The release of 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the 3DS eShop has given fans a timely reminder of just how much better the Blue Blur's classic adventures are compared to his more recent offerings.

While fans constantly debate the merits and shortcomings of games like Sonic Generations, Sonic Lost World and Sonic Boom, the general consensus seems to be that the character has seen better days. Thankfully, it would appear that Sega agrees and wants to return Sonic to those very same "better days".

According to Sega Europe Marketing Director Jon Rooke, the company is keenly aware of the lukewarm reaction recent entries in the franchise have received:

Sega has publicly apologised to the fans as the quality of console games in the Sonic franchise hasn't been acceptable over recent years. It's been tough translating that iconic side scrolling 2D experience from the 90s into 3D but Sonic is still huge for us so the new games will be more inspired by how it played in its heyday.

Does this put a smile on your face as a Sonic fan, or do you possibly think that Rooke - and Sega itself - is being too harsh on the hedgehog's recent outings? Share a comment to let us know.

[via tssznews.com]