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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled - Neon Circus Grand Prix & Koala Kong in Koala Carnival gameplay

Players that take on this electrifying Grand Prix season will be able to race around the bombastic new track, Koala Carnival as they complete challenges to earn Nitro. With this free Grand Prix, more characters from the Crash universe are slated to enter the race and exciting items fill the Nitro Gauge reward set. But that’s not all, there’s a new game mode that will test your mettle, and a special (ahem) chicken makes his royal appearance!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled 'Neon Circus Grand Prix' details and intro trailer released

Bandicoot circus!

Hello and welcome to the Neon Circus, the next Grand Prix headed to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled this week!

Starting on Nov. 8, players that take on this electrifying Grand Prix season will be able to race around the bombastic new track, Koala Carnival as they complete challenges to earn Nitro. With this free Grand Prix, more characters from the Crash universe are slated to enter the race and exciting items fill the Nitro Gauge reward set. But that’s not all, there’s a new game mode that will test your mettle, and a special (ahem) chicken makes his royal appearance!

As always, new karts will give you a thrill and tons of new skins, wheels, decals, stickers and animated paint jobs will let you showcase your colorful style.

The Neon Circus Grand Prix includes:

NEW TRACK: Koala Kong is the master of ceremonies for this brand-new track, Koala Carnival! It’s a death-defying big top spectacle, done the way only Koala can.

NEW GAME MODE: Hit those curves, secure those straightaways, tighten your path with Ring Rally, a new game mode in Local Arcade! Master each track and complete Ring Rally challenges to earn Nitro.

NEW CHARACTERS: Crash Tag Team racers Pasadena O’Possum and Ebenezer Von Clutch bring the heat to the Pit Stop this season, and everyone’s favorite strongman, Koala Kong, headlines the Nitro Gauge reward set.

NEW KARTS: Go off the rails with the Nitro Bumper Kart, relive the Crash Tag Team Racing days with the Pressurizer and take some risks with the Daredevil!

PIT STOP: Put on a show with tons of new Pit Stop items, including Circus-themed Skins, Neon Wheels, and, for the first time, animated Paint Jobs!

ROYAL POULTRY: Head over to the Adventure Mode, explore each of the Hub Worlds, collect the hidden Golden Eggs and unlock King Chicken!

CHAMPION KART AND DECAL: Finish in the top 5 percent of the Grand Prix leaderboards and win the Champion Kart and Neon Circus signature decal!

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled now has skill-based matchmaking

Let's see what you're made of

If you were looking for more of a challenge from Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled's online mode, or perhaps a bit of a fair fight, you might want to hop into the game this weekend. The developer has announced that after some testing, they've now implemented skill-based matchmaking into the online gameplay. Hopefully you'll get put in there with some players that'll keep things interesting!

Close to the Sun - more gameplay

It’s 1897. Deep in international waters, the Helios stands still. Dark clouds loom overhead as unforgiving waves crash against the hull. Colossal effigies of gold, decorated with magnificent finery, stretch as far as the eye can see.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled - More Spooky Grand Prix footage

Beware Bandicoots, it’s a bone-chilling ride with the latest Grand Prix season to hit Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled! Download the update for this season and be ready to take part in the Spooky Grand Prix and all that comes with it: a new track, new characters, new items to unlock, and even a new challenge type. Additionally, this update introduces some big gameplay updates that fans have been asking for. Without further ado, let’s dive into all that’s new in the Spooky Grand Prix!

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled "Spooky Grand Prix" footage

Beware Bandicoots, it’s a bone-chilling ride with the latest Grand Prix season to hit Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled! Download the update for this season and be ready to take part in the Spooky Grand Prix and all that comes with it: a new track, new characters, new items to unlock, and even a new challenge type. Additionally, this update introduces some big gameplay updates that fans have been asking for. Without further ado, let’s dive into all that’s new in the Spooky Grand Prix!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and the Call of Duty Endowment team up to bring fans a new kart for a good cause

Racing for a good cause

Get ready to jet across the track, Crash™ Team Racers!

Activision is proud to present the Firehawk, a special Kart in Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled that is modeled after a classic military plane. Put your favorite Crash Bandicoot™ racer in the captain’s seat and soar across the finish line with this unique in-game item.

As the first “plane” to make its way to CTR Nitro-Fueled, not only does the Firehawk look fly on the racetrack, it also supports a great cause: The Call of Duty Endowment, whose logo is featured prominently near the plane’s tail.

As of today, players in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to purchase the Firehawk kart directly from the PlayStation™Store, the Microsoft® Store, or the Nintendo eShop, and 100% of proceeds received by Activision for this special item will go directly to funding non-profits that place veterans in the US and UK into high quality civilian jobs. This item will be available up until $1 million USD has been raised for the cause.

Decked out in fighter-jet green, the Firehawk is a must-have kart to add to your collection!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled 'Spooky Grand Prix' details and trailer revealed

Crash gets spooky!

Beware Bandicoots, it’s a bone-chilling ride with the latest Grand Prix season to hit Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled! Download the update for this season and be ready to take part in the Spooky Grand Prix and all that comes with it: a new track, new characters, new items to unlock, and even a new challenge type. Additionally, this update introduces some big gameplay updates that fans have been asking for. Without further ado, let’s dive into all that’s new in the Spooky Grand Prix!

