‘Sonic: Lost World’ features competitive multiplayer modes and exclusive 3DS levels

Sonic Lost World screen

The Nintendo-exclusive Sonic: Lost World features competitive multiplayer in both its Wii U and 3DS incarnations, Sega revealed in a new blog post. “A range” of different multiplayer modes are included, though whether those will be the same on both platforms is unclear.

There are some disparities between the two versions of the new Sonic game, as the 3DS version includes exclusive “special stages.” In addition, the Wii U and 3DS versions each feature disparate “color powers” that take advantage of the systems’ unique hardware capabilities. In the Wii U version, players can also play entirely on the GamePad controller’s screen, and a two player “support mode” is available as well.

In Sonic: Lost World, six powerful creatures called the “Deadly Six” rise up against their summoner, the villain Dr. Eggman, who must then join forces with Sonic to defeat them. It is essentially the plot of 1995’s Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but, you know, with Sonic.

“The game marks an evolution of the Sonic series and fans—both old and new—will be excited by a story which sees two of video games biggest adversaries, Sonic and Dr. Eggman, joining forces for the first time to help defeat a new deadly threat,” Sega of America chief content officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki said in the announcement.

Sonic Lost World releases on Wii U and 3DS later this year.