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When it comes to kart racers, there’s one undisputed king of the crop on Nintendo systems, and we’re not talking Crash Bandicoot. Let’s not kid ourselves here — we all know what’s sitting at number one on the list below of the best (and worst) kart racers on Nintendo Switch. With a record like Schumacher in his prime, it’s a wonder that any other racers bother to turn up to the track at all with a certain moustachioed plumber so far ahead of the pack.
Still, there are a whole bunch of karts and assorted licensed novelty racers on the Switch starting grid, and while the winner might be a foregone conclusion, there’s plenty of drama to enjoy in the lower ranks. Therefore, we’ve assembled this ranked list of the best kart racing games on Switch (well, all the kart racing games on Switch, actually) to help you sort the promising upstarts from the total non-starters.
If you’ve got racing in your veins, be sure to check out out selection of the best Nintendo Switch racing games (with or without a kart) and find out how many of the kart racers below survive against the more serious racers on Switch.
So, start your engines and prepare yourself for every kart racing game on Nintendo Switch, ranked for your pleasure and presented in descending order…
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Publisher: Ultimate Games / Developer: Ultimate Games
Let’s cut (ahem) to the chase – Lawnmower Game: Racing is one of the worst games on the Switch. Its tracks are ugly and short, its vehicles are laughably unresponsive, its lack of any sort of progression system is an insult and the thing doesn’t even have a title screen. Whether it’s just a bad joke or a genuinely terrible game, our advice is the same: kick this one into the long grass and forget about it.
Next up we’ve got a real hairball. We always knew Garfield was something of a rebel, but taking a bad six-year-old game, making it even worse to play, pretending it’s a sequel and charging Switch owners more than double the price to suffer it is some pretty subversive stuff. The original Garfield Kart is extremely cheap on Steam: considering Garfield Kart Furious Racing is a more broken version of the same game, you might as well buy that instead. Even if you don’t have a PC, you’ll have wasted less money.
Renzo Racer could have been worth a look if its handling had been greatly improved, its collision system wasn’t a mess and its characters didn’t have you terrified for your life. If those three simple things had been fixed, we’d be recommending you fork out the $20 it asks of you. Instead, we recommend you put that money towards fitting a nice strong lock on your bedroom door in case Renzo ever finds out where you live.
Publisher: GameMill Entertainment / Developer: Bamtang
There are far worse games out there than Nickelodeon Kart Racers, but there are far better ones as well. Given the tremendous opportunity represented by this IP, it’s hard not to be disappointed by the state of Nickelodeon Kart Racers; with more attention to quality and another year of development, this could’ve possibly been a compelling alternative to Mario Kart. Unfortunately, Nickelodeon Kart Racers is simply not good; derivative mechanics, a pathetic character roster and awful performance make this a bargain bin experience that you’ll be glad you missed. If you absolutely have to play a racing game with Nickelodeon characters, then by all means, go ahead, but we’d highly recommend you take a pass on this sorry effort.
Publisher: Higgs Games / Developer: Higgs Games
Moorhuhn Kart 2 takes a game that’s nearly two decades old, tweaks the visuals a bit, then actually removes elements from it (such as its character animations and speed settings). With only eight tracks on offer it would be underwhelming at a budget price, but given it’s selling for $30 at launch there’s nowhere near enough content or quality to justify that price.
Publisher: Rising Star Games / Developer: Maestro Interactive
We like Hello Kitty as much as the next person but unless the next person’s seven years old, they’re not going to be able to squeeze much fun out of Hello Kitty Kruisers. Nothing it does is particularly terrible (other than its odd drifting mechanic), but everything’s so slow and so easy that a huge proportion of the Hello Kitty fanbase will be bored to tears within the two short hours it takes to unlock everything. Cats and karts seem to be an unpredictable mix, that’s for sure.
Publisher: Outright Games / Developer: Undefined
Putting our opinion on the cynical Ryan phenomenon to one side, Race With Ryan is nevertheless a slightly below-average kart racer that handles reasonably well but generally underwhelms, from the pitifully small number of tracks to the uninspired, floaty-light weaponry. Give your kids a Mario, Sonic or Crash racer instead; they may be young, but they aren’t stupid.
Publisher: Wild River / Developer: Wild River
If you’ve got a very young child and you’re looking for a safe, harmless game to keep them busy, BIG-Bobby-Car – The Big Race is a perfectly fine option, especially because you can already find the physical version pretty cheap if you shop around. There really isn’t a lot to it for anyone whose age is in double digits, though, and the whole thing is so poorly optimised that you’re going to need a strong tolerance for jankiness.