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Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled getting Funko Vinyl Figurines

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All of your favorite characters from crash Bandicoot, stylized as vinyl figures from Funko! One purchase will include one mystery figure. Collect all crash Bandicoot product from Funko!

If you want to get your hands on these vinyl figures from Funko, you'll have to wait until Nov. 6th, 2019. Plop down some cash on a preorder here.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled - "Back N. Time" Grand Prix footage

It looks like Cortex hit the rewind button a little too long, creating Baby versions of Crash and Coco, two new playable characters showing up in the Pit Stop this season! But don’t let the pacifiers fool you, the Back-N. Time Grand Prix is also packing some major bedrock flair with the ability to unlock the kart turned time-machine Probulot 2000 in the Pit Stop, the beloved kart from Crash Tag Team Racing.

IGN Video - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Grand Prix 2 Gameplay

Take a first look at the Prehistoric Playground course coming to Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled as part of the second Grand Prix.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled's "Back N. Time" Grand Prix to usher in microtransactions

Pay to unlock content, or just play

Some good news and bad news about the "Back N. Time" Grand Prix for Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. We went over the details earlier today, but Activision has since posted a blog that shared a new tidbit. While all the content in this Grand Prix can be obtained for free, players can fast-track the content unlocks by buying Wumpa Coins. You can normally earn these in-game, and they're used to unlock content, but it takes time. This microtransaction option allows players to speed up the process by spending real money.

It's good to know that none of the content will be hidden behind a paywall, and those who feel like coughing up some real cash to unlock things faster can do so. As far as microtransactions go, this is far from the worst. Check out full details on this Grand Prix update below.

Players have been racing, power-sliding, boosting, and battling their way through the Nitro Tour Grand Prix in order to unlock all the sweet rewards found in their Nitro Gauge and in the Pit Stop*. They’ve raced on a brand-new track, Twilight Tour, which has given them a look at the Ancient Middle East inspired by levels from Crash Bandicoot™ 3: Warped. They’ve also competed with sweet new rides, like the Rocket Kart, which they’ve decked out with international flair to rep their country in style.

Now that the fun of the Nitro Tour Grand Prix is over, we’re here to tell you that you better be ready for it to pick right back up again, since the Back N. Time Grand Prix starts this Friday, August 2nd at 7:00 AM PDT (2:00 PM UTC)**. And as a reminder, the Grand Prix is free for anyone who has purchased the game and who has an internet connection.

With the Back N. Time Grand Prix, N. Tropy’s time-bending staff has thrown Crash and the gang back to the days when dinosaurs roamed the land – and they soon find out things looked much more… fake… back in these Prehistoric times. As with the first, this Grand Prix season will come with new characters, skins, karts, customization items, and of course, a new track. After the start of the Grand Prix, all players should have to do is boot up the game, download the game update (which starts automatically in most cases), and they’re ready to jump in!

Let’s dive into each of the Back N. Time Grand Prix’s offerings:

Prehistoric Playground

Behold the wonder of Prehistoric Playground! The new track for the Back N. Time Grand Prix will immerse racers in an epic world with Jurassic-sized flora, violent geysers bursting from the ground, caves with mysterious wall-paintings, and of course, giant dinosaurs roaming the land. There are also some other, strangely familiar, characters throughout – let’s just say that Fake Crash would feel very comfortable in this Prehistoric world home to an ancient tribe that bears a striking resemblance….
Ramp yourself off a “Fake” Diplodocus’ tail, launch into the air with one of the violent geysers, get ahead with one of the track’s shortcuts – be ready for a dynamic new racing experience with Prehistoric Playground!

Earn your way to Stone Aged rewards

The Back N. Time Grand Prix will bring a whole new suite of rewards that players can earn by completing challenges and filling their Nitro Gauge. New items include the Nostalginator and Mammoth Karts, the “Dashing” Fake Crash skin, and Cave Painting stickers. Baby T. will also make his debut in CTR as a Grand Prix reward character for completing the Bronze Tier of the Nitro Gauge, with a “Fake” Baby T. skin being the final item in the Gold Tier.
With 18 new items to earn through your Nitro Gauge, be ready to complete those challenges and earn those Nitro Points*.

New Characters, Karts, and Styles in the Pit Stop*

And if that wasn’t enough, the Pit Stop will be filled with new characters, karts, skins, and kart customization items for players to unlock and show off a whole new style. Highlighting the additions are a couple of adorable, tiny versions of Crash and Coco. There has been a rift in the space-time continuum on the journey back in time, bringing infant versions of Crash and Coco to the Stone Age! Don’t let the pacifiers fool you, though… Baby Crash and Coco are ready to wreak some havoc on the racetrack!
It’s true that we’re going Back N. Time during this Grand Prix season, but we can’t do so without bringing some futuristic flair. During this Grand Prix, players will be able to unlock the Probulot 2000 in the Pit Stop, the beloved kart from Crash™ Tag Team Racing.

New skins, like Mad Scientist Crash, Sabertooth Pura, and Stone Age N. Tropy (to name a few) will be making their way to the Pit Stop so that players will be able to give some of their favorite characters a fresh look. There will also be ways to intimidate the competition all around the track with new kart customization items like the flame-flaring Lava Rock Wheels.

