Yet again, i'm writing a review after originally playing a demo and not liking it. What was I thinking! Once you get use to the controls and transforming from a car to a boat to a plane, this game is sheer enjoyment. The graphics are pure Sega (SEEEEGAAAA!) brought to us by Nintendo, which makes them even better, they offer pure joy. The races are addictive, coming 3rd is never quite enough and you always want to try to better yourself for Second, if not First.
There are four modes, the main mode: the incredible world tour, you take legendary All Stars characters and have to come 3rd to progress onto the next race and eventually complete the game. Throughout the game, there are pickups that allow you to take out competitors and claim their position. Then there is Battle mode, which to be honest I have not tried yet, but I'm sure it will be great. However at this point I'd just like to point out that I have never been a car-gamer, until now. OK this may not be WRC - World Rally Championship, but you still have to control the vehicle, steer, accelerate, brake and drift around corners. The Grand Prix level is by far the gem in this game. There are 10 Grand Prix levels, each with four races and you score points on the position you finish, the points are then accumulated and that defines the position you occupy on the leader board. Coming second just is not an option, I find myself playing it over and over it until I win the Grand Prix level.
This game is great, well done Wii U (again!), try it to believe it.