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Peter Moore comments on Sega/Nintendo rumors

by Max Lake - July 29, 2001, 4:32 pm PDT
Source: IGNCube

There've been crazy, yet exciting rumors regarding Sega & Nintendo recently. Find out what Sega prez, Peter Moore had to say about two of them: a Sega/Nintendo RPG & Sonic in SSBM...

Ever since Sega left the hardware business and even months before, there have been rumors of exciting possibilities involving Sega & Nintendo. Just a little under a year ago, there was a rumor of a Nintendo / Sega RPG in the works. There have also been rumors of Sonic the Hedgehog appearing as a hidden character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, a possibly well chronicled in our Smash Melee preview & discussed in our latest Mailbag.

Although PGC has documented both rumors, we’ve always remained quite skeptical on them both. We’ve suggested before that the Sega/Nintendo RPG could very well be a misinterpreted take of the news Phantasy Star Online v.2 was heading to Cube back then. There are rumors of negotiations for Sonic in Smash Bros. though this rumor has been around awhile... Naturally, we would love for either to be true.

Just recently, the boys at IGNCube took it upon themselves to ask Sega president and chief operating officer, Peter Moore about these rumors. Mr. Moore was all too eager to comment on the rumors, and although what he said may not be what some were hoping for, it is still quite encouraging.

"I think that's just wishful thinking," said Moore when asked about the long-rumored Sega / Nintendo joint RPG. "But if I got a phone call at four o'clock this afternoon from Japan that said they were doing it, it wouldn't surprise me in the least. We have a great relationship with NCL all the way to Yamauchi-san, who has great regard for Sega and what we've done over the years. There is also an incredible mutual respect, particularly between Naka and Miyamoto. So, yeah -- have we done anything? No. Are they talking about it, I'm sure. Have we announced anything? No. Might we? I bet you that we do."

As for Sonic in Smash Melee, Moore offered the following:

"Wouldn't surprise me at all of Sonic were to show up in Super Smash Bros. Melee," Moore noted. " It wouldn't surprise me at all if two of the greatest videogame development talents in the world sat down and said, 'Hey, we've got to do something together.'" But it's just a rumor at this point. There is nothing definitive. And I'm not holding anything back. But with that said, I've got to believe that conversations are being had."

Sega will be showing off its software for GameCube & GBA at SpaceWorld 2001, where announcements from both companies are expected.

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