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The excitement and mystery surrounding Project Needlemouse, SEGA’s supposed next entry into the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, is impressive.  After all, back in September SEGA revealed their reasoning behind the title, and it seems they’ve figured out what the community has clamored for all along – another 2D Sonic game.

Sonic Unleashed, the most recent outing for the blue blur, featured semi-2D segments that saw the camera shifting to a side view. These were well-received by fans, with many voicing hope for an entire title dedicated to them.

Now, with this highly secretive project, SEGA has been playing games with fans, and teasing them with smalls bits of information here and there about the possibility of a 2D Sonic.  According to a recent posting on SEGA’s blog, it seems that a whole lot of new information could be on the way, if the right conditions are met.

According to the post, SEGA was so pleased with some of the fan art submitted to them in honor of the project (the headliner image is one of those, and is featured in the post) that they decided to make something more out of it.  Apparently, if the community comes together to submit 100 unique pieces of concept art, SEGA will divulge the projects real name, concept art from the first Zone, and an extra bonus that’s currently unknown.

The requirements?  The art must be of a Badnik, the enemies that populate the Sonic world, and it must be from the Genesis Era of Sonic games, meaning Sonic 1, 2, 3, or Sonic and Knuckles.  Heck, it could even be Sonic Spinball (or am I the only one that played that?).

So, if any talented artists frequent Gamer Limit (and we know there must be some of you), get to drawing!  Who knows, SEGA might give you a cool shout-out.  We promise we’re not using your incredible artistic skills to get the information we want.  Ok, maybe just a little.

  1. You’re not alone on Sonic Spinball. I even played the nauseating Sonic 3-D Blast.

  2. I owned a copy of Sonic Spinball! That was a long time ago, though.

  3. Oh, if only I could draw to save my life, I would participate in a heartbeat. Sega’s always been very close to my heart, considering the Genesis was the first system I owned and Sonic the first game I played.

    I’m excited to see how Sega will handle these expectations, and I’ll definitely be looking to pick up this title if it truly returns to form as it should/

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