As always, the Pit Stop will be stocked with new and returning characters and cosmetic items, which players can unlock using Wumpa Coins*. With all this content available, there will also now be a way for players to fast-track their Wumpa Coin collection if they like. Starting in early August, players will have the option to purchase Wumpa Coin bundles from their game console stores to supplement the Coins they earn by playing. This option won’t change the game’s core mechanics – players will still earn Wumpa Coins by playing the game in any mode, just as before. They will just able to purchase additional coins if they choose.

New Challenges for a historic season

Now that you know more about the new items and rewards coming with the Back N. Time Grand Prix, let’s talk about the challenges players will take part in to earn Nitro Points and fill up their Nitro Gauges.
In this Grand Prix, the Quick, Daily, Weekly, Themed, and Pro challenge sets will return, with many of the same challenges that fans remember from the Nitro Tour Grand Prix. There will also be new challenges scattered throughout for players to face. There will be more straightforward new challenges like Power Slide Master where players have to power slide for a certain duration of time. There are also new challenges that will test players’ mettle, like Backward Compatible, where the player must complete a lap with the reverse camera on the entire time.

Climbing up the Back N. Time Leaderboards

Finally, get ready to climb back up those leaderboards! Both the Championship and Nitro Leaderboards will be back and refreshed in the Back N. Time Grand Prix. As a quick reminder 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 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 Back N. Time Grand Prix!

A peek at what’s next

Now that you know all that’s coming with CTR’s mad dash into the past with the Back N. Time Grand Prix, we also want to give a little glimpse into what the future holds. It’s no secret that Spyro is crashing the Crash Bandicoot party in Grand Prix Season 3 (and we can’t wait to give you the full details on his season as we get closer to it).

But we’re also excited to let fans know that they can expect more of their favorite characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe to join in on the Nitro-Fueled fun in the seasons after. Get ready for characters like N. Brio, Nina Cortex, and Komodo Moe to start shredding up the racetrack soon!

But first… get ready to go Prehistoric on August 2nd!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled "Back-N. Time" Grand Prix kicks off Aug. 2nd, 2019, includes new characters, karts, and more

Time to Crash this party

It looks like Cortex hit the rewind button a little too long, creating Baby versions of Crash and Coco, two new playable characters showing up in the Pit Stop this season! But don’t let the pacifiers fool you, the Back-N. Time Grand Prix is also packing some major bedrock flair with the ability to unlock the kart turned time-machine Probulot 2000 in the Pit Stop, the beloved kart from Crash Tag Team Racing.

On Aug. 2, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is going prehistoric with the release of the game’s second free Grand Prix season: Back N. Time.

The 'Back-N Time' Grand Prix is chock-full of new content, with the handy infographic below showing everything that you'll be able to take advantage of.

SEGA reveals their lineup for Zentame Fest

A lineup of already-released titles

Earlier today we found out that Nintendo would be appearing at Zentame Fest, and now we know SEGA will be joining them. Here's what SEGA will be bringing to the show, which runs Aug. 3rd to 4th, 2019 in Gifu, Japan.

- Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game
- Puyo Puyo eSports
- Team Sonic Racing
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

SEGA will also have some special merchandise on-hand, including a SEGA Logo T-shirt (¥2,500), Puyo Puyo Die-cut Pass Case (¥700), and SEGA Game Gear Mug (¥1,000).

Check out Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled's "Accolades' trailer

Praise from around the world

It’s time to fasten your seat belts and Crash the competition in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled! Get ready to compete in Adventure Mode, Battle Arenas, and Online Multiplayer. Available Now!

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled moves 550k units digitally worldwide across all versions in June 2019

Welcome back, Crash

SuperData has revealed the top 10 highest-grossing titles digitally for June 2019, and they threw in an interesing tidbit along with that data. According to their figures, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled managed to pull in 550k in download sales for its launch month of June 2019. That figure is worldwide across all platforms. That wasn't enough to put it in the top 10 for the month those, as all the titles there are focused on microtransactions of some sort. Check out the full list below.

Check out the improved loading times in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Definitely a marked improvement

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled was recently updated to Version 1.0.5, which included a number of tweaks, with improved loading times on Switch being the most notable. Just how much faster are things after the update? Check out the comparison video above to see how things play out.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled updated to Version 1.0.5

Improved loading times and more!

At the beginning of the week, we learned that Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled was going to get a host of big changes with its next update. That included some boosts to loading time for the Switch version. We're happy to report that that update is now live! Check out a refresher on the Version 1.0.5 update below.

All Platforms:

- Loading time improvements on all platforms
- Stability fixes when playing online
- Adjustment to track selection frequency when choosing tracks in online matchmaking lobbies
- Fix for various track lap exploits
- Adjustment of global cooldown for power-ups on all players (prevent timeclock/warp orb spamming)
- Fix to lobbies not repopulating properly after player quits
- Fix to position shuffling and rewards at race end
- Various other issues

Nintendo Switch Specific:

- Improvements to loading times using Boost Mode

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

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