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Japan - Day 1 sales for Assassin's Creed III Remastered, Resident Evil: Origins Collection, Team Sonic Racing, and more

Disappointment all around

Time for another day-one sales data round-up for Japan! Check out the breakdowns for Assassin's Creed III Remastered, Resident Evil: Origins Collection, Team Sonic Racing, and Minna no Doubutsu Shogi below.

[PS4] [NSW] Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (Ubisoft) – 20%. Unexpectedly, sales are quite low

[NSW] Resident Evil: Origins Collection (Capcom) – 10%. Extremely poor debut, even for the late port of remasters, but not too surprising for a bundle with only one game on the cartridge

[NSW] [PS4] Team Sonic Racing (Sega) – 20-30%. Poor debut, especially as sell-through ratio is based on 3 days of sales

[NSW] Minna no Doubutsu Shogi (SilverStar) – No sell-through ratio provided, which is definitely not a good sign.

Comments from the head of Sonic Team point to a likely return for Team Sonic Racing's Dodon Pa

They aren't Dodone with him yet

Dodon Pa is a brand-new character created for Team Sonic Racing. Was the character created to fill a one-and-done role in the Sonic universe? According to Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka, it seems that Dodon Pa will return in the future.

“Of course, Team Sonic Racing is a game that we want to bring to market, but we’re also interested in the future and maybe in future, bringing more racing games to market. And the question that would pop up then – it actually popped up for Team Sonic Racing and it will continue to pop up – is, who’s going to be putting on all these racing events?

We didn’t have an answer to that question in the beginning [of Team Sonic Racing’s development], so we needed to create a character that would facilitate all these races happening, and allow the races to be a part of the world and storytelling. That was the whole starting point for the development of Dodon Pa as a character.

That’s also why I asked Uekawa-san to design Dodon Pa – a character that could deliver that to the product and we could keep in the universe as [someone who would be there] any time we needed there to be a racing event. He’s going to be the character we can use as the Master of Ceremonies.”

Thanks to Lars for the heads up!

SEGA confirms game card size as the reason for Team Sonic Racing lacking the intro video on Switch, no plans to add it via a patch

It's always available on YouTube...

Fans were right when they suspected that Team Sonic Racing was missing its intro video on Switch due to game card size limitations. SEGA shared a statement with USGamer confirming the speculation, and also said they have no plans to add it back in.

"The intro cutscene was removed from Switch build of Team Sonic Racing due to the cartridge size restrictions. At this time, there are no plans to add the cutscene back in via patch."

Secret Genesis Sprites Hiding in Team Sonic Racing's Wisp Circuit

Very sneaky!

Team Sonic Racing is one big homage to Sonic's legacy but there's one track that goes back further than any other! Wisp Circuit is hiding 16 bit Sprites for Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles - can you find even more?

Team Sonic Racing - another batch of screens

Check out more screens here

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.

Team Sonic Racing - more footage


Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.

Team Sonic Racing on Switch lacks the game's intro movie

And that's no good

Team Sonic Racing on Switch seems to be mostly content-complete with the other versions, but there's one odd feature not included. The Switch version doesn't include the intro movie found on PS4/XB1. While SEGA hasn't revealed why this is, it's likely related to file size. Team Sonic Racing takes up a bit over 7GB on Switch, which means the retail release could fit on an 8GB card. If the choice was including the cinematic and bumping up cost on game cards, or yanking the intro to fit on a smaller card, I can't blame SEGA for choosing the latter. Hopefully they add the intro via a download in the near future.

Team Sonic Racing on Switch makes it near impossible to play online in a team with friends

Riding solo

Team Sonic Racing is available on Switch, and it does let you play online. If you're looking to play in a team with friends, that situation is going to involve a TON of luck.

On PS4/XB1, Team Sonic Racing uses the party/invite systems of the hardware. On Switch, without that hardware-level system available, SEGA opted to not offer anything. The only way to play online with friends is by hopping in a lobby and hoping everyone lines up correctly. Teams are broken into colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green), and three players are on each team. The first person in a lobby goes to the Blue team, next goes to Green, the next Red, and the next Yellow. In other words, if you want people on your Blue team, you'll have to have the fantastic luck of joining first, then having your friends join in 5th and 9th.

Hopefully this is something that can be fixed, as there are numerous other games on Switch that offer up their own solutions to the party/invite system. To think that SEGA/Sumo Digital just ignored it altogether for this version is pretty disappointing.

Team Sonic Racing - language comparison

The sounds of Sonic

Want to hear what Eggman sounds like in different languages? Curious to see what Sonic shouts around the world? Check out the video above to get a good look at the voice acting in Team Sonic Racing for different regions.

Team Sonic Racing - more gameplay

Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style.