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Team Sonic Racing is a Mascot Racer spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and a follow-up to the previous Sega Superstars racing games from developer Sumo Digital. As the name suggests, this installment will focus on team based gameplay where up to 12 players can compete in online multiplayer or local split-screen co-op. Working together with your team will allow them to initiate a "Team Ultimate" attack on opposing players. The Wisps from Sonic Colors also make a return, reprising their roles as power-ups from previous installments and can give a boost to other racers.

The roster contains 15 characters, all with unique customization options.

  • Team Sonic
    • Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna
  • Team Dark
    • Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, E-123 "Omega"
  • Team Rose
    • Amy Rose, Chaonote , Big the Cat
  • Team Vector
    • Blaze the Cat, Silver the Hedgehog, Vector the Crocodile
  • Team Eggman
    • Metal Sonic, Dr. Eggman, Zavok, Eggpawnsnote , Death Eggnote 

It was released on May 21, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

Reveal Trailer, E3 Trailer

Keeping with the tradition of the games getting a comic to promote it, the game got a one-shot tie-in comic from IDW Publishing in December 2018, likely meant to tie in with the game's original release date before it was pushed back to May 2019. A promotional Web Animation series, Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, was created by Neko Productions, the animation team behind Sonic Mania Adventures; it was split into two parts that were released in March and April of 2019.


