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  • Actor-Shared Background: Three members of the Nitro Squad are voiced by the actress of the appropriate ethnicity and nation; Isabella is voiced by the Italian Melanie Minichino, Liz is voiced by the British Victoria Atkin and Megumi is voiced by the Asian Stephanie Sheh, despite not being Japanese. Additionally, Sheh also voices Yaya Panda.
  • Approval of God: Some Naughty Dog alumni ran a stream for the game and enjoyed playing it, notably praising how its life got extended with additional content after the launch.
  • Ascended Fanon:
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    • N. Tropy originally had no home track, but many fans considered Out of Time to be his, even though it's used for Big and Small Norm's boss fight in Crash Nitro Kart. The Crash Bandicoot Twitter account gave him a profile that officially confirmed Out of Time to be his home track as well.
    • The Daily Bonus, a limited-time 5x multiplier to Wumpa Coins at the completion of a race, was often referred to as "Wumpa Time" by fans. As of the Spyro and Friends Grand Prix in late August 2019, it has been officially renamed to Wumpa Time in-game.
    • An old fan rumor surrounding a datamine for Crash Team Racing and artwork for an unrelated hippo pilot mascot called Trippo led to the myth of "Fasty", a racer that was believed to be cut. When the Winter Festival Grand Prix was unveiled in December 2019, it brought in Hasty, a moose racer that's directly inspired by this legend and whose silhouette and pilot jacket are almost identical to Trippo.
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  • Blooper: Gregg Berger's name is mentioned in the credits, even though there isn't any character voiced by him. This is present even after new content addition for the game stopped. It was suspected that he would have voiced Ripto in a future Spyro pack.
  • Colbert Bump: The inclusion of characters from many post-Naughty Dog games has gotten a lot of the series' newer fans curious about their origins, which has led to increased exposure for those games.
  • Content Leak:
    • After the first Grand Prix, Nitro Tour, went live, a dataminer named BetaM managed to find a list of all the characters who were coming at that point, including those from the Spyro and Friends Grand Prix, and further down the line. However, certain characters that appear on this list, namely Ripto and the Sorceress, aren't in the game.
    • BetaM managed to reveal the content for the Spooky Grand Prix a few weeks before it launched, although most of it was not clearly identified.
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    • A month before its official unveiling, the downloadable Firehawk plane kart promoting the Call of Duty Endowment had its model ripped by hackers, with the placeholder name "Veteran".
    • Just like before, BetaM had leaked the Neon Circus Grand Prix's content a month before it launched, including the character skins,note  the new Ring Rally mode, and the existence of King Chicken.
    • Once again, BetaM datamined the contents of the Winter Festival Grand Prix a month ahead of time. This includes Chick and Stew, Rilla Roo, as well as two unexpected characters; Yaya Panda, and another character tagged as "Hasty". The datamine also revealed there would be more Grand Prixes all the way up to May, but this was later changed to have them end after February in favor of a new format.
    • Yet again, BetaM datamined content for the Rustland Grand Prix in advance, though it's much less detailed; only Megamix and Apo-Apo were clearly identified. On the other hand, some secret details that weren't implemented yet, like a new promotional kart, were sighted.
    • As always, BetaM datamined the content for the February Grand Prix a month in advance, but with unidentified skins and even its only star is hidden. Fortunately, thanks to a datamine for the stickers done by COGMONKEY, it revealed an overall space theme and the arrival of Emperor Velo.
    • As usual, BetaM datamined the planned content for the ninth season of DLC, a month before the fact. Surprisingly, it finally confirmed the presence of Baby Cortex and Baby Tropy, as well as the Lab Assistant. While the Crate was found to be in there, it had a file name that was extremely long to fool people as to who it was. The Champion kart also appeared to receive a new method to unlock it.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Downplayed. Misty Lee voices Pura and Polar, who are both considered male by animal standards. However, both are unevolved, so it's understandably a bit difficult to tell.
  • Dueling Games: Fittingly with Team Sonic Racing as Nitro-Fueled comes out a month after it.
  • Fake Nationality:
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Cortex's red Palette Swap is often referred to as "McDonald's Cortex" due to it resembling the restaurant's red and yellow coloration.
    • Although the game refers to it as "Blue Fire" in some Grand Prix challenges, the blue-colored, much-faster boost seen on several tracks is coined by the community under the name of "Ultimate Sacred Fire".
    • The female characters are so beloved (by both the regular and furry sides of the player base) that they earned the moniker of the "Waifu Squad", due to half of them being the Nitro Squad.
