayward-browne
bhayward-browne

I want a sequel to Skies of Arcadia, that game was amazing on the dreamcast and the remake on the cube was ok...but i want another Along with another Shenmue

dragonsama
dragonsama

the only thing I can say is Where is Shenmue 3 Sega!! We need it and we need it now!!!!

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Nights into dreams better be good to make up for all the crappy Sonic games past Sonic Adventure 2..

Areola54
Areola54

no wonder they dissed it. there is nothing there

carddude
carddude

I'm glad to see that Sega isn't introducing another god-awful sonic game!

Homes225
Homes225

Why am I only a little excited for The Club and Universe At War?

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Dude I'd kill for another Jet Grind Radio or the Final Shenmue. But still I don't mind Virtua Fighter 5 I have been waiting for this for month!!

connell66
connell66

Hmm... interesting. I suppose it's time. I am Yoichi, the president of Square Enix. Final Fantasy VII has been remade for the PS3 for its tenth anniversary, and for the series' twentieth anniversary. It will quietly be put onto store shelves later this year.

EarthThatWas
EarthThatWas

Wake me when they announce Genesis 2. Kidding. I can't say I'm excited about all these titles, but it is good to see Sega has such a strong showing.

Slagar
Slagar

I admit, while I would've liked to have seen Golden Axe, or Shenmue 3, or a number of other titles here, their lineup isn't really unpredictable given their position. Instead of shunning them, lets just hope they really focus on quality this time round, and get these games right. Lets face it, they don't have a lot of untarnished cards left on the table. NiGHTS is a very special moment in gaming history for many of us - so lets just pray they don't let us down. Again.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

This one really made me laugh! Shenmue 1 was for Dreamcast. Shemue 2 was for Dreamcast. Jet Set Radio was for Dreamcast. And there is a game Shemue Online currently under development, to be released sometime in 2008

kirby43c1d
kirby43c1d

no wonder the sega dreamcast died no shenmue and no jet set radio

Riviera_Phantom
Riviera_Phantom

Uhm...where the HELL is Golden Axe? Sega get worse and worse every year.

sony_is_sony
sony_is_sony

I am not interested ... just waiting for 1 really great game from Sega ... Shenmue 3.

Romanticide
Romanticide

Mario could not beat sonic at anything in the olympics.

idontexist
idontexist

And still no 3D version of Streets of Rage. And no, Spike Out was not the successor of Streets of Rage. It's time for a proper Streets of Rage in 3D. BTW great to hear that Sega is doing a new Golden Axe.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

It seems to me that most negative comments come from those who only like FPSs and generally violent games... I wonder how a line-up of Sonic, NiGHTS, Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Mario and Sonic and other could be weak, when every single of these games has a potential of selling more than 1 million of copies.

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

here's hopin that SEGA finally says something about their new Golden Axe game...

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I'll be waiting for more sega coverage during e3:D