Wii U exclusive inviting 'Mario Galaxy' comparison.
One footnote in the most recent Nintendo direct was the introduction of a new Nintendo exclusive Sonic title, 'Sonic: Lost World.' What helped to make it a footnote was the lack of information and the dubious history of Sonic titles. Fortunately, SEGA has released the game's first trailer and almost instantly the game's approach to blending 2D and 3D gameplay along with its color palette is inviting favorable comparisons to the two 'Mario Galaxy' titles.
Specifically in the trailer, the game's shifting perspectives repeatedly takes 2D style environments and turns them on their head to reveal 'Mario Galaxy' like expansions of gameplay space. The trailer is entirely focused on what can be assumed to be the new Green Hill Zone, which hopefully also bodes well for steering 'Sonic: Lost World' towards the less wacky and more traditional aspects of Sonic titles.
While 'Sonic: Lost World' is a Nintendo exclusive, the title has also been promised for 3DS in addition to the Wii U version. It remains to be seen how similar the console and handheld version will be.
'Sonic: Lost World' is expected to release for the Wii U and 3DS before the end of the year.