Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing

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Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing
Developer(s) Scarab Entertainment
Publisher(s) Majesco (USA),
PQube (Europe)
Release date(s) PC (Steam):
USA July 9, 2015
Nintendo 3DS:
USA November 11, 2014
(USA)
Europe February 27, 2015
(Europe)
Japan March 23, 2016
(Japan)
Genre Racing game
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E.png
PEGI: PEGI 3.png
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS, PC (Steam)
Player mode(s) 1 player
Serial code(s) LNA-CTR-BKYP-EUR (Europe Nintendo 3DS Game Card)
FG-HKIT-3DS-E
TSA-CTR-BKYP-UKV
(Europe 3DS box)

Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing is a racing video game for Nintendo 3DS and PC. It was released in the United States, Europe and in Japan as Hello Kitty no Kirakira Wakuwaku Race (Japanese: ハローキティのキラキラわくわくレース). It is based on the iOS and Wii U game called Hello Kitty Kruisers with Sanrio Friends.

In the United Kingdom, one could pick up the game from "Game" stores to receive an "exclusive Sanrio 40th anniversary tin".

Nintendo 3DS version[edit]

Controls[edit]

  • Touch screen: Select menu items
  • Circle Pad: Control vehicle
  • Title Nintendo 3DS system: Control vehicle (when enabled in Settings)
  • A button: Brake/Reverse
  • B button: Accelerate
  • R button: Use Powerup[1]

Gameplay[edit]

When starting the game for the first time, the player must create a profile with a username. This profile stores their progress. Up to three profiles can be made. The profiles have icons of Hello Kitty, Kerokerokeroppi and Bad Badtz-Maru.

The game features three modes, "Quick Play", "Tournament", "Adventure".

Before starting a race in Quick Play and Tournament mode, the player must choose a Sanrio character to race as.

In Adventure mode the player must use a given Sanrio character for each mission.

Quick Play, Tournament and Adventure mode have the player select a vehicle.

Some tracks require the player to race with a car on land. Other races have the player racing through the sky with a plain and on the sea with a boat.

More vehicles can be unlocked by progressing through the game, as well as different colour schemes for the vehicles and up to two alternative outfits for each of the ten available characters.

At least the Nintendo 3DS version of the game has some uncommon, unexplained glitches that may cause the software to close or racers to begin the race before it has begun.

Quick Play mode[edit]

In Quick Play mode, the player can choose to race on a single track from one of the four tours, where they will race against other characters over three laps for first place. The player is returned to the menu after the results of the track.

Tournament mode[edit]

In Tournament mode, the player can play from one of four tours and their own selection of tracks, where they will race against other characters for first place. At first, only the first tour is available. However, a new tour can be unlocked by completing the latest existing tour.

Adventure mode[edit]

In Adventure mode, the player can try out four missions from a group of four levels abbreviated as "ADV" (presumably adventure).

These missions include "Cupcake Collect", "Gate Swoop", "Time Challenge", "Apple Course". A new adventure is available after clearing existing missions, featuring different characters for each adventure.

Characters[edit]

Not all of the characters are available at first. More can be unlocked after playing through tracks, tournaments.

Tracks[edit]

Tour Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
Tour 1 Hello Kitty's Happy Town (car) Chococat's Tropical Island (boat) Little Twin Stars Galaxy (plane) My Melody's Ski Resort (car)
Tour 2 Badtz-Maru's Baloon Forest (plane) Hello Kitty's Happy Town (boat) Little Twin Stars Galaxy (car) My Melody's Ski Resort (plane)
Tour 3 Little Twin Stars Galaxy (car) Badtz-Maru's Baloon Forest (boat) Hello Kitty's Happy Town (plane) Chococats' Tropical Island (boat)
Tour 4 Badtz-Maru's Baloon Forest (car) Hello Kitty's Happy Town (plane) My Melody's Ski Resort (boat) Chococat's Tropical Island (car)

Items[edit]

  • Speed Pads and Rings: These items are scattered across the track, and boost the speed of racers who pass through them.
  • Powerup: A box scattered around the track that gives the player a random powerup.

Powerups[edit]

  • Cream Pie: Three cream pie "missiles" that can be thrown forward to temporarily stop another racer.
  • Shield: Gives the player temporary invulnerability or defense against an obstacle.
  • Traffic Cone: Three traffic cones that can be laid backwards on the track as an obstacle.
  • Clock: Slows down other racers.
  • Rainbow Ride: Temporarily gives the player a significant speed boost and easier vehicle control.

Online blurb[edit]

"It’s a fun rainbow race to the finish line with Hello Kitty and her super cute friends! Drive cars, planes and boats through 3D environments including Chococat’s Tropical Island, Little Twin Stars’ Galaxy and Hello Kitty’s Happy Town. Compete against 9 other racers as you pick up cool power-ups, then unlock 20 different mini games that will challenge your skills. Customize your vehicles and character outfits to make the game your own. Play as your favorite Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru and many more!" - Nintendo.com official page.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing - Nintendo 3DS Manual