Just caught this item over at voodoo extreme. Looks like Sega won't be producing their outstanding series of sports titles for the Gamecube any longer, though they will continue to produce other games including future Sonic titles for the Nintendo System. Read on for specifics.
According to a posting over at Gamespot:
"Sega has been evaluating its resources and product lineup to ensure it is bringing the right games to the right platforms as the company builds toward becoming a profitable, independent content publisher," a Sega of America representative said. "After careful examination, Sega has made the strategic decision to support the Nintendo GameCube with a priority on delivering its leading entertainment properties such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Monkey Ball, proven franchises which have been top sellers on the system. Sega will focus its sports development resources on delivering its Sega Sports games to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox on time at the start of each season. Sega is committed to the Nintendo GameCube and will continue to support the platform with its leading entertainment properties, including the recently announced Sonic Adventure DX, as well as many other titles yet to be announced."
I'm not sure why, but Nintendo has never really seemed like much of a sports platform since the Genesis stole that title. Electronic Arts barely supported the N64, and most of the time Nintendo sports enthusiasts had to make do with crap like NBA Jam or Ken Griffey Baseball. That trend seems to be continuing with the Gamecube, though at this point I wonder if anyone will really notice. Considering the lack of online support, and the simple fact that most gamers who buy systems for sports games probably avoided Nintendo out of habit, it's probably a logical choice. I'd expect EA Sports to continue with their support of Nintendo, though it might be limited.
Even more important, I wouldn't read too much into this decision. Likely it won't affect Gamecube sales either way.