Tuesday, October 02, 2018

'Nickelodeon Kart Racers' Gets New Slime System [Updated]

GameMill Entertainment today shared more details about their newest title Nickelodeon Kart Racers!

Nickelodeon Kart Racers is a multi-player console racing game that features iconic Nickelodeon animated characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and more, as they race on 24 different Slime-themed tracks, using slime to help them get ahead, while also causing other folks to slip up -- and maybe even get slimed! The game is rated E for Everyone in North America and PEGI 3 in the UK and Europe, and will be available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™ worldwide for holiday 2018.

GameMill today revealed the new slime system that will be implemented into Nickelodeon Kart Racers. And, yep, it’s about as gooey as you’d expect it to be!

Update (9/28) - The games official listing page on the Nintendo Switch store has revealed that the Nintendo Switch version of Nickelodeon Kart Racers will be 525 MB.

"The iconic Nickelodeon green slime, which made its debut in 1979, plays a critical role on the race track. Players will fill their slime bar by driving over the fluorescent green goo to activate speed boosts. Slime patches come in many shapes and sizes and do not come without risk; it is very slippery, so watch out! Other patches are so big, your kart will transform into a jet ski! If you're lucky, you might just unlock a shortcut. Thanks to the slime valve and item boxes, you never know when your favorite Nickelodeon character might get slimed!"

Whatever you do, don’t say, “I don’t know” around these guys, because chances are you’re going to get covered in green slime.

Key features of the all-new game include:

- Choose a racer from 12 of the most iconic characters: SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats and MORE!!!

- Race on 24 different Slimed-filled tracks including Bikini Bottom, NYC sewers, Tommy Pickle's house, Arnold's school and more!

- Awesome Co-Op and Local Multi-Player for non-stop action the entire family will love!

- Customizable Karts with multiple power-ups and special attacks!

- Team-based co-op multiplayer, players can perform devastating fused attack for TONS of FUN!

- Slime overload will have you turning you Karts into jet-ski racers!

Watch the latest trailer above and click here to view images showing off the slime-filled tracks! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for new assets and information on the game's multiplayer modes and environments as they are revealed!

You can get “slimed” for yourself when Nickelodeon Kart Racers releases worldwide on all major consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch) on October 23 for $39.99 USD / £29.99 GBP / €39.99!

Update (9/30): Nickelodeon Kart Racers will only allow local battles, and the characters revealed during the game’s initial announcement will comprise of the full roster.

The PlayStation blog posted a write-up on some of the upcoming features of the very fun looking Nickelodeon Kart Racers. In the comments section of the blog, some further details about the racing game emerged.

Adam Johnston, the Creative Director of Bamtang Games, responded to some fans’ questions about Nickelodeon Kart Racers.

In speaking of online play, Johnston stated “We have made this game for 4 x local multiplayer to be able to maximize the features for most players. If we had gone with online-multiplayer then we would have had to nerf some aspects of pickups, attacks and Arena mode combat to account for lag. By keeping the gameplay local, we are able to make the game better for local multiplayer, which we think is the majority of kart racing sessions. Racing in multiplayer mode is fun, but the three different Arena battle modes seemed to be the favorite with testers.”

Johnston then went on to clarify what the character roster would be for Nickelodeon Kart Racers. As fan Rider8D related, there has been “some confusion on whether there are 12 characters in the game or if there are 12 represented franchises in the game.”

To clarify, Johnston responded “Hi Rider8D[,] 12 playable characters. thanks for asking”.

When asked if there are going to be any other characters brought in through DLC, Johnston stated that fans should “Keep asking! The more you ask, the more likely DLC will happen! We have a load of characters that we’d love to add to this game too.”

While the news of the game not having online play and a smaller roster than we initially thought, I’m still excited to pick up the inevitably fun Nickelodeon Kart Racers. The game releases on October 23 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, and retails for a reasonable $39.99.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers is developed by Bamtang, and will be distributed by Maximum Games in the UK and Europe.

Below is Playstation.Blog's official write-up of Nickelodeon Kart Racers, by guest editor Adam Johnston Creative Director, Bamtang Games:

How Slime is Used to Great, Gross Effect in Nickelodeon Kart Racers

This kid-friendly kart racer includes familiar Nickelodeon characters, creative tracks, and plenty of that signature green slime.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers is a kart racer featuring characters and slime-filled tracks from iconic Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and more) that’s meant to be accessible for younger kids while also remaining a challenge for nostalgic, older players. It’s a classic kart racer, but has quite a few innovative features that have been fun to work on and are even more fun to play.

Though our team had not worked with these characters before in a game, our whole team knows and loves them. Our group ranges from 22 to 45 years old, so we all have fond memories of the same iconic characters.

