Believe it or not, but long before Team Sonic Racing there were other kart racing Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
One of the earlier entries you might not have heard about before is Sonic Kart 3DX (move aside, Sonic Drift). This was another portable outing, but it was a 2005 mobile game designed exclusively for Sega's "Sonic Cafe" service, which was only available in Japan.
As a result, most people (and even Sonic diehards) in the west didn't know about it. Now, out of the blue, 18 minutes of recorded HDMI footage has popped up on a Japanese YouTube channel.
Sure, it might not compete with the Sonic racing games we have nowadays, but it's always nice to see how far Sonic has come.
Wow it’s like Mario Kart DS.... but worse.
Well... doesn’t look like we missed out on much. But I do appreciate that slap base, and the cool skyline in the background of the last level!
@Nermannn The slap bass is something else. It sounds like a missing Seinfeld game for the SNES.
@Nermannn I'll literally try any Sonic game just to hear the music because even the bad ones are full of bangers! SEGA's music in general is always top tier.
Gotta go fast! But not too fast...
Is mario kart DS not liked?!? I liked that game ha
@Clyde_Radcliffe I always heard Super Circuit was considered the worst, and that one was easily more of a spiritual successor to SMK (it even has its tracks as unlocks!)
@wanderwonder Oops, misread it and thought he said the GBA version!
I hope someone leaks the ROM for game preservation (also because I wanna play it myself).
Graphics looks like it could easily be a Saturn, N64, DS, or 3DS game.
I'd ask the uploader to dump it online somehow, but considering
A. the uploader seems to be Japanese
B. The comments are disabled
C. Even Likes/Dislikes are disabled??! (???)
I fear this may remain undumped for quite awhile more. Also, if it's anything like Mario Kart DS, it probably looked fine on the actual hardware running it. Emulators aren't kind to 3D DS games in particular.
@Ghost_of_Hasashi My guess is the saturn. This would look pretty bad on the 64
It's a game for phones (and probably not even brand new ones at the time) of course the graphics look bad compared to a DS game.
@EmmatheBest : Lol! “Dump”
Sonic on a go-cart is a bit like Superman riding coach on PanAm, innit?
i love Sonic but this game looks like a turd.
Wow, this looks so basic. Like, it's literally just an empty track with little else. I see bumpers and reverse bubbles, the bumpers probably just work the same as every other game but the reverse bubbles? Not as sure, do they reverse the controls or something? Not sure what their purpose is. Other than that, nothing, no obstacles, no items, just a plain track. Yeaah, this doesn't hold a candle to any recent racing game.
@wanderwonder Never played Mario Kart DS, but Super Circuit's terribleness stemmed from it having to rely on a 4 directional control pad, so that puts me off from playing any game that exists on a console that doesn't have analog controls. So not playing Super Circuit, the original, or DS.
@Bolt_Strike You won’t play any games with non-analog controls? Or are you just talking about Mario Kart, because even then I really think you should give DS a try. Also GBA was 8-Way.
The race music sounds like something from another SNES Mega Man game.
@Goat_FromBOTW Any racing game, racing games need more precision than what a 4 direction control pad can offer for turns.
And could've fooled me, the turning in GBA is way too sharp to feel 8 direction.
@nessisonett Not that there’s anything wrong with that! 😃
Gotta remember that this is from 2005, way way before the iPhone; "mobile phone games" meant something completely different back then. The fact that it has polygons at all is pretty mind-blowing.
Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart is far better. And it's free.
@EmmatheBest "The comments are disabled"
If you go to their YouTube channel homepage, there is a Discussion tab for that user where you can add a comment.
For other users, sometimes they will have a social media link or text description of how to contact them.
I usually downvote any videos that have disabled comments and/or ratings. Out of principle. Aside from a few fair exceptions like videos for kids or general education.
I've following the channel since last December, with the interest of the mobile sub-series of D3's "SIMPLE" line of games are being preserved. The channel itself became active a month earlier, when NTT Docomo announced that the main website of i-mode (y'know, App Store but for Japanese flip phones) would be shut down next November.
The channel description has been changed multiple times, but as of latest changes, the channel's owner stated that would ONLY 'preserve' them by uploading footage of them, and is not in the dumping and emulation field — at. all.
About the comment section, everything was enabled back in the day, even the owner had a Twitter page constantly being updated with the video links. Then he branched it over a second Twitter page (to separate it from the former, "personal" page) and recently (I think around early April, idk) he closed ALL the ways for feedback (comments/like-dislike/both Twitter pages). Maybe we overseas crowd were too much 'paparazzi' for him — as the channel had gained overseas recognition several times in the recent months.
I got excited for a second believing this was a lost Sega 32X game haha. Still a interesting story regardless.
@nessisonett i now realize I need a Seinfeld SNES game. "Jerry and the Neverending Castle of Newman" or something.
@cylemmulo it would look terrible on the Saturn, I'm not sure what games @Ghost_of_Hasashi has been playing on those but this doesn't even come close to any of em
The different camera views, and the polígon looking textures, this looks like Virtua racing with Sonic in it
Give meh Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed 2!
Anyway, as for this, it didn't look THAT bad to me....
Even considering the era it came out this looks unfinished.
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