Sonic, Sega All-Stars return to kart racing

Hedgehog mascot joined by characters from Samba De Amigo, Super Monkey Ball for console and DS racer due in 2010.

Sega got a taste of crossover success with 2007's Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and the publisher has been making the original gaming speed freak play nice with other brands ever since. Beyond this year's Winter Games follow-up, Sonic also crossed over into Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sega Superstars Tennis, and now Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

Sonic the Gashog is more like it. What kind of MPG does that thing get?

Set for release in 2010 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing will bring together characters from throughout the publisher's catalog to compete on a number of fanciful tracks. As in other mascot racing games, All-Stars Racing will mix up the action with a variety of shortcuts and special power-ups to be collected as players make their laps.

All-Stars Racing will also feature another staple of the genre in party-focused multiplayer modes. The game will be playable online with races of up to eight players, or in an offline split-screen mode for four. While Sega did not put a number on the roster of characters, it did reveal that Tails, Amy, Dr. Eggman, AiAi, and Amigo would be joining Sonic at the starting line.

While racing is a regular Sonic pastime (as featured in such games as Sonic R, Sonic Riders, and Sonic Rivals), this will be the hedgehog's first time behind the wheel since a pair of Sonic Drift titles on the Game Gear in the mid-1990s.

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107 comments
Turbo_Burdo
Turbo_Burdo

dont get it... is it for ds or wii or both?

reesespiecesftw
reesespiecesftw

i agree with everyone saying this game could use some originality. "let's stick all our characters in cars and have them race around 'crazy' tracks hwhilst collecting items to help them win!"... cause i've NEVER seen that before. geezus h... i'm starting to shudder at the words "kart racer" if your car is going too fast the safety word is hwhiskey XD

mAD_ADaption
mAD_ADaption

"What kind of MPG does that thing have?" Sonic obviously has a Flinstones foot powered car.

SG_Jedi
SG_Jedi

I'm not against the idea of having this kind of spin-off game, but Maro Kart pretty much takes the cake for this already. This game may turn out to be just as good or even better than Mario Kart, but it's gonna be tough for Sega to do so. It may have been better for Sega to have joined forces with Nintendo and make a cross-over racing game, similar to the Sonic and Mario Olympics or Super Smash Bros. Brawl... at least that would have caught my attention a lot faster.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

As long as they actually spend some time on it and make it really good, then it might be as cool as Mario Kart...although I DOUBT it'll be THAT good. Haha. Either way, if it's good, then awesome.

child_of_lileth
child_of_lileth

Well, I'll at least rent this one, but I doubt there will be enough to make it worth buying.

mgreco_1988
mgreco_1988

Sega superstarts tennis was horrible. Much like most recent sega games. the only current gen sega games i like are the condemned series.

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

Wow. I can't help but laugh at a lot of the idiot comments down below. "Why is Sonic in a car? He's faster than one. He can easily outrun everybody." Yes, hence the reason he's in a car: TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. God, I'm sure if Sonic were running and still placing last in a game like this, you all would still complain. Gamers will never be happy, especially Sonic fans I swear.

Glokwerk
Glokwerk

isn't sonic faster than a car?

TheVGDude
TheVGDude

Should be better than the Sega Superstars Tennis one.

micahismyname
micahismyname

--"this will be the hedgehog's first time behind the wheel since a pair of Sonic Drift titles on the Game Gear in the mid-1990s"-- What about the McDonalds game that came with a kid's meal?? journalist pwn!!

N-Flamez
N-Flamez

Sonic gets sooooooo much unessaccary hate, so what if he's in a car, its a f****in spin-off game, not even a Sonic game, a SEGA Superstars game, jheez! Mario can do whatever the hell he wants, why cant Sonic? I blame American reviews sites 2 be honest, ya dont get this hate in Japan ya know?

matma7
matma7

@ bad medicine I happen to love sonic games (unleashed was ok but the megadrive ones were awesome), i also love sega - panza dragoon & shenmue totally rocked! I'm guessing you dont have a wii (they iz 4 kidz, loool) but you really want to play a mario kart knock off. as my earlier post states this could be so much more than a clone. think mario kart minus the karts but in smash bro style (if you know what i mean). shenmue on a motorbike panza - erm riding his dragoon echo riding a wave sonic, tails etc.. running outrun Jet set radio - grinding the hell out out everything bonk (he'd need a kart - flintstone syle of course n his leg would be givin it what 4) to name a few It's not hate from me - i'm thinking a lack of imagination on segas behalf, hopefully it'll play aswell as Mario kart - no better, no different at the same time.

Bad_Medicine
Bad_Medicine

S_Pac_316... He needs a vehicle because people these days are too laid back and can't take a bit of tough speedy challenges in levels anymore like in the old days. Thus the car slowing him down :) Of course, why ever not anyway? Is there a law saying Sonic can't have a car? Perhaps he's in a CAR RACE!!! WOW! Even sonic can have fun. I mean, whats the purpose of Mario Kart??? BHAHAHAHAHAH ,,, Exactly. >.>

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Sonic was in a racing title on the game gear/Master system called "Sonic drift' before this. But anyway, since when does Sonic need a vehicle?

