Starting this week, players can take part in the Grand Prix*, a series of post-launch seasonal events for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. The first of these — the Nitro Tour Grand Prix — kicks off on July 3 (12:00 AM GMT, July 2 at 5:00 PM PT).
After each Grand Prix starts, all you should have to do is start Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, download the game update (which begins automatically in most cases), and you're ready to jump into the Grand Prix!
1. How does the Grand Prix work?
At the start of each Grand Prix event, players are introduced to a series of racing challenges to complete and earn Nitro Points**. As you collect Nitro Points, you start filling up your Nitro Gauge, unlocking a series of rewards including special karts, character skins, and customization items.
You can also use Wumpa Coins in the Pit Stop — which are earned in Grand Prix events as well as Adventure Mode, Local Arcade and Multiplayer Mode — to unlock even more new characters, karts, skins, and kart customization items**! A new set of items is introduced to the Pit Stop at the beginning of each Grand Prix.
Finally, each Grand Prix comes with a bonus track that will be playable online or offline from that point on, as long as the player has downloaded the game update that kicks off the Grand Prix.
2. How do I access the Grand Prix?
After each Grand Prix starts, all you should have to do is start Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled while connected to the internet, download the game update (which begins automatically in most cases), and you're ready to jump into the Grand Prix!
You can access the Grand Prix menu by entering the Grand Prix section from the game's main menu. The Grand Prix menu shows you your Nitro Gauge progress, the lists of Quick, Daily, Weekly, Themed, and Pro Challenges, and allows you to see the Championship and Nitro Leaderboards.
3. What is CTR TV?
Crash Team Racing TV (CTR TV) is a Message of the Day feature that acts as a ticker at the bottom of your screen on the game's main menu, letting you know important details for the current Grand Prix such as the Track of the Day and the Daily Star. Additionally, you'll be greeted each season by the beloved rooster commentator duo, Chick and Stew, who will introduce you to the big ticket rewards you can earn during that season.
4. What are Nitro Points?
Similar to experience points, Nitro Points are earned by completing challenges in the Grand Prix. Challenges will vary in terms of difficulty — some are very easy to complete; some are quite difficult — and the number of Nitro Points you earn will depend on a challenge's degree of difficulty.
The more challenges you enter and complete, the more Nitro Points you can earn, filling up your Nitro Gauge. Progressing through Grand Prix challenges fills up the Nitro Gauge, unlocking a series of rewards including additional karts, character skins, and customization items, and even a new character each season.
5. What are the Grand Prix Leaderboards?
All-new Grand Prix Leaderboards track the rankings of Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled players from around the world, and top racers can win additional in-game rewards.
Grand Prix Leaderboards include the Championship Leaderboard, which awards points based on performance in Online Multiplayer Matchmaking races**, and the Nitro Leaderboard, which tracks total Nitro Points earned. Finish a Grand Prix event in the top 5 percent on either leaderboard and win.
Leaderboards will reset for each Grand Prix, and first-time winners can earn the Champion Kart set and the Grand Prix's Signature Decal. Each Grand Prix thereafter will offer the Champion Kart set for first-time winners and will have its own Signature Decal that can be won even if you're a repeat winner.
* Grand Prix content and timing subject to change. Internet connection required.
** Internet required for Grand Prix, Wumpa Coins, Nitro Points, online multiplayer (gaming subscription service sold separately), access to the Pit Stop, and other features.