Wreck-It Ralph Joins the Cast of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Well, it didn’t take long for more news to come, did it?
This shakey-cam footage came from SEGA’s recent “Sonic Boom” celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog, where (at 3:19 into the video) it was revealed that Sonic himself would have a speaking role in Disney’s (and not Pixar’s, as is the popular misconception) upcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph. Then (at 5:30), they showed us that SEGA and Sumo Digital would be returning the favor by including Wreck-It Ralph in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. SEGA has since added a press release to their blog.
When the game was first announced, the omission of “SEGA” from the title was a noticeable one, though some assumed that it was merely because the title was already quite long, with “Transformed” only worsening matters. Rather than simply being a case of a one-for-one swapping of words, however, it appears that the removal of the company name from the title was more than an aesthetic choice. Between Wreck-It Ralph and the E3 announcement of real-life race car driver Danica Patrick (whose model has not yet been seen) joining the cast, it seems that the “All-Stars” included reach well beyond the SEGA brand.
All in all, it’s a good move. The first game seemed vastly underrated, and deserves a much greater following than what it seems to have. With any luck, these deals will help to further promote the brand to a wider audience, and draw more people in to see what they’re missing.
Plus, as some have pointed out elsewhere, wouldn’t it be cool if after the movie, Sonic invites Ralph to go racing? Anywhere else, it would seem like a cheap shill for a tie-in, but this is one situation where it just makes sense. Besides, they’re already paying Sonic’s voice actor for a speaking part, what’s one more line?
That just leaves us the question of “who’s next?” Banjo and Kazooie featured in the Xbox 360 version of the first game, and there are those who would love to see the duo return. And on a personal level, I might have gone for the Wii version instead of the Xbox 360 version had they just included Mario (I love Mario, but I must confess to enjoying Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing more than Mario Kart).
Some have speculated on Marvel, who has had games old (Genesis era) and more recent (based on the recent movies including Iron Man, etc.), but also recently parted ways with the company. But then again, Marvel is now owned by Wreck-It Ralph creator Disney, and as the Marvel vs. Capcom releases and re-releases have shown, there can indeed be exceptions made. I’ll pull for Iron Man if that happens.
And with the upcoming Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog crossover coming soon from Archie Comics, which is being overseen by SEGA and Capcom, could the Blue Bomber be a possibility? It would be the first racing game to feature the robot hero since Mega Man: Battle & Chase on the original PlayStation.
The game isn’t due until November, when it releases for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and as a Windows PC Digital Download. In the meantime, only a handful (albeit a growing one) of racers have been revealed, so there is plenty of time for many more announcements to come.