Serious simulators or frantic fun racing with friends? Find your new favourite game for on the go.
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To enjoy some racing action, one does not need an entire sim rig worth hundreds of euros or dollars. You can also simply plug in your Nintendo Switch to your TV and sit in the virtual cockpit. On top of that, you can even play your favorite games on the road, wherever you go. From an immersive simulation to fun games to play with friends, the Switch features a plethora of entertaining titles. So let’s take a look at five of the best racing games Nintendo’s popular platform.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
No list of popular racing games would ever be complete without Mario Kart. But the Switch version is not only beloved by racing fans. Since its release in April 2017, over 24 million players purchased the title – and Mario Kart cemented its status as best-selling title on the Switch.
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe edition for Switch is packed with all DLCs and contains all contents from its Wii and Nintendo DS predecessors. The game also lets drivers carry up to two items at once and features Double Item Boxes. Of course, Mario Kart is a party game and the perfect title to race against your friends.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Another franchise kart racer that features an iconic video game mascot is Activision’s Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled which was released in June 2019. The game was originally created for PlayStation in 1999 and quickly established itself as a fan’s favorite for the console.
The new Switch version is basically a remake of the beloved original and is set in the same realm, featuring the same characters, tracks and game modes. On top of that, it includes content from other titles of the Crash racing series and comes with several multi and singleplayer modes.
Fast RMX was a release exclusively for Nintendo Switch in March 2017. Indie studio Shin’en Multimedia developed the game featuring futuristic anti-gravity vehicles. It is a reworked sequel of the Wii U racer Fast Racing Neo which is extremely reminiscent of the classic F-Zero games.
Your vehicles dash trough futuristic settings at ridiculously high speeds. The game’s highlight is its special boost system: You have to switch your vehicle between orange and blue states, according to the respective color of special boost zones and energy orbs to romp away from your competitors.
Apart from fun racers, you can also compete in full-on simulations. The Switch version of GRID Autosport was released in September 2019 by developer Codemasters and is not just a simple handheld edition of the popular console game but a whole new title.
Since GRID is more on the serious side of racing games, you can switch between Performance and Graphics modes and you can also download texture packs from the eShop to make the graphics look even more realistic. GRID features several game modes such as Career, Touring, Endurance, Open Wheel, Tuner and Street. On top of that, there are DLCs that add more content, including new cars and tracks.
Burnout Paradise Remastered
Burnout Paradise Remastered by Electronic Arts is a brand-new title that was just published in June 2020. The game is the first and so far only open-world racing game for the Nintendo Switch. The remastered version has its roots in the original from 2008, but comes in a completely polished look with all eight existing DLCs that were released throughout the past years for its predecessors.
The game runs at its classic 60fps, so you can smoothly race through Paradise City, fly over ramps, crash trough billboards, make stunts and challenge other drivers. You can basically do whatever you want in the game and get bonuses and collectibles on the way!
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And if you prefer your mobile phone for racing action on the go, check out our article on the best mobile racing games.