In Podcast, Another Hint of Download-Only Needlemouse

In Podcast, Another Hint of Download-Only Needlemouse

by January 3, 2010

Sega Rep Possibly Affirms Wii Shutout

This comes into us from News Tipster ShadiWulf–the latest episode of the 4 Guys, 1Up podcast, one of Sega’s studio directors, Constantine Hantzopoulos, stopped by–and he may have further cemented something we told you about in October.

We’re talking about a two pronged approach to Needlemouse: That it may be download only, and if so, it may only be available via XBOX Live and the Playstation Network.  The latter makes sense, as the PS3 and XBOX 360 are true HD consoles–something teased on the initial Needlemouse trailer.

What we want to direct your attention to is a passage a little after an hour in on the Podcast.  In the passage, a remark is made about how much hype Project Needlemouse is already getting, followed by a remark Hantzopoulos makes about how he’s been playing games on XBOX Live and PSN:

1Up: I think that’s why a lot of people are excited about Needlemouse too, because it seems like SEGA aren’t trying to make it as mass market.

Hantzopoulos: That’s right, that’s right. I’ve been playing a lot of XBLA and PSN games lately. Shadow Complex is great.

As ShadiWulf put it in his tip to us, “Everytime Needlemouse gets mentioned, so does XBLA and PSN.”

It is a fair point, and it is the second time we’ve heard such an indirect connection made in a public interview.  Officially, Sega has made no such announcement on where Project Needlemouse will show up.  However, if this holds, Sega may be squandering a potentially huge Wii audience who want to play a 2D Sonic as bad as the rest of the world.

That isn’t the only item of note Hantzopoulos said in the podcast, and we’ll have that part of the story Monday on TSSZ News.  In the meantime, we’ll continue to keep tabs on what pans out with Project Needlemouse, and we thank ShadiWulf for submitting this to our News Tips system.  If you have news to share, be sure to send it to us by clicking News Tips at the top of every page.