Sonic 2D Meets HD
It's been years and years since a good Sonic game came out. Now that the anniversary of the Dreamcast is sneaking up, does Sega have what it takes to resurrect a good game out of the Sonic franchise? It appears so. Project Needlemouse may be just what fans have been clamoring for -- a return to simpler white knuckle gameplay of yesteryear, replete in 2D glory. Not all retro games successfully made the leap into 3D, and Sonic was one of them. For some reason the simple gameplay mechanic of running from left to right really fast didn't translate very well to an open world level system. Sega has tried many different variations on the 3D Sonic formula, but none of them has been as successful as 1992's Sonic 2.
Now, Sega is planning to take Sonic back to his origins in a High-def reboot of the old 2D sidescroller. The game, tentatively called Project Needlemouse, is due on HD consoles later in 2010.
Sega of America's Ken Balough had this to say, "Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay. Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed, but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis. Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots."
Finally, a Sega exec who has his ear to the ground. It's not that hard to make a good Sonic game. All we want is speed and fun platforming, all in a shiny HD package.
The game is expected out in 2010, most likely on the 360 and PS3. Sorry Wii. No HD means no Sonic love. Wait, what's that? Do I hear Wii HD on the horizon? We'll see, we'll see...
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