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Sumo Digital thinks Mario Kart could learn a thing or two from Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed

A portion of a MyWiiU interview with Executive Producer at Sumo Digital, Steve Lycett...

MWU: The obvious comparison is Mario Kart, which could be years away on Wii U. Even though Sonic has become an iconic multiplatform character, Nintendo fans are still loyal to their mascot. How do you convince Nintendo gamers to play a game like Sonic & All-Stars Racing instead of waiting for Mario Kart?

SL: Well I’d say that we’re a very different experience. Not only does the multi-surface play have make it very fresh, but we’re also exploring lots of different SEGA games which really varies the levels you’ll play on. Mario Kart tends to stick to the Mario universe instead.

On top of that the split-screen everywhere mantra means that you can take 5 players all the way through the game, and online, which is a big step up from what’s been before.
What I’m hoping is Nintendo will now have to take a leaf from our game for their next Mario Kart. I think we’ve pushed the genre forward with this game – that and it’s really good honest fun and real gamers games. Try it, I think you’ll love it!

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21 Nov 2012 15:49

He answered that well, I'm getting it now :D it's only $40
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21 Nov 2012 15:58

He has a point about Mario Kart becoming a Smash Kart game. Let's expand the universe the game can pull content from. Other that that there is nothing that Kart needs gameplay wise from Sonic. The Flying and water gameplay feels awkward compare to driving. The weapons are broken to where it seems you only can attack, and not defend. Oh and finally why can't people be the same characters. I'm sorry there are very few characters in this game I want to play with. In online if that character is picked your stuck with a character you didn't want to play with.
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21 Nov 2012 16:04

I love this game. Was so smart they made this game $40. I could of missed out on this gem without it.
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21 Nov 2012 17:02

Yeah I simply love the price of this game, they are going to get a lot more profit thanks to it!
I also love this game because it's simple! The online is also simple! everything is simple and enjoyable for everyone and at the same time it's challenging and engaging.
I would love to see more arcade games like this, even in mature games. You know, i have played games like need for speed or dirt... and they are so freaking difficult that I just get bored. Though Dirt is more like a simulator so it's ok. Though the need for speed series tend to be "casual" but that open world shovel just pisses me off. Even online it's so freaking weird that you have to travel to different points to race and you spend minutes and minutes waiting and doing nothing until you can actually play the race. I wish developers could start doing user friendly games and add that touch of challenge this game has, also it would be like a 50% cheaper to make and more people would buy the game for sure.

Anyway, I'm glad this game is doing great!
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21 Nov 2012 17:16

Although I agree that it would be interesting to see other Nintendo characters racing, doing that would defeat the purpose and theme of the games since it's MARIO Kart, not Nintendo Kart. If this idea was to happen, it would need to be its own thing completely.
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21 Nov 2012 17:38

I'd much rather they stick to it being Mario centered since most of the staff hails from Mario games to begin with.

At the very most, maybe some more Wario characters couldn't hurt.

I keep hearing people say "Add more Nintendo stuff!" but there's already enough drama with Smash Bros. concerning favorite but underrepresented games or characters being used. At least if it sticks to just Mario, there's less pressure to dig through a whole library of everything that was a Nintendo game or IP.

TL;DR - It's not that simple Western Nintendo fans, Mario Kart going FULL NINTENDO KART might mean using faces you've never seen before but Japan has.
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21 Nov 2012 17:54

I can agree with that! I don't mind MK sticking with Mario stages, my problem is with MK sticking with OLD stages and some new ones that play the same with the others!

Sonic All Stars Racing Transform is the ultimate kart-like racing game out there now and this comes from a guy who hates Sonic and its stupid games!

Nintendo really needs to step their game up!
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21 Nov 2012 18:05

I like the idea of a Nintendo Kart game that exists alongside the Mario Kart franchise. It could end up being quite a different experience with all of the powerups and level elements that the rest of the Nintendo universe would bring to it.

