Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is Now Backwards Compatible with Xbox One

The Xbox One has a growing list of backwards compatible games from the previous generation, be it from a retail release on the Xbox 360 or a digital title via the old Live Arcade. From it also comes a steady stream of Sonic games, with the classic games, Sonic the Fighters, and both episodes of Sonic 4 having been rereleased onto Microsoft’s modern console.

Earlier today, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that three more games are relaunching on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility today, including Sumo Digital’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The second All-Stars racing game originally launched in November 2012 across several platforms to a positive critical reception.

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Sonic sale live in NA on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop

Today in this week’s NA Nintendo Downloads PR, it was announced that various Sonic games are on sale on the NA eShop on both Wii U and 3DS, and there’s quite a few games to choose from. You can view the entire list below.

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Music: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed OST Cruises In

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Are you tired of the same old boring routine of “just” driving around with that gosh darn newfangled hip-pop, and kids with their ol’ timey Top 25 Songs of the Week that you’ve been hearing week after week before? Do you need something new to spice up your time behind the wheel? Well, strap in your seatbelt and hit the pedal to the metal, because we’ve got just the thing!

An official soundtrack release for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sumo Digital’s multiplatform racing game with transformable vehicles, racers and race tracks commemorating SEGA’s history and numerous franchises, and a killer OST arranged by the one and only Richard Jacques, has gone live on iTunes and Amazon. The sound collection has been split into two albums with 34 tracks in each, one volume priced at the reasonable 9.99$/£7.99/8,99 €/¥1,600 online.

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“But Vizard! That means there are only 68 songs total, right? Doesn’t Transformed have more tunes in-game in comparison? Who should we mark as Missing on the sides of milk cartons?!”

For those curious, the only missing tracks from the actual game are the All-Star themes to guest characters Wreck-It Ralph and Danica Patrick, and those of the PC exclusive, Xbox Avatar, and Nintendo Mii characters, as well as certain jingles, but, save for that, the complete soundtrack to the core experience is all there, present and accounted for, for you to enjoy! Boost your acceleration with Ocean View, drift along to Burning Depths, speed past other drivers with Race of Ages, headbang along to Adder’s Lair, and so on!

On a serious note, however, don’t actually do any of those things. Except buying the soundtrack. Yes. That’s okay. Listening to it while driving is okay too. Remember, eyes on the road, be courteous to your fellow drivers, and obey the speed limit! This isn’t a video game, this is real life, baby!

Volume 1 – iTunes – Amazon MP3
Volume 2 – iTunes – Amazon MP3
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed now FREE on iOS and Android

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Yep, the Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog twitter accounts just announced the Android version of the game is now free to download, note that it’s a big file, it’s 789MB (on Android at least)! Download the game on iOS via the App Store here and on Android via Google Play here!

Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed iOS and Android Versions To Include Ryō Hazuki

Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed finally hits the iOS and Android platforms tomorrow, and mobile players are in for a pleasant surprise.

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According to the official Facebook page of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic finally hits mobile platforms on January 2nd. Amongst the promotional images, one (pictured above) is of particular interest as it all but confirms that Ryō Hazuki of Shenmue fame will be joining the roster on these two platforms. It is unknown at this time how many other platforms he will show up on in the future, although we have already reported on him being sighted in the Yogscast Charity Stream which was the PC version. See if you can pick out all the classic SEGA and Shenmue references he comes with…and perhaps even a little jovial ribbing from Sumo Digital.

Source: Facebook

Shenmue’s Ryō Hazuki Leaked as ASRT DLC via Yogscast Charity Stream

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Aw yeah, this is happenin’!

Though there is no confirmation as to which platforms outside of PC will be receiving this, if any, it has nonetheless been revealed through the recent Yogscast Humble Bundle charity stream that Ryō Hazuki of the Dreamcast cult classic Shenmue series will be hitting the streets of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in the near future!

In November of last year, Steve “S0L” Lycett of SUMO Digital had challenged fans to vote among a slew of SEGA characters to decide a top three for ASRT DLC coming down the line. Since then, a number of exclusive characters, mainly from SEGA’s own PC-centric titles, have found their way into the PC version of the game, but Ryō, who won by a landslide of 3379 votes, marks himself as the first DLC character to have come as a result of the community polls.