  • Follow the Leader: The Pit Stop in-game store is basically Fortnite's store, right down to having the exact same layout and a similar method of categorizing items based on rarity.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans suspected the inclusion of Crunch Bandicoot, a major character from the post-Naughty Dog games, due to the confirmation that the game would have tracks and karts from Nitro Kart.
    • On a more negative note, a number of fans suspected that microtransactions for the Pit Stop would be added at a later date. As of August 2019 that unfortunately came to pass, although the microtransactions were surprisingly lenient by Activision standards.
    • Several Spyro-related elements were predicted long before they were actually revealed:
      • When concept art for a Spyro-themed track was shown off, pretty much everyone expected him to appear as a guest. The announcement that every character from Nitro Kart would be in the game furthered this belief for a number of people due to him being present as a guest character in the Game Boy Advance version of the game.
      • Certain fans predicted that Sparx would be added as the invincibility mask equivalent for the Spyro characters. This was proven true.
      • Gems are indeed used as the substitute for Wumpa Fruit on Spyro Circuit.
      • Spyro uses some of his power-up colours from the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
    • Some fans expected that there might be a Christmas/holiday-themed Grand Prix to go along with a Halloween one. Both were confirmed with the reveal of the Spooky and Winter Festival GPs, respectively.
    • Some elements related to the Spooky Grand Prix had been anticipated and came true:
      • Some of the general content is indeed related to Crash Twinsanity, including the Nina's Nightmare track having Academy of Evil influences, and a skin based on that game's unused Evil Coco concept, albeit heavily altered for modern sensibilities.
      • The general assumption was that Nina, N. Brio and Komodo Moe would all arrive in the same GP, which was correct.
      • There is a Halloween theme for the bonus skins, as expected.
      • Certain fans thought about the possibility of DLC racers returning with new skins sometime after their GP was over, and could arrive with items that failed to be implemented in the Pit Stop. Both got confirmed with the arrival of the Witch Tawna skin and the Tawna Pink paint job as well as Spyro's Winter Guardian skin.
    • Some more fan theories got confirmed in relation to the Neon Circus Grand Prix:
      • Some of the people who noticed the datamine leak for it assumed that this would be the one that would finally confirm King Chicken, and the amount of hints pointing towards his inclusion, mainly the mural of a chicken with five eggs in the Lost Ruins hub. They were right.
      • One strategy guide for Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex gave Neo Cortex a backstory of him coming from a clown family, so a clown skin inspired by this piece of trivia from the older continuity made sense to a fair few fans. Sure enough, the Neon Circus GP gave him one.
      • There was the hope that Rilla Roo would get some level of involvement to reference Crash Bash, which is called Carnival in Japan. That came true, via a banner pitting him against Koala Kong, another character who appeared in that game, with Rilla Roo himself becoming playable in the following GP.
      • The Nitro Squad members were expected to get more distinct outfitsnote  for their Circus skins in this GP, which is the case; Ami is a ringleader, while Liz, Megumi and Isabella are performers with different skills (fire dancer, hula hoop busker/harlequin and acrobat, respectively).
      • At least one fan thought the Koala Carnival could have a big jump area, similarly to the Hyper Spaceway and Electron Avenue tracks. There's one right at the start of it.
      • The Twitter artist NitroNeato managed to accurately guess that Pasadena would wear pink lipstick.
    • Yet more fan theories have been confirmed, once the Winter Festival Grand Prix finally got unveiled:
      • Ever since the start of the GPs, it was heavily suspected that Yaya Panda would eventually become playable, especially since the Rocket kart from Nitro Kart 2 came with the Nitro Tour GP. She eventually did come the Winter Festival GP. Furthermore, some expected her to have a smaller height like Coco and Nina, since her source game made everyone there this way, and Stephanie Sheh was correctly predicted to be the one to voice her.
      • Several fans assumed that the fight banner in Koala Carnival hinted towards Rilla Roo coming later on. They were proven right.
      • There was the assumption that Beenox might have been aware of the myth surrounding Fasty the Hippo and decided to include him in some way. They did, albeit as a moose with a slightly different name, no less.
      • Due to the datamine, at least one fan expected Nash's Legendary skin to be based on the NPCs seen in Meteor Gorge. This is 100% true.
    • On a more negative note, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether the Beenox Pack was the very last update the game would receive, since it was never specified that it would be the last... As of September 1st, Beenox finally did announce that, yes, the Beenox Pack was the last update.
