Shrek, Madagascar star in crossover kart racer

How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters vs. Aliens characters also featured in Activision's DreamWorks Super Star Kartz for consoles, DS, and 3DS this year.

The Madagascar and Shrek series of animated films have already spawned their own spin-offs with the upcoming Puss in Boots film and the Penguins of Madagascar TV series. Now the DreamWorks franchises are about to explore another time-honored avenue of brand extension: the crossover.

Activision is going green with its new hybrid.

Activision today announced DreamWorks Super Star Kartz, a family-friendly racing game starring 14 of the animation studio's best-known characters from franchises like Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, and Monsters vs. Aliens. The crossover racer is set to speed into stores this holiday season for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, and DS. Beyond familiar stars, the game will feature familiar kart racing wrinkles such as jumps, power-ups, and turbo boosts. The game will include Battle, Circuit, and Time Trial modes, as well as four-player split-screen action for consoles.

This is not the first time around the track for many of the game's stars. Activision published Madagascar Kartz in 2009, while Shrek is a veteran of the genre since TDK's 2002 Game Boy Advance title Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway. The ogre also starred in the combat-tinted racer Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing in 2006, although it featured a variety of mounts in lieu of karts.

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48 comments
z50macdaddy
z50macdaddy

Now that everyone is copying mario kart, will there be a COD kart or a Left 4 Dead kart?

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

I love kart racers!! Still waiting for one to beat Street Racer tho :P

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

I don't care how old you are, these games are fun to play. I'm actually quite excited about this.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

I'd rather wait for the upcoming Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS or the brand new Mario Kart on the Wii U. Sorry DreamWorks, you guys should just stick to making quality movies.

mr_gibberish
mr_gibberish

This just proves Activision's new favourite hobby is building towers out of rolled up bank notes!

Yasviele
Yasviele

I would like to have a game like Crash Team Racing ( ps1) in ps3 / xbox / wii :(!! CTR is one of myy favorites and very fuunny.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

What's with all the hate? It's a kids game guys lay off em. I'm sure there's a lot of children out there who will love this. It's a happy feel-good game, not many of them around these days.

gameking5000
gameking5000

I'm VERY surprised that this got an article dedicated on it. As X_Colbert_X said, it must be a slow news day.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

I deepest sympathies for the C-Team of rookie developers within Activision's mega structure that got ordered to bring this thing into existence.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Wow this actually made it to the news ? ha

evilcomesback
evilcomesback

honestly i was amazing hyped for this lol, but then i saw the turbo boosts:( and the fact tht theres no mounts. Yes im talking about Shrek smach andcrash racing, no matter wht ppl say, tht game was a blast to play, was addicted to it. Playing it soo many times with my brother, eventually i got a ps3 though, still im hyped for it, will base it on the average review scores though because was thinking of getting cars 2 for shrek.

FYMFranchise-_-
FYMFranchise-_-

This is gross does the fact this game exits make anyone else weep for the next generation of gamers?

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Not a fan of licensed games like this, but what's really sad is how few of these Dreamworks movies are actually good.

Superzone
Superzone

Doesn't Mario Kart 7 come out in December? Pretty stupid marketing move on Activision's part releasing this game even close to MK7...

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

OMG! FINALLY! Wait, I mean WHY?!!?!??!

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@Big_Pecks You are right in every way :)

Flint247
Flint247

Mario Kart 7 is better. :)

endorbr
endorbr

OH COME ON. How can you look at the concept of this game with a straight face and think that it will be good?

moviequest14
moviequest14

From this ''preview'' picture the karts look lack-luster to say the lease (since when is a go-kart with that characters picture on it actually an accurate depiction of that character?).This could be one of the best racing and mash-up games available (with,after all,a ton of variety and familiar titles) but with a track-record (no pun intended :P ) of Shrek Swamp Racing I doubt it will even pass as a sub-standard licensed racer.I will still remain optimistic and hope that they will prove me wrong though...

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@ThePowerOfHAT But not by Activison!

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Eh, looks like a multiplat that is going to suck on systems.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

Pixar Kart would be better in every way.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Just another greedy move by activision!

Jonwh18
Jonwh18

this looks like a horrible idea

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

How many good games has Activision made, anyway...?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@cvskid "So any kart racing games that ever come out are automatically labeled as mario kart ripoffs and "suck" just because mario did it? Makes no sense." Honestly, it makes perfect sense, because just about every licensed/mascot kart-racing game has been utter, utter crap. M&Ms Kart Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, Chocobo Racing, Sega All-Stars, Antz Racing, and so on. And, lest we forget, both Shrek and Madagascar already had their own kart games... which scored averages of 54% and 26% respectively at GameRankings. Absolutely nothing about this project should suggest anything other than an impending turd. And sadly, because of the license, it'll probably outsell the underrated ModNation games. Pity.

der_spudmeister
der_spudmeister

You know they mean business when they spell karts with a -z at the end.

Judgester
Judgester

I'd buy it if it has music from the movies. Can I get a "I LAKK TU MOOVIT MOOVIT !" ?!

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

The only crossover I wanna hear about is either Nintendo Vs. Capcom or Square Enix Vs. Capcom... Maybe Mortal Kombat Vs. Capcom.

cvskid
cvskid

So any kart racing games that ever come out are automatically labeled as mario kart ripoffs and "suck" just because mario did it? Makes no sense.

servb0ts
servb0ts

I wanna be, I wanna be like Mario! Ma-Ma-Mi-Ya!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

It would have been nice to have a Pixar vs DreamWorks Kart Racers since they are both rivals and I do enjoy watching there movies. But how are they going to get the 49'11'' tall Woman Ginormica [from monsters vs Aliens] into the race? Well this should be enteresting to see.

endorbr
endorbr

I don't have to read this article to know that this game has EPIC FAIL written all over it.

JadeNic
JadeNic

I'll probably be buying this when it eventually goes on sale. Madagascar Kartz is my 3 year olds favorite game, and if I'm being honest, I kind of enjoy it myself.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I've only seen one of the movies listed...but I do enjoy a mindless game with the Penguins of Madagascar...might hit the bargain bin for this one just the same :)

Asheileon
Asheileon

Kill it ! kill it with fire !!

jedifox
jedifox

I rather wait for the new Mario Kart on the upcoming Wii U.