Kart racers are undoubtedly a style of game popularised by the original Super Mario Kart, and for a while back in the 90s these things were everywhere; if you named a popular children's franchise, there was literally a chance there was a kart racer with that branding.
How appropriate then that Nickelodeon Kart Racers takes most of its inspiration from around that time period, omitting many modern characters for more classic offerings. Does it perform though? Well, not really, it's a rather average kart racer that feels like it's been ported straight from smart devices. You be the judge if you like though, watch the video above.
It’s so disappointing how limited the cast of this game is, given Nickelodeon’s huge legacy they could’ve pulled from.
This looks like a gamecube game...
@iLikeUrAttitude Correction; this looks like shovelware on a GameCube.
So you’re saying that Angelica Pickles and Spongebob aren’t going to be in Smash.
Why am I not surprised. Mabey I'll pick it up when it's half price. Hopefully Sonic team racing will be better.
Why no Ren and Stimpy? Powdered Toast Man? Mr Horse? AAgh Real monsters? Catdog? The character list could have been amazing! Wow, amazing how off the ball they were with this.
i remember a 4th channel being added. lol now we have netflix. I have swiss tv that includes uk french italian german swiss and still nothing good to watch.
I don’t know why, but I feel like this sort of game should not be allowed, especially at this price.
The attitude of publishers using liscenced characters and creating junk games for a quick profit simply sucks.
plus seriously apart from looks terrible. I have 2 kids that watch the channel in english and german they watched the trailer and were like meh. They new the turtles and spongebob but the rest nope. epic fail.
Yeah, that roster is pitiful, in addition to Spongebob, Rugrats, and Hey Arnold, the game should definitely have content from Fairly Oddparents, Ren & Stimpy, Angry Beavers, Avatar, Invader Zim, CatDog, Ahhh Real Monsters, Wild Thornberrys, Jimmy Neutron, and Danny Phantom.
There are plenty of other series to pull from, but those really do stand out as the greatest hits of Nicktoons that I'd want to see in this game. I'd put Doug in there too, but there would definitely be issues in trying to make that happen given that Disney picked up the series after it ended its run on Nickelodeon. Also, the TMNT may be on Nickelodeon these days, but they do not feel like a Nickelodeon franchise at all and as such I don't think should be included in this game. I could also see and understand why Ren & Stimpy may pose problems in trying to add to such a game these days.
ungh, cart racing...
Personally I am totally over kart racers after getting Mario Kart 8 early with the Switch. Mario Kart is honestly the only kart racer I need, and everything else seems to pale in comparison.
This game could have been so good. I wish they’d spend a little more time polishing these types of things. I might have considered it with twice the characters and more shows represented.
Shame. Hopefully whatever Nick games THQ comes out with now that they've negotiated a new deal will actually be good. Their Nickelodeon games were always great back in the day, especially Battle for Bikini Bottom. I can't remember what developer made this racing game, but it sure as heck wasn't them.
@Not_Soos Bamtang Games, apparently. Whoever that is...
@justin233 Hoo boy, their website is painful to read. "We commit to budget and schedule and consistently over-deliver." So you guys rush your products and spare every expense--got it. "Making great games from scratch." Well, gee, I think most game development starts at ground zero and goes from there, this is nothing revolutionary by any stretch of the word. C'mon, Nick, you have such rich IP's on your hands. Don't squander them by outsourcing to companies like this.
@duffmmann To be fair, the two Avatar cartoons don't feel like Nickelodeon franchises either, but I don't mind having either them or the TMNT in the Nickelodeon crossovers games. However, you're absolutely right with that list of yours of franchises that should be represented in a game like this.
And yet it will sell gangbusters to parents of kids who don't know quality--or lack thereof--when they see it.
Still prefer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
To those asking for characters from Aah Real Monsters and Ren and Stimpy you gotta realize kids right now dont know who those characters are. This game is not for us nostalgic adults it's for current 5 to 12 year olds
The most ridiculous thing about this release, apart from the laughably lacking cast, is the lack of voiceovers.
I'm sure the original voice actors would have appreciated an hour's work for old time's sake.
I'd get it for the turtles, but I don't have a Switch.
I liked how there was so much footage that appeared to be 60 fps. If it runs at 60 fps 80% of the time I would pick it up if it went way on sale. I like beach buggy racing, especially how it runs at 60 fps even in 3 and 4 player split screen, unlike the choppy Mario Kart 8. Also, random side note, I played Crash Team Racing recently on Vita and PS3 and can't get back into it. I loved it years ago, but it just seems terrible now. Maybe I can't handle the low frame rate, or maybe I need to keep with it to get back in it's gameplay groove... Oh, and I've never tried the Garfield Cart game. Maybe I should give it a shot.
Does your comment run at 60 fps?
@Gravitron You say that, yet Reptar from Rugrats is a playable character in this game. Do kids these days even know Rugrats?
Maybe that Ayrton Senna kart game that I played a lot on PS1 still runs better than this game?
Basically picked some of the older characters and Turtles, Nick made popular with the 2012 show. Turtles can never get a break. Just need to allow Tt Games to make a LEGO game of them.
This looks terrible but I'm sure my son who has special needs will want it.
This looks absolutely amazing!!! said No one ever!
Sad, i was hoping for more
Yeah, this looks like a poor man’s version of Merry-Oh Kart.
@DTfeartheBEARD I read that the people that had the opportunity to play the demo were not impressed with both the gameplay, the roaster and the performance
@60frames-please try to play MK64 nowadays and tell me how did it go lol.
P.s: my office is doing a tournament of it tomorrow
@Balta666 I liked it back in the day, but yeah it's got a crappy frame rate like every n64 game except f-zero 64. It's 3 and 4 player split screen is a slide show.
@Gravitron And yet, Hey arnold and rugrats is featured...
When it reaches £15-£20 I will undoubtedly buy it as I'm a sucker for any Kart Racing games
Shovelware such as this doesn't require a lengthy video review
@Quarth - "Merry-Oh Kart" 😂😂
What's the deal? Why can't so many british people say Mario's name correctly? 😅
@Prizm I don’t know, there are also a lot of americans pronouncing it like that. If it’s wrong or not, is hard to tell, but I think it sounds funny.
Of course I as a swede have my Swedish pronounciation of Mario as well. But if I say Super Mario when speaking English, I pronounce it ”mar-i-oh”.
I think Wulff Den did a great video on it:
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