Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

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Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 Grand Prix Nintendo Switch front cover.png
At least now it feels like we're joining an actually elite roster of champions in the actually ultimate race against slime. And yes, that was a reference to the prequel's pre-release trailer.
Genre: Racing
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
WW: October 6, 2020
JP: October 31, 2020 (PS4)
JP: November 19, 2020 (Switch)

Microsoft Windows
December 1, 2020
Game Engine: Vector Engine
Developer: Bamtang Games
Vector Unit
Publisher: WW: GameMill Entertainment
EU/AU: Maximum Games
JP: Ripples Asia Venture
Made in: Peru
Franchise: Nicktoons
Previous Game: Nickelodeon Kart Racers


Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is a racing video game developed by Bamtang Games (with additional work by Vector Unit) and published by GameMill Entertainment in North America and Australia, Maximum Games in Europe, and Ripples Asia Venture in Japan. It is a direct sequel to Nickelodeon Kart Racers, and was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 6, 2020, and for Microsoft Windows on December 1, 2020.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like Globs of Doom, there are no The Fairly OddParents characters.
  2. In the Switch version, split-screen multiplayer worsens the graphics (some textures are blurry in the Switch version), while the other versions look better.
  3. Just like the prequel, there is no voiced dialogue whatsoever (unless you count Reptar growling and the Double Dare audience cheering), not even from the representation of real-life celebrity JoJo Siwa. Even the prequel used dialogue boxes next to images of the characters.
  4. The in-game controls are locked at having the right trigger to accelerate, and they cannot be adjusted (which isn't the case if you play the later-released PC version).
  5. Recovery time takes slightly too long for the heavy hits aimed at you like those from the Jellyfish. Luckily, these can be shortened if you have Dr. Hutchinson as a crew member whose meter is full during gameplay.
  6. On the covers for the North American releases of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, they don't show that there's enhancements on the PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X respectively. The game actually does support those enhancements. Seemingly, as with the back cover for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric displaying Wii U Pro Controller support that is revealed to be limited in that game, and the manuals for both versions of Sonic 06 displaying features that do not exist in that game, the packaging design team were not informed of PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements being included in this game.
  7. Frequent frame rate drops especially the Switch version.
  8. It can be hard to use matchmaking find other people playing online. You could mostly invite friends for sessions.
  9. The PC version, similar to that of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, doesn't have a resolution option for up to 4K resolution and as a result it outputs 1080p resolution on 1440p and 4K monitors and makes it look blurry and pixalated.
    • Some people even experienced their save files being deleted.

Good Qualities

  1. There are lots more shows represented in this game, such as The Loud House, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Rocko's Modern Life, and more.
    • As a side note, this game has the biggest roster of any Nicktoons racing game.
  2. As hinted before, at least this game has online multiplayer, something that the prequel lacked.
  3. The pit crew system is fun and brings something new to the kart racing genre.
  4. The game is way more polished than the original and has no glitches.
    • Unlike the first game it has finished menus.
  5. The game is more faithful to the source material than the first.
  6. The gameplay is much more solid than the first, with more shortcuts, tricks, obstacles, item variety, and really solid track design.
    • Unlike most kids games, it doesn't numb down the gameplay for adults and is accessible to kids.
  7. As mentioned above you can change the controls in the PC version.
  8. The game has much better graphics and colorful visuals which are nice to look at.

Reception

This game received better reviews than its prequel, with Metacritic scores of 58/100 for PlayStation 4, 69/100 for Xbox One, and 71/100 for Nintendo Switch, and as for user reviews, it has scores of 6.9/10 for PlayStation 4, 7.3/10 for Xbox One, and 8.3/10 for Nintendo Switch.

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Comments


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ChrisHeers2001

4 months ago
Score 1
I see that Bamtang Games is one of the few video game developers of the modern era who seemingly doesn't have a voice acting booth. I just don't understand how they can have all these colorful characters and shows yet manage to make them feel like lifeless robots in comparison to their animated selves.
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Thedoomaster215

4 months ago
Score 1
I can think of a couple of reasons. 1: Nickelodeon didn't give Gamemill the same rights as THQ Nordic. 2: Bamtang is from peru even in 2018 when there was no pandemic the voice actors didn't want to travel to peru. 3: The actors were really busy before and after covid. 4: The actors didn't get contacted. Etc.
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Ivan97Miraheze

3 months ago
Score 0
Maybe Bamtang just didn't have the budget to hire voice actors.
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Thedoomaster215

4 months ago
Score 3
Besides the lack of voice acting. I really like this game. This is what the first should've came with.
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Thedoomaster215

3 months ago
Score 0
I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo added a pit crew system in Mario Kart 9 similar too crazy vehicles in GTA 5. Nintendo might rip-off Gamemill like Rockstar ripped off Deep Silver with GTA Online. Nickelodeon Kart Racers franchise is similar to Saints Row in a sense that they are both rip-offs of triple A ideas then the triple A ones ripped-off the smaller companies.
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Thedoomaster215

3 months ago
Score 0
Also I want to point out that I'm buying Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix tommorow physically, Digitally later down the line. My real life friends. One of them loves GTA but hates saints row the other loves Mario Kart but hates any Mario Kart clones. Why can't I clone myself. I just want to play online with friends but none of my friends wants to play with me.
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Thedoomaster215

3 months ago
Score 0
I love GTA and Saints Row equally same with Mario Kart and both CTR and the remake, all three Sonic racing games, Nickelodeon Kart racers 2, and Looney Toon Space Race.
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Ivan97Miraheze

2 months ago
Score 3
That moment when you realize NKR2: GP gets a PC release, but CTR: Nitro-Fueled doesn't have a PC release...
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Thedoomaster215

2 months ago
Score 1
I Know Right.
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IHaveADreak

2 months ago
Score 0
I’m still not sure, how this game got a sequel. At least, I'm surprised Ren and Stimpy haven’t starred in a console game since NickToons MLB
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AkihitoZero5454

2 months ago
Score 0
Um do you remember what John K. did?
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The Autistic Raccoon

22 days ago
Score 0
I'm surprised that Ren and Stimpy are in this game too.
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Spindash101

2 months ago
Score 1
I'm suprised they put JoJo Siwa in this game.
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ThePCGamer

2 months ago
Score 1
At least GameMill published a game that's not that bad
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Gametoon

one month ago
Score 1
I actually liked this game.

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