We've had 'Crash does Mario Kart' and we've had 'Bomberman does Mario Kart', so it was inevitable that sooner or later one of those pesky cartoon types was going to make a play in this direction. It may even have happened already for all I know. But whether or not it had, it has now, it will have soon now, or [give up now -Ed].
Digimon Racing GBA is due on April 23rd. That's the point of this story. That there is a game called Digimon Racing that shamelessly pilfers all sorts of elements from Mario Kart isn't actually news - there have been previews kicking around for a while. Look, here's one dated January 22nd.
However since we're here and on the topic I might as well make a bit of effort to find something out about it, I suppose. Apparently there are 15 Digimon involved. There are tracks that take you to "exotic locations around the globe" (don't they always?). There are a "huge range of [yawn] game modes" including single race, cup race, boss challenges and time trials. Hang on. Boss challenges? What's that about?
Oh I see. Every so often you get to try and take down a giant boss monster in parts, destroying it with projectiles and utilising your hard-earned driving skills to survive. That's something, then. We've posted a batch of screenshots, and it looks like this one might be an illustration of that the boss challenge aspect. (Cheers for sending us shots with IGN watermarks on by the way, Atari.)
Other than that it sounds like quite a familiar blend of kart racing elements, with the exception of a 'Digivolve' feature, which will allow players to spontaneously evolve into a champion creature whenever they drive over a certain power-up icon. That's new.
So. Digimon Racing then. April 23rd. Will we review it? Weeeeeell...