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The Best Racing Games on Nintendo Switch

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It has taken a long while for it to happen, but the Nintendo Switch is now home to some very good racing games.

It doesn’t have its own equivalent of the Gran Turismo series yet, and there’s nothing on it that comes close to offering the sheer bliss that the Forza Horizon series provides, but if you just want a great racing game on Switch there are more than a handful of games that can offer it.

Some of the games offer a more realistic experience, like WRC 9. Others are more arcadey, offering fast-paced action and lots of adrenaline, like GRIP. And some are just all about having ridiculous amounts of fun, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. But which ones are the best?

Wonder no more, as we’ve rounded up 12 of the best racing games on Switch right here. Click through to see our picks, and read more about them.

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GRIP

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As far as racing games on Switch go, none are more entertaining than GRIP.

GRIP has you racing at extremely high speeds, often defying gravity, across a varied range of chaotic tracks. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if you often find yourself driving upside down. There’s combat in the mix, too, allowing you to try to take down your opponents as you race for first place.

Like most racing games on Switch, GRIP has its issues. But there’s just so much content, and the experience is so unlike anything available on the format, that it’s definitely worthy of your time and money.

Read our review of GRIP

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GRID Autosport

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One of the best last-gen racing games has arrived on Switch, becoming the best the format has to offer.

GRID Autosport looks great on Switch, and it performs well too, allowing you to take in some brilliant sights without being distracted by awful framerate drops and suchlike. There’s even a free downloadable high res texture pack which is great if you’re planning on playing it solely in docked mode. It’s not a game you’re going to be done with in a few hours, either. Its career encompasses multiple disciplines such as Touring, Endurance and Tuner, providing plenty of variety.

Whether you’re a racing novice or a seasoned pro, GRID Autosport has plenty of difficulty settings so you can tune the experience to your liking, and priced at just £29.99/$34.99 it’s not even too expensive.

WRC 9

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If you’re after a serious rally racing game on Switch, WRC 9 is pretty much your only choice. It’s a good job it’s pretty decent then, isn’t it?

It doesn’t look anywhere as near as pretty as it does on other consoles, and the lack of analogue triggers means it’s a lot harder to play, but if you want to engage in some rally driving on the go, then WRC 9 has you covered. This time around, there’s a Clubs feature, allowing you to create competitions with your friends. The career mode is excellent, but it’s nice to have additional content to jump into, too.

As far as rally games go, you can’t get much better than WRC 9. It’s one of the best racing games on Switch.

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Mantis Burn Racing

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Including all the DLC released to date for the title, which is quite a lot, Mantis Burn Racing on the Nintendo Switch is a bit of a steal really.

Viewed from an isometric perspective, the action that Mantis Burn Racing provides is drift heavy with a side-order of boost. As such, it’s rather fun. When you’re not making your way through its career mode – completing a variety of events to purchase and upgrade vehicles – you can take part in both local and online multiplayer races or attempt to make your mark on the daily challenge.

However you choose to spend your time playing Mantis Burn Racing, it’s sure to be thoroughly entertaining. It’s a damn fine arcade racer, and on Nintendo Switch it looks and plays great too.

Read our review of Mantis Burn Racing

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Rise: Race The Future

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You’ve possibly never even heard of Rise: Race The Future, but if you love arcade racers you should definitely add it to your Switch library.

Rise: Race The Future keeps the spirit of old-fashioned arcade racers alive. It’s fast, looks absolutely great, and lets you drift and boost your way to victory. Racing wonderfully designed futuristic vehicles, you cover tarmac, dirt and water, keeping you on your toes. And while the handling takes some getting used to, it’s responsive and reliable.

With its 84 challenge races and eight championships to conquer, Rise: Race The Future has a lot of content for its humble price of £16/$16.49. The only thing it’s lacking is multiplayer.

Fast RMX

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If you’re a fan of anti-gravity racing games like WipeoutFast RMX is the closest thing you’ll get to it on Nintendo Switch. At least until a new F-Zero game arrives anyway.

