An unlockable Christmas gift has been found in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed by changing the system date to December 25th 2012. The Sonic Stadium has tried this out on the Xbox 360 version and can confirm it works when the Xbox 360 console is not connected to Xbox Live, however, we do not know if this works on the PS3 or Wii U versions.

UPDATE: Gagaman in the comments has confirmed it works on PS3, too.
UPDATE 2: Pete in the comments has confirmed it works for Wii U, too.

To find out what the unlockable is, click the jump, but don’t say we didn’t warn you if you don’t want your Christmas gift from SEGA and Sumo Digital spoiled.


Yes, the unlockable Christmas gift is SEGA’s classic old mascot Alex Kidd. As pointed out earlier, you can play as him on Xbox 360 to your hearts content when your console isn’t connected to Xbox Live, but as soon as you connect, even when signed out, Alex Kidd will no longer be selectable until you disconnect and repeat the trick.

Thanks to michael148th for the heads up! If you have a news tip to share, send it to news@sonicstadium.org

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53 Responses to [SPOILER] Christmas Unlockable Found in S&ASR Transformed

  1. Does this mean Kidd is only playable on Christmas Day and afterwards will be gone again? :C

  2. Tested on PS3, works there too.

    haha that is so cheeky, how did anyone think to try that? Either way I;m switching my date back to what it should be after giving him a test run. I can wait a month :)

  3. Wow. This is a very unique form of ‘DLC’ or simply unlocking a character. Set a date for it to automatically unlock and it wouldn’t work online until the actual date goes by. This is cool, I may as well change my 360′s date until december 25th itself comes by then set the date back to normal. (Y)

  4. I take it this works on the Wii U as well?

  5. Quick!!! Check all the holidays!!!!!

  6. Someone check easter for Billy Hatcher pls

  7. I never got why Alex Kidd became the mascot for a while in the first place. His game wasn’t really that good. Granted I played 5 mins of it before I got completely and utterly confused.

    • As a big AK fan who’s still waiting for the PC version to come out, this worries me a bit. Will it be released before that date? And if it doesn’t, will Alex Kidd get unlocked anyway? Either way I hope he’s not left out of the PC version entirely, I’d hate to miss out on my favorite character from the previous game just because I don’t have the desire to buy a console (mainly because they’re ridiculously overpriced in my country, games included).

    • Oops, I meant to make a standalone reply. In any case, was that game you talk about Miracle World? Because I think that’s a pretty straightforward game… If it was High Tech World, however, I’d understand where you’re coming from immediately.

      • Not sure which one. I just played it on the SEGA Ultimate Genesis Collection

        • Ahh thats why then, The game Alex Kidd found his fame from was Alex Kidd In Miracle World for the Master System…

          The game for the genesis is just terrible. Miracle World for SMS is quite a lot better :)

  8. reminds me of Simpsons road rage when you set your clock to a holiday you get a themed car like Halloween you get Halloween bart etc, I wonder if there is anymore characters hidden in Sonic transformed? easter for Billy ?

  9. The Ultimate Lifeform says:

    Well I’m getting this game for Christmas anyways, what a surprise this’ll be when I boot up the game, oh next try valentines day, saint patricks day, easter, and July 4…oh wait Sumo is European, ok try all the other European holidays.

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  11. They should have made NiGHTS the character you unlock on Christmas Day. That would make so much more sense, with Christmas NiGHTS and all.

    • In that case they could just make Reala unlockable by setting the date to April 1st, if you want to make Christmas NiGHTS parallels.

  12. Thats cool.

    I know Alex Kidd was the old mascot for SEGA, but I never really got attached to him (mostly because I wasn’t around then XD). He’s cool though, and thank you SEGA, I appreciate this little Christmas gift.

  13. TheDanimator says:

    Alex Kidd was actually one of my favorite genesis games…
    HARD GAME
    but super fun.
    This is sick.

  14. Oh man, this news makes me so relieved — I was afraid he wasn’t gonna be in there at all (I saw the hacked-in YouTube vid, but seeing as he isn’t among the usual unlockable characters, I had feared he was either dummied-out or left in for future DLC). So glad!

  15. SonicWarrior says:

    Oh shit mutha fucka!!!

  16. With this new information coming to light, I’d like to think that, after ALL the hate people were showing for Alex’s absence, that S0l is somewhere, sipping a coffee, and sighing smugly.

  17. Was this was discovered by chance or do people go round changing their Xbox clock whenever they get a new game?

  18. SonikkuHedgehog says:

    Should’ve been someone worthwhile, like Nack The Weasel due to that sonic character poll from Steve Lycett.

  19. anyone try june 23rd? sonic’s b-day? worth trying i guess
    i doubt there are going to be more special prizes

  20. It works on the wii u but you have to do it before putting it online, because it will save the time and you can’t change it

  21. Wait, if sumo’s european… someone check the 24th! Sonic 2 came out november 24th 1992 in Europe, so maybe Super Sonic’s unlockable! This could be stupid, but it could work!

  22. this reminds me of how gurumin changes themes and gives you a costume when a specific holiday comes up except it will only last for that day.

  23. Ever since Superstars Tennis and those hard matches against him I’ve hated alex kidd. Don’t use him in SASASR, no way I was going to buy dlc for him.

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  27. Darn and here is was expecting NiGHTS in a Christmas costume, but I can live with Alex Kidd. WTF Danica Patrick isn’t a default racer and Ralph (Wreck-it Ralph) is!? they should both be defaults.

  28. Hmmm, Opa Opa, Zobio and Zobiko and Jacky and Akira aren’t in a petition so does that mean they might be on separate holidays?

  29. I wonder if it works if you get the game /after/ Christmas. Will it already be unlocked then?

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  31. Will Alex Kidd be unlocked if the 3DS version is delayed? Or will we be getting him as normal. because if the 3DS version is delayed, then the Christmas unlockable for the game, would not work. I need answers on this please.

  32. check halloween 2013 you may get zombie and zobiko