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Activision's latest project with Dreamworks Animation, Dreamworks Super Star Kartz, is a pretty canny bit of teamwork indeed. A “Z” where the “S” should go? Check. An all-star line-up in undersized go-karts? Check. Shrek? Oh, you best believe that's a check. But before you fire off a snarky “meh” in the new title's direction, consider this: between people who were young when these things were first in vogue (and hence massively susceptible to nostalgia) and people who are young now (and hence massively susceptible to Shrek), this thing has the potential to appeal to everyone.

Combining 14 characters from Dreamworks properties such as Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters Vs Aliens and Madagascar, the game will include Time Trial, Battle Mode, standard Circuit races, four-player split-screen, and a range of weaponry and courses plucked from the imaginations of Dreamworks' animators.

 

Again, sneer all you like, but go-kart games are like pizza or sex: even when they're bad they're still pretty good, as long as you never, ever mix them. Expect Super Star Kartz to ship this holiday season for the Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. In the meantime, see how this racer rolls in our screenshot gallery below.

Sep 7, 2011

15 comments

  • soranamineforever - September 11, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    THIS holiday season?! Oh, because I'd defintely buy this over Uncharted 3 and Sonic Generations. Come on, guys, even little kids would pick up Mario and Sonic over this crap. Give them SOME credibility, PLEASE?!
  • IceBlueKirby - September 9, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    In those screens, Shrek reminds me of Bowser in the first couple of Mario Kart games. Like, being way too effin' big for his kart. Not even gonna comment on the possible quality of this game, since I doubt I'll even play it. I liked Shrek but I've never seen any of the other movies that this game features characters from, so nostalgia isn't a factor. I'll just wait for Mario Kart 7.
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - September 8, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Can't wait!!!!!1!!111!!!1
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  • taokaka - September 8, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    This is definite GOTY, just went down to my local EB games and placed a preorder on the special edition which comes with shrek 3 & 4, this is going to be EPIC!!!!!!! *sarcasm
  • Robusken - September 7, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    I literally said wtf to myself as I saw this picture of dreamworks characters driving go karts. Maybe it will be decent but I really rather not play a kart racing game in which i hate more than half of the characters.
  • GhostbustTyler - September 7, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    At first I thought you guy's photoshopped that image above..
  • Smash_Bro - September 7, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Might as well check it out. I mean, who didn't like Shrek and Madagascar when they first came out?
  • KnightDehumidifier - September 7, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    I don't know if my TV can harness so many Dreamworks faces on one screen. The grin/sneering of the Pepsi-Cola CGI brand characters would be too much.
  • GameManiac - September 7, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    ... ... ... The pizza analogy seemed out of place.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 7, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Lets get this karty started! Oh Brett, you will be missed...
  • TheRandomFool - September 7, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    Hold on while I quietly vomit everywhere, then understand that shovelware funds good games.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - September 7, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    Hey, let me try that! "Assassin's Creed" owes its existence to "Just Dance." *cries, then throws up*
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 7, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    It's easy to hate shovelware, but if it's the necessary evil that makes Assassin's Creed possible, I'm alright with it. I don't play them anyways, so it really doesn't matter.

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