Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Enjoyable kart racing game based on popular shows.

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Positive Messages

This is a cartoon kart racing game, with no messages for the gamer to takeaway. You simply play as or against several Nickelodeon shows and race around a track or battle arena.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are all cartoons from various Nickelodeon shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Korra, and so on. Most of the fictional characters are positive, like the Rugrats crew, while others are the "bad guys," like Plankton from the SpongeBob SquarePants world.

 

Ease of Play

Thanks to the mandatory tutorial and simplified controls, it's easy to pick up and play. Players will learn how to accelerate, drift around corners, drive over and use power-ups, fill up a slime meter, and more. There are three difficulty levels you can choose per course, too.

Violence & Scariness

This cartoon racer offers power-ups to use against rival drivers, such as baby bottle rockets, acorn bombs, or tossing nunchucks -- all to inflict damage on another driver. There's some mild cartoon violence, like an explosion, which might cause someone to spin out and slow down, but there's nothing graphic.

Language

There's some toilet humor, such as sounds of flatulence.

Consumerism

This game's directly based on several Nickelodeon shows on the television network. You can race as or against some of the most popular characters, while many others can be assembled as part of your pit crew. There's no downloadable content (DLC) or any other in-game purchases.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is a racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game's based on several Nickelodeon shows, featuring the characters from each. There's some mild cartoon violence, such as using power-ups to spin out rival riders using bombs, rockets, fire breath attacks, nunchucks, and so on. There's no blood, gore, or graphic violence. There's a little "toilet humor" from time to time, with some flatulence sound effects. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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Kid, 8 years old April 3, 2021

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Nice game, more nick characters.

What's it about?

Fans of kart racing games and Nickelodeon shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Invader Zim, now have a new adventure that fuses the two in NICKELODEON KART RACERS 2: GRAND PRIX. This game lets you race as or against the largest roster of Nickelodeon characters ever compiled in a game. Along with the aforementioned shows, you can choose from 30 playable characters from the likes of Hey, Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Korra, Rugrats, The Loud House, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and even dance and music star JoJo Siwa. Roughly 70 other Nickelodeon characters can also be assembled for your pit crew, along with themed upgrades to your vehicles that give a nod to various franchises. As a kart racing game, you'll control your cartoon driver through more than two dozen tracks, drifting around corners, picking up power-ups and choosing the right time and place to inflict damage on unsuspecting opponents. Some tracks return from the original game, plus there are battle arenas, too. Driving over green slime fills up a power meter and pulling off high jumps and finding shortcuts can give you an edge on the track. Along with single-player modes (and eight Cups to try your luck in) and various challenges, there's a four-player local split-screen option, as well as an eight-player online race.

Is it any good?

For the most part, this racer delivers many hours of challenging fun, responsive controls, and a variety of familiar characters and power-ups. While Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix is curiously missing the voices of all these iconic characters, which is a shame, but it's overall a fun and surprisingly deep kart racer. It isn't just deep in its vast roster selection and the power-ups you can use per driver, slime moves, and kart upgrades, but there's a lot of selection in modes, too. For solo gaming, there's Slime Grand Prix, Free Race, Time Trial (ghost racers), Arena (deathmatch-style), and Challenges. With the latter, there are 42 challenges to indulge in, such as beating times, hitting targets, collecting items, avoiding obstacles, performing stunts, and engaging in boss races (and not all of them are accessible until you complete earlier tasks). Multiplayer modes range from local play (2, 3, or 4 players) or online (random matchmaking or play with friends). Also be aware you'll need an account for online play (like a Nintendo Switch Online membership).

While it might not seem like a big deal, having no voices in Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix -- from these familiar characters, no less -- is a huge miss in the production department. Thankfully, there's a lot more to like in this game. Players of all ages and skill levels will no doubt fall for the charm of this accessible and engaging kart racer. And if you ever wondered who might win in a race from your favorite Nickelodeon shows, this game could possibly answer that question.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. Does Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix stand on its own if it wasn't filled with familiar Nickelodeon characters, like SpongeBob SquarePants? Or is this game a blatant cog in Nickelodeon's marketing machine, designed to further the appeal -- and monetization -- of these popular cartoon franchises?

  • What's the appeal of kart racing games? Is it the fast paced nature of the gameplay? Is it the wacky nature of the weapons used during races? Is it the cute nature of the characters?

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