Unlike Nintendo’s past few consoles, the Switch is packed to the gills with games, and not just Nintendo’s own offerings. Name the genre, and there are probably a few great examples on the system. Racing games are no exception to this rule.
Whether you love kart racers or more real world inspired racers, whether you want cars or vehicles that aren’t quite so real, there’s something for you. This list is just the beginning.
1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It might not literally be a crime to compile a list of racing games for the Switch and not include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but it would feel like one. Yes, this is a port of the Wii U title Mario Kart 8, but when a game plays as solidly and is so packed with content as this one, it really doesn’t matter.
2. Fast RMX
Remember the F-Zero series of racing games? Well Nintendo sure doesn’t seem to, as there hasn’t been a new F-Zero game since F-Zero: GP Legend for the Game Boy Advance. Fortunately, Fast RMX has come along to fill the hole left by the ultra-fast racing franchise. No, it’s not exactly the same, but it’s close enough that you won’t care.
3. SEGA AGES Out Run
As you may have guessed, SEGA Ages Out Run is not a new game. No, this is Out Run, same as it was when it originally hit arcades in the late ’80s. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth playing, as its gameplay and even graphics have held up surprisingly well, even decades later.
4. Grip: Combat Racing
If you’re an aficionado of racing games on the original PlayStation, you may remember the Rollcage series, which featured cars with wheels that reached the top of the car as well as the bottom. Grip: Combat Racing adopts the game approach, leading to a feel somewhere between F-Zero and a combat-heavy kart racer.
5. Mantis Burn Racing
If you miss the increasingly rare top-down style racing game, Mantis Burn Racing is the game for you. Physics play a big part here, meaning it doesn’t feel quite like the top-down racers of old, but that’s a positive here, because the game can be an absolute blast to play.
6. GRID Autosport
Like many games hitting the Switch these days, GRID Autosport originally came out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth playing if you’re looking for a game that straddles the line between simulation and pure arcade feeling. This isn’t the same game as the recently released GRID for the PS4 and Xbox One, and that’s a good thing.
Even if you’ve never played a Star Wars pod racing game like Star Wars Episode I: Racer or a Jet Moto game, you’ll probably have a good time with Overlanders. If you have played one of the aforementioned games, you’ll probably like it even more. Just be warned that the difficulty ratchets up pretty quickly.
8. Road Redemption
Just as Fast RMX is a spiritual successor to the F-Zero games, Road Redemption has the same relationship with the Road Rash series. In case you aren’t familiar, both that series and this game focus on motorcycle racing, but the twist is that when you’re side by side with other racers, you can attack them to attempt to get them to crash.
9. Gear.Club Unlimited 2
If the name of the Gear.Club Unlimited games seems familiar, it’s because they’re developed by a team featuring developers who worked on Test Drive Unlimited. While Gear.Club Unlimited 2 isn’t without its issues, it’s a much stronger game than the first game in the series, and it definitely scratches that itch.
10. Horizon Chase Turbo
If you love SEGA Ages Out Run but wish that it was just slightly more modern. Horizon Chase Turbo plays like a combination of Out Run and the classic Top Gear from the SNES, but with support for up to four players at a time.
What About Other Switch Games?
As I mentioned at the top of this article, there are great examples of countless genres available on the Switch, not just racing games. If you’ve had enough of white-knuckle racing, you might prefer something that engages a different part of your brain. If that’s the case, take a look at our list of great strategy games for the Switch.
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