Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed out now on mobile, adds Shenmue's Ryo

The arcade racing game featuring Sonic and other Sega characters is out now on mobile devices.

Sega has released Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on mobile devices and added Shenmue's Ryo as a playable racer. You can download the game from the iTunes App Store and Google Play for $4.99.

The mobile version of the game includes 10 playable racers (with more to come), multiple control options optimized for mobile devices, and the same style of arcade racing which mixes things up with dynamic tracks and transformable vehicles.

Our reviews of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game found that it suffered from occasional technical glitches, but that overall it was a joy to look at and a joy to play. The Wii U version, unfortunately, was not as good.

Ryo, in case you don't recognize him, was the protagonist of Sega's Shenmue games, which were supposed to be a flagship trilogy on Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast console. Sega released the first two games, but didn't sell enough of them to justify the third chapter. A recently filed Shenmue 3 trademark started rumors that Sega was bringing the series back, but the trademark turned out to be fake.

Ryo was actually a playable racer in the first Sonic & All-Stars Racing, but we didn't know he was going to make an appearance in the sequel until Sega started teasing him on Twitter.

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tightwad34
tightwad34

I can't believe Sonic is still relevant. I don't have any desire whatsoever for any Sonic game, but it is good to see it still alive.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Oh Sega, you teasing sons of bitches...how dare you tease us with that "SHEN 3" license plate...

psuedospike
psuedospike

OMG WTF, instead of giving him his motorcycle or the more obvious forklift they make him drive this extremely dangerous Out Run arcade contraption!?  Poor Ryo.

ashtontheguru
ashtontheguru

I may buy this, just to show my support to the Shenmue franchise.

mled
mled

I love Shenmue.

But let's get real here, judging from the type and amount comments here, I'd say there aren't enough fans to fuel Shenmue 3 :(

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Why do they continue to troll us with Shenmue stuff? If they want to gauge interest in another Shenmue title, they should ask fans directly.

zerofrust
zerofrust

Mario Kart is a walk in the park compared to this game.You want challenge,you will get it there.

BradBurns
BradBurns

I see Sega will continue to suffer a slow, painful death in mobile hell.

xolivierx
xolivierx

mobile gaming.....the joke of the century

franzito
franzito

Sega is going Nintendo's same path regarding nostalgia, although Mario seems to get juicier as time passes. Sonic, for me, gets more and more expendable over the years...

crocodileman94
crocodileman94

"The Wii U version, unfortunately, was not as good"

Um, have you guys even played the game since its release? They fixed those problems a week later.

AnonymousDX
AnonymousDX

Still waiting on Segata Sanshiro.


Also the Wii U version was fixed soon after launch. I don't get why sites that re-review games (like Gamespot and Polygon) are so selective about which games get revisions.


I guess if it won't generate controversy, why bother, right?

registeredpunk
registeredpunk

WTF still dissing the WiiU version, although is as in good shape as the other version and on the WiiU, 5 players can play on one system.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

Sega is trolling better then everyone on gamespot.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

WTF Sega!!!! All we want is Shenmue III not a Sega All Star Racer that has Ryo on it with a SHEN3 Liscence plate.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Uh he had a motorcycle, it was sort of his thing.


HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Ahh Ryo!! This looks awesome I just seen it on the app store I might get it.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

If it was on the Wii U's eshop for that price I'd snap it up. I understand they patched the wii u versions issues quickly.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Why the fuck would Sonic drive a car?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Why?  Why give Ryo on a Crap Tablet version of this game and not Consoles?

nparks
nparks

When we asked for a Shenmue sequel, this is not what we meant, Sega.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

"The Wii U version, unfortunately, was not as good."

*snicker*

juboner
juboner

the mobile gaming train is full steam ahead, there is no stopping it

Bhemont
Bhemont

@ashtontheguru Think it was free on steam the other day... Didn't bother to dl though >_>

Bhemont
Bhemont

@sgt_hunter Good question...

Maybe it's not allowed to race otherwise, dno *shrug*

BradBurns
BradBurns

@franzito 

Not quite, Sega makes fewer Sonic games now but that's the bad part, they only make Sonic games now. 

Kinda how Konami murdered the Silent Hill series with a cheap outsourced death and now they basically only make Metal Gear. They're good games but c'mon, only Sonic and Metal Gear? These companies are so lame now.

rarerichz
rarerichz

@crocodileman94 i know its really pathetic that game spot would look at every effort to discredit nintendo for every problem even when this one was fixed within a week.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

@AnonymousDXYeah this really bugs me! Some games they re-evaluate after patches like Far Cry 3 and improve the rating while others they completely ignore and keep the bad rating like Assassin's Creed 4: Liberation. Why do they do that?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@registeredpunk Definitely Liking the Wii U version for local 5player plus I like that the game runs smooth on it. Four's a party, Five's a gangbang

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

@bfa1509 To obey the speed limit, and not get a ticket.

hystavito
hystavito

@PosiTVEMinD355 At this point very few people would have any clue who he is, and on tablets even less people :).

vduong942
vduong942

@nparks this comment reminds me of how fans of the first two Banjo Kazooie games (platformer game) wanted a sequel then when a new banjo kazooie game came out (Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts), it turned out to be a racing game.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@juboner Fear not, Juboner. I will save the gaming industry.

*steps in front of barreling train*

jack_burton9456
jack_burton9456

@BradBurns Uh no, some of the other good games like Virtual Fighter 5 and Yakuza don't sell well in the West, so Sega has problems bringing them here, or don't bring them at all. Also, how the hell do you manage to ignore the Yakuza series? 

crocodileman94
crocodileman94

@mav_destroyer @AnonymousDX Not to mention they even felt like they had to mention in this article that the WiiU version is bad when they know that those problems were fixed over one year ago.

SpriggsyUK
SpriggsyUK

@RicanV @juboner NEWS FLASH: Man is killed by the barreling mobile games train R.I.P. RicanV you brave warrior......