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Nickelodeon Kart Racers is a Nickelodeon based kart racer for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It was released on October 23, 2018. A sequel titled Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix was released in October 2020.

The roster consists of the following shows and characters (an asterisk labels characters and series introduced in Grand Prix):

Other shows represented include:

The games provide examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Some of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)-themed tracks take place in the sewers.
  • Amusement Park: The "Glove Universe" track takes place in the Glove Universe theme park from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Glove World R.I.P."
  • Animation Lead Time: The game uses the 2012 turtles, even though it was released after Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had already begun. Curiously, the sequel still uses their 2012 designs rather than updating them to tie in with Rise.
  • Art Evolution: There is a big gap visually from the original to Grand Prix. Each character has more detailed textures (especially noticeable on characters like SpongeBob [who has defined pores] and the TMNT characters [who now have visible wear-and-tear on their accessories]) and appear to be more energetically animated compared to the first game. The vehicles are smaller, more stylized and possess a logo on the back unique to each character's series (i.e SpongeBob characters have a jellyfish while Hey Arnold characters have Arnold's cap).
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  • The Artifact: While the first game justified it via Animation Lead Time, Grand Prix still uses the designs and characterizations from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) despite that show having since ended and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taking over as the most recent incarnation of the franchise.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Hard and Expert AI players take shortcuts, maximize their drift time, and activate their shields right before being hit.
  • Atlantis: The SpongeBob SquarePants incarnation from the episode "Atlantis SquarePantis".
  • Battle Boomerang: Sokka's boomerang appears as an item.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Most Haunted Tour is a big creepy house with pumpkins, skulls and scythes in your way. Subverted in that it's not really haunted, just a set location for The Loud House's in-universe TV Show ARGGH!.
  • Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: Drivers who go off the track get wrapped in a bubble and floated back up.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Getting all stars in every cup (which needs you to place first in all races) in Grand Prix unlocks a badge whose only purpose is to be shown in online lobbies. There's even one for each difficulty independently.
  • The Bus Came Back: In a spiritual sense, CatDog and Stimpy return from the original Nicktoons Racing in Grand Prix, while Danny, Zim, and Aang return from Nitro.
  • The Cameo: Several supporting characters appear in the background of their series' tracks:
    • Mr. Krabs and Squidward for the SpongeBob tracks.
    • Phil, Lil, Grandpa Lou, and Spike for the Rugrats tracks, with Didi, Stu, and Dil making an additional cameo on a picture inside the Pickles' house.
    • Shredder, Karai and Splinter for the TMNT tracks.
    • Grandpa Phil and Stoop Kid for the Hey Arnold! tracks.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: Nature-O-Rama has blind jump into a slime waterfall. Unsurprisingly, it ends up leading up to a cave.
  • Character Customization:
    • The original game lets you customize the wheels, engine, spoilers, jet skis and paint job of your vehicle. Grand Prix adds customizable exhaust pipes each with different particle effects when boosting.
    • Grand Prix also lets you choose a team of 3 support characters. The chief determines what skill you perform when your slime bar is full, while the crew members have passive abilities that are triggered automatically.
  • Comeback Mechanic: Drivers on the back receive better items from boxes.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Shredder's boss battle. First, he uses both April and Karai's chief skills, when you normally only have one chief. Second, he's completely immune to the Kraangs that spawn all over the track.
  • Continuity Nod: Several characters drive vehicles from their home series:
    • SpongeBob drives a red and white boat based off the traffic vehicles in the show, Patrick drives the Bass Blaster 3000 from "Driven to Tears", Sandy drives her rocket from "Sandy's Rocket" and Squidward drives his shell-cart from "The Paper".
    • Tommy drives the Reptar Wagon from The Rugrats Movie while Angelica drives her Cynthia Drive-away Dream Car from "Piggy's Pizza Palace". In Grand Prix, Chuckie drives his red car from "Pedal Pusher".
    • Arnold and Helga drive their respective Mauve Avenger and Helga's Angel go-karts from "Grand Prix".
    • Zim drives his Voot Runner spaceship.
    • CatDog drives a vehicle based on Fred the Flying Fish from the episode of the same name.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The raceline in San Lorenzo gets dangerously close to running lava, but it's no problem until you fall in.
  • Cosmetic Award:
    • Beating all the cups in the original grants you a bronze, silver, or gold paint job depending on the difficulty. Notable because it changes your whole vehicle, not just the chassis.
    • In Grand Prix, the final reward for beating all time trials is a Kids' Choice Awards paint job, which has no effect on gameplay.
  • Covered in Gunge: Happens regularly to the drivers, as slime is what fuels your speed boosts. Also present during the podium celebration for whoever placed first in the cup.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Several characters in Grand Prix have to be defeated in boss races before being unlocked as playable racers, including Danny, Stimpy, Korra, GIR, Reptar (the only such character from the previous game), and Shredder.
  • Deflector Shields: The ghost shield item protects you from one hit, and hits opponents on contact.
  • Double Jump: Tenzin's chief skill lets you do this if you activate it in the air, for maximum jump boost power.
  • Easter Egg: In the Team Race mode, certain combinations of teams will result in unique team names rather than the usual "[color] team" naming:
  • Edible Ammunition: The first game had explosive acorns and Interface Screw pizza.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Pressing all three music buttons in Dreamland makes a rainbow appear, which serves as a shortcut.
  • Fireballs: Reptar's special item in the original.
  • Fragile Speedster: Powdered Toast Man's chief skill gives you a long boost, but if you get hit or touch anything during that time, you explode and lose the advantage.
