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Nicktoons Racing is, as its name suggests, a racing video game starring characters from various Nicktoons. The game was first developed and released for the Game Boy Color and Microsoft Windows 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 Firemint, and the arcade version, which was developed by Chicago Gaming. It is styled after other kart racers such as the Mario Kart series.

Plot

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.

Gameplay

Nicktoons Racing focuses on engaging players in go-kart racing on various Nicktoon-themed tracks, similar to the Mario Kart line of games. The game features a wide selection of playable characters from various Nicktoons, including characters from Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Hey Arnold! and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Characters and cast

Character Show Voice actor
Tommy Pickles Rugrats Elizabeth Daily
Angelica Pickles Cheryl Chase
Stimpy J. Cat The Ren & Stimpy Show Billy West
Ickis Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Charlie Adler
Arnold Shortman Hey Arnold! Alex D. Linz
Helga Pataki Francesca Marie Smith
Norbert Beaver The Angry Beavers Nick Bakay
Daggett Beaver Richard Steven Horvitz
CatDog CatDog Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny
Eliza Thornberry The Wild Thornberrys Lacey Chabert
Darwin Thornberry Tom Kane
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Sheldon J. Plankton (The Mystery Rider) Doug Lawrence
Race announcer (non-playable) N/A Chris Jojo

Reception

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.[1] The Game Boy Advance version received an 8.0/10 on IGN.[2]

Sequels

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 Nicktoon racing game was put into production, and was released in 2009 as Nicktoons Nitro, exclusively for the arcade. A fourth Nicktoon racing game, Nickelodeon Kart Racers, was released in 2018, and received its own sequel, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix, in 2020.

Trivia

  • This game is often thought to be the first Nickelodeon crossover game ever created. In actuality, Nickelodeon Director's Lab, Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker, and Nickelodeon BrainBender all preceded it.
  • All of the voices for the racers are all archived recordings with some taken directly from episodes.
  • For some reason, a clip of Chuckie screaming is used for Tommy. Similarly, a clip of Harold laughing is used for Arnold.
  • The announcer from the game's opening shares a striking resemblance to the Salesman from Ren & Stimpy, but with a different color scheme.
  • Ren and Oblina appear alongside the other racers in the game's opening, but aren't playable. It is possible they were planned to be playable since The Ren & Stimpy Show and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters are the only shows that have one playable character (not counting shows with grouped characters).
  • Stimpy and the Gritty Kitty Litter item were removed from the 2003 arcade version of the game. This may have been due to the advent of Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, which premiered the same year. Despite this, the Ren & Stimpy stage and the Powdered Toast Man Crouton Launcher item were kept intact.

References

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The article or pieces of the original article was at Nicktoons Racing. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Nickipedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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