SEGA releases another Team Sonic Racing papercraft promo video

Come on down to Team Sonic Racing

Looks like SEGA isn't done with their series of papercraft videos just yet. They've released another Team Sonic Racing promo using the papercraft style, which you can check out above. It's almost like if Team Sonic Racing and South Park had a baby. You now, minus all the adult-rated content.

EDGE - Issue #334 review scores

Just two review scores from this month's EDGE that apply to Nintendo platforms, but at least by EDGE standards, the review scores aren't so bad!

- Team Sonic Racing - 6
- Shakedown Hawaii - 7

Team Sonic Racing - "Making of the Music: Part 2"

Tinkering with tunes

Join us in the studio and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of three tracks from the Team Sonic Racing OST!

Digital Foundry - Team Sonic Racing Switch Docked/Portable + Xbox One X/Xbox One Analysis

How does Switch stack up?

We covered the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions of Team Sonic Racing before launch, but now we have final code for Switch and Xbox One versions, we're really happy to revisit the game and showcase the strengths and weaknesses of each version. But is PS4 Pro still the best way to play?

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Team Sonic Racing

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.

UK software sales - Week ending May 25th, 2019 (Team Sonic Racing doubles Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed's debut)

Sonic boon

The weekly software sales are in for the UK, and Team Sonic Racing has snagged the top spot. It's a fantastic debut for SEGA, as Team Sonic Racing more than doubled the debut sales for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. This is the first time a Sonic the Hedgehog game has topped the charts since Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in 2008. As for the platform breakdown, the PS4 version of Team Sonic Racing narrowly beat out the Switch version.

Check out the full top 10 for the week below.

Boundary Break - Team Sonic Racings Camera Hacked

See what's hiding just out of sight

Lets take the camera absolutely anywhere we want to learn more about Team Sonic Racing!

Team Sonic Racing devs explain why the game doesn't have other SEGA characters, talks about the potential for another All-Stars-style game

The interest is there

Were you hoping to see some non-Sonic characters in Team Sonic Racing like Ristar or Ryo Hazuki? Lots of fans were, but Team Sonic Racing is a strictly Sonic affair. In an interview with GameSpot, Sumo Digital team members explain why that is.

"The reason we [dropped non-Sonic universe characters] was so we could dive into the Sonic universe in more depth, and tell a canon Sonic universe story, with our team adventure mode. That was very important for us. It was a difficult decision for us, but we feel like that was the right direction to go in. Because it's allowed us to create a very new kind of unique experience for Team Sonic Racing that I think people won't have had with the previous titles." - Sumo Digital's studio design director, Derek Littlewood

"Because this game's set in a universe with characters who have relationships already, it's let us do a dialog system where they're on track and they're yelling at each other, and they have familiarity with each other and make references to history, which we wouldn't have been able to have done really [had other franchises' characters been present]. Or at least, not in as smooth a way. So it's let us do some additional stuff as well." - Ben Wilson, designer on Team Sonic Racing

Does this mean SEGA/Sumo Digital won't ever go back to Sonic racing games featuring other characters? Here's what Mr. Littlewood had to say.

"old-school Sega fans [who] are really keen to continue doing the All-Stars aspect of the game....There's nothing we have to announce, or even anything that is currently on the cards. But it's something that we would love to be able to go back to."

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!


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