Developers of Super Mario Bros. Wonder and Sonic Superstars Considering Simultaneous Release in the Same Week


Super Mario Bros. Wonder and Sonic Superstars have a lot in common. Both feature 2D gameplay that is close to the original vision of the franchise. Both offer co-op and competitive multiplayer options. Both deliver modernized graphics. And both offer players new gameplay concepts and abilities that expand the original franchise vision in unprecedented ways. Perhaps the most shocking thing these two games have in common, however, is the timing of their release.

In the 1990s, Sonic the Hedgehog was the only series that could briefly challenge Mario’s claim to the platforming throne, and next week may prove that the series’ fates are forever intertwined. Sonic Superstars launches on all consoles (including Switch) on October 17th, just days before Super Mario Bros. Wonder launches exclusively on Switch on October 20th.

Developers of Super Mario Bros. Wonder and Sonic Superstars Considering Simultaneous Release in the Same Week

“I think it’s an interesting coincidence,” says Super Mario Bros. Wonder producer Takashi Tezuka. “We have been developing 2D action games for a long time and of course we want as many players as possible to enjoy these games. We look forward to as many people as possible having the opportunity to play these 2D scrolling games, Mario and others.”

Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Team’s creative officer and producer of Sonic Superstars, shares a similar opinion. “It’s been a long time since Mario and Sonic released an entirely new 2D platformer, but I find the fact that they’re coming out in the same week to be fateful,” he says. “People say Mario and Sonic are similar, but each has different fun elements. I hope you play both games this year and experience the difference in enjoyment.”

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Sonic Superstars

It’s been 11 years since the last all-new 2D Mario platformer hit home consoles via New Super Mario Bros. U, while the Sonic the Hedgehog series released its last 2D game, Sonic Mania, 6 years ago in 2017. Before that, however, the last brand new 2D Sonic platformer on consoles was Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which came out 11 years ago in 2012.

No matter which game excites you the most, we were impressed with our hands-on experience with both titles. Despite all the similarities mentioned above, each game brings its own unique gameplay and visual style, and each retains the core elements that have defined their respective franchises over the last three to four decades. With this one-two punch of promising 2D platformers about to be released, 2D platformer fans are in for an exciting time.

Sonic Superstars launches on October 17th for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC (you can read our ongoing review here). Super Mario Bros. Wonder launches exclusively on Switch on October 20th. Another similarity between the two titles is that they both ended up on the cover of Game Informer in 2023.

Find all of our exclusive Super Mario Bros. Wonder coverage here (or click the banner below). Click here to access our exclusive Sonic Superstars coverage center. And of course, keep an eye out for our reviews of these two highly anticipated titles in the coming days. For more on Mario and Sonic’s intertwined fates, head here to hear from Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Iizuka to learn more about how Sonic made the jump to Nintendo consoles and how Mario and Sonic appeared in the same game for the first time came together.

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