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Nicktoons Racing was a 2000 Mascot Racer that was released on PC, Game Boy Color, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, and as an Arcade Game. The plot is as follows: various Nickelodeon characters receive a mysterious invitation for a racing tournament, hosted by the enigmatic Mystery Rider. The prize for winning? The Krusty Krab Big Bun Award, which comes with a year's supply of Krabby Patties. The game features most of the Nicktoons that had been released at the time, with the exceptions of Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Kablam, and Rocket Power.

The game received four sequels: Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing for the PC, the arcade-only Nicktoons Nitro by Raw Thrills, and Nickelodeon Kart Racers 1 and 2.


The roster consists of the following shows and characters:


This game provides examples of:

  • Amusement Park: Reptar Raceway, the first track of Cup 1 takes place in the EuroReptarland theme park.
  • Big Bad: Plankton is the one who set up the tournament as part of his plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
  • The Cameo: Ren and Oblina appear in the intro, but nowhere in-game.
  • Cosmetically Different Sides: Each character plays identically to each other with no noticeable differences.
  • Developers' Foresight: The cutscene that plays upon completing Cup 3 where the player character drives off with their supply of Krabby Patties doesn't play if you're using the Mystery Rider. This is because the Mystery Rider reveals himself as Plankton and suffers a Villainous Breakdown upon losing.
  • Down in the Dumps: Monster Mania, the first track of Cup 3 takes place in the dump the Monsters live in.
  • Excuse Plot: A sinister mystery racer invites a bunch of famous Nicktoons to race against him for the Krusty Krab Big Bun Award and a year supply of Krabby Patties.
  • Fake Shemp: Every single character directly reuses voice clips from their series' episodes.
  • First Town: Race Madness, the first track of Cup 2 takes place in Ren and Stimpy's neighborhood.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • Tommy races alongside Angelica, his cousin who is a selfish brat and often comes into conflict with him and his baby friends in Rugrats.
    • Arnold races alongside Helga, the resident bully of his class who keeps her crush on him a secret in order to protect her reputation in Hey Arnold!.
    • Plankton, AKA the Mystery Rider, is the main antagonist of SpongeBob SquarePants who constantly tries to steal the Krabby Patty formula and a playable racer.
  • Jungle Japes: Safari Speedway, the fourth and final track of Cup 2 and Bongo Bangup, the fourth and final track of Cup 3 both take place in a jungle.
  • The Lost Woods: Part of Pickles Parkway, the second track of Cup 3 takes place in the forest the babies get lost in.
  • The Mall: Rancid Raceway, the third track of Cup 1 takes place in the Nearburg Mall.
  • Production Throwback: The theme for the Rugrats tracks is a medley of the Ice Cream Mountain golfing themes from Rugrats Search For Reptar.
  • The Reveal: Upon completing Cup 3, the Mystery Rider is revealed to be none other than Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants, confirming who the mysterious host of the tournament was in the process.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Crossover:
    • Despite being fairly new at the time of the game's release, the SpongeBob SquarePants series has a surprisingly large influence on the game: along with having two playable characters in SpongeBob and Patrick, the game's main MacGuffin is a trophy themed around the Krusty Krab (which comes with a year's supply of Krabby Patties), and the Mystery Rider turns out to be Plankton, bringing the number of playable SpongeBob characters up to three.
    • Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys also have noticeably more content than any other series in the game, with both series getting two characters and two tracks each while every other series has one less character or track.
  • Under the Sea: Bikini Bottom Blowout, the fourth and final track of Cup 1 takes place underwater.