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The Best Racing Games For The Nintendo Switch

When it's time to put the pedal to the metal, you know you need to pull out your Nintendo Switch and get ready for some mayhem. There are plenty of popular racing games for the Switch where you can play as fun characters operating the most intense vehicles imaginable. After all, it's not like you can race your friends in real life in a pod racer or some other kind of contraption with claws coming out of it. 

There are plenty of great racing games to choose from when you invite your buddies over. From classics like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where each course offers up a unique challenge, to Grip: Combat Racing, where the controls take a while to master but once you know how to make the cars purr, your victory is practically in your hands. And then there are also new remakes of classic older racing games like Star Wars Episode I: Racer and Burnout Paradise.

What's your favorite Switch racing game? Vote for the games below you can easily log in over 100 hours playing. 

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    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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    You likely have fond memories of your friends coming over on a Saturday night to play Mario Kart on the older consoles, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch takes everything you loved about the originals and makes it even better. You know the drill; you can play as your favorite Nintendo characters, including Mario, Waluigi, and even Link to claim victory in any one of the incredible courses.

    The game is just plain fun, and it's certain to put a smile on your face. It's the kind of game you can play for hours on end. You can even go online and play against Mario Kart enthusiasts from around the globe. 

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Nintendo
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    Originally released in 2008, Burnout Paradise was one of the most popular racing games of the mid-2000s (and prob one of the few older-generation racing games that still holds up). Thanks to the recent Switch update, you can enjoy all the elements that made the original game so great — and then some.

    The remastered version includes all the original and makes for an especially addictive on-the-go game. While it was already remastered for the Xbox One and PS4 a few years prior, the Switch version definitely holds its own.

    • Release: 2008
    • Developer: Criterion Games
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    Grid Autosport

    Photo: Codemasters

    Grid Autosport allows you to race the way you want. There are five separate disciplines to play as, including drag racing and destruction derby. You can also select from 25 unique racing venues as well as over 100 different vehicles to choose from. 

    While it was a little bear during its launch, it received a patch that supported online play. Now you can play both local and online multiplayer to that you and your friends can head to the tracks and take some incredible cars for a spin. 

    • Release: 2019
    • Developer: Codemasters
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    Gear.Club Unlimited 2

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    A lot of racing games get fantastical, but when you want to bring it back down to Earth, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 provides one of the most realistic driving games you can play right now. You can select from over 50 licensed vehicles from the world's most prominent automakers, such as Bugatti, McLaren, and Porsche. You can certainly just play races as singular events if you want.

    However, there's also a story mode where you need to save the family from bankruptcy. Granted, you do kind of have to overlook the fact you're driving a Porsche while simultaneously dealing with bankruptcy, but it's a video game. You can personalize the cars to your heart's content. The game also supports local multiplayer mode with up to four drivers. 

    • Release: 2017
    • Developer: Eden Games
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