Fancy a new Mario Kart style game on Xbox? While there are plenty of options out there these days — including the surprisingly decent Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3 — a new free-to-play option has just arrived on Xbox.
Nexon's KartRider: Drift is now live on consoles as the game slides into Season 1. Clearly, the team is envisaging this as an ongoing title, with more DLC and updates expected to arrive in the coming months.
The game did have a pre-season period on PC as well, with the Steam version launching back in January. It's had quite a bit of attention on that platform so far, with more than 3,000 user reviews amounting to a "mostly positive" rating at the time of writing.
Here's a bit more info on KartRider: Drift straight from the dev team:
"KartRider: Drift is the only free-to-play, cross-platform kart racer with deep kart and character customization in stunning high-definition. Eight players can race online in up to teams of four and face off in item or drift focused races with karts and characters you personalize.
Challenge your friends across platforms with no barriers, no pay walls, and no pay-to-win elements preventing you from having a great time while topping the leaderboards. Created from the ground up for dynamic, online gameplay there’s new content added regularly and huge content updates every season."
Are you thinking of giving this kart racer a try? Let us know if you'll be crashing into the barrier down below.
No games come close to Mario Kart or Smash sadly.
When it comes to Kart Racers Nickelodeon Kart Racers has potential, but it took 3 games just to add voice acting and the roster is still underwhelming. Sonic & Sega All-Stars racing was a great alternative but then Team Sonic Racing killed it seemingly.
In a similar vein when it comes to games for a Smash Bros. fix, Nicktoon All-Stars was a joke and Brawlhalla & MultiVersus are good but lost in a sea of F2P and live service games.
It’s so tough for any kart racer to get close or live up to Mario Kart especially now.
It has so much nostalgia, very well known characteristics and the drift system, after trying many others is simply the best there is.
The weapons like red shell etc are just imprinted on the brain and what they do, playing Mario Kart is like just breathing so automatic and natural.
I love me some Kart Racing so will definitely give this a go
I'm not sure how this one holds up but the KartRider series is massive in South Korea and China. The series has been around for ages.
Here's a video Akshon Esports did on it a while back if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcO0v91wLdw
Yeah... I was super disappointed with Multiversus and it never lived up to the hype. The moves were kind of confusing, everything felt floaty, and the attacks never felt natural.
And Sonic Racing (the one on 360) was one of my favorites. But I agree that Team Racing ruined it. It killed any interest I have in future Sonic Racing games.
Brawlhalla looked very ugly imo, and I don't have any nostalgia for Nickelodeon.
But I'm starved for Smash and Mario Kart so if any game comes up similar to either I'll play it. lol.
Does it have offline split screen?
Crash team racing nitro fueled is a good kart racing too, but I'm agree with you.
CTR and Mario Kart can't be beat. Unless Nintendo re-do Diddy Kong Racing. Obviously!
Interesting move to drop on the same day as new Mario Kart 8 DLC.
As countless others said above, when it comes to Mario Kart — no one comes close. (Though I have enjoyed some of the Sonic racing games).
@Wiiiiiiii Oh yeah! Forgot about CTR as I never had a PS, so I tend to forget about the bandicoot. But wasn't the remake hurt by some microtransaction nonsense later on?
@Utena-mobile MultiVersus took some getting used to, but after a few weeks it felt fine. What killed it or is killing it, depending on the perspective, is a combo of a F2P model, no new content in months, & the fact it was so rushed early on to be out by EVO. I'm adamant if it was done properly as a full release and given time to bake, it'd be a good alternative to Smash.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is great, but the online is dead of course. The fact the first game isn't backwards compatible makes Team Sonic Racing seemingly end it even more disappointing.
Kind of, buying everything in game without using real money is very time-consuming and frustrating, but I managed to buy characters and some of karts I liked without using real money(it took a lot of time though), but no skin😕
Whoa, I had no idea. Was Multiversus even able to make it to EVO? If not, then wow, they pretty much set up the game to die.
I think you're right. And also, if they fixed their battlepass. I couldn't find enough in it to justify buying the pass, but to get any of the free stuff felt like such a chore. The only pass I hate more is Overwatch 2. lol.
And R.I.P. Sonic Racing. ( T_T)
Going to give it a spin.
Just been playing the new Mario Kart DLC and nothing comes close to it. CTR is probably the nearest, it's a great alternative..
@Utena-mobile Let me clarify: It was rushed to release by last year's EVO, but nope, didn't even make it to EVO this year. Felt the best middle ground would've been to be like Killer Instinct did where you could either buy a full version or start with 1 character 'n grind your way to everything else, and have Skins that weren't just color swaps be locked behind Challenges. But it's not looking good as I said. Season 2 started in November and was extended to the end of March, but there's just been no content. 1 new Character and Christmas & Valentine's Events that were just massive grinds. I don't see it surviving the year at this rate.
@shoeses MK is way overrated. Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed and Crash to name a couple.
Uh right lol
@shoeses Crash Team Racing and Sonic Racing Transformed are still the two best alternatives. Mario Kart is still #1 but I had a lot of fun with those titles.
I used to love Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing back in the N64 days. Wish Rare would put something together for Series X/S - there must be plenty of characters they can include from Sea of Thieves, Banjo, etc.
@shoeses I'm not a Smash fan so wouldn't know how the Smash style games stack up, but on Mario Kart I agree 100%.
The only thing that comes vaguely close is Sonic and Sega all Stars Racing, and Sonic Racing Transformed. It seems most agree Team Sonic was a big step down. Why though? I can't recall exactly what it was that was nowhere near as good as the other two.
Mario Kart is just hard to beat though, everything about is perfect - the visuals, track design, handling, drifting, number of courses, weapons, etc etc.
Multiversus move set was confusing to you?? Hahaha uhhh what the heck, I suggest you dont really play any fighter game whatsoever then. Multiversus has like 3 moves per character.
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