Did You Know?
Double Dare introduced the first messy Slime-y physical challenges to kids and families in 1986!

This game is a mixed-universe game and that kind of game needs something to glue the different IPs together (pun intended)! A great symbol of Nickelodeon’s irreverent humor and crazy antics is the iconic green slime. I remember seeing someone slimed for the first time, during the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Watching celebrities get unexpectedly slimed is one of the most exciting parts of the show and how can that not be a great game mechanic?

Nickelodeon shows have featured slime for over 30 years and it has never lost its popularity and appeal. My eight-year-old daughter was watching slime-making videos on the internet before we started on this game. It jumped out at us as a way that the game could scream Nickelodeon, have a super fun device for game mechanics and attract a younger audience that loves slime.

Did You Know?
In 1990, Nickelodeon Studios opened in Orlando, Florida. Visitors are greeted by a Slime Geyser that erupts with Slime every 15 minutes.

Bright green slime is a great visual and it shows up throughout the tracks, making them interesting and varied, while still being intuitive. Slime fills your kart’s turbo meter, which can activate a speed boost so getting slimed can really determine who wins the race. The karts can even sail like a jet ski on top of slime pools! That creates a change in mechanics and visually looks awesome. Slime pickups and triggers give players secondary objectives and, of course, in true Nickelodeon fashion, you can’t stand on the winners’ podium without your racer getting covered in slime! The Vector Unit game engine supports water racing, so we saw that as a great opportunity to introduce a different racing experience. Your kart will transform into a jet ski and it’s easy to get turbo charged when sailing on slime. Plus, the areas are wide open, so you can go really fast.

Did You Know?
In 2010 Katy Perry received one of the most epic Slime-ings in history while presenting at the Kids Choice Awards. The pressure of the blast was so high; it knocked her off her feet.

The important thing that kids have quickly figured out in play-testing is that slime helps the player; in their feedback, they’ve given the slime more importance than any other feature. They enjoy how it looks, behaves and is used in the game which makes us feel great because that’s what we have strived for.

We were super worried that slime would be a big challenge to technically embody so we used Nickelodeon’s special slime recipe to make a few gallons of slime for real, which was a lot of fun. Kids are no fools and they know the difference between slime and green water, so we had to study every element of the goo to truly capture the slime in-game.

Our FX and graphics programmers spent a crazy amount of time perfecting the virtual slime. There are over ten different kinds of slime art, including wavy slime pools, puddles, pipes, spray, splashes and more. Most are done with a mix of procedural particles, shaders and textures, sprites and UV maps. The extra effort was worth it; we’re really proud of the result.


Update (10/2) - The achievement list for Nickelodeon: Kart Racers has been unveiled!

There are 27 achievements worth a total of 1,000 Gamerscore, none of which are secret:

Name - Description - Gamerscore

EYES ON ME - Win a victory lap. - 25

BABY THROTTLE - Win your first race. - 25

ANCHORS AWEIGH - Win a Cup in easy mode. - 25

A BABY'S DUTY - Win all Cups in easy mode. - 25

GOING STRONG - Win a Cup in Normal mode. - 25

BOUND FOR GLORY - Win all Cups in Normal mode. - 25

A BABY'S GOTTA DO WHAT A BABY'S GOTTA DO - Use boost for the first time. - 25

DASH AND DESTROY - Break 5 objects in a single race using boost. - 25

JACK OF ALL TRADES - Play as each racer at least once. - 25

ALL-STAR TEAM - Win with all racers. - 25

I'M SO GOOD - Win at the last second in Grand Prix Mode. - 25

SLIMED! - Activate the Slime valve for the first time. - 25

SLIME-MANIA - Activate the Slime in all the locations. - 25

SLIME ATTACK - Take down at least 3 opponents in a single race. - 25

SLIME MY RIDE - Use a custom power up for the first time. - 25

POWERFUL - Use custom power ups for all the racers. - 25

STOOP KID - Beat your record for first time. - 25

TURTLE BROTHERHOOD - Co-operative special attack for the first time. - 25

MAKE PAPA STU PROUD - Modify your kart for the first time. - 25

WARRIOR - Compete in the Arena for the first time. - 25

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - Compete 10 times in each Arena mode. - 50

DAS SUBWAY - Find a shortcut. - 50

SLIME RIDER - Put in the miles on the jetski. - 50

GETTING GOOD AT THIS - Win a Cup in Expert mode. - 50

THE BEST AROUND - Win all Cups in Expert mode. - 50

CHAMP - Win 9 victory laps. - 50

MOGUL - Unlock every upgrade in the store. - 200

Originally published: Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Sources: ComicBook.com, Nintendo Everything, XboxAddict News; Additional source: IMGUR, GameFragger.com, GameSinners, Hypable, TrueAchievements.
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