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We’ll keep you posted once word has come as to what platforms Ryō is expected to arrive on, and when!

Now let’s see, who were the runners-up again…?

Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Nominated for a Golden Joystick Award

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Sumo Digitals absolutely brilliant Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed managed to win the hearts of many fans as well as critics. If you’ve read our review of the game, or played it, you’ll probably know that it’s quite an exceptional racing game that will find the weak and crush them!

Anyway.

CVG have announced their nominations for this years Golden Joystick awards and ASRT has been nominated. Oh my! What category you may ask? Multiplayer! But I think it’s got a chance to win, it’s only up against. Battlefield 3, Halo 4, Black Ops 2, StarCraft 2, Fifa 13 and… Borderlands 2… as well as a few other popular games.

Hmmm, you know, I like it’s chances of winning /blind faith.

And win it shall! *Puts on the music from the Golden Axe stage* The winner is decided by public vote, come on you lot, get on there and vote, we shall crush the other games, see them driven before us and hear the lamentations of their women!

You can vote for the game here.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Now on Intel Ultrabook

Want to play All-Stars Racing in a fairly different way? Sega and Sumo digital have brought Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed to the Intel Ultrabook, the half-tablet/half laptop device that can fold in the opposite direction (meaning you can fold it with the screen and keyboard facing the outside). This version of the popular racer allows you to have up to four players on one screen with traditional controls, or fold it to play the screen alone with tilt and touch.

See the full announcement along with some quotes by Steve Lycett at Sega’s blog here.

Huge, Weekend Sonic PC Game Sale at Gamersgate

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Everybody’s Super Sonic saving!

This weekend, Gamersgate has a HUGE sale on all available Sonic PC Titles. All Sonic games are anywhere from 50%-75% off. This includes Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Generations, Sonic 4, Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 Sonic CD and many Sonic Genesis titles for as little as $1.25 and up!  The sale is only for this weekend, so hurry up and nab a huge Sonic collection for your PC!

Source: Gamersgate

Freak-Out Friday: Blankity Blank And All-Stars Blankity Blanking Transformed

Kids, it’s okay to play a game by a company you like… But playing with an unsupported video card on your PC is no good!

To demonstrate, we have a PSA video provided to us by some of the folks at Sonic Paradox, through their ParadoxPowerPlays channel! RGXSuperSonic races as Blanky Rose in the Blanker Blankgoon stage while Dr. Mack Foxx and TheRunningDafini comment aside.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for PC gets a Team Fortress 2 Trio and More!

Looks like the rumors are true! Today Sega announced that the PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will receive three additional racers. The manager from Football Manager, a Shogun from the Total War and last but definitely not least, a trio from Team Fortress 2! This includes Heavy in boat form, Pyro in car form and Spy in plane form.

Sonic and All-Stars Racing PC version will release digitally on January 31st for £19.99/$29.99USD/€24.99.

Sonic and All Stars Wii U Patch Predicament

UPDATE: According to Nuckles87, patch only affect first two boost missions. Costing you 8 stars at the most, so not as bad as previously thought.

New Wii U owners may not want to update too fast. It seems Sega’s first patch for Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed has a glitch in it that stops some boost challenges from having checkpoints. Leaving you with no other choice but to fail the mission which leaves you stuck. However, there are some ways around it.

Play while it’s updating and finish the challenge. There’s no guarantee that there won’t be another glitched challenge, but it will get you past that.

Editor Nuckles87 has discovered that if you fail the mission four times on easy, it will let you pass to the next challenge.

If you just got your brand new Wii U. I’d recommend holding off on doing the system update until this game breaking issue gets a new patch of it’s own.

Community Challenged to Decide Transformed DLC Characters

Selecting characters for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing: Transformed has been no easy task for the SUMO Digital team, with many fans voicing their opinions as to which SEGA characters they want to see included in the roster.

A few days ago, Steve Lycett of SUMO Digital (otherwise known as S0L on the interwebs) issued the community a challenge via the SEGA forums:

I’ll set you a challange. Without any policing from the SUMO or SEGA crew, if you can all agree on three characters by the 1st of December and prove there is sufficient interest of at least 1000 unique people *per* character, I will present the result to SEGA. I can’t promise anything will happen as a result, but since you’re starting it…

While nothing is set in stone as to what the outcome of any response will be, the community have already formed a collective and responded. T B from the SEGA forums has organised a set of petitions for the introduction of several SEGA characters as DLC for ASR:T.

