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Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled updates, content additions, grand prix event, and new features coming July 3rd, 2019, patch notes shared

A massive update

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has a big round of new content on the way, and it's set to launch July 3rd, 2019. A full rundown of what the update includes has been shared by the developers, which you can find below.

The update is set to go live on July 3*, along with the first Grand Prix**, the amazing Nitro Tour. Below are details of what will be included in the patch.

Features and Content Additions:

1. Introduction of the Grand Prix content:

The Nitro Tour Grand Prix will be going live and you can begin earning Nitro Points and unlocking a variety of bonus customization content by completing challenges found within the Grand Prix menu†.

“Twilight Tour” will be a brand-new track available to Local Arcade and Online modes. The character Tawna will able to be earned through completing Grand Prix challenges and earning Nitro Points. You will also be able to earn additional new items including karts, skins, stickers, decal, and paint jobs!

Note: Tawna and the items described above can only be earned for a limited time by completing Grand Prix challenges while connected to the internet. Once the current Grand Prix season ends, they will no longer be available to earn through Grand Prix challenges until they may appear in the Pit Stop at a later date.

2. Introduction of Online Leaderboards:
Leaderboards will be added to the Grand Prix Menu.

· Nitro Point Online Leaderboard

You can earn Nitro Points by completing challenges accessible in the Grand Prix menu. The more Nitro Points you gather, the higher you’ll climb the leaderboard!

· Championship Leaderboard

You can earn points based on your performance while playing online multiplayer: You’re given a number of points each time you complete a race in online multiplayer†. You receive more points the higher your placement is when each race is over (first is the most, and eighth place is the least). The Leaderboard is unlocked after you finish your first online race.

Leaderboard rewards will be distributed on the first day following the Grand Prix and will reset at the end of each Grand Prix season.

3. The Pit Stop

A variety of new content will be added to the Pit Stop including karts, characters, character skins, decals, paint jobs, wheels, and kart stickers that can be redeemed with Wumpa Coins†. Don’t forget to check the Pit Stop to see refreshed content!

When visiting the Pit Stop, you’ll notice that items that were added as part of the Nitro Tour Grand Prix have little Nitro cannisters over their icons. You’ll notice the same thing in the customization menu over the same icons. This small Nitro cannister with a percentage tied to it denotes the extra Nitro Point boost you’ll get whenever completing challenges with these customization options equipped. The percentage increase stacks with each customization item you have equipped. So get collecting, and get stacking!

As a special call-out to some of the new additions, the “Nitro Squad” characters Ami, Megumi, Isabella, and Liz can be redeemed using Wumpa Coins in the Pit Stop and flags from nations around the world will be added as kart stickers.

4. Online
Podium animations will be added to online matches when you finish in the top 3 of an online multiplayer race.

5. User Interface Improvements

A “Message of the Day” feature will be added to the Main Menu. Check back daily when your system is connected to the internet for important messages!

6. Wumpa Coin Earn Rate

Adjustments will be made to the Wumpa Coin earn rate, and additional information on the earn rate will be added to the end-of-race report, so you can know how you got to your number.

7. Character Icons

The mini-map icons and racer icons will now represent the character skin that you have equipped.

8. Patches: Issues of Note

The following issues will be addressed in the patch:

8a. Global Save File Corruption Issue on PS4:

Will address the global save data issue that has been affecting PS4 players

8b. Pit Stop:

Will address an issue where Users were unable to purchase the “Electron Aqua” paint from the pit stop.

8c. Online:

Will address various known online stability issues related to the lobby, arcade, adventure, other parts of the game, and menus.

8d. Tracks:

Collisions of certain maps have been reworked to remove stuck spots and possible exploit areas, along with an improvement to fidelity.

8e. User Interface:

An issue where personal Time Trial and Relic scores are not highlighted in the “Highscores” menu will be addressed.

8f. Community Feedback:

All villains from CNK will now be protected by the Velo mask when racing with that Power Up.

That’s it for this patch. If you have a question or issue while playing the game, feel free to reach out to Activision Support; we’re more than happy to assist you!

*Exact timing of patch subject to change.

**Grand Prix content and timing subject to change.
† INTERNET REQUIRED for Wumpa Coins, Grand Prix, Nitro Points, online multiplayer (gaming subscription service sold separately), access to the Pit Stop and other features.

