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Zodiac Rush is a party-racing game clone of the Mario Kart series for the Wii U, and the first non-canonical spin-off of the Zodiac series. It is an umbrella game, often considered to be a Baby Waffle, with many characters hailing from various series - whether they be webseries, animations or video games. The game was created to rival the similar series of Ruby Racers.
Unlike the main games of the Zodiac series, Zodiac Rush is a racing game with no real story mode. In addition, it is the only game thus far not to include any new playable characters, instead only having characters who were playable in Zodiac Warriors.
It was originally stated that Rush would be the final "Zodiac" title, however this was later reprimanded.
Fans of other kart-racing titles, such as Mario Kart, should be familiar with the gameplay mechanics of Zodiac Rush. Players choose from a cast of characters and create their kart, before being thrown head-first into a race against 14 other characters. Various items can be collected from Mumbo Crates laying around the track, and can be used to hinder opponents or help the player.
Like how the fighting games give the characters different movesets and abilities, Zodiac Rush gives every racer different stats and giving them a unique ability to be used through the race.
Items that reappear from previous Zodiac titles act almost identically to their fighting game counterparts, though there are some new items among the group created more for the racing genre. The Spawn Egg item returns from previous titles, allowing the player to spawn an assist to aid them greater than the normal items could.
The announcer character returns, with many new characters added to the mix. Like in Warriors, additional announcers can be purchased at the Shop using coins.
The game features a shop where players can purchase new announcer characters, and bonus characters and courses not unlockable through other means. Unlike Warriors in which coins were plentiful, only up to fifteen coins can be obtained per match, as they also increase the racer's top speed.
Monty, Kerry and Miles
John Anderson & John Henson
Lumpy Space Princess
Anneva and Foreva
ABILITY: Zodiac Circle
Can create a small circle around him once that absorbs items.
Ru and Phi
Increases their chance of getting rare items.
Shrinks racers that bump into him.
ABILITY: Snake Slither
Allows him to use "Paper Slit" shortcuts.
ABILITY: Capture Aura
Draws nearby items, Mumbo Crates and Coins to him.
Can wheelie when riding bikes, allowing him to damage others.
Banjo and Kazooie
ABILITY: Kazooie's Flight
Can use certain shortcuts involving flight.
ABILITY: Break Time
When boosting, Homura can teleport through opponents.
ABILITY: Hammer Bash
Once per lap, Onnanoko can use a hammer to attack others or items.
ABILITY: Feline Flash
After hitting an item, she recovers faster than other racers.
ABILITY: Phantom Theft
Bumping into another player steals their item should Nanako not have one.
ABILITY: Tomoe Gozen
Chie's Persona can push away items that hone into Chie, but will only do so when in lower places.
The Ice Climbers' items stun other racers for longer times.
Racers that crash into him will slow down temporarily.
ABILITY: Paint Slash
Drifting leaves behind a small, temporary, trail of paint that slow down opponents that touch it.
ABILITY: Bumpety Bomb
Over time, Viridi can create a Bumpety Bomb item to be used.
Ruby's boosts last longer than other racers.
Once per lap, Shrek gets a pumpkin bomb item.
ABILITY: Giant Wallet
Collecting a single coin counts for two instead of one.
ABILITY: Cut Loose
If Mite is boosting when he hits an opponent, he will slash at them, knocking them back.
Sackboy recovers from falling off the stage faster than other racers via a Checkpoint.
Static covers the screen of those he collides with, and it stays as he makes contact with them.
ABILITY: Ghost Trick
Boosting into racers spins out opponents she hits.
ABILITY: Fire God
When Pom boosts, she gets engulfed with flames, destroying items that hit her.
When Corvo is about to make contact with an opponent, he will Blink beside them.
Miyu and Fay
ABILITY: Smart Bomb
Miyu and Fay gain a Smart Bomb should they start the lap in a lower place.
ABILITY: Armor Lock
Noble Six is immune to non-honing bombs.
ABILITY: Claw Swipe
Giga Bowser knocks people he comes in contact with away using his claw.
Elizabeth can use larger Arcana cards to activate certain shortcuts.
ABILITY: Duck Jump
Ducks will carry him back onto the course should he fall off. This is slightly faster than most others' recovery time.
Jigglypuff flies further when she goes off jumps or ramps.
Palutena gets a reticle to show where her items will land after thrown.
ABILITY: Banana Peel
Gets a banana peel at the beginning of every lap.
Increased chance of obtaining a Spawn Egg.
ABILITY: Sugar Rush
Boosts last for 1.5x longer than normal.
Can hold up to two items instead of one.
ABILITY: High Rise
Jumps higher than other racers, allowing him to enter certain shortcuts.
ABILITY: Horse Back
Increased handling and acceleration when driving backwards.
ABILITY: Block Break
Does not slow down upon hitting and breaking a crate.
ABILITY: Shock Charge
Shocks anyone who touches him, disabling their ability to drift or jump.
ABILITY: This Just In!
Can not burn out at the beginning of a race.
ABILITY: Starburst Stream
If he boosts at the beginning of the race, the boost will be twice as long as normal.
Mr. Game & Watch
Gains a bell at the beginning of every lap. Does not apply if he is in first.
Forms a shield around the user
Pulls along the user with his motorcycle, travelling along the course at a great speed.
Creates a shockwave around the user that slows down anyone in the bubble.
Messes with the other racers by turning their screen upside-down, reverting colours, or mirroring the track to them.
Leaves a trail of lava behind the user, that slows down and spins out anyone who hits it.
Runs alongside the user, spinning out anyone who hits her.
A timeline will appear above Don-chan, and using the item button at the right times will create small shockwaves that push back racers and items.
Takes pictures with his phone camera, slowing anyone he catches with the flash.
Cuts half of every other racer's screen, to make it appear as if they are blinded in one eye.
Creates a trail of small icebergs that freeze racers that touch them.
Throws up to five balls of yarn with cloud trails behind them. The clouds act as walls that are destroyed upon being hit.
Pseudo-blinds every racer ahead of the user by creating opaque static that covers their screens.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Places a spring on the back of the user's vehicle as he runs in front of them to push racers aside.
Becomes the user's kart, with increased speed and runs through racers and items.
Lord of Games
Erases all racers' HUDs, removing their placings and maps.
Will transform into a rocket that will hone in on the racer ahead of them and explode.
Plays music that stops all racers from using items until they complete the lap.
Increases the user's speed every time they hit an item.
Uboa will transport the user two spaces ahead, pushing away anyone who is near his target's teleporting location.
Hacks into the kart of the racer directly ahead of the user, messing up their controls as she acts oblivious.
Pandora uses the Mirror of Truth to create a replica of the user. The replica will mimic everything the normal racer does, but honing items will instead hone for them.
The Skuttler Mage will max out one of the user's stats.
The Eggplant Wizard maxes out all of the user's stats, though will disable their ability to drift.
There are 45 announcer characters available in the game. Xander Mobus, the announcer for the fourth Super Smash Bros. title, is the default announcer, while the others are purchased in the game's Shop.
23 of the 30 announcer characters from Warriors return as purchasable in Rush.