Looking at New Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Screens for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U

IGN brought us a new trailer and some info about the upcoming Wii U version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed the other day, and today, SEGA has released several new screens for both the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 and Wii U versions of the game. However, though they came in separate files, one would be hard-pressed to tell the difference from the screens alone, which isn’t a bad thing.

Join me as I take a look at some of the highlights from this new batch, and then check the rest out in our gallery below.

The above screen shows off Sonic’s car (it is a vehicle race, that’s why he’s not running; same reason you wouldn’t drive your car in a sprint) in the Wii U version of the title. Pretty snazzy, huh?

The next two shots (from the PS3/360 version) give us a look at one of the new tracks to debut in the recent trailer, based on the SEGA classic After Burner:

Here’s Sonic racing along the deck of an aircraft carrier…

…while Shadow prepares to come in for a landing.

So far, there has been no hint of an After Burner-themed racer, but as you can see, it may not even need one, as it provides a good track to race on. The same may prove true for OutRun as well.

Here, we get a clear look at Golden Axe‘s Gilius Thunderhead and his as-yet unnamed conveyance in the PS3/360 version. It presents an interesting anachronism as what would seem to be a high-tech vehicle in action sports some rather archaic elements befitting the fantasy setting of his games, such as the stone-like wheels.

Still on the 360/PS3 version, we now see the aerial form of Gilius’s ride (as well as Amy’s).

As befits a ninja, we’ve only caught mere glimpses of Shinobi‘s Joe Musashi before, but I believe this is our first clear look at him in this game. His ninja motorcycle has transformed into what appears to be a ninja-esque hang glider, but with the motorcycle attached. Wild stuff. This is the PS3/360 version, and for comparison…

…this is the Wii U version. Unfortunately, due to the different angles and lighting, it’s difficult to get a proper 1:1 feel for how the two stack up to one-another. But going by the other shots, there should be little noticeable difference, especially when it’s in motion.

From the 360/PS3 version, here is Knuckles driving through the Skies of Arcadia stage. With those floating islands up there, he must feel right at home.

This PS3/360 shot gives us a look at Crazy Taxi‘s B.D. Joe taking to the waterways in a Samba de Amigo-based track.

On the Wii U, we have Eggman leading the pack as the race gets into full-swing through the Sonic Generations-ized Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes. Plus, we can get another elusive glimpse of Musashi near the back.

Finally, this Wii U shot shows us that Beat from Jet Set Radio no longer has his fly wheels from the first game, instead exchanging them for a new set of wheels that fly.

And that’s all for now, detail-wise. But there are still plenty more shots in the gallery below, and when more hot news comes, you can count on Mario’s Hat to bring you the latest.


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