Included in the list of characters you can petition for are Axel Stone from Streets of Rage, Ristar, Segata Sanshiro and Bayonetta amongst a whole host of familiar characters.

If you want to participate by adding your signature to one or more of the petitions, follow this link to the SEGA forum which outlines what is required to add your name to the cause.

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Start Your Engines – Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Now Rolling Out!

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Seeing release in Europe today on the Xbox 360 and PS3, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now officially becoming available to the public! Eager racers whose mouths have been watering in anticipation of this title for months may finally race up and down and all around SEGA memory lane on land, sea, and sky!

Sumo Digital’s latest piece of work will be available to all in North America on the 18th, which includes the Xbox 360 and PS3 iterations, along with the Wii U version for the launch of Nintendo’s newest console. The Wii U version of S&ASRT (as well as the console) will release in Europe on the 30th!

Now, there is one more thing about this game that we would like to share with you – a screenshot of the “Special Thanks” section from the credits of Transformed. However, there is a few spoilers included, so do look at your own discretion.

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Richard Jacques Does Sega Remixes for SAASRT. Check Out Some Soundtrack Samples!

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Richard Jacques is back with Sega again and remixing some of their classic game music with a modern twist. Now, it’s not just the vehicles that transform, it’s the music! In a new preview from Destructoid, Steve Lycett showed off some soundtrack samples from the upcoming game and it’s looking pretty dang sweet.

Richard Jacques had this to say.

You are not going to believe some of the music we’ve managed to get into the game and I am sure the fans will agree this is without doubt, the best soundtrack we’ve included in an All-Stars game to date!

Sega, PLEASE put this on iTunes! Don’t make me beg.

Check out two more tracks in the comment section.

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S&ASRT IGN Preview Gives New Wii U Details

There’s more Sonic All-Stars new racing your way today as IGN reveals a hands-on preview with the Wii-U version. The Wii-U version will include the ability to play the game on the game pad only sans TV or can be used to include a hub to keep the main screen clear.

When you’re in a race, jockeying for position, the screen displays a range of pertinent information – the current order of racers, a mini-map of the course. It’s all unintrusive and useful, but I expect most people to keep their eyes firmly on the race. Similarly, when you unleash one of the game’s eccentric power-ups, you’ll be able to see its destiny on the GamePad’s screen. Launch a remote-controlled car loaded with a stick of dynamite and you can watch it travel towards its unfortunate target.

Also mentioned is one of the games arena modes that use the Wii-U game pad to it’s advantage.

Depending on the circumstances, a GamePad can prove to be an advantage or disadvantage, and All-Stars Racing Transformed smartly uses this discrepancy as the basis for its mini-games.

I only saw one during my time with the Wii U version, called ‘Super Monkey Ball Arena’, and whomever had the GamePad took control of AiAi, who was as usual encased in his perspex sphere. Meanwhile, opponents using Classic Controllers played as Sonic and Tails in racing cars. The aim of the mini-game was simple: before the time ran out, squash the tiny versions of Sonic and Tails, who were driving around attempting to collect as many bananas as possible.

The Wii-U version of the game is shaping up to be very unique from the other consoles. We should be hearing more as the game nears it’s launch in November. In the meantime, make sure to check the full preview on IGN.

New Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Trailer Reveals Starlight Carnival and More Sega Tracks

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As Gamescom approaches this week, Sega has revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed. Highlights include a Starlight Carnival track from Sonic colors, a track based off After Burner, another one based off the TV studio level from Samba De Amigo and a floating island track from Skies of Arcadia. That’s a lot of tracks to reveal all at once. But wait! There’s more!

Hit the comment link for a screenshot from another Sonic track.

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Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: A New E3 Hands-On Report

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It’s been six weeks since I first got my hands-on with All-Stars Racing and several things have changed since then. Joe Musashi and Shadow were introduced as new racers available, Adder’s Lair from Golden Axe has made its appearance, new items are available to attack your enemies with, and a Nascar Racer became a new playable character. How did all this affect my new experience with the game? Read on.

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