The ESRB have let slip some new gameplay details for Sonic The Hedgehog 4 and from the description it sounds like fans of the original games are going to be very happy.
The rating summary, courtesy of GoNintendo says.
Rating summary – This is a side-scrolling adventure game in which players zoom through themed levels, collect gold rings, and jump on tiny robot enemies. Players earn points for collecting “power-ups” and freeing tiny animals that are trapped in the robots.
During boss battles at the end of levels, players may encounter an arch nemesis in a mechanical device that gets charred and emits some flames when damaged.
Episode One is set to be released via PSN, Xbox Live and WiiWare this Summer, and from the looks of things this could be one of the best Sonic games to be released in some time.