Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed turned out to be a pretty great karting game on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so how does it fare on Nintendo's brand new Wii U console? Well, the short answer is that it's just as good, if not better than those other versions. The long answer? Let's have a look shall we?
The most obvious difference between the Wii U version and the others is the Gamepad and the features which SEGA have utilised it for. Using the GamePad you can bring up a rear view mirror in order to see who is behind you, while has obvious advantages during the race, such as allowing you to place mines in your opponents path or dodge incoming fire. Other features of the GamePad allow you to track your weapons, while you can also race using the gyroscope. Finally you can also switch from the main TV to the GamePad which swipe of your finger, which is obviously ideal if your family and/or friends want to watch something else.
So other than the GamePad features what else is new? How about some split screen multiplayer? While this feature is available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, in the Wii U version you can actually use the GamePad as a fifth screen, giving you a spot for an extra player. In addition to this there are also exclusive multiplayer modes on the Wii U version, both of which utilise the GamePad. Exclusive game modes include Ninja Tag, which has you using Joe Musashi to bump into rivals and convert them to your team, while Banana Heist put you inside a giant monkey ball and tasks you with hitting your rivals before they collect the fruit. These modes are fun, although how much you use them will depend on the amount of players you can gather around your screen.
One final exclusive feature worth mentioning is that, if you complete Grand Prix mode, then you can play as your Mii, which may or may not appeal.
In addition to the exclusive features mentioned above, you'll also be pleased to know that Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U also includes online play. This allows you to take part in 10 player races, although connecting via the Nintendo Network doesn't seem quite as seamless as it does on other consoles.
Graphically the Wii U version is probably the best of the bunch. While it's probably on a par in terms of looks, the frame rate definitely seems less choppy when the action fills the screen. The game is also fantastic on the GamePad and while not as good looking as it is in HD, it's certainly just as smooth.
Obviously we have already reviewed Sonic and All-Star racing for the other consoles, hence the reason for the 'Byte Sized' tag. If you want to know all about the game, then read our full review of the PS3 version here
. Just be safe in the knowledge that buying the Wii U version will not result in disappointment, far from it.
(Version Tested: Wii U)
- Great Graphics
- Super Smooth Frame Rate
- A superb arcade kart game
- Plenty of exclusive content, loads to do and unlock
- Power-up heavy, skill-full driving is punished too often