When it comes to overshadowed karting games that have made a genuine impact on the racing scene, Nickelodeon Kart Racers certainly stacks up as one of the best. Unfortunately, though, its low-budget marketing campaign has made the soon-to-be trilogy something of an elusive underdog, and it honestly begs the question: just how much of a player base could the game host if it was to fork out a similar amount of money as, say, for example, Mario Kart?
In spite of it being relatively quiet until the very last minute, the simple fact is, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway is on the horizon, and it's set to launch with a slew of new tracks, characters, and cosmetics to boot. So, what exactly is it that you need to know before plunging into the third instalment? Well, let's see.
5. Same Slime, Different Day
Let it be said that Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3 doesn't swing for an entirely new concept, nor does it aim to become one, what with the second game having already proven to be something of a fan favorite without any noteworthy issues. That said, Kart Racers 3 will bring a fresh lick of paint to the karting universe, and will even give opposing karting games a run for their money, thanks to it being optimized for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
So, what exactly is it? And what is it that makes Nickelodeon any different than its family-friendly racing rivals? Well, to put it short, Slime Speedway is an all-in-one racing game that brings a generous roster of Nickelodeon's finest poster children to a high-octane Grand Prix, complete with individual challenges, props, perks, and collectibles to boot. Think Mario Kart — but with SpongeBob SquarePants piloting the flagship. There's your basic setup for Slime Speedway, right there.
4. Nickelodeon's Poster Children, Reborn
So, who will be apart of the next instalment? Well, according to Bamtang Games, Slime Speedway will feature a jam-packed roster of 104 playable characters, which will include some of the biggest faces from Nickelodeon's prime shows. This does, of course, include SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, and Garfield. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, with plenty of other fresh-faced characters set to make their on-screen debut on day one.
Also coming to Slime Speedway is Jimmy Neutron, The Fairly OddParents, PAW Patrol, and The Wild Thornberrys. And again, this is merely breaking the ice, with plenty of other exclusive characters and franchises left for the player to unlock. All of these playable characters will finally have voice actors to pilot them, too, which is a major step up for the franchise, what with the previous games being mostly silent.
3. Customization Is King
While Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 did allow for players to swap out a kart part or two, the game's customization elements were never really compelling enough to make you want to go shopping for spare parts. Clearly, though, this isn't the case with Slime Speedway, as it will, at least according to Bamtang, feature a “trillion” different ways to personalize your kart and make it your own virtual work of art.
Of course, you won't be able to create your own avatar and go galavanting around with JoJo Siwa anytime soon, but you will be able to pimp out your underwater kart with a number of custom candy-popping exhausts, wheels, chassis, and paint jobs. Therefore, if you're interested in being able to toy around with a few karts, then you probably won't be disappointed with this one.
2. Tracks, Modes & Multiplayer
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway will host 104 characters over 36 jam-packed courses and 2 specialized arena modes. Also returning to the third instalment is its beloved split-screen and online multiplayer mode, which will allow for up to 12 players to compete against one another in any of the available tornaments either locally or online.
Granted, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2 didn't boast that much of an online community when it initially launched, as it wasn't uncommon for players to have to wait for long periods of time to find so much as a single competitor to race against. Slime Speedway, however, will look to rectify this by enveloping a more advanced hub for its community, meaning it'll be far more than your run-of-the-mill single-player karting entry.
1. Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway is set to launch on October 14, 2022 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC. At the time of writing, the game will not be a day-one exclusive for Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass Ultimate, PlayStation Plus Extra, or PlayStation Plus Premium. This is subject to change, of course. That said, as we're merely days away from its release, it is unlikely.
You can pick up Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway in one of two editions: Standard, and Turbo Edition. The Standard Edition, which will be available to purchase for $49.99 on consoles and PC, comes with a vanilla copy of the digital game and nothing more. The Turbo Edition, however, will be available for S59.99, and will feature a slew of in-game perks and cosmetics, including The Speedway Turbo Pack. This add-on includes the following items:
- Zuko — Avatar: The Last Airbender (Racer)
- Eastman, Laird Raphael — TMNT (Racers)
- Firelord Ozai — Avatar: The Last Airbender (Crew Member)
- Shredder — TMNT (Crew Member)
- Slime style Exhaust (Kart Part)
- Slime style Monster Wheel (Kart Part)
- Orange & Purple Kid's Choice Awards (Paint Job)
For all the latest updates on Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway, be sure to follow the official social handle here. You can pick up your copy of the game on October 14, 2022, as well as pre-order it today on any major platform.
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