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!

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled reveals how many players have connected for online play across platforms

Have you hopped online?

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has been out for a bit now, and it's tearing up the sales charts. The game seems to be doing well across all platforms, but what's the online userbase like for each version? The way the leaderboards are currently set up reveals, at the very least, the amount of players who have connected online.

- PlayStation 4: 1,017,723 connected players
- Xbox One: Over 240,000 connected players
- Switch: 171,445 connected players

Switch comes in third hitting just over 171k connected players. This does not reflect total sales of the game on Switch. We're also not sure if this number is impacted by any terms of service agreements that players can opt in/out of.

Multiple Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled character skins see name changes following complaints of racial insensitivity

Quietly patched just a few days back

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled recently got an update, and there's something of note in the tweaks that wasn't mentioned in the patch notes. Some character skins have gone through name changes after some players pointed out that the names could be considered racially insensitive.

The biggest changes come to Tawna, Crash's former girlfriend. One of Tawna's skins was named 'Watermelon Tawna,' which some players took offense to, as Tawna has darker fur and was wearing a watermelon t-shirt. While artwork for the skin remains the same, the name has now been changed to 'Summertime Tawna.'

There are other skins which have been changed as well. The 'White Tawna' has been renamed to 'White Tiger Tawna,' and other skins with 'Black' or 'White' have been changed.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled - Nitro Tour Grand Prix gameplay

“Nitro Tour” is the first Grand Prix season, which is now live. Players will be able to roll up to the starting line of an all-new track called Twilight Tour. If you’ve played Crash Bandicoot™ 3: Warped, this track will look a bit familiar, as it’s partially based on the fan-favorite Ancient Egypt and Arabian Town worlds that Crash explored via the Time Twisting Machine in that game.

GameSpot Video - Beating Every Nitrous Oxide Ghost On Every Track in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

We went on every single available track in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled in timed trials and beat the Nitros Oxide ghost in some absolutely spectacular gameplay. Watch in awe.

RUMOR - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled datamining reveals new characters on the way

Baby everyone!

We know that Spyro is coming to Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled in the future, but could there be other characters on the way? A dataminer claims to have found mention of quite a few characters in the game's latest update, and they might be joining the playable roster sometime later in the year. The list of datamined characters is as follows.

- Baby Coco
- Baby Cortex
- Baby Crash
- Baby N.Tropy
- Baby-T
- Chick (CTTR)
- Emperor Velo (CNK)
- Gnasty Gnorc (Spyro)
- Hunter (Spyro)
- Nina Cortex (CTTR)
- Pasadena (CTTR)
- Rilla Roo (Bash)
- Ripto (Spyro)
- Sorceress (Spyro)
- Spyro
- Stew (CTTR)
- Von Clutch (CTTR)
- Willie Wumpa Cheeks (CTTR)

Get Ready to Floor It – Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s Grand Prix Has Arrived

Ready for a grand time?

Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has officially launched and is showing no signs of slowing down. Currently rated an 80+ on Metacritic and GameRankings, Beenox’s remastered experience has fans all around the world revving up their engines. And, starting this week, the race continues with the release of the game’s first ever Grand Prix!

On July 3 at 12:00 AM GMT (July 2 5:00PM PDT), all Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled players that purchased the game will get the first Grand Prix* season called Nitro Tour pushed to their consoles for free – which gives fans more game to love, including a brand-new track, Twilight Tour, to conquer.

Twilight Tour will take players on an epic ride through a middle east-inspired track! Players will enjoy racing through the track that shifts from day to night during gameplay. What’s more, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled players will be able to compete in Grand Prix challenges* and fuel up their “Nitro Gauge” (XP) with Nitro points, to earn rewards, such as a new character (Tawna), new character skins, new karts, and new kart customization items. Also, as part of the content being offered during the Nitro Tour Grand Prix, the in-game Pit Stop is being updated with new characters, skins, karts, and kart customization items. Players can use the Wumpa Coins* that they earn by playing the game to unlock additional cool items, such as the Nitro Squad as playable characters for the first time. Formerly known as the Trophy Girls in the original CTR, the Nitro Squad have come to compete as some of the fiercest racers around!

For more information, players can head over to CTR TV, the in-game news channel where hosts Chick and Stew revealed some of the fun awaiting players in the Grand Prix and more.

Digital Foundry - Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: Switch Complete Analysis - PS4/XB1 Graphics Compared

A rival appears to Nintendo's own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but with a target of 30fps is it enough? Nitro-Fueled translates surprisingly well from the other, more powerful machines, which is a success in itself - though is everything in tact? Tom explores every option, including its multiplayer modes.

IGN Videos - Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Gameplay, and 9 Tips for a Quicker Victory

Looking for some tips and tricks to make you a more fearsome opponent in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled? IGN has some pointers that should help set you down the patch to victory.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled - commercial bloopers

Let's try that again

We've been sharing the entire Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled commercial series with you guys over the last few weeks, but it looks like we've seen the last of them for now. Activision has put out a compilation of bloopers and outtakes from the series, which you can check out above.


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