SEGA Announces Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition

SEGA has announced today that those who pre-order Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita platforms will receive a special “Bonus Edition” of the game while supplies last.

The box art (Xbox 360 seen at right; click here for the PlayStation 3 version and here for the PlayStation Vita version) has little different from what has been shown previously, save for the banner at the top denoting this edition’s “bonus” status.

What sets this version apart from the regular edition is the inclusion of an exclusive OutRun Bay track, which is based on the OutRun series of games, some of which were made by this game’s developer, Sumo Digital. In addition to the track itself, there will also be exclusive challenges and time trials specific to this track, ensuring there is plenty to do here.

Furthermore, the Bonus Edition gets its own racer in the exclusive Metal Sonic Mod Pack, which brings the downloadable bonus character from the first game into the sequel. And to top it all off, this version of the game also features an “Emoticon Sticker Pack,” which is described as collectables that “are found throughout the game and are given as rewards for skilful play, high scores and more.”

All in all, it sounds like a pretty cool bonus. However, there is one item of concern: Neither the Nintendo 3DS nor the Wii U versions are mentioned as receiving the pack. In fact, they aren’t mentioned at all, with only the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita versions given a release date of November 20th, 2012.

I can understand not talking about the Wii U version yet, as a lot of that platform is still under wraps, but nothing on the Nintendo 3DS version? That’s a little disappointing. Hopefully we’ll hear news about those two receiving similar treatments closer to their release.

In the meantime, Nintendo Gamer has posted a list of the ten SEGA characters they want to see in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, with a list of the ten they don’t to come next week. Assuming they aren’t removing anyone from the first game, then I have to throw my hat in with Ecco the Dolphin, just to see how they pull it off.

Oh, and Vectorman, of course.

There is also some interesting talk about non-SEGA characters and the total number of drivers, etc. to be found, which will vary by system. Hopefully Mario gets in on the action for the Nintendo versions.

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