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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

For the first Grand Prix season in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Tawna and her “Watermelon Tawna” skin were added. Players quickly took issue with the name. Because of her darker fur and watermelon shirt, many people felt that this was racially insensitive.

Activision and Beenox have since taken action. The skin has since been changed to Summertime Tawna along with a few others. “White Tawna” is now known as “White Tiger Tawna”, for instance. A number of other skins with “Black” or “White” in front of them have also been given a slight change such as “Black N. Tropy” and “Black Zem”.


Activision has confirmed that an upcoming update for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on Switch — the Version 1.05 update — will introduce specific measures for improving load times.

Specifically, the support page for the game states that this will be done using a “Boost Mode”. No further details were given, aside from other fixes and that the update should go live this week. The full notes can be viewed below.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled updated this week with its brand new Nitro Tour Grand Prix. Have a look at some footage below.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was given a new update this week to pave the way for the first Grand Prix event. After digging through the files, references to new characters have been datamined.

Here’s the full list:

Activision has shared the intro for the upcoming Nitro Tour Grand Prix in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. We’ve included it below.

System: Switch
Release date: June 21, 2019
Developer: Beenox
Publisher: Activision

As far as remakes go, Crash Team Racing is top notch. The trick with this particular remake is that the team didn’t have to significantly change anything aside from the visuals. Originally pegged as the PlayStation’s response to Mario Kart 64, Crash Team Racing has always been the more evolved kart racer. The tracks remade from the original PlayStation 1 Crash Team Racing are faithfully laid out, and its original mechanics preserved. Even with the most recent game in its rival franchise, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might be the more refined game – some might call it stagnant – but Crash Team Racing, faithfully remade, still feels fresh and ultimately more interesting.

Activision and Beenox have announced details of the first major update planned for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. If all goes as planned, the patch will be going live for Switch on July 3.

The upcoming update will add in a great deal of content, including the Nitro Tour Grand Prix, leaderboards in the Grand Prix Menu, new Pit Stop content, podium animations for online matches and more.

Here’s the full rundown of what’s to come:

Digital Foundry has taken a closer look at the Switch version of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Specifically, the game’s technical performance has been examined in greater detail.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is 16GB on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Meanwhile, the Switch version is about 6GB. How’d the team managed to shrink the game’s file size? Part of this can be attributed to slightly lower-quality pre-encoded videos. If you’re playing in handheld mode in particular, this is something you probably won’t notice easily.

Have you been experiencing any issues with online multiplayer in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled? If so, you’ll want to download the game’s new patch.

Beenox confirmed a few hours ago that the update went live. According to the developer, it’s intended to improve online multiplayer. No other changes or additions were included.


Curious as to how the Switch version of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled stacks up against the PS4 release? Then watch the video below, that compares the two from a graphical and load time perspective.