Nintendo's upcoming Super Mario Maker is a celebration of all things Mario. The game supports the classic look of the original Super Mario Bros., the 3D look of more recent sidescrolling Mario games and everything in between, as users are given free reign to create the Mario levels of their dreams.
It also includes what many Mario fans may find blasphemous: the ability to play as Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog.
Images that appeared on Nintendo's Miiverse (via Go Nintendo) confirm that Sonic is playable in the game, along with other characters like Pit from Kid Icarus.
To call it unsetteling is an understatement. Who decided to let this happen? This is a celebration of all things Mario. Sonic is Mario's greatest non-Nintendo rival, so why is he appearing within Super Mario Maker, stealing Mario's spotlight?
The reason is because Super Mario Maker supports 70 different amiibo figures, including the amiibo for Sonic. Many of the amiibo that work within the game will transform Mario into a different character. Such is the case with the Sonic, Pit, Link, Wii Fit trainer and many more amiibo.
It's a little strange to see, but at this point Mario and Sonic might as well be friends. After Sega dropped out of the console business they formed a close relationship with Nintendo. Several Sonic games have appeared exclusively on Nintendo platforms, and Sonic has even co-starred with Mario in games like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Sonic also has appeared in two versions of Nintendo's all-star brawler Super Smash Bros.
For more Super Mario Maker news, read about the number of pre-made levels that will come with the game, including one crafted by Rayman creator Michel Ancel.
Super Mario Maker releases on the Wii U September 11, 2015.