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SEGA unveils Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I (Previously Project Needlemouse)

At midnight (PST) on February 4th, SEGA unveiled Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, previously Project Needlemouse, on Gamespot. The game will be downloadable on Wii, PS3, and 360.

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Gamespot changed the link. Here is the new one: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/projectneedlemouse/news.html?sid=6249445&tag=topslot;img;3&mode=previews

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Torkith2304d ago (Edited 2304d ago )

That's it? I was a kid when I played through Sonic 1,2,3 and Sonic&Knuckles when I first got my Sega Genesis. I still play them from time to time. Sonic 4 is a huge game for the fans that were kids. We're talking 16 years since Sonic 3, 19 years since the first Sonic. Unless your like 12... then you wouldn't really know would you?

Though granted I'm not a fan of the redesigned "cooler" Sonic look, at least it's Sonic 4 and it's gone back to it roots. Day 1 purchase for me regardless.

baum2304d ago (Edited 2304d ago )

Seems like a response to Megaman 9 and 10. Like they took a page from capcom's strategy or something. I hope it's not another failure like most recent Sonic games.

sinncross2304d ago

I was somehow expecting 2D game with high res HD sprites.

That said, this looks like it could be fun though I am worried about the whole 'Episode' thing.

Bilbo652304d ago (Edited 2304d ago )

How is this anything like megaman 9? they are using hd not the same retro sprites.
And Capcom wasn't first to create remakes u realize, people sure love comparing x game to y game here.

Anyway it looks great i grew up with sonic i am already hyped don't let me down Sonic!

TheDeadMetalhead2304d ago

I'm sure Sega will find some imaginative way to f*** it up.

asdr3wsfas2304d ago

This is a response to mario, not megaman 9.

Sega has failed trying to make a 3d successor to sonic for decades with the mass appeal of the originals. Nintendo decides to make 2d Mario and sells 10 million plus, dwarfing the sales of the 3d Mario titles. Sonic was the rival franchise to Mario and sold similarly in 16 bit days. Sega announces 2d sonic shortly thereafter.

vhero2304d ago

Thank god they went back to old school for STH4 my sons gonna love this!

MEsoJD2304d ago

i don't want to hype this game at all because of all the Disappointment Sega has caused me.

Well Sega Don't FCUK THIS UP!!!!!!!

Mini Mario2304d ago

Hell yes! Not everything has to be 3D.

Hopefully more and more 2D games keep coming.

Sonic belongs in 2D. This is where he is the master. (next to mario)

Jamegohanssj52304d ago

Wait no flop? God damnit I lost.

TGSI

Redempteur2304d ago

ok ok ok so far so good ..

2D check ..
hd check ...

argh downloadable only ?? ( i dislike this .. i 'd rather have a box )

Episodes ?? ( the first better be good and at a reasonable price ! )

How many level by episode ? How many episodes in total ?

it can't help but think that they will do a "sega" by trying to empty my wallet ...

Rocket Sauce2304d ago

The "episode" thing bothers me. Looks like they're setting everybody up for milkage.

But I'm a sucker, so they've got my money - this looks sweet

execution172304d ago

yes i knew it, :) gonna be the first sonic game i'm going to buy since sonic adventure on the dreamcast

AntoineDcoolette2304d ago

Hot damn sonic is back baby! Though, I too was expecting sprites O_o. Whatever! He's back in his side scrolling loop running glory!

NateNater2304d ago

So basically Sega is doing what Nintendo did to the Mario series with Super Mario Bros Wii. Nice!

Its good to see Sega finally going back to its roots.

I'll be downloading Sonic 4 on my PS3 the very second it comes out!

beardpapa2304d ago

All the Genesis Sonics were good except for the one on 32X and maybe Sonic CD. I liked the dreamcast Sonic Adventure but all the rest of the Sonics later sucked hard.

I hope this one returns to the 2D roots with high-def graphics of course.

execution172304d ago

and i thought sonic cd was the best sonic gave ever and the last best sonic game that came out

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THE MAX SPEED 212304d ago (Edited 2304d ago )

Hell yeahhhhhhhhhh

" Sonic 4 will be a 2D game with 3D visuals for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii and will be distributed as a downloadable game upon its release this summer"

We'll all get to play some good old scnic!

LMAO so that was the image! the speculation about the character featured on the cover was crazy and hilarious. I'm still dead @ the Pikachu one.

LordMarius2304d ago

I guess Sega has decided to go back to its roots

user8586212304d ago

and its about damn time!!

mastiffchild2304d ago

Considering the demo for S:U showe ONLY the platforming, speedy Sonci and NO Werehog levels I'm pretty cerain Sega knew all along what people really liked and anted-finally they look happy to give it to us!

My missus is gong to go barmy over this. Absolutely dotty-even now she says she feels "dirty" playing Mario games and the fall from grace of Sega's mascot has actually, really embarassed her! This should be like pixellated soap for the girl!

Theonik2304d ago

Buying this day 1, so glad my hopes came true!

ahall88nhl2304d ago

Called it, like I guess everyone else did when project needlemouse was made public :p
Can't wait!