Sonic the Hedgehog hits Android, Nintendo platforms

Does a deal between Nintendo and Sega mean the rivalry between Mario and Sonic is over after more than 20 years?

Sonic is back from the 1990s! Let's hope he didn't bring the Spin Doctors with him. SEGA

Attention all those of you who came of age in the 1990s: Sonic the Hedgehog is back and ready for the mobile world of the 21st century.

So get out your old HyperColor T-shirts, pop in that cassette copy of Pearl Jam's "Ten," and get ready to relive the days when kids had actually heard of a company named Sega.

The company this week launched a remastered version of the original Sonic game in the Google Play store for Android, and also announced the next title in the Sonic franchise will be exclusive to perhaps Sega's oldest foe, Nintendo.

The Android version has been optimized for play on mobile devices and allows gamers to play as sidekicks Knuckles or Tails for the first time. It also supports all HID and Xbox controllers and costs $2.99 to download.

According to a release, the upcoming new game, Sonic Lost World, will be available only on Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS systems. Described as a "new action platforming game," Nintendo plans to unveil the next chapter in the Sonic franchise at E3 in June.

"The onetime rivalry between Mario and Sonic has grown into a friendship that has never been closer," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

Well, maybe not completely. The two look to be competing in snowboard slopestyle and other chilly events in a new Wii U title also announced this week from Nintendo: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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