Best Racing Games to Play on Nintendo Switch


Bringing you the best racing games you can play and buy on Nintendo Switch. This guide will help you with your buying decision.

Casual racing is the ultimate guilty pleasure for a lot of people, it calms your nerves and helps you chill out a bit. Nintendo Switch not only allows you to have that calm ride but also entertains your gang. You can play multiplayer with your friends and enjoy a healthy competitive fight.

Handheld consoles are convenient to play racing games compared to conventional keyboard controls. And Nintendo has a lot of exclusive racing game titles and a variety of them from different franchises like Hotwheels, Mario and more. We bring you the list of the best Nintendo Racing games on Switch. You can enjoy these games in the single player mode or as multiplayer with friends.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

mario Kart on Nintendo switch
The latest Mario Kart version

No Nintendo racing game list can be complete without Mario Kart. The classic Nintendo title has entertained millions for over 3 decades. Mario Kart Deluxe is just incredibly entertaining with its bustling online player base and gameplay. It is visually stunning, packing a lot of DLCs, it is a must-own title on the Nintendo Switch. The game is packed with so much content it’s worth wondering what they’ll bring next. Obviously also makes it the best Racing game for Nintendo.

Hotwheels: Unleashed

It’s a brand that many know and love since childhood. It is an endearing arcade stunt racer that feels great and looks stunning. With tracks creatively weaved through a lavishly detailed life-sized environment and a catalog of cars straight out of the toy bucket. It has simple controls yet filled with advanced techniques, devilish shortcuts and creative tools to master. Hot wheels unleashed is one of the best most customizable and most imaginative arcade racing games in our list of the best racing games on Switch.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: Remastered

The most happening Need for speed game, Hot Pursuit has been a fan favorite and no wonder it was released for the Nintendo Switch. The game looks great and handles well and you can easily find players online. So it is easy to find races online which say a lot compared to other racing gaming. There is also a beautiful Free Roam mode where you can just roam around in your unlocked supercars. This Hot pursuit holds a remarkable number of models from so many makers you will yearn to unlock them all.

Team Sonic Racing

team sonic racing nintendo switch
Speedster Racing

Sega introduced their speedster to racing karts making him not only a runner but also an A1 driver. Sonic has had a number of racing games over the years be it on foot or in karts. While there is no denying the similarities between Sonic Racing and Mario Kart, it keeps a lot of its unique features making it worth the buy. Be it on foot or in a car Sonic the Hedgehog is super fast.

Star Wars Racer

Star Wars Racer Nintendo
Pod Racer from Star Wars Episode I

Star Wars Episode I Racer is a game that I personally was looking out for. This was one of the most hyped games as everyone who loves Star Wars loved the races in Episode I. The game has stood up to the hype, with its visuals and motion control aesthetics. Pod racing through the Star wars world in that graphical setting is quite nostalgic. For thoses unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe, pods are anti-gravity vehicles that float mid-air and glide their way through the tracks. They have two engines that pull the pod like a chariot.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nintendo Switch
Funky Racer

From Activision, developed by Beenox comes Crash Bandicoot’s mini racing title. The game integrates Crash Bandicoot’s crazy with racing with its classic look. This is an arcade racer with a lot of positives and negatives. The game has its own unique boosting system and tricky AI which is locked at 30fps. It has a lengthy loading time and offline playing does not let you progress towards unlocking stuff. But if you can overlook these shortcomings it will be an entertaining ride for you.

Grid Autosport

GRID Autosport
Visually appealing normal racer

For the motorsport racing enthusiasts, we have the Grid Autosport on the Nintendo Switch. It is also the only NES racing experience you can get on your Switch. There is a lack of support and entries for these types of games due to the controls. Grid or NES racing games need a unique combination of Gas and braking which is not supported on Switch.

Hotshot Racing

Hotshot Racing Nintendo
Old-School Graphic Racer

Brought to you by Curve Digital, Hotshot Racing is a low-fi polygonal racer for people who enjoy the aesthetics of old-school graphics. The action offered on the track does an excellent job of backing the game’s style. Now there may be some quirks and the glitch like rubber banding are actual features of this game. These quirks add to its aesthetics and it is a fine racing title that nails the mechanics and delivers an exhilarating experience.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Another classic but just a remastered version, the Burnout series has inspired various other games to incorporate its mechanics into their game or introduce game mode similar to the game-style of burnout that is takedowns. Takedowns are really all about smashing cars, cruising at high speed, and totaling your car and others. This game is not about giving you realistic looks and feels but it’s about the unrealistic racing experience. A neat title to play on your Nintendo Switch.

Fast RMX

Fast RMX Nintendo
Futuristic Racer

With updated visuals, more tracks, and more vehicles; Fast RMX is a wonderful title for Nintendo Switch. Holding true to this day, keeping the futuristic high-speed racer game alive. With easy multiplayer compatibility by Switch, the game is a winner for many. Especially for the F-Zero fans from the Nintendo 64 years, keeping the spirit alive. Definitely one of the best racing games on Switch.

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