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The racing video game genre is where the player partakes in a racing competition with any type of land, air, or sea vehicles.

Kart racers are a style of racing game that uses small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts and which introduces the ability to pick up items during the race, and use them to boost one's performance or to attack other players and hamper their progress.

There are several racing games within the Sonic franchise, most of them Kart racers. They are main games or mini-games, or even just related to the genre.

List of Sonic racing games

Game Year Notes
Sonic Drift 1994 The first Sonic racing game. It had a sequel, Sonic Drift 2.
Sonic Drift 2 1995 Renamed Sonic Drift Racing in Europe and the first international Sonic racing game. Sonic Drift sequel.
Sonic R 1997 The first Sonic racing game where some of the characters run without vehicles.
Sonic Adventure 1998 Twinkle Park's first section and related mini-game, accessed by all characters.
Sonic Adventure 2 2001 Route 101, Route 280 and related mini-game, accessed by all main characters. Two other characters were released as VMU games: Opa-Opa and Eggrobo, along with an enhanced kart for Sonic.
Sonic Racing Shift Up 2002 Part of Sonic Cafe and not released outside of Japan. Not a racing game but related to the genre, it consists of shifting gears in a kart, with both quickness and timing.
Sonic Racing Kart 2003 Part of Sonic Cafe and not released outside of Japan. It had a sequel, Sonic Kart 3D X.
Sonic Kart 3D X 2005 Part of Sonic Cafe and not released outside of Japan. Sonic Racing Kart sequel.
Sonic Riders 2006 The characters race in hover-boards for a change, It had a sequel, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity.
Sonic Rivals 2006 The second Sonic racing game where the characters race outside of vehicles, though it is also based off of the classic Sonic series style of gameplay.
Sonic Rivals 2 2007 Sequel to Sonic Rivals, based off of the same gameplay as the first game.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity 2008 Sonic Riders sequel.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 2010 A SEGA franchise crossover kart game.


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