Activision has confirmed the release of a remake of CTR: Crash Team Racing called Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. As previously suspected, this remake will take just about everything about the original CTR and upgrade it for the modern age. That means enhanced visuals, improved sound, and even the very welcome addition of online multiplayer action. Along with the new online mode, you will be able to participate in the classic adventure mode, time trials, cup race, battle mode, and single race.
This new addition to the game also features the ability to play as CTR bad guy, Nitros Oxide (hence the new name). Those who purchase the special edition of the game will be able to access Nitros Oxide right away. Everyone else needs to earn him via a series of in-game challenges.
In this case, though, the most exciting thing about this project isn’t necessarily what it changes but what it retains. Aside from the enhancements listed above and a few other improvements, Nitro-Fueled is pretty much the CTR you remember. That means all those crazy corses, all those great characters, the game’s fantastic weapons system, and some truly fantastic controls that helped elevate CTR above its notable genre contenders.
Indeed, the best part about this release may be that a potential remake of CTR will revive the classic Mario Kart or CTR debate that was quite prevalent for an admittedly brief period of time. While many seem to side with Mario Kart (it’s certainly the stronger franchise), the original CTR offered enough innovations to satisfy those who were otherwise unable to play the N64 version of Nintendo’s revolutionary racing spin-off.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the game:
Crash Team Racing Release Date
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is scheduled to release on June 21, 2019.
Crash Team Racing Trailer
Here’s the trailer that debuted during the 2018 Game Awards:
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