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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 is set for an October 2020 release.

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 the vehicles are smaller and more stylized.
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  • Atlantis: The SpongeBob SquarePants incarnation from the episode "Atlantis SquarePantis".
  • 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 a 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.
  • Character Customization: The original game lets you customize the wheels, engine, spoilers, jet skis and paint job of your vehicle.
  • 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.
  • Edible Ammunition: The first game had explosive acorns and Interface Screw pizza.
  • Fireballs: Reptar's special item in the original.
  • 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 its series, will be racing in Grand Prix along with the Turtles.
  • Homing Projectile: Footballs, Leo's shurikens and Donnie's bombs in the original.
  • 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.
  • Kids Driving Cars: Considering the source materials, many of these characters shouldn't be driving at all. Special mention of Tommy, who is only 1 year old.
  • Level in Reverse: The original game has tracks that are the same as others but going the opposite way.
  • Mascot Racer: The game is a Nickelodeon kart racer.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Reptar's special item in the original shoots multiple fireballs that home in on opponents.
  • 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.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Jo Jo Siwa being playable in Grand Prix simulates the effect due to her being an actual person.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the earlier Nicktoons Racing for PlayStation, PC, and Arcade consoles, as well as its sequels Nicktoons Winner Cup Racing for PC and Nicktoons Nitro for Arcade consoles.
  • Toy Time: Some of the Rugrats-themed tracks take place in the Toy Palace from the TV Series episode of the same name.
  • Under the Sea: The SpongeBob SquarePants-themed tracks all take place underwater.


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