He's baaaack!

Sega has just announced that Project Needlemouse is in fact a return to the 2D Sonic side-scrolling action of the 16-bit era. The game will be called Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and will be released on XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare this Summer.

Below is a snippet of the interview conducted by Gamespot with Sega associate brand manager Ken Balough.

GS: Will there be any differences between the different versions? That is, will the Wii have motion control, or will the PS3 and 360 run at 1080p?

KB: For all intents and purposes, the games are designed to be identical. There are a few differences per what each console can output visually: Wii will be at 480p, while the XBLA and PSN versions will run at 1080p. However, for certain areas of the game, the Wii will be able to use motion control, and the PS3 will be able to use the Sixaxis.

Click here for the full interview. Want to see it moving? Of course you do. Check out the first trailer below!

We'll have more information on Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 as it becomes available, as well as a full review of the game when it hits the WiiWare service.