After endless rumours, SEGA's lifted the lid on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Nintendo 3DS.
The racer sees Sonic and friends racing in cars that also transform for aquatic and aerial travel. That might sound a little familiar to Mario Kart 7 veterans, but developer Sumo Digital has assured fans it's very different: you race on the water's surface, not below the waves, for one.
Confirmed characters so far include the usual cast of Sonic characters as well as Golden Axe dwarf Gilius Thunderhead and Vyse from Skies of Arcadia, Beat from Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi's B.D. Joe. There's also a Panzer Dragoon stage confirmed, which gets us very excited indeed.
The racer is so far revealed for 3DS but we'd put money on a Wii U version being announced before too long. Expect more details later today.
SONIC & ALL-STARS RACING TRANSFORMED™ CHANGES THE RULES OF RACING
LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO – 30th April 2012 – SEGA® Europe and SEGA® of America Inc. are excited to announce Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™, a thrilling new racing experience featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and a fantastic cast of SEGA All-Stars competing across land, air and water in vehicles that fully transform from cars, to planes to boats. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will speed on to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation® Vita, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and PC Digital Download late in 2012.
Following on from the huge success of Sonic & SEGA All-Star’s Racing™, the characters now have their own unique transforming vehicles designed to take advantage of the varying terrain. The line up on the Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed grid sees SEGA favourites – including Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr Eggman and AiAi – return to battle against newcomers that include Gilius Thunderhead of Golden Axe and Vyse of Skies of Arcadia. The brand new dynamic environments and tracks in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed are once again inspired by SEGA’s illustrious gaming history. When the road falls away beneath you in Super Monkey Ball’s Temple Trouble track your car transforms into a boat and speeds down the rivers and rapids, whilst the Panzer Dragoon inspired track, Dragon Canyon, takes you into the sky in complete control of your plane, barrel rolling to out-manoeuvre rivals and obstacles before transforming back in to a car and racing to the finish line.
“Given the fantastic feedback we received from critics and consumers alike for the first game we really wanted to push the boundaries on our follow up game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed” commented David Corless, Global Sonic Brand Director. "Transforming vehicles allow us to do this – as well as drifting your car around the corners of a track, you get to fly your plane and pilot your boat against others all within one race. Add to this a grid full of star characters, retro IP, fun, fast race modes and cool tracks and racing fans of all ages are sure to love this one!”
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed also sees the popular All-Star moves return with a brand new mechanic allowing your All-Star bar to power up faster if you race daringly and stylishly. An all new fair weapon system ensures that weapons fired at your vehicle can either be blocked or evaded once you have gained the skills to do so, making each race a unique and exhilarating experience whether it’s on water, in the air or on land. Old rivalries can be settled and new track records set in the enhanced online multiplayer mode, whilst the Grand Prix mode and competitive Battle Arenas will prove that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is certainly set to change the rules of the race.
nice! Probably won't quite be a Mario Kart, but I did enjoy the last Sonic and Sega racing game on the Wii.
I just wish I knew a little more about the other Sega franchises. I am a big Sonic fan though.
Vyse + Panzer Dragoon = day one buy for me.
Sounds like Diddy Kong Racing
I just thought of how awesome Skies of Arcadia 2 on the 3DS would be.
This sounds pretty fun. I'll keep my eye on it.
I won't be buying it though.
I already have Mario Kart.
Hmm, yeah, I will probably pick it up.
Glad this is getting a sequel.
Enjoyed this way more than I did Mario mart wii.
Wasn't that interested until I saw the mention of Panzer Dragoon.
...oh, and Skies of Arcadia is a bit of alright too.
Aww yeah! First one was very fun, a lot better than MK Wii, like @Sony_70 said
My son will love this game. He has the first one for the DS
I didn't play the last one, but Sega is usually a quality game company. I'll have to keep my eye on this one.
The first one was much better than any Mario Kart game (yeah, I said it), so this sounds awesome. Vyse! Win win win win win!
The first one as pretty close to being a great game if it weren't for the strange course design and controls holding it back. I'll definitely give this one a try to keep my mind off of MK7.
Eh would a new Panzer Dragoon even work. The old team is making a spiritual successor for kinect.
Would love to see a port of orta.
Vyse!!!!! Confirm NiGHTs as playable and it's a day one purchase! Toejam and Earl would be nice as well...
