Sega has revealed that it is already dreaming up concepts for how Sonic the Hedgehog games will look on the next generation of consoles.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Sega's Takashi Iizuka said he believes the successors to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms will provide all sorts of interesting ways in which the fast-paced 3D Sonic games can evolve.
He reassured fans that the extra graphical power will not lead Sega to try and add more realism to Sonic's colourful world, but suggested that new visual tricks like improved lighting could help make future Sonic titles more convincing and involving.
Meanwhile, Mr Iizuka also said he believes the iconic blue hedgehog is a "perfect fit" for Nintendo's new Wii U, which will be released later this year and will introduce a revolutionary tablet controller.
"How we will apply using the controller to Sonic is something we're still thinking about at the moment," he added.
Sonic celebrated his 20th anniversary last year and is currently riding high from the success of the popular Sonic Generations, as well as the crossover hit Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.