Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed News

Japan's Prime Minister just rocked up to the Olympics dressed as Mario

Shadow the Hedgehog, meanwhile, was nowhere to be seen.

Back when Beijing was handing the Olympics over to London in 2008, we were treated to the spectacle of one-man omnishambles Boris Johnson sheepishly taking on the flag to mark the handover before London 2012. Japan, which is cueing up 2020's games in Tokyo, has done things a little differently - and with a little more style.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed trailer debuts actual NASCAR driver in the game

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed trailer debuts actual NASCAR driver in the game

Danica Patrick and Sonic don't quite share that Tyson/Mario chemistry.

It was announced awhile back that Sega would be bringing actual NASCAR star Danica Patrick on board as a playable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, but now we can actually see what it looks like when the "fastest female driver" occupies the same space as a blue hedgehog and flying fox.

Her distinctly human appearance stands out even worse than that time BioWare put Jessica Chobot into Mass Effect 3, and I'm not sure Patrick's presence can be as easily dismissed as I'm assuming she'll be cruising around as an NPC even if you don't play as her.

Equally distracting is her Hot Wheels branded vehicle that offers the most forced product placement since Snake donned an Axe deodorant shirt in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

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Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is now a Wii U launch title

Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is now a Wii U launch title

Still two weeks behind the other versions, though.

The Wii U version of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is slated for release 30th November to coincide with the system's launch, Sega has announced.

Sega stated that the Wii U version of the racer is at least as good looking as the other consoles, "maybe even better." The Gamepad's screen can be used to play the game remotely or portray a rear-view.

The PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and Vita versions of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed are due out on 16th November, while the PC version is still to be determined.

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UPDATE: We've updated the headline of this article to better reflect the content of the story. Sega was referring to the visuals of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U compared to the visuals of the other versions, not the graphics capabilities of the Wii U itself. Sorry for the confusion this has caused.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed release date

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed release date

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Vita and 3DS versions nailed down.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed will launch on 16th November for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Vita and 3DS, Sega has announced.

The game's PC and Wii U release dates are still under wraps.

Transformed is a sequel to the first Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, launched in 2010.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed to launch on Wii U, dev suggests

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed developer Sumo Digital has strongly suggested that the game will release on Wii U.

Nintendo is blocking third-parties from announcing games in development for Wii U, producer Joe Neate producer hinted at.

Sega's arcade racing sequel, announced yesterday, would appear to be a perfect fit for the Wii U: something Neate agreed with, but refused to comment futher on.

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