SEGA has entered into an exclusive worldwide partnership with Nintendo, granting Nintendo the exclusive rights to distribute or publish the next three titles in the Sonic The Hedgehog series.

The agreement means that the next three Sonic titles, including Sonic: Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and an unannounced title, will all release exclusively on Nintendo platforms.

"Sonic the Hedgehog has performed incredibly well on Nintendo platforms and this exclusive partnership is a natural fit for the next evolution of Sonic games," said Jurgen Post, COO of SEGA Europe. "The Wii U and Nintendo 3DS are ideal platforms to showcase Sonic and we are looking forward to working with Nintendo on these three exciting adventures."

"We're delighted to be forming this new partnership with SEGA, and bringing new games in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise to Nintendo systems," added Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing and PR at Nintendo of Europe. "We hope fans are as excited as we are when more details will be shown closer to E3."

Sonic: Lost World, a brand new action-adventure title due for release on Wii U and 3DS, was announced alongside Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games this afternoon, with more details promised to be announced prior to next month's E3.

The game was unofficially revealed earlier this week after a trademark application from SEGA was uncovered.

Source: SEGA Press Release