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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Coming to Japan in May

Sonic &All-Stars Racing Transformed is one of the better party games in recent years, but Japan apparently didn’t get the memo as the game is only getting the racer now. According to reports on Siliconera, Sega will put out this gem on May 15, 2014 and only on Playstation 3 and Wii U.

Hopefully, Japanese gamers can still enjoy the game on Steam as well, since that version comes with a bunch of cool trinkets. For instance, there are additional carts available for the Football Manager series, Total War: Shogun and the newer Total War: Rome II.

For the Asian version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Nascar athlete Danica Patrick will also be absent. Wreck-It Ralph, from the game-referencing animation movie will still be available.

Originally, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed launched to Western audiences during the holiday period of 2012 and while it garnered some attention, its production values deserve all the eyes it can get. With transforming vehicles that speed across land, sea and air, this arcade racer has some pretty gripping gameplay.

Moreover, the game comes with a ton of content set in a myriad of Sega franchises. Elaborate stages are themed after games like Shinobi, the Sonic pinball levels or even a dazzling track based on Nights Into Dreams.

It’s interesting to see the difference in target audiences in the separate releases for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It looks like Japan won’t bother with an Xbox 360 version or not even its coveted handheld platforms.

Siliconera also aptly references Advance Wars on Gameboy Advance as a glaring omission in Japan, which only made its debut after the second release.