  • Gimmick Level: Some tracks in the original game are completely flooded in slime, making full use of the jet skis. They also have new rules to eliminate players either for being in last place or failing to follow the correct path.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Shredder, the Big Bad of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), will be racing in Grand Prix alongside the Turtles.
  • Harder Than Hard: After completing all cups in Fast speed, you unlock Insane speed. The AI is faster and much more aggressive.
  • Haunted Technology: Gaz's chief skill involves throwing a Game Slave 2 console at opponents. Somehow, ghosts come out of it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When thrown forward, you can drive over your own log and it will hit you.
  • Homing Projectile:
    • Footballs, Leo's shurikens and Donnie's bombs in the original.
    • In the sequel, Karai's snake slows down opponents while Gaz's Game Slave 2 explodes in an area.
  • Interface Screw: Pizza covers an opponent's screen. Sponge Bob's jellyfish covers all of them.
  • Invincibility Power-Up:
    • The sewer lid and Donnie's shield protect you from everything for a short time.
    • Filburt and Bow Bow's chief skill in Grand Prix also protect your character.
  • Kids Driving Cars: Considering the source materials, many of these characters shouldn't be driving at all. Special mention of Tommy, who is only one year old.
  • Level Ate:
    • Dreamland's final section is all candy-themed.
    • Double Dare Obstacle Course has a loop with an ice cream in the center while the raceline has an ice cream cone texture.
  • Level in Reverse: The original game has tracks that are the same as others but going the opposite way.
  • The Lost Woods: The final section of The Spirit World is full of trees and dense fog.
  • Mascot Racer: The game is a Nickelodeon kart racer.
  • Mercy Invincibility: When hit, you remain invulnerable even a bit after you start driving again. This is also true after respawning.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Early trailers for the first game depicted the characters actually making vocal sounds while racing, while the final game has them completely mute and only speaking through text.
  • Nitro Boost:
    • Fueled by slime you collect throughout the track. The more you have available, the bigger the boost.
    • Some tracks also have traditional boost pads.
    • In ''Grand Prix', the Yahoo soda item and Lynn Loud's chief skill give you a free speed boost. Bow Bow, Gramma Pookie and Zuko, too, to a lesser extent.
    • Mr. Krabs collects nearby coins and gives you a speed boost for each one.
    • The Bigheads stick out a tongue at an opponent in front. If they manage to hit one, you get a speed boost on top of hitting them.
    • Powdered Toast Man gives you a very long boost, but, during this time, crashing into anything will make you explode.
    • In Grand Prix, you also get a boost when landing from the air. The more time you were in the air, the bigger the boost.
  • Nostalgia Level: Grand Prix reuses several tracks from the first game, albeit with visual upgrades and the gliding/boating sections modified to use the standard karts instead.
  • One-Product Planet: Foodcourtia, a planet entirely dedicated to serving fast food.
  • Palmtree Panic: Goo Lagoon is already underwater, but definitely qualifies.
  • Phantom Zone: The Ghost Zone.
  • Playing with Fire:
    • Reptar's special item in the original shoots multiple fireballs that home in on opponents.
    • Zuko's chief skill in Grand Prix sets fire shooting out both sides of your vehicle, allowing you to hit nearby opponents.
  • Power Nullifier:
    • Lisa Loud's chief skill stops nearby opponents from activating their own chief skills.
    • The rubber piggies take away everyone’s items and stops their chief skills, essentially leaving them without resources.
  • Power-Up Magnet:
    • Mr. Krabs's chief skill grabs all coins nearby and gives a little speed boost for each coin grabbed.
    • Lori Loud gets a single coin from afar automatically when close enough.
  • Promoted to Playable:
    • Squidward and Shredder go from background cameos in the first game to playable characters in Grand Prix.
    • Ren becomes playable in Grand Prix after only making a cameo in the intro of Nicktoons Racing.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: There are shortcuts in Most Haunted Tour and Air Temple Island that involve destroying a set number of objects (tombstones and air tribe symbols) to open. Double Dare Obstacle Course, on the other hand, has a door that can be directly hit to open.
  • The Rival: Cups in Grand Prix feature the character you're trying to unlock as an AI driver and more often than not they get the best place of any CPU racer.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: JoJo Siwa being playable in Grand Prix simulates the effect due to her being an actual person.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Reptar Ruins are a location in Grand Prix. Yes, there are old statues and pyramids but it's not clear what they are supposed to have been, except Reptar-themed. It's possible they are based on the ruins seen in the intro to The Rugrats Movie.
  • Shark Tunnel: A section of Goo Lagoon takes place under the titular lagoon, with the raceline covered by glass.
  • Shifting Sand Land: Mutagen Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic desert with incomplete roads and Bottomless Pits.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Northern Water Tribe and Kilted Yaksmen Raceway are both snowy places with slippery ice sections that make it hard to control your steering.
  • Soft Reboot: Of the Nicktoons Racing series, which included Nicktoons Racing, Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing, and Nicktoons Nitro.
  • Space Station: Some sections of Space Madness seem to be this.
  • Space Zone: Space Madness.
  • Toilet Humour: Lily's diaper stink bomb item generates a big smelly area that slows down opponents and makes their wheels slippery.
  • Toy Time: Some of the Rugrats-themed tracks take place in the Toy Palace from the TV Series episode of the same name.
  • Tron Lines: In Grand Prix, vehicles with a full slime bar will glow with bright neon lines to indicate that they're ready to activate their chief skill.
  • Tropical Island Adventure: San Lorenzo features jungle, native structures and Bottomless Pits of running lava.
  • Under the Sea: The SpongeBob SquarePants-themed tracks all take place underwater.
  • Underground Level: The middle section of Ba Sing Se takes place underground, inside the Crystal Catacombs.
  • The Voiceless: All of the playable characters across both games are completely silent despite previous Nickelodeon racing games featuring extensive voice acting.
  • Wutai: Ba Sing Se and Air Temple Island


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