The Hunt is On

This season introduces a host of new rewards that can be earned by completing challenges, earning Nitro, and filling your Nitro Gauge throughout the season. There’s a special new challenge type this season – track down some spooky spirits with Ghost Hunt! For the duration of this Grand Prix, breaking certain crates will release a mischievous ghost that was trapped inside. Catch up to the ghost to capture it and complete Grand Prix challenges. The more of these crates you break, the more ghosts will be flying around and the more challenges you can complete! As a note, you will only be able to see the ghosts you have released, and these spectral beings won’t get in the way of your racing. They are there to be captured if you dare!

A Villainous Crew

Wreak havoc on the track with Nina Cortex, Dr. N. Brio, and Komodo Moe, the devious trio of fan favorite Crash universe characters that make their way to CTR Nitro-Fueled this season. Nina makes her entrance in the Nitro Gauge, while N. Brio and Komodo Moe can be found in the Pit Stop.

Behold, the Nightmare!

Navigate the dark recesses of Nina Cortex’s mind in Nina’s Nightmare! In this new track you will race through misty marshes, eerie gardens, and twisted hallways of a haunted manor. Dodge your way around pumpkins spitting green ooze that can slow you down to a dead stop. Keep your head in twisted hallways under the foreboding eyes of ancestors long since passed. Then, confront the most terrifying sight of all – a beastly spider-pumpkin hellbent on stomping you into the ground!

Bone-chilling New Rides

This season also brings a trio of new karts to give your competition the chills! Embrace the mysteries of the deep with Nautilus, put the competition to rest with Skull Rider, or play a haunting tune with the Phantom – an ornate ride adorned with candles and piano keys, inspired by the Organ Grinder kart from Crash Tag Team Racing. Nautilus and Phantom can be earned in the Nitro Gauge, while Skull Rider can be unlocked in the Pit Stop.

Wicked New (and Returning) Pit Stop Items

The Pit Stop will be stocked with tons of new items, themed perfectly for the season. Give your kart some ethereal flair with Spectral wheels and paint jobs or the spooky new stickers and decals. Then get some of your favorite characters ready for the season with wicked new skins.

Also, for those that missed them the first time around, select characters and items from the first Grand Prix, the Nitro Tour, are making their return to the Pit Stop in this Grand Prix season. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new and what has returned!

Climb the Leaderboards

As with the prior Grand Prix seasons, both the Championship and Nitro Leaderboards will be back and refreshed in the Spooky Grand Prix. As a note to new players, the Championship Leaderboard tracks players’ performance in the Grand Prix season via a points-based system. The Nitro Leaderboard tracks total Nitro Points earned during the Grand Prix season. Those that finish the season in the top 5% of either leaderboard will get the Champion Kart (if they don’t have it already), and a brand new Signature Decal for the Spooky Grand Prix!

Evergreen Game Updates

Aside from the spine-tingling content dropping with the Spooky Grand Prix, there are a couple of updates Beenox has made that will remain in place indefinitely.

Swapping Driving Styles:

We’ve heard you loud and clear! In CTR Nitro-Fueled, it is now possible to select your desired Driving Style, regardless of the character you choose to race with. Get that top speed with Crash, or take those sharp turns with Crunch, you can now pick your favorite style and your favorite racer at the same time!

On top of that, a new “Drift” driving style has been added to the mix, making that a fifth driving style to choose from!

Finally, the existing Driving Styles have been renamed to more clearly describe their function:

- Beginner is now Turn

- Intermediate A is now Balanced

- Intermediate B is now Acceleration

- Advanced is now Speed

These Driving Styles will be able to be selected at the same time you are selecting your racer before each race. A sixth Driving Style option, ‘’Classic’’, will select your character’s original Driving Style by default.

Wumpa Time for Everyone:

Also due to popular demand, the daily “Wumpa Time” bonus will now carry over to all game modes, including Adventure and Local Arcade! As long as the player’s console is connected to the internet, players now have the opportunity to earn 2x Wumpa Coins for the first 30 minutes of racing time per day.

Warp Orbs and N. Tropy Clocks:

To further improve the racing experience, AI drivers will no longer use the N. Tropy Clock and Warp Orb power ups in Online Matchmaking races. Additionally, these power ups will no longer appear for anyone at the beginning of Online Matchmaking races.

The Lost Cup:

Finally, a brand new Cup Race has been introduced – the Lost Cup. This race includes Oxide Station (from CTR), Clockwork Wumpa (from CNK), Twilight Tour (from the Nitro Tour Grand Prix), and Prehistoric Playground (from the Back N. Time Grand Prix).

With these quality of life changes to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and the exciting new content and challenges that are dropping this week, it is sure to be a ghoulishly good time out on track in this Spooky Grand Prix season! Don’t get scared out there, Bandicoots…!

Bonus seasonal content coming to Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled

Spooky content coming!

Activision has announced that Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is getting bonus season content. As you can see in the image above, new tracks, characters, items, and challenges are on the way to the Grand Prix mode. While we don't have a release date, it seems like some of this content might be coming to the game later this week.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

GameStop and Activision team up for a Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled-themed Switch in Germany

Only one way to get this special Switch

Over in Germany, Gamestop is running a special contest that gives fans a chance to win a special Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled themed Switch, alongside a copy of the game. This giveaway is being handled through Facebook, and people will have to follow along with the page in order to have a chance at winning. I guess that's not too much to ask for such a special version of the Switch!

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