    • The YouTuber Johnny Cooper 64 had correctly predicted that the Grand Prix for January would have a post-apocalyptic theme, some days before the announcement.
    • The arrival of the Rustland Grand Prix continues the trend of confirming assumptions:
      • Due to the name of the GP having "rust" in it, fans were expecting for Rusty Walrus to be involved in some fashion. He definitely is, via a graffiti of him and a dented wall found on N.Gin's ruined battleship.
      • A select few fans figured that with the addition of characters from the majority of the series, the oddball Megamix would show up sooner or later. Which happened, as he's the sole new racer for this GP. Some fans also figured that the mixed villains' voices and victory podium animations would all be incorporated.
    • Some fans were certain that Beenox could still continue to release extra content, like new racers and karts, after the Grand Prix events end. This view has been proven to be valid, once Beenox stated in a blog post on February 14, 2020 that the addition of smaller extra content will be maintained after the 8th and final GP. Also, some saw that the end of the GPs was coming, due to the Rustland GP only bringing a single racer.
    • The YouTuber MisterBo correctly predicted that there would be a space-themed Grand Prix.
    • Quite a few elements in the Gasmoxia Grand Prix had been anticipated for months before their unveiling:
      • Emperor Velo the XXVII (in his bulky robotic body, not the real one), was seen coming by fans ever since the launch of the game, due to his conspicuous absence from the base roster despite the rest of the playable characters from Nitro Kart being present to start with. He was also accurately expected to cap off the final Grand Prix as its only star racer.
      • Emperor Velo is indeed present as the opponent for new time trial times.
      • The kart Velo and his Champions use in Nitro Kart's boss races was seen as a given, since it was the only kart from the game to be missing at the game's launch.
    • The first post-Grand Prix update brings with it a host of new theory confirmations:
      • At least one fan thought that Geary would get a legendary skin based on Beenox's former mascot. This is eventually confirmed within this update, along with other Beenox-related content. It also confirmed suspicions about the skin being the teased item that would "make fans very happy".
      • Most fans were sure about Baby Cortex and Baby Tropy eventually arriving in the game, despite them missing out on the Back N. Time GP.
      • A few supporters were hoping for the Lab Assistant to become playable, which came true.
      • Some fans did an accurate educated guess about the Beenox time trial ghosts not being any new racers.
      • As expected, the secret bonus racer teased in earlier datamines is here.
    • During the production of Nitro Kart, the idea of bringing back CTR tracks with updated graphics had been thrown around but ultimately scrapped. 16 years later and it's the Nitro Kart tracks getting that treatment in a Crash Team Racing remake.
    • The Twitter user NitroNeato drew Tawna as a witch, a few days before her official witch skin got unveiled.
    • The Twitter user Esmael J drew a picture of most of the female characters with Rustland-themed skins, giving Liz a skull facepaint and skull shoulderpad. Once the Gasmoxia Grand Prix arrived, Liz's space pirate outfit just so happened to have a skull pattern on it.
    • The Twitter user Hudson Hatley reposted this comic featuring Emperor Velo, a mere four days before his confirmation. In addition, some fan artists had depicted Velo being angry with Oxide for "stealing" his title of fastest racer in the galaxy, yet the CTR TV report shows that Oxide actually invited Velo, as they're on friendly terms.
    • Canadian Guy Eh posted this montage of pitched-up N. Tropy voices, the day before Baby Tropy was confirmed, with an even higher-pitched voice to match.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: A Nitros Oxide Edition was released alongside the game's vanilla edition. It automatically unlocks Nitros Oxide (alongside his hovercraft vehicle), Zem, Zam and Crunch as default playable characters, though all of these can be unlocked in the base version through regular means. Exclusive to the Nitros Oxide Edition are space suit costumes for Crash, Coco, Cortex and Oxide, a robot skin for Crunch, a set of space-themed stickers for kart customization, and a special decal and paint job available for Oxide's hovercraft.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": An example that applies to skins, of all things; the brainwashed Coco and Crunch skins are the first time that Crash: Mind Over Mutant content has ever appeared in a Japanese published release for a Crash game, since that particular game was never exported over there alongside Crash of the Titans.note 
  • Meaningful Release Date: Papu Papu's downloadable pirate skin was revealed on September 19, 2019, for Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • The game was released 20 years after the original CTR first came out. As such, there is plenty of content referencing the entire franchise up to this point, including the return of several characters who had been Put on a Bus for a very long time.
    • With the addition of Megamix via the Rustland GP, Beenox celebrated it being the roster's 50th racer.