It has got beautiful visuals, a pounding soundtrack, and its blistering sense of speed keeps you glued to your Nintendo Switch’s screen as you complete race after race, ever hopeful that you’ll finish ahead of the pack. Thanks to its brutal difficulty level the number one spot will elude you often, but you’ll keep going back again and again until you emerge victorious. Fast RMX is addictive like that.

Updated since launch to include new features, Fast RMX is one of the Nintendo Switch’s best racing games, and is certainly worthy of your hard-earned cash. Get this added to your collection, pronto.

Read our review of Fast RMX

Team Sonic Racing

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The Switch might have already got a great kart racer in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another one.

Team Sonic Racing is notable for the fact that it actually has a campaign. Filled with straight-up races and a number of challenges, it will take you quite a while to play through. You can use the credits that you earn while playing to unlock a decent race of performance upgrades and cosmetic items, too.

What really sets Team Sonic Racing apart from the other games on this list, however, is its focus on teamwork. Whether you’re playing alone or with others in co-op, you’ll need to assist the other members of your team to ensure victory. It really does add to the gameplay, giving it more depth than your average kart racer.

Read our review of Team Sonic Racing

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TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2

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If you like your racing serious, get TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 downloaded on your Switch right now.

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 has all the features and content found in other versions of the game, including a free roam mode. Considering there’s a hell of a lot more on offer than there was in the original game, that’s impressive. Its career mode is particularly good.

It doesn’t look great on Switch though, and once again the lack of analogue triggers lets the game down. Still, it’ll win you over with its convincing feeling of riding down narrow country roads at high speed, where one mistake is enough to cost you the win. It’s tense and exhilarating, just like racing should be.

Read our review of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2

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Redout

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Redout is an absolute treat for those who like their racing futuristic.

Arriving on Switch with all the DLC released to date, Redout is a huge game that will have you zooming though trippy environments. You’ll find yourself challenged at every turn, but you’ll be mesmerised, and will return to the game time and time again until you’ve mastered it.

On Switch, Redout doesn’t look or perform quite as good as it has done elsewhere. But that’s to be expected, really. It’s still an absolute blast to play, and has so much content that it will keep you happy for quite a while. It’s quite possibly the biggest racing game available on Switch.

Read our review of Redout

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn’t going to please fans of straight up racing, it will make those who like to mix speed with non-violent combat very happy.

When played locally or online with friends it can be one of the most hilarious ways to waste away the hours, unless of course you get so fed up of going from first to last on the final lap of a race that you rage quit. That’s the problem with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – it can just feel catastrophically unfair at times –  but just take it for what it is and it’s fun, fun, fun.

Unfortunately, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is by no means worth picking up for its single player offerings; there’s just not a great deal to keep your interest in the long-term. But if you like to game with friends then you should really add it to your library. As multiplayer racing games go on the Nintendo Switch, it’s up there with the best.

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Monster Energy Supercross 3

If you like your racing a bit dirty, why not give Monster Energy Supercross 3 a try?

Letting you take part in both 250SX and 450SX championships, Monster Energy Supercross 3 is a demanding racing game that makes you think about more than just braking points and racing lines. To succeed on anything higher than the easiest difficulties you’ll need to watch your speed to manage your flow effectively over jumps, and make use of scrubs to reduce the time you spend in the air.

While Monster Energy Supercross 3‘s career will be the main draw for many, even though it doesn’t offer anything noteworthy, what really makes it great is its track editor. In just minutes you can make your own truly challenging track and race around it with others. Honestly, give Monster Energy Supercross 3 a go if you want a different racing experience.

Read our review of Monster Energy Supercross 3

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Horizon Chase Turbo

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Remember Out Run? If you do, you’ll probably love Horizon Chase Turbo.

Inspired by racing games of old, Horizon Chase Turbo is a retro-styled racer that offers a lasting challenge. Its main campaign will have you travelling the world, competing in races while also aiming to pick up collectables. If you just want a quick race, however, you can also do that.

One of Horizon Chase Turbo‘s best features is that is supports split-screen gameplay. So, the next time you have some friends around for a gaming session, why not challenge them to a race?

Read our review of Horizon Chase Turbo

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