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PAL/UK PlayStation version box art
|Developer(s)||Pipe Dream (GBC)
Software Creations (PS1, PC)
Crawfish Interactive (GBA)
|Publisher(s)||Hasbro Interactive (Game Boy Color and PC versions)
Infogrames (PlayStation and GBA versions)
Chicago Gaming (Arcade)
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation|
|Release||2000 (GBC), (Windows)
Nicktoons Racing is a Nickelodeon crossover racing video game. The game was first developed by Pipe Dream and released for the Game Boy Color in 2000, while versions for different platforms were released in subsequent years. Nearly all versions were developed by Software Creations with the exception of the Game Boy Advance version, which was developed by Crawfish Interactive, and the arcade version, which was developed by Chicago Gaming. The Playstation and GBC versions received negative reviews while the GBA port received positive reviews.
Nicktoons Racing focuses on engaging players in go-kart racing on various Nicktoons-themed tracks, similar to the Mario Kart series. The game features a wide selection of playable characters from various Nicktoons, including characters from Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, and The Wild Thornberrys.
Various Nickelodeon characters each receive a letter invitation to compete in a Grand Prix for the top prize, the Krusty Krab Big Bun Award. The host of the competition, also the individual who sent the invitations, is an unknown, unseen driver of a sleek, black car with a tinted dome window simply dubbed as the Mystery Rider, which the participating racers are challenged to beat, as well as each other.
Similar to South Park, the game's reception depended on the platform.
The PlayStation game was not reviewed on IGN, while the Game Boy Color version seemed mixed or negative with a 3.0/10 from IGN. The Game Boy Advance edition received positive reviews with an 8.0/10 on IGN.
After several years of re-releasing Nicktoons Racing for different consoles and platforms, with the last being the arcade version released in 2003, a sequel was put into production. Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing was released exclusively for the PC in February 2006. In 2008, a third Nicktoons Racing game was put into production, and was released in 2009 as Nicktoons Nitro, exclusively for the arcade.
- Nicktoons Racing game review, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 74