Sonic Returning to 2D in 'Project Needlemouse'

BOOM widget 124191Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog will be returning to his side-scrolling roots in 2010 with a new game codenamed Project Needlemouse on platforms unknown, GameSpot reports.

Details are sparse, with Sega brand manager Ken Ballough only noting "It's a brand new 2D adventure coming out in 2010, it's in HD."

"Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay," Ballough told GameSpot. "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."

Click on through for the announcement trailer, with the delightful old "Se-ga!" Gensis startup sound and proud boast that "speed returns" in Needlemouse. BOOM video 2551