Crash Nitro Kart is a racing video game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Universal Interactive. The game is the ninth instalment in the Crash Bandicoot series. It is a sequel to Crash Team Racing and the first game in the series to have full motion video. The game’s story centres on the abduction of Crash Bandicoot, along with other characters in the series, by the ruthless dictator Emperor Velo XXVII. Threatening to destroy the Earth if they refuse, he forces them to race in his gigantic coliseum for the entertainment of his subjects.

The main release of the game was for the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox and was launched in North America on November 11, 2003 and in Europe on November 28, 2003. It was the last Crash Bandicoot game released under the Universal Interactive label.

On September 25th, I played Crash Nitro Kart for the first time in over 20 years. With the tracks remastered in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, I had some degree of familiarity with them but was very keen to check out the Adventure Mode of the game, as this was, regrettably, omitted from Nitro Fueled.

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