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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (June 21st, 2019)

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The game broke street date. Spoilers are incoming. In fact, someone's streaming the Switch version on Twitch right now. Can't link, at work. Switch looks super fine and plays smooth.

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Was really hoping the sections that replaced the antigrav segments would be more interesting. Aside from a small handful, those parts of the track are just flat segments with nothing visually going on. Tiny Temple literally just has a straight path replacing the loop. 

 

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Wow, some of these "epilogues" have changed massively.

-Coco runs a video game streaming service instead of a dating site

-N.Gin became a battle show commentator after the missile thing went belly-up

-Dingodile drops the genetic engineering thing entirely in favour of firefighting. 

-Pura gets to happily debut instead of biting a head off.

-Pinstripe gets his comeuppance and goes back to being CEO/bodyguard after the car salesman thing fails

-Papu Papu gets to stay a wrestler and gets a dance craze

-Ripper Roo becomes an amusement park engineer but has to stop because...he's a masochist??

-Komodo Moe gets a mention after Komodo Joe gets done for the cubic zirconia thing.

-Tropy gets to do something other than rust

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Regarding Wumpa Coins and the Pit Stop:

 

They are the game's currency, and you only get them if you're connected to the internet, which means you won't get them if you're playing handheld mode on Switch, UNLESS, there's an offline backup system that keep your coins untill you go online. Nothing can be fully confirmed yet because the servers are not online.

Below there's a picture of a store. This is not confirmed to be the Pit Stop tho'.

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You can see that the player has little more than 8400 coins, and the most expensive item displayed is a Coco skin, which doesn't cost much TBH. Zam himself is only 1500 coins. The Wumpa Coins are probably easy to obtain, but there's the always online thing which will, of course, blow for some folks and I can hear they coming already...

This store basically confirms that at some point there will likely be the option to buy WC with real money, BUT, as long as can still earn them by simply playing the game (which should always be the rule), I'm not complaining at all. It's a good step in the right direction not locking stuff, even if just cosmetic, behind real money payment walls. Not to mention, the things you can buy will NOT change the game, so no pay to win either (I mean, save for characters, but there's no unballanced or broken racers AFAIK.

22 minutes ago, Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice said:

Any word on what skins are exclusive to the Nitros Oxide edition?

The same that were previously announced AFAIK. Nothing new.

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7 minutes ago, Your Vest Friend said:

 

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Why would going handheld stop internet access? My Switch can do online connectivity in handheld mode just fine.

 

 

If you leave home?

Speaking of Switch, it runs and looks great, to anyone that was concerned.

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37 minutes ago, Jango said:
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If you leave home?

Speaking of Switch, it runs and looks great, to anyone that was concerned.

I mean that issue comes up with every multiplayer focused online game for switch. 

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Yeah, but...

 

What's the logic behind not awarding the player with coins if he's not logged on? Unless this "money" is indeed kept in a virtual wallet of sorts, as in an online account based on your PSN/Xbox/Switch ID, which again hints at microtransactions, I don't get it. Well, we won't know for sure untill the game is out, for all we know, this could simply be a bug because the servers are not online yet. In any case... I don't understand the drama many people are making on Reddit regarding microtransactions... If you still can earn and buy stuff by playing, what's the problem? I would be concerned if Activision in a hypothetical future releases paid DLC that you can't unlock in-game... Surely having microtransactions is an open door to heavier drugs, but still... People are overreacting too soon IMO.

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Managed to see the whole of the boss cutscenes now. 

How do you sharpen a sword on a tyre, that really is Espio levels of "that's not how anything works stop justifying bullshit with martial arts."

On the other hand, he does have the best cutscenes (Papu comes second there). And even though he isn't bawling his eyes out on the podium (because there is no podium), they still convey how salty he is about losing.

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