Mario & All Stars Racing Transformed anyone?

Racing games aren't exactly in abundance for Wii U at the moment. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed represents the only racer on Nintendo's new console at this current time, with Need For Speed: Most Wanted set to emerge later in the launch window.

Some may see titles like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed as Mario Kart rip-offs but the game's developer, Sumo Digital, doesn't believe this is the case, and thinks that Nintendo could learn a thing or two from the blue hedgehog's new racer.

Speaking to, the game's executive producer Steve Lycett said that whereas Mario Kart tends to stick to tracks from the Mario Universe his game instead branches out into other SEGA franchises, something he feels makes the experience more varied. Lycett also believes the new split screen style which allows 5 players to progress through the game together is "a big step up from what's been before".

What I'm hoping is Nintendo will now have to take a leaf from our game for their next Mario Kart. I think we've pushed the genre forward with this game.

What do you think? Can Nintendo learn something from Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, or is it best to carry on with its own style? Let us know in the comments below.