NicoLikesSoda
NicoLikesSoda

always been a fan of sonic...the recent releases have sucked bawwwwlls...But i usually enjoy racing games like mario kart...i loved diddy kong racing on the n64

Bad_Medicine
Bad_Medicine

He's got a car because everyone p*ss and moan about his foot speed like in Sonic Unleashed so STFU. You find it too hard to keep up with his foot speed so you complain about the games... now he's actually in a car and slowing himself down (as you say)... AND YOU'RE STILL MOANING!!! GET A GRIPPP!!!! SAAHREIHWEIHWEIPFNWEIFNSEFNWEFNWEIFNWEIFNWEIWEFNIPWEFNIPWEFNWEFN

matma7
matma7

Sonic, tails and knuckles shouldn't need car for racing aren't they supposed to be lightning fast on foot? The dude from Jet Set Radio should be a skater (on his skates, no car) and as someones mentioned the Outrun car should obviously be in it, complete with bloke n blonde. Maybe Bonk could have a flintstone style car, hell you could even have echo riding a mini wave. Each character could have a different boost ala mario kart power slide. Out run/nitro, JSR/rail grind, sonic/ball boost thingy - however... Being a 'Sonic Kart' game it kinda screams Ripoff to me when this could of been something quite diferent.

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

This will suck. Think what you like, it will suck. But what does SEGA care? It'll sell!

EndlessPunisher
EndlessPunisher

Well if its not like F-Zero, then im afraid sonic took a step back in speed.

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

I hope for the best I really do.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Think of it as a Sega racing game with Sonic in it (rather than a Sonic game with racing) and hope for the best.

DvlSqid
DvlSqid

if it is sonic related gas, i bet it smells glorious...

mgreco_1988
mgreco_1988

dude, i get gas whenever i play sonic games. its weird.

DvlSqid
DvlSqid

How can anyone say that there have been no good kart racing game competitors to Mario?! There have been tons of phenomenal kart racers recently. With games like M&M's Kart Racing, Billy the Wizard Racing, MySims Kart Racing and many other stellar titles there have been tons of strong, possibly better kart racers out there. All of these titles are far more intuitive and action packed than any Mario Kart game could ever hope to be. I think that a sequel to Sonic R Racing would be fantastic on current gen hardware. That would eclipse any Mario game. I think they should make a Street Fighter kart racer or possibly a Madden kart racer. The world needs many, many more fun-filled and creative kart racers to choose from! (*Side note-DvlSqid has just inserted a gun into his mouth and blown his head off in a ritual suicide type fashion for the statement he just made...)

mgreco_1988
mgreco_1988

Any person that even thinks that this game will even be remotely playable needs to give up gaming as a whole.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

wow~~~ sonic driving a car..... makes alot sence since he SUPPOSE to be faster then a car ok......

cristhiansj_1
cristhiansj_1

Beep beeeep beep beeeeep! Mi sensors detect a bad game!. :( Why sonic needs a car when he can run at great speed!

GeOstyle
GeOstyle

Alright looks good to me. Maybe we will see sonic in other titles like basketball, soccer, and GASP a SSBB clone with SEGA characters!?

no1gamefan
no1gamefan

Finally a rival to MaroKart (hopefully), not since the days of Crash Team Racing has there actually been one.

Ardus
Ardus

Looks like it could be good. Can't wait to see what Knuckles is driving.

Saxostev
Saxostev

I wonder if the car from Outrun will be in it.

jadefury27
jadefury27

Aside from the first crash team racing on the playstation 1 there hasn't been a challenger to mario kart. i hope this'll be a start. and how is it sega "all-stars" when 95% of the characters are from one title?

da_chub
da_chub

wow, this is just sad, cant anyone come up with their own ideas anymore. This is such a rip off. And besides that, why are they still making sonic games. Some IPs(as good as they WHERE) should be allowed to die. Sonic is one of them.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

done right this will be awesome but it's a fine line and a lot to live up to. There still hasn't been a kart racer to match Mario Kart and lots have tried!!

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

Even Olympic runners catch the bus, drive cars and bikes. True, they can't really out run any of those things... but around london, i'm sure it would be close! just cos he's known for his speed... don't mean they can't have a little fun! And i'm sure this will Suck just like the rest of the sonic dross out there. Hope I"m wrong though...

erazor521
erazor521

A kart racing game that's not only on Wii? With functional online play? No no... this must be a joke. Bah I'm kidding. Sega Superstars Tennis was good so I'm sure this will be too.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

How many Sonic games will we get before we realize we need to put the franchise to "sleep"...

Treflis
Treflis

If Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest thing alive, why would he need a car? Has he truely become American?

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

It's been a long time since I've seen Sonic in a car.... Usually I thought Sonic Riders as the "Mario Kart" of the series

karateyoyo
karateyoyo

As long as there's at least Jet Set Radio in it- I'll get it...

trancedanne
trancedanne

This could actully be good, Crash Team Racing was fantastic, Mario Kart is a classic, i hope this will be on the same level.