  • No Export for You:
    • Completely averted with the Spyro GP in the Japanese version, despite the franchise's historical mishandling and general lack of presence over there.
    • Played straight with the Firehawk plane not being officially distributed in some countries, including Japan and rather bizarrely, Canada, Beenox's country of origin. This was semi-addressed when the Pit Stop gained the Neon Hawk, a reskin of the Firehawk that was originally used as a background element in the Koala Carnival track.
    • The parts for the Cove Cruiser and the Xfinity Flash Kart are a more complex matter. Obtaining the codes could only be done in the United States, via codes on specially-marked packets of Sour Patch Kids and Trident Gum for the Cove Cruiser parts, or by using your Xfinity log-in credentials for the Xfinity Flash. However, you redeemed the codes on a completely different website, where you linked it up with your Nintendo/Xbox/PlayStation account: that worked anywhere in the world.
  • No Port For You: There is no word of Nitro-Fueled getting a release on PC or next-gen platforms, despite the N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time getting released on PC nearly a year after the console versions, and neither Beenox (who also made various PC ports to Activision games in the past) nor Activision seem to be interested in giving Nitro-Fueled a PC port.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Polar and Pura were originally voiced by Debi Derryberry and Paul Greenberg, respectively. Both of them are now voiced by Misty Lee, who replaces both Satomi Koorogi and Taeko Kawata as their respective voice actresses in the Japanese version.
    • Ripper Roo is now Andrew Morgado, rather than Jess Harnell, who now only does Crash and Baby Crash's voices. In the case of the Japanese version, Morgado replaces Katsumi Suzuki as the character's voice due to his voice clips remaining unchanged in that version.
    • Jess Harnell is credited as Pinstripe's voice, but he was actually voiced by Robbie Daymond, who also voices Small Norm, Hunter, and Hasty.
    • Fake Crash's voice is no longer Dwight Schultz as in Nitro Kart, despite Schultz being present as Papu Papu, Nash, and Geary, and is instead voiced by Andrew Morgado.
    • Crunch is no longer voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson or Chris Williams, despite the former being present as the voice of Stew. Instead, Crunch is voiced by Ike Amadi.
    • N. Trance is now voiced by Michael J. Gough rather than Tom Bourdon, with Gough also voicing Gnasty Gnorc as well.
    • Andrew Morgado now voices Krunk instead of Marshall R. Teague.
    • Billy West did not reprise his roles as Nash and Zam. Nash is now Dwight Schultz and Zam is Andrew Morgado.
    • Despite being replaced as Dingodile and Fake Crash, Dwight Schultz replaces Paul Greenberg as the voice of Geary.
    • André Sogliuzzo replaces Steve Blum as the voice of Emperor Velo XXVII and Real Velo.
    • Chick and Stew are no longer voiced by Quinton Flynn and Duane Shepard, respectively. Instead, Roger Craig Smith plays Chick while Kevin Michael Richardson, who previously voiced Crunch in Nitro Kart, voices Stew.
    • Nitros Oxide was originally voiced by the late David Anthony Pizzuto in the original Crash Team Racing and by Quinton Flynn in Crash Nitro Kart. This time, he is voiced by Corey Burton.
    • Tawna was voiced by Debi Derryberry in the N. Sane Trilogy, although her voice was minimal in that game, limited only to a few grunts and a quick "Woohoo!" when Crash reached the end of a bonus stage. Now she has fully voiced dialogue provided by Misty Lee.
    • In the Japanese version, Fred Tatasciore replaces Chie Kojiro as Penta Penguin.
    • Tom Kenny now voices N. Brio, replacing Maurice LaMarche, who voiced him in Mind Over Mutant and the N. Sane Trilogy.
    • Debi Derryberry replaces Amy Gross as the voice of Nina Cortex. This also doubles as a Role Reprise due to Derryberry voicing her in the Nintendo DS version of Titans.
    • Debi Derryberry also replaces Shanelle Workman as Pasadena O'Possum.
    • John DiMaggio replaces Danny Mann as Ebenezer Von Clutch.
    • Another bilingual example with Andrew Morgado, who replaces Frank Welker as Rilla Roo in the English version and Mitsuru Ogata (who does reprise his roles as N. Gin and N. Brio) in the Japanese version.
    • Stephanie Sheh is now the voice of Yaya Panda, replacing the uncredited voice actress who portrayed her in Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2.
    • In the Golden Ending of the N. Sane Trilogy version of Warped, Baby Cortex was voiced by Corey Burton, but this time he's voiced by Cortex's regular voice actor Lex Lang.