I saw a video and it literally copied Mario Kart 7's transformations(or whatever they are in Mario Kart 7),although it also reminded me of Diddy Kong Racing(N64).
But i am getting this definitely,like others said,i enjoyed the last game much more than Mario Kart Wii.
Original version on DS was a very big disappointment. Don't think i'll buy this one unless it is very different from that one.
I might be getting this one as well, love the one on the Wii & DS.
Yeah looking like they're doing a modern SEGA version of Diddy Kong Racing instead of just a version of Mario Kart. Fine by me. Loved the first one. I'd buy both versions if I was interested enough
I used to own the Wii and DS versions myself and really liked them. It'd just be bizarre if it didn'( come to the Wii U
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed screenshots showing Panzer Dragoon stage and dragon! Awesome.
Diddy Kong and Rare want their game back, lol.
But Vyse you say? SOLD! How about adding Aika and Fina too? :3
I never played Sega all-stars racing on anything but mobile. Tell me though; is the mobile version an exact replica of the other versions, or just an abridged game?
Why must you tease me...
No. I've played the Wii, 360, and mobile version. The mobile version sucks in my opinion.
If you like Mario Kart though, you will probably like this. It's different, but it's the same sort of genre. Honestly I like the Wii's controls best.
Oh sweet! Now I'll just have to decide whether I want to buy the 3DS or Vita version (or both)!
Wow, most likely gonna pick it up for the 3DS.
Sonic Kart 7 anyone?
Sonic Kart 7, yes.
Looking forward to this. Hope Ulala and Billy Hatcher are still in.
ill get it only if it has Alex Kidd.
Sonic Kart >>>>> Mario Kart. May have to pick this up.
Seriously, getting this just cuz Vyse.
Sega needs to know that Vyse sells stuff.
That's cool. I played the first one a lot on 360. I look forward to this.
Am I the only one who wants Phantom R in this? Probably.
I loved the original! I have it on DS!
Maybe I'll pull it out again, before the launch of this one!
I dunno what Panzer Dragoon or Skies of Arcadia are, but the trailer seemed cool I guess.
i hope jacky bryant from virtual fighter is in this one. i was disappointed that he and akira didn't make the wii and DS versions of sonic and all stars racing.
also, love to see raphael from rhythm thief as well.
I wonder if they would include banjo and kazooie on nintendo 3ds.
I really hope we get a Wii U version. The first one was my favorite racer on the Wii.
Sweet new additions too. Gilius won't be sitting this one out! Can't wait to see his kart.
Sonic & All Stars Racing to me looks like how Diddy Kong Racing played. I agree with most of the people in here who said that. But when you see all the amount of characters and new stages in this along with the kart transformations going from car, to boat and to plane. It feels like it puts Mario Kart 7 to shame.
What is this mario mart you speak of?
DO you play as Bowser, selling evil Marios that will tarnish Mario's good name?
Or is it a game where you sell and make Mario merch for your Mii?
Looks awesome. And the fan service sounds like it's gonna be great. I'll get this ,probably on 360 though.
@3DSLUIGI Sadly... I have to agree. In Mario Kart 7 its a direct transition... with this you can see the vehicle change from car to boat to plane... which makes it feel more complete and more awesome in some ways. But I'll have to pick this up as well now... the 3DS is bankrupting me.
I just want a new jet set radio >_< is that too much to ask but knowing sega and their problems it wont't happen.
I am getting this
this looks good but i still think someone needs to make a JetMoto (PSone) style racing game (in terms of how its controlled) with Mario Kart type interactions (powers, traps etc)
Cars that can transform for sea and air?
Hmm, sound completely original.
Just kidding, I'm actually pretty excited for this. All-Stars Racing was a fine game, but it just felt... bland. These two things will hopefully make it a bit more exciting.
The original felt like a spiritual successor to Diddy Kong Racing (my favorite kart racer ever). With the addition of air and sea vehicles, this is like a true sequel to Diddy Kong Racing. Can't wait. Will probably get it for Wii U.
Panzer Dragoon stage makes it a day 1 purchase for me. Now if only they would make Edge from Saga playable... or even Azel! Oh well as long as there's Ulala!
Probably not for me. I've still got the first one to play over the summer (along with Generations).