I do have some interest in this Sonic racer, but it's currently on a "wait until it is $20" list along with a couple other launch games.
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21 Nov 2012 18:07

Hinph wrote:I like the idea of a Nintendo Kart game that exists alongside the Mario Kart franchise. It could end up being quite a different experience with all of the powerups and level elements that the rest of the Nintendo universe would bring to it.

I do have some interest in this Sonic racer, but it's currently on a "wait until it is $20" list along with a couple other launch games.

The game is currently well worth the $40 (also you better get the Bonus edition before they quit printing it).

Mario Kart could you a better balance and more items.
It also could use the announcer and All-star moves
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21 Nov 2012 18:15

Saying that the new All-Star Racing game is 'different' from Mario Kart got a chuckle from me. Mario Kart did the transforming kart thing with Mario Kart 7 and they simply took the idea and built the game around that with a FAR greater emphasis on the transformative qualities of the karts than Mario Kart 7 did. Mario Kart 7 did it just to mix it up and didn't really change anything huge, but it's still a good game. Having played All-Stars myself, the newest one, I can say that it's also a good game, but for far different reasons.

The only thing that Mario Kart can take away from All-Stars, and I agree completely with them for saying it, is that it needs to become Smash Kart. I say this largely because it's not like they're listening to us when we ask for characters we want to Kart as in any of the recent games, so why bother putting in ten iterations of Mario when we can have Link, Samus and Pit join the Kart experience? Why the hell not, eh?

And if Nintendo's not completely sold on Smash Kart, put in just a few characters as super-secret characters in the next game and see what the reception is. If it's overwhelmingly positive, it might be time to shift Mario Kart in another direction. Keep calling it Mario Kart, but now add in that All-Stars/Smash aspect to it with the crossovers.
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21 Nov 2012 18:16

M1 wrote:
Hinph wrote:I like the idea of a Nintendo Kart game that exists alongside the Mario Kart franchise. It could end up being quite a different experience with all of the powerups and level elements that the rest of the Nintendo universe would bring to it.

I do have some interest in this Sonic racer, but it's currently on a "wait until it is $20" list along with a couple other launch games.

The game is currently well worth the $40 (also you better get the Bonus edition before they quit printing it).

Mario Kart could you a better balance and more items.
It also could use the announcer and All-star moves


NO!
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21 Nov 2012 18:27

The pricepoint is definitely appealing enough to make me get it. I might, but on the other hand, I only have so much time and already planned to spend some money during the winter steam sale. I dont like to say this...but it's gonna end up costing half that money soon, anyway.
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21 Nov 2012 18:47

DeAngelo Guillory wrote:
M1 wrote:
Hinph wrote:I like the idea of a Nintendo Kart game that exists alongside the Mario Kart franchise. It could end up being quite a different experience with all of the powerups and level elements that the rest of the Nintendo universe would bring to it.

I do have some interest in this Sonic racer, but it's currently on a "wait until it is $20" list along with a couple other launch games.

The game is currently well worth the $40 (also you better get the Bonus edition before they quit printing it).

Mario Kart could you a better balance and more items.
It also could use the announcer and All-star moves


NO!


Sorry that is a 404 page.

I own the game and there is away to advance past that pesky glitch.
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21 Nov 2012 22:18

Lausebub wrote:The pricepoint is definitely appealing enough to make me get it. I might, but on the other hand, I only have so much time and already planned to spend some money during the winter steam sale. I dont like to say this...but it's gonna end up costing half that money soon, anyway.


It's easy to charge $39.99 for a game that runs on the same engine as the first one. :P
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21 Nov 2012 22:23

Reminds me somewhat of DKR, good times.
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22 Nov 2012 13:59

@Quetzalcoatl2k
Not really. They already have characters like ROB and Miis making appearances, and characters like Funky Kong aren't really Mario characters. It's only taking it a little further to add more characters. Mario will still be in it.

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