    • In a loosest sense, Jess Harnell replaces Dwight Schultz and Maurice LaMarche as the Lab Assistant, in a way of reusing pitched-down voicelines of Harnell's performance as Crash.
  • Permanent Placeholder: In the first datamine, King Chicken's name seemed to be a placeholder, with the initial Neon Circus GP leak having "King Paul III" as his apparent finalized name. In the end, the first name was picked for the GP's launch.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Pre-ordering gets you Electron skins for Crash, Coco and Cortex, which resemble Powered Armor with Tron Lines. Judging by the unique podium animations that come with them, they also seem to grant their wearers enhanced speed. However, a number of people who bought physical copies of the game early into its release period reported that they had come included with the codes to download the skins as well.
  • Refitted for Sequel: In the original game, Oxide's confession to being responsible for the extinction of life on Mars was Dummied Out; the prequel comic for Nitro-Fueled shows that it is indeed the case.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Pinstripe Portoroo/Small Norm/Hunter/Hasty is Tuxedo Mask and Megumi/Yaya Panda is Sailor Moon.
  • Role Reprise:
    • André Sogliuzzo is back as Big Norm, Zem, and Sparx, and is also currently the voice of Real Velo.
    • The majority of cast members from the N. Sane Trilogy reprise their characters here, meaning Debi Derryberry, John DiMaggio, and André Sogliuzzo also reprise their roles as Coco, Tiny, Zem, and Big Norm from the original Nitro Kart. Curiously, Kevin Michael Richardson (Crunch) and Dwight Schultz (Dingodile and Fake Crash) also return to provide voices, but do not reprise their original characters, while Maurice LaMarche (N. Brio) doesn't even return at all, being replaced by Tom Kenny.
    • In regards to the Japanese version, the majority of voice actors from the original CTR and Nitro Kart return as their respective roles sans the aforementioned replaced actors.
    • All four voice actors that were involved with the Spyro Reignited Trilogy reprise their roles for the characters appearing in the Spyro GP (Tom Kenny as Spyro, Robbie Daymond as Hunter, Michael Gough as Gnasty Gnorc, and André Sogliuzzo as Sparx).
    • Debi Derryberry reprises her role as Nina from the Nintendo DS version and one of the promotional shorts of Titans, fully replacing Amy Gross in the process.
  • Teasing Creator: As it turns out, Stephanie Sheh had subtly teased her role as Yaya Panda over a month before her official reveal on a Twitter post about pandas.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • In a datamine for the Rustland Grand Prix, an unidentified racer labeled "DriverWhoAmI" appeared in the ones for the next two GPs, respectively renamed to "DriverWhoCouldIBe" and "DriverIAmAsImportantAsTheBandicootSoIShouldBeTheMainCharacter", showing that the developers at Beenox were aware of BetaM's actions and messed with the fanbase's expectations. In the first post-GP update, this racer was revealed to be an Iron Checkpoint Crate. The kicker? The very next datamine shows its Driver file to be "HereIAm".
    • After months of nothing but silence following the Beenox Pack update, a lot of players concluded that the Beenox Pack was the final content drop for the game, though others have argued that, if the Beenox Pack were the final update, they would have said so. Instead of offering a bit of clarity in regards to if the game will be receiving any further updates or not, they've made announcements of new bundles hitting the Pit Stop... that contain items that, if you've been playing the game from the start and have been keeping track of the items introduced through the Grand Prixs, odds are more than likely you've already gotten these items. And while the bundles are helpful for new players, it riles up the players that have already cleared out their pit stop, and have been waiting for the appearance of characters like Ripto, Willie Wumpa Cheeks, and the Sorceress, the only three characters from the original datamine. Beenox would later confirm that the March 2020 update was the last update.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early datamines suggested that a track based on Motorworld from Crash Tag Team Racing was planned at one point, only to be replaced with Koala Carnival.
    • Early datamines had shown such characters as Willie Wumpa Cheeks, Ripto, and the Sorceress as being potential racers. However, they aren't in the game. Oddly enough, Ripto's voice actor, Gregg Berger, appears in the credits.
    • The earliest known iteration of the initial roster datamine suggested that "Fasty", a.k.a. Trippo the Hippo, was going to be included at one point, until official info in regards to that fan myth racer came to light throughout the Internet, so it's likely that he was replaced with the conceptually-similar Hasty to avoid possible legal conflicts with Bob Rafei and/or the airline price website he was originally designed for.
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