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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie

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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie is a racing game for the Xbox 360 starring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. While the game saw a multi-platform release, Microsoft only licensed Banjo and Kazooie as playable characters for the Xbox 360 version.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay while racing as Banjo and Kazooie.

The game is a mascot kart racing game, very similar to other games in its genre like Mario Kart, Konami Krazy Racers, and Crash Team Racing. Characters race through various race circuits themed on different Sega franchises and collect power-ups to boost their speed or hamper their opponents. Additional boost can be earned by successfully executing drift turns, or performing tricks whilst in midair. Like Sumo's previous Sega game, Sega Superstars Tennis, each character has a special ability (called an "All-Star Move") unique to them that they may use to their advantage (such as Sonic transforming into Super Sonic and AiAi riding in a monkey ball), which they can obtain if they are running behind in the race.

Vehicles are separated into four different categories: racing, off-road, bike and hovercraft. As the terrain on the tracks will vary, vehicles can be either assisted or hindered by the surfaces they drive upon. For example, racing-type vehicles perform best on hard surfaces such as wood or concrete, but are hampered by soft terrain such as mud, sand or snow. The opposite is true for off-road type vehicles. Hovercraft are not affected by any terrain and are able to perform multiple boosts after a jump, but they are unable to drift and have low acceleration. All of the vehicles also have their own specific engine sounds.

As TSSZ News reported, Sega themselves did upload to their official website the definitive box arts for this third party title, coming in early 2010. The surprise came from the Xbox 360 box art, which was the only one featuring a console specific character: on it, Banjo and Kazooie are chasing Sonic in a big red car, known as the Bolt Bucket, which doesn’t look very similar to their Nuts & Bolts contraptions (It does have elements from N&B in it, however, such as the Engine and Fuel Tanks)

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Trivia[edit]

  • Banjo and Kazooie's "All-Star move" is called "Jiggy Rain". Kazooie pulls out Mumbo's Magic Wrench from Nuts & Bolts, and calls forth giant Jiggies from the sky, they fall onto the other players. Any players that collide with a Jiggy spin out, even if in mid-air. The duo also become invincible while using this move.
    • Banjo and Kazooie can, however, due to poor driving from the player, fall off the track, forcing them to respawn. This will ultimately cancel out Jiggy Rain.
    • If the player gets into first place quickly, Jiggy Rain will end early.
  • While intended to only be playable in the Xbox 360 version of the game, if one edits the PC version's .exe file using a Hex editor program, it is possible to play as Banjo-Kazooie (in addition to other console-specific characters) in certain missions in the Steam version of the game.[1]

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