The Nintendo 3DS is a great portable gaming system with some really solid first and third party titles, but it seemed like Mario was just dominating the racing space on the handheld. While it may usually be a bad idea to go head-to-head against Nintendo’s first-party franchises, I think Sega may have created just enough variation to let Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed stand out from the competition and carve out its own personality.
Once you start up the game you’ll be immediately greeted to the familiar if you’ve ever played an arcade-style racer before: career mode that has you unlocking new tracks by accumulating stars, unlockable characters, time trials, online multiplayer, etc. There isn’t really anything ground-breaking in this package, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What actually is in this package is quite polished and fun to play – which is the most important thing, right?