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These are the Best Racing Games for Nintendo Switch in 2022

Still looking for a Christmas gift? We present the best racing games for Nintendo Switch in 2022.

Image Credit: Milestone S.r.l.

Christmas may be right around the corner, but are you still looking for gifts for your loved ones or yourself? We’ve got you covered! The Nintendo Switch is home to some great racing games – from refurbished, classic gems to action-packed multiplayer battle racers.

This is our top list of the best racing games on Nintendo Switch.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

It’s 2008, Guns’n’Roses is blasting through the radio and the sun is setting as you cruise through the seemingly endless streets of Paradise City. You’re looking for the next challenge and adrenaline rush. That is Burnout Paradise, a milestone in open world racing.

The soundtrack, the city, the races, everything came together for an unforgettable atmosphere. Luckily, developer Criterion Games put out a remastered version for Nintendo Switch in 2020. For those who love arcade racers like Need for Speed, Burnout Paradise Remastered is the game to choose!

Hot Wheels Unleashed

When I was a kid, I loved building circuits for my little toy cars in my room, our kitchen or in the garden. And when I let the cars race on my circuits, I always imagined how it would be to sit in the driver’s seat. If you too did that, there is good news. Hot Wheels Unleashed is all about that.

The game by Italian developer Milestone was a surprise hit in 2021. There is a single player career with races and time trials. But the real fun part, of course, is to take the wheel in a tiny racer and battle against friends and real opponents.


Speaking about a battle. Wreckfest is exactly what it says on the tin – an absolute destruction fiesta. In this game, it’s less about winning and more about seeing the chequered flag at all. That is because in races across crazy arenas and dirt tracks, your opponents will try to wreck your car and take you out of the race.

Crashing, forcing others off-track and even driving the wrong way is not only allowed, it’s essential to the game. If you’re looking for one of the craziest multiplayer action-racers on the market, this game is exactly what you should go for.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer

This one is a very personal recommendation, for all of those who love a bit of nostalgia, as I do. Star Wars Episode I: Racer allows you to take part in the infamous pod races seen in Star Wars Episode I. Besides Tatooine, there are seven more planets to discover in the game, with a total of 25 race tracks.

What makes Star Wars Episode I: Racer one of the most successful sci-fi racing games of all time is not only the look and feel. The races are actually challenging. Pod racers reach a speed of almost 1000 miles per hour, so you need to have insanely quick reaction times to keep your racer on the track.

The Nintendo Switch version from 2020 added even more immersion to the game. It allows motion control and with the two joypads, you are able to control both engines separately. So, are you the next Anakin Skywalker?

Mario Kart 8

There is no list of Nintendo racing games complete without Mario Kart. What is there to say about this game that you do not already know? The unique worlds, the beloved characters and the friendship-ending blue shell. Mario Kart is a phenomenon.

But Mario Kart 8 might be the best game the franchise has ever produced. Never have there been more characters and customizable karts to choose from. There are 48 standard tracks, and another 48 will be added step by step until late 2023 if you own the Booster Course Pass DLC.

Mario Kart 8 is not only fun in single player and with friends, but it also finally has a proper online mode to the series. This game truly is a must-have for Nintendo Switch.

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