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Official: Sonic the Hedgehog is Coming Back in 2D!

All four 2D versions of Sonic. from the original game to the upcoming 4th installment.

All four 2D versions of Sonic. from the original game to the upcoming 4th installment.

Last Fall we learned of a rumor that had Sega's "Project Needlemouse" as a new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog return game. Today, we learn from GameSpot that it's true.

Those feeling nostalgic for a return to the good old 2D 16-bit days of Sonic will be pleased to learn that Sonic 4: Episode 1 will pick up from after where Sonic the Hedgehog 2 left off (my personal favorite in the series, followed by Sonic CD).

While it is billed as a 2D game, it'll make use of 3D models--similar to the implementation used in Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros.

As the name Sonic 4: Episode 1 suggests, subsequent games will be released in an episodic manner in a downloadable format. Look for the first installment this summer on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and the Wii Shopping Channel.