Not interested. The only thing games like this does for me is make me miss the old Sega. And the great games they USED to put out. James, you say that Vyse and Panzer Dragoon equals a day-one buy for you, but to me, sticking Vyse and a Panzer Dragoon-themed level into their silly kart racer is no substitute for the real things. No substitutes for actual follow-ups to these once great series'. It's just a tactic (and not even a very good one at that) to get gullible people like you to buy their little racing game. Sorry to be such a downer, but that's my 2 cents.
I'd settle for a port of Jet Set Radio Future on Wii U with the bugs fixed and the ability to draw your own grafiti on the tablet controller. Is that really to much to ask? Would it cost them THAT much money?
YES! I loved the first game on the Wii, now I'm glad I held out on Mario Kart 7, this looks like it could be much better!
TRANSFORMERS SONIC IN DISGUISE that's pretty much the first thought that came to me when I saw this XD
It's not a sega racing game without the Hornet. At least give me a ROOOOLLLLLLLIIIINNNNGGGGGG SSSSSSAAAAAARRRRTTTTTTTTTT.
Also Sonic Kart < Mario Kart.
Axel and Blaze from Streets of Rage need to be playable, with their police car.
Why wouldn't anyone want to drive a police car?
Will get this on PS3 and Vita. Though if the Vita and 3DS versions are different I will get all three.
I've got to admit, it's looking pretty good.
Gimme, Gimme Gimme Sega, I need this game!
for the love of god!! put it on wii u! (even though it will never happen dammit!!! (excuse my language)) I am like the only one on this site sick of portable gaming!!
Day 1 buy for me.
3DS Version for teh win!
Can't wait to race online. I'm obviously going to play this MUCH more than MK7.
Speaking of which, this is more high-tech than Mario Kart. A lot of elements in the Wii version were much better as well (like the drifting).
I can't help but feel that the 3DS version will not be as good though, (looking at the original's DS version, which was pretty fun, but still not as good,) Then again, people managed to get Super Street Fighter 4 on the system, so I'm sure it will at least be on par with Vita. But then again, I don't own a Vita, so...
Where is Ryo Hazuki?
mario kart wii >>>>>>>>> sonic allstar racing wii
this is like mario kart 7.
I knew this was gonna happen sooner or later...
What? No Ulala?! This is absurd.
EDIT: just realized that Ulala's vehicle can count as a boat, aircraft, and car. look at the previous game and you'll see why. and it doesn't need to transform.
I foresee "A List of Things Sega Has Done Similar to Nintendo."
But yeah, this looks pretty cool. I only got a chance to play the DS version of the original (demo on the Nintendo Channel), and apparently that's the suckiest.
Yes! I don't care what the people say, I love this series. Looks like its going to have some decent features. ^_^
Glad its coming for 3DS, the DS game has some pretty bad glitches that 3DS exposes.
i had this for xbxox 360 cause the ps3 version didnt have anything special but ima buy the version with someone good like nintendo could ut link in there to race or pikachu and ps3 sackboy or ratchet and clank xbox 360 conker or master chieft AND SILVER MUST BE A CHARACTER!
Damnit Sega! Why must you tease me with these references to Panzer Dragoon.
They should make Super Sonic an unlockable character; who races, hovers, and flies without the need of a vehicle.
Oh, and give me Blaze in a police interceptor (with a running siren) that transforms into a police motorboat and a police helicopter.
@nba4life Perhaps in general racing, but when comparing their Battle Modes, S&SASR>>>>>>>>>>MKWii.
So far this doesn't look completely like a Mario Kart clone.
@TheNintendOtaku I can help you with that.
@CyberNature Don't get me wrong, if this came out on the same day as a new Panzer/Skies I'd buy them over this, but I'll take what I can get. JSR is coming to PSN and XBLA and there's Crimson Dragon for Kinect that's basically a new Panzer Dragoon. Both will get my money, and the second one's not even published by SEGA. (I already have Skies and every Panzer game, so no need for rereleases for me.)
Thanks for calling me gullible, though!
Going to buy it!! It is a lot different from MK7! I don't say it is better, or wrost, just good and different. And I am a big fan of racing games in a handled! I was waiting for a good racing game, despite MK7.
I just hope the graphics are good, at least as good as MK7 graphics that aren't perfect but are good enough.
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