Game Critics Awards reveal their Best of E3 2019 winners, Luigi's Mansion 3 grabs 'Best Family/Social Game'

Way to go, Luigi!

The dust has settled, and the Game Critics Awards have named their picks for top titles at E3 2019. We've included the Nintendo-related winners below, but hit up the link for the full rundown.

Best Action Game
- Doom Eternal

Best Racing Game
- Crash Team Racing

Best Family/Social Game
- Luigi's Mansion 3

Full list of winners here

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Looking good

We know the Switch version of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled isn't going to be the prettiest of the bunch, but that doesn't mean it has to be a visual slouch. Check out the video above to see just how things measure up to the PS4 and Xbox One versions, both in graphical fidelity and framerate.

Help Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled's developers squash bugs and glitches

No more crashes

Activision and Beenox are turning to the public for help in taking care of any bugs or glitches that pop up in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. They've opened an official page on the Activision website where you can submit tips on any issues that you come across while playing. Hopefully they'll read up on your experience, and get right to work on a fix.

Submit details on the bugs you've experienced here

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy glides over to Switch this Summer

Spyro swoops in

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – June 11, 2019 – Last year Spyro the Dragon made his triumphant return in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and on September 3 he’s continuing to spread the remaster fire by landing onto Nintendo Switch™ and PC via Steam for the very first time. Currently available on PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro and the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will soon allow Spyro fans to enjoy the three original Spyro™ games however they want to play -- on the go with Nintendo’s gaming console or looking better than ever on PC. The trilogy, which includes Spyro™ the Dragon, Spyro™ 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro™: Year of the Dragon, will be available to pre-order starting today via major retailers at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Making its official Nintendo Switch debut during this year’s Nintendo Direct at E3, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will mark the first time all three original Spyro games will be available on a Nintendo console. The trilogy will also mark the first Spyro appearance on a Nintendo console since Skylanders® Imaginators in 2016, and the first Spyro-led game on a Nintendo console in more than 11 years. With Nintendo Switch, players can jump, glide, charge and flame their foes as they take on the challenges and adventures from the remaster both on the go in handheld mode or from the comfort of their homes in TV mode.

Spyro will also take his first ever flight on PC via Steam when Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) brings the dynamic gaming collection in fiery 4K and an uncapped framerate to delight both veteran and new franchise fans.

Immaculately remade from the ground up, Spyro Reignited Trilogy features the exciting and nostalgic gameplay that fans enjoyed years ago with over 100 levels, enhanced reward sequences, as well as the beautiful redesigns of Spyro’s hoard of zany dragons and other goofballs (including Sparx the Dragonfly, Hunter, Sheila, Agent 9 and Sgt. Byrd) and many more. The trilogy also includes enhanced environments, a remastered soundtrack, updated controls, brand-new lighting and recreated cinematics for added pizzazz in this beloved adventure. Lead developer Toys For Bob is back at it again to bring the Spyro Reignited Trilogy to Nintendo Switch, while the PC version will have the talented developers at Iron Galaxy leading the charge.

“Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a love letter to the fans. Bringing this nostalgic experience to the Nintendo Switch and Steam means that no matter what gaming platform they choose, players will have the opportunity to experience this incredibly fun and iconic game,” said Michelle Fonseca, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, Activision. “Our goal is to transport players back to their precious memories from the ‘90s, while also inviting new fans to dive into Spyro’s world on whatever platform they desire.”

Spyro Reignited Trilogy demonstrates the cultivation of epic game remastery that builds on the incredible experience of the original games. The characters and personalities are creatively re-developed with additional flavor allowing fans to reignite the flames with Spyro and his crew. Players will experience a trilogy packed with an astounding amount of detail, refreshed modern gameplay mechanics, and smooth camera handling. For more information, please visit www.SpyroTheDragon.com and follow @SpyroTheDragon on Twitter and @Spyro on Facebook and Instagram. Lastly, subscribe to the YouTube channel at YouTube.com/SpyroTheDragon.

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It's electric!

Nintendo has shared a Switch-specific trailer for Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled to showcase the Electron Skins Pack, which is available to those who preload the game. You can grab your preload right now, which is priced at $40. We don't have file size info at this time.

Thanks to Motwera for the heads up!

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Crash into me

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is set to launch later this month, so for those grabbing the digital release, it's time to make some room. The Switch eShop listing notes that the title will take up 5.7GB of space. Not an absolutely huge title, but still sizable if you're rocking the Switch's internal storage.

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