Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Whilst it wears its influences on its sleeve and won’t supersede Mario Kart DS as the handheld racer of choice, All-Stars Racing ensures a thrilling duel to the finish line.
  2. There is a good amount of single-player content here, including multiple difficulty levels, and a large number of challenge missions. The inclusion of Wi-Fi multiplayer and single-cart game sharing rounds out this package as a must have for kart racing fans.
  3. With great controls, gorgeous graphics, awesome sound, and a perfect sense of speed, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a very exciting kart racer and the closest that anyone has come to matching Mario Kart on a portable Nintendo system.
  4. In conclusion, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a thoroughly enjoyable racing title for the DS that proves that Nintendo does not hold the monopoly on kart games.
  5. 80
    Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing may not have a whole lot in the gameplay department that it can call its own, but Sumo Digital took what worked and built a SEGA-themed experience that captures what makes the company's games so memorable.
  6. Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
  7. Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing is a good racing game, maybe too similar to its rival Mario Kart but still fun to play. Driving with Ryo Hazuki and his fork lift it's an amazing experience.
  8. As with the Wii version, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing may not do anything especially new in the character racing genre but it handles well, looks good and offers stacks of reasons to return.
  9. 80
    But there's certainly nothing wrong with that, especially when it's a quality effort like Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Great for fans, casual players and kids (in other words, everyone), it's a well made, cool and value packed kart racer that's worth the cash.
  10. With excellent visuals and remarkable gameplay, it is a noteworthy title within the racing games of Nintendo DS.
  11. If you are looking for the second best kart racer on the DS, or if you are tired of the usual Nintendo universe, look no further: Sonic & Sega all-star racing on the DS is a great game.
  12. While not the Mario Kart beater many may have hoped for, Sega All-Stars Racing is still a stunningly good racer that's both well designed and fun to play; definitely worth buying.
  13. Sega delivers an entertaining Mario Kart clone with good controls. Nevertheless, All Star Racing isn’t challenging enough to live up to Nintendo’s genre highlight.
  14. A good kart racer with plenty of content. A solid, if inferior, alternative to Mario Kart DS. [Mar 2010, p.84]
  15. The core gameplay mechanics are set in stone and the addition of a set of achievements really helps propel the game from the mediocre range of racers.
  16. All Star Racing does not offer anything more than Mario Kart. Still, is entertaining and perfect for the portable device, and the great number of characters, circuits and game modes make it a decent "clone".
  17. A perfectly acceptable pint-sized kart racer. [Mar 2010, p.58]
  18. This pint-sized racer is so playable and packed with fan-service that Sega fans will want to hop on board as soon as possible - but it doesn't quite match Mario Kart when it comes to raw enjoyment and multiplayer brilliance.
  19. 70
    Sumo Digital have managed to craft a 'Mascot Racer' that aside from numerous pitstops, manages to be a worthy alternative to Nintendo’s own high profile effort.
  20. Just middle-of-the-road material. [Mar 2010, p.87]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    I like the racing and the content. I also like the characters and the track design. The difficulty is pretty hard though, which makes it forI like the racing and the content. I also like the characters and the track design. The difficulty is pretty hard though, which makes it for an older audience than Mario Kart. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2010
    Sega attempts a heavily modified Sonic Drift title, is it fun and worth the money?
    The game's racer roster contains 20 characters with 7 of
    Sega attempts a heavily modified Sonic Drift title, is it fun and worth the money?
    The game's racer roster contains 20 characters with 7 of them being from Sonic games, the characters behave slightly different on the DS version in comparison to the console versions and any group of racers that would normally share a vehicle are cut so that only one person is in each vehicle.
    There is a decent amount of tracks but some look a little too similar to each other and comes off as looking a bit lazy overall. The game consists of a mission mode to go along with the single player, multiplayer, Wifi and Time Trial modes. The game has many unlockables such as hidden characters and new music. For people who like chasing achievements, the DS version has this as well surprisingly enough. The game itself plays in a manner similar to Mario Kart DS but with some different weapons, racing mechanics and other things that make it unique in comparison.
    Although the game is fun, after completing mostly everything in the game, not even the Wifi multiplayer mode will save the game from eventually getting boring.
    Overall, it is a decent racing game starring the characters of the Sega and Sonic universes but isn't as good or as memorable as Mario Kart DS.
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