Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (stylized as CTR: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) is a kart racing game developed by Beenox and published by Activision. It is a remaster of Crash Team Racing, which was originally developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation in 1999, and also includes content from the games Crash Nitro Kart, originally developed by Vicarious Visions in 2003, and Crash Tag Team Racing, originally developed by Radical Entertainment in 2005. It is the seventeenth installment in the Crash Bandicoot series, and the fourth racing game overall. The game was released worldwide for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 21, 2019, and received generally favorable reviews from critics.
Like the original Crash Team Racing, Nitro-Fueled is a racing game featuring characters from the Crash Bandicoot series. Players must avoid obstacles and navigate the various tracks to reach the finish line, performing boosts via power sliding and jumping to gain speed, and using power-ups scattered across the track to give themselves a boost or hinder their opponents. The game supports local quick races and grand prix circuits, multiple battle modes, and online multiplayer, as well as featuring a full adventure mode with new areas, characters and boss battles being unlocked as the player progresses.
Nitro-Fueled includes all of the content from Crash Team Racing, along with several new features not present in the original game, including online multiplayer and the ability to choose different karts, which can be customized by the player. The adventure mode has also been tweaked: in addition to new cinematic cutscenes being added, players can choose between “Classic” and “Nitro-Fueled” adventure modes, the latter of which allows players to change their character and kart between races, as well as choose between three difficulty levels. An additional “Ring Rally” mode was added as part of a post-launch update, in which players must pass through rings on a track to gain time extensions and prevent a timer from expiring. Nitro-Fueled also adds a substantial amount of content from Crash Nitro Kart, including all of its characters, race tracks, battle arenas, karts and battle modes. Additional karts and character skins from Crash Tag Team Racing are included as well. This and other new content is accessible via the Pit Stop, an in-game shop that allows players to purchase unlockables using Wumpa Coins earned through gameplay or obtained via microtransactions.
Nitro-Fueled features limited-time Grand Prix events that began taking place following the game’s launch. Each event is accompanied by a free update that adds a new race track to the game. Players can compete in special challenges on these new tracks during the event period to earn Nitro Points; by acquiring a certain number of points, they will be able to unlock new characters, karts, and customization items. If players are unable to obtain enough points before the event concludes, they will instead be able to purchase the content