Sonic Is The Star Of Project Needlemouse

By Spencer . January 15, 2010 . 1:56pm

imageWe expected Sonic to be in Project Needlemouse, but as a series trend breaker Sonic is running solo in this game.


Ever since Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sega partnered Sonic with a fuzzy friend. Tails, Big the Cat, Amy, Knuckles, Shadow, and Sonic’s new friend Mr. Needlemouse are out. Project Needlemouse is all about Sonic.


Sega also concept art showing a robotic crab enemy.




Brings back memories, doesn’t it?

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  • Advent_Andaryu

    Looks to me like Project Needlemouse is none other then an HD remake of the first Sonic The Hedgehog. No companions, a dive back to Sonic’s roots, remodeled robot crabs? Definitely!!

    I was hoping for something else but I bet Sonic Team will actually do a good job here.

    • Ereek

      Seconded. I have no problem with that idea.

  • Kris

    This is what I figured it would be ever since I saw “Sonic’s new friend Mr Needlemouse in the list. I’m incredibly psyched for this though! I’m loving the concept art.

  • ForeverFidelis

    That’s not a good thing, in my opinion.

    I like having alot of Sonic Characters in a Sonic game, though I may be alone on that.

    • MrRobbyM

      You might be alone on that. I actually like all the characters in Adventure 2, but any more after that was just bad.

      • malek86

        Me too, but I’ll admit that the hunting stages were boring. Aside from that, I think that three different characters was fine (I say three because the Dark counterparts played exactly the same as the heroes). After all, nobody complains about S&K, and that had three characters as well.After SA2 though, they started going downhill. So I don’t want to take anymore chances… if having Sonic alone will help making a better game, I’m all for it.

        • Kris

          I agree, it was fun having multiple gameplay styles in SA2, but when later games tried to combine them and lost the quality level design, it definitely started to wear thin.

  • MrRobbyM

    That’s great and all, but where’s my Adventure 2 remake? I WANT HD CHAO GARDEN AND HD MASTER EMERALD HUNTIN’.

  • Ah, was really hoping Froggy was ready to make his big break.

    This will be the latest Sonic game I played since …ah, Sonic Adventure. Did I miss much since then?

    • ForeverFidelis

      Oh YEAH you missed a lot, man.

      Sonic Adventure 2

  • Chow

    Looks most similar to a Badnik in Metropolis Zone.

    I’m just happy that they’re not making every enemy those generic humanoid Darth Vader things that popped up in the animated series and have been in the most recent games.

    I guess “Sonic’s New Friend Mr. Needlemouse” was just a red herring, then.

    • Yeah, you’re right! The word at the bottom is Kanipanchi (Kani Punch), from Sonic 2. I was thinking Crab Meat at first.

      The development behind all of the original Sonic game is still the most fascinating to me. To think what could have been or other aspects that did and didn’t make it into the games.

  • lostinblue

    I can’t believe, for once, Sega is on top of their game.

    Seems like they actually listened and listened well this time.

    Now if only they’d do a physical Wii SKU… they’d have my money.

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