"The new tracks also do a great job honoring their source material. Of particular note is the NiGHTS Into Dreams stage, which finds you flying through the familiar orange rings and even chasing after a fat ballerina on an oversized ball who crashes through walls just like one of the bosses in that classic title. It’s quite spectacular and it shows that Sumo Digital really is familiar with the previous titles that inspired this kart racer."
In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Wii U, playing through the World Tour mode allows you to unlock racers that include a handful of system-exclusive characters. They are: Wreck-It Ralph, the star of the Disney animated feature about a reformed video game villain; Danica Patrick, spokesperson for GoDaddy web hosting and a stock car racer to boot; Captain Crunch, the mascot of the cereal bearing the same name. Actually, the last one was a lie… but would an appearance from such a character really have come as a surprise, given the motley lineup already in place?
Whatever you might think of the exclusive drivers, or even a standard roster with diverse mascots hailing from Super Monkey Ball, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS Into Dreams and even Skies of Arcadia, there’s no denying that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a kart racer that offers a wealth of options, much like its predecessor did. Give it a chance and you’re virtually guaranteed to have a good time… as long as you don’t hate the kart racing genre on principle and can overlook a few unfortunate flaws.
Staff review by Jason Venter (December 05, 2012)
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