Sonic has been present on Nintendo consoles for over a decade now, but back in the early 2000s when Sonic first came to Nintendo platforms, SEGA fans were pretty upset. In a recent Game Informer article, Sonic developer Takashi Iizuka noted that at that time, there was a lot of rivalry between the companies. As hardware manufacturers, their role was to compete with other companies in the market, but Iizuka just wanted “to make the greatest games possible, and bring them to as many people as possible.”
“From my perspective, yeah, the companies may have been at war from a promotional standpoint – there was a lot of rivalry being created. As hardware manufacturers, you’re always out there competing against everyone else in the marketplace, but for me, I was just out there to make the greatest games possible, and bring them to as many people as possible.” — Takashi Iizuka
This rivalry between SEGA and Nintendo soon disappeared, and the companies began to discuss the idea of having their characters in the same game.
Sonic‘s creator, Yuji Naka, was the first to suggest that Sonic and Mario should feature in a game together, but he left SEGA in 2006. Talks continued at Nintendo after he left, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games came out the following year.
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Source: Game Informer