If you where wondering how fair was it to have Sonic race against Mario in a 100 metter race.  Well heres the answer.

“The great thing about this is it’s similar to Mario Kart in leveling the playing field. Sonic isn’t always going to win the 100 metre dash; it’s really up to the players and how well they use the nunchuk and remote. Mario and Luigi for example are great all-rounders. Their stats are spread across speed, acceleration and dash. Sonic meanwhile has a good top speed but his acceleration is low. It’s a real balancing act. We’re trying to go for that mass-appeal like Mario Kart; it crosses all boundaries. Kids can pick up and play Mario Kart and have a great time, but it’s really fun at home with those core gamers who replay and replay.” – Sega product manager Grant Gie