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     Main Game 
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Boo's House and Haunted Castle. The former combines this trope with Shifting Sand Land, while the latter plays this trope completely straight.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Black, Orange, Grey, Magenta, and Crimson Wisps make their first appearance since Sonic Lost World, and Pink Wisps make their first appearance since Sonic Generations. This also marks the first appearance of the "modern" Egg Pawn design since Sonic Lost World.
    • The Hero Chao and Dark Chao return after being absent outside of cameos since Sonic Heroes.
    • Big the Cat returns after an 8-year absence.
    • The Mother Wisp from the DS version of Sonic Colors makes an appearance in Mother's Canyon, one of the Planet Wisp tracks.
  • Casino Park: Roulette Road and Bingo Party.
  • Character Customization: Or rather, wide open kart customization. You can customize any character's kart's parts, colors, horn sounds, and decals with a variety large enough to make your jaw drop.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While Espio & Charmy are given a Hand Wave explaining why they aren’t participants, Cream is not even mentioned at all in the game, nor is there a reference to her in the textures like there is to Chaos.
  • Clockworks Area: Clockwork Pyramid, which combines this trope with Build Like an Egyptian.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The "R" in the game's logo (and which appears on the button which triggers the Team Ultimate Boost in the intro and in Team Sonic Racing Overdrive) is stylized like the logo for Sonic R.
    • Ads for Chao in Space 3D can be seen on some of the trackside banners in the Wisp Circuit.
    • Zavok's car resembles the dragon mech he uses during his boss fights in Sonic Lost World.
    • Blaze has a noticeable fear of heights, as was previously revealed in Sonic Rush Adventure.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While everyone works together to try and figure out what Dodon Pa's evil plans are, Big points out that Dodon Pa works with Wisps, and that Wisps only work with good people. This actually changes their way of thinking, and even Big is surprised that he made a good point. Big ends up being completely right about this, as Dodon Pa wasn't evil and had nothing to do with Eggman.
  • Eternal Engine: Thunder Deck, Dark Arsenal, and Turbine Loop.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: There are unlockable golden versions of the parts for the cars. Equip three- one for each category- and the whole kart turns golden. It might just be a cosmetic change, but who doesn’t love gold?
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Every member of Team Eggman has tried to destroy Sonic, but here you can put them on the same team with him. This is especially the case for Zavok since he hates both Sonic and Eggman, so seeing him on Eggman's team is somewhat jarring.note  Come his introduction in Story Mode, Zavok is revealed as helping Eggman with trying to find something, but thanks to Omochao getting the Chao in the stands to look out for any problems, he gets spotted, and Eggman 'forces' him to race as part of Team Eggman.
  • Good All Along: Dodon Pa was heavily speculated by the heroes right from the get-go to be an associate of Eggman, because of his mysterious origin, his vagueness on why he was hosting the race, and his appearance and laugh having similarities to Eggman. Turns out he had nothing to do with Eggman, and he later ends up being kidnapped by the villain.
  • Green Hill Zone: Wisp Circuit, Mother's Canyon, and Doctor's Mine.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: Dodon Pa is actually an alien resembling an anthropomorphic Tanuki.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Dodon Pa mentions about exploring the World Map, playing side races and collecting Hidden Keys during an early story mission.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Hidden Volcano, which also has a few Slippy-Slidey Ice World elements.
  • Levels Take Flight: Sky Babylon.
  • Me's a Crowd: It has been said that players will be able to choose the same character as another player when playing multiplayer, or make teams with multiple copies of the same character. Naturally, people have proclaimed their intent to play with Knuckles & Knuckles & Knuckles.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Floating monitors will occasionally display advertisements for air fresheners shaped like 16-bit Sonic sprites, likely a nod to Sonic's Early-Bird Cameo as an air freshener in the game Rad Mobile.
    • Amy’s explanation to Big that giving nice things does not always mean nice people makes a cute reference to an episode of Sonic Boom: If Eggman offered her a cookie, she would be sure something was wrong with the cookie.
    • Sonic's car horn is the SE(GA) chime that plays on the Logo Joke screen from Sonic Spinball.
    • The suits of armor near the end of the Haunted Castle track are taken directly from Sonic: Night of the Werehog, an animated short made to promote Sonic Unleashed. This is especially humorous since Haunted Castle is one of the tracks for Rooftop Run, the most popular level from Unleashed.
    • Several of the unlockable Paint Kits are based on levels from past Sonic games that aren't featured as tracks. These range from popular ones like Green Hill and Studiopolis to more relatively obscure ones like Music Plant.
    • Omega refers to his organic opponents as "meatbags" in some racing quips, much as he did in Sonic Chronicles.
  • Nostalgia Level: Racetracks based on Seaside Hillnote , Casino Parknote  and Final Fortressnote  return from the previous Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing games. Interestingly, rather than place the retro tracks into their own Grand Prix cups like All-Stars Racing Transformed or the Mario Kart series, the past racetracks are mixed with the new tracks indiscriminately.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Sky Road shares its name with both a track from Sonic Riders and a Zone from Sonic Lost World but is unrelated to either of them; instead being based on Rooftop Run.
  • Original Generation:
    • According to Takashi Iizuka, Dodon Pa was created specifically to facilitate storylines where Sonic would be required to participate in racing events.
    • Most of the Wisps in Team Sonic Racing are all returning from previous Sonic games. The one exception is Jade Ghost, who's an entirely new Wisp making its debut here.
  • Palmtree Panic: Whale Lagoon.
  • Pinball Zone: Pinball Highway.
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: Omega's default car doesn't appear to have a steering wheel or a seat; rather, the vehicle appears to be a part of him.
  • Promoted to Playable: The Hero Chao, the only Chao featured not to have a prior playable appearance.note 
  • Red Herring: Dodon Pa is designed in such a way that suggests he's working with Eggman, since he has a similar moustache, laugh, and flies around in a vehicle that looks a lot like Eggman's Egg Mobile. This is all pointed out by the heroes. Turns out he was not affiliated with Eggman at all, and he ends up being kidnapped by Eggman near the end of the story.
  • Retcanon:
  • The Rival:
    • Shadow to Sonic as usual. The debut trailer has the two going head to head in a fight for first place.
    • In Team Adventure Mode, Sonic tries to teach Silver how to act like a rival like Shadow, to limited success.
  • Robo Speak: Omega, naturally:
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Ocean View and Lost Palace.
  • Shifting Sand Land: Two of them: Boo's House takes place in Sandopolis Zone, and Sand Road takes place in Sand Hill. The latter plays the trope straight, while the former mixes it with Big Boo's Haunt.
  • Ship Tease: One of Rouge's lines to Shadow: "Shadow, I could kiss you!" Whether this is a sign of genuine love or just Rouge's typical flirting is up to interpretation.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Ice Mountain and Frozen Junkyard, both of which also have a few Eternal Engine elements. The former stage takes place in the mountains, while the latter takes place in an icy cavern.
  • The Speechless: Metal Sonic doesn't speak or have any dialogue (though the other racers talk to him).
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Sega All-Stars Racing series and Sonic Heroes, with the latter's focus on team based gameplay and having at least three of the four teams from that game.
  • Tanuki: Dodon Pa is a raccoon dog.
  • World of Snark: Everyone sure loves to hit each other with insults, teases, and otherwise sarcastic remarks while racing.

     Tie-In Comic 
  • Combination Attack: All the racers let loose on Eggman with their Wisps powers.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eggman cites "Cheating Rules" when he gets some extra Wisps as power-ups and hits Sonic and Shadow with them. However, when their allies help the duo get past him, he calls their teamwork "cheating".
  • Mysterious Stranger: Tails cites Dodon Pa as this as none of the characters really know much of anything about him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Eggman gets this when all the racing team surround him and hit him with a variety of Wisp powers.
  • Recycled Script: The comic is pretty much the same as the tie-in for Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed: All the heroes are having a good time racing. Eggman butts in and tries to ruin everyone's time. They retaliate and bump him off the road. The racing is counted as a "No Contest" (though in this case due to the coordinator, Dodon Pa, claiming he "wasn't looking" when Sonic and Shadow crossed the finish line) and the comic ends with another race beginning anew (though between Sonic and Shadow this time). Had fun reading? Good! Now go buy the game!
  • Villain Has a Point: While Eggman is pretty blatant about cheating, the racing here is more a team event and he's coming in as a solo racer, citing it unfair that everyone is ganging up on him. Dodon Pa actually agrees with this and gives him some extra Wisps to even the odds.


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