I will let the immature little child within me speak just this once:
Up until the first release of a Sonic game for a Nintendo console I don’t think I had fully realized that the SEGA empire had been lost after the battle waged on the videogames market for more than a decade. Today we see that over a dozen Sonic games were released for Nintendo consoles, namely Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, an attempt to bring both game universes into one under the spirit of union and diplomacy: well, as diplomatic as it could be given the fact that the game was developed by the weakened SEGA under the supervision of Shigeru Miyamoto. It’s more like a cynical and provocative way of celebrating Mario’s great victories under a fake aura of friendship and the spirit of healthy competition.
So every time I look at these lovely and exclusive Mario & Sonic magnets I think not of a game where both rivals entered a fair competition, but of a very sad day when the once relentless hero was stooped down to a level where he does not run and jump farther like he’s supposed to: even to those less familiar with his game series, he seems to have been neutered of all his extraordinary traits as if not to overshadow the real champion, the universally accepted spokesperson of the videogame medium, Mario.