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Sonic Superstars is a side-scrolling platformer available on multiple consoles, but it was always going to have a hard time in 2023 against a critically acclaimed Super Mario title. Speaking as part of its latest financial sales report, publisher SEGA hinted that launching the co-op outing against Nintendo’s latest – as well as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – may not have been the brightest idea.

“We believe that the impact of other companies’ major titles released at the same time is significant, but we plan to expand the promotion towards the holiday season, especially in the overseas market,” CFO Koichi Fukazawa admitted. “Both the Metacritic score and user score are higher than Sonic Frontiers, and we would like to continue to sell firmly.”

The game deployed on 17th October, just days before Sony’s web-slinging sequel and Nintendo Switch exclusive Super Mario Wonder. The good news for SEGA is that early indications suggest the price drops during Black Friday have had a profound impact on the release, and it’s likely to be one of November’s better selling titles as a result.