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Cartoon Network Racing is a kart-racing video game developed by Eutechnyx for the PS2 and Firebrand Games for the Nintendo DS. Both versions of the game were published by The Game Factory on December 4, 2006 in North America, and February 9, 2007 in Europe.

Cartoon Network Racing features characters from then and current Cartoon Network shows at the time of its release such as Courage the Cowardly Dog, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls.

The game was also planned for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Game Boy Advance, but all of these versions were cancelled.

Gameplay[]

Playing similarly to the 2003 video game Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, players choose a driver and a co-driver, the latter that uses all items and two "toon powers".

The game features three modes:

  • Tournament: Players race to compete in all tracks in a cup. The team with the most points at the end of the cup wins.
  • Battle: Cartoons fight in an arena, where the last team driving is the winner.
  • Cartoon Eliminators: In a knockout-styled race, the team or driver that's in last place after a lap is completed is eliminated. Last one driving wins.

All drivers have stats that are varied by character: Acceleration, speed, and handling. Co-drivers also have stats that fall into four categories: Shield, Attack, Boost, and Flight.

The Nintendo DS version features similar modes, but there are only 20 racers, each with their own kart and have only one toon power. Up to 8 players can play in this mode, but there are only two mini-games and three cartoons.

Characters[]

Character Series PS2 DS
Johnny Bravo Johnny Bravo Check mark Check mark
Bunny "Mama" Bravo Check mark* Check mark
Suzy Check mark Check mark*
Carl Chryniszzswics Check mark Red x
Cow Cow and Chicken Check mark Check mark
Chicken Check mark Check mark
Flem Check mark* Red x
Earl Check mark Red x
Dexter Dexter's Laboratory Check mark Check mark
Dee Dee Check mark Check mark
Mom Check mark* Red x
Dad Check mark* Red x
Mandark Check mark Check mark
The Powerpuff Girls* The Powerpuff Girls Check mark Check mark
Professor Utonium Check mark Check mark
Mojo Jojo Check mark Check mark
Him* Check mark Check mark
Fuzzy Lumpkins Check mark* Red x
I.M. Weasel I Am Weasel Check mark Check mark
I.R. Baboon Check mark Check mark
The Red Guy* Check mark Check mark
Courage Courage the Cowardly Dog Check mark Check mark
Muriel Check mark Check mark
Eustace* Check mark Check mark

Gallery[]

Cartoon Network Racing also has a gallery mode where players can watch cartoons of a TV show after winning a tournament with a specific character, while the second cartoon is unlocked after winning a Super Tournament.

Show 1st Tournament Super Tournament
Dexter's Laboratory Dexter's Rival Mandarker
Cow and Chicken Black Sheep of the Family Child Star
I Am Weasel Enemy Camp My Friend the Smart Banana
Johnny Bravo Doommates Johnny's Telethon
The Powerpuff Girls Telephonies Tough Love
Courage the Cowardly Dog Robot Randy The Magic Tree of Nowhere

The Nintendo DS version only features Dexter's Rival, Telephonies, and Black Sheep of the Family as the only unlockable episodes due to system limitations. They, however, are unlocked similarly to the PlayStation 2 version.

Reception[]

The Nintendo DS version of Cartoon Network Racing garnered mixed reviews. Review aggregator Metacritic rated it a 55 out of 100, indicating "Mixed or average reviews."[1] It received a 6.3 out of 10 from GameSpot, a 6.5 from GameZone, a 5.8 out of 10 from IGN, and 24% from NGamer.

IGN's Lucas M. Thomas criticized the game for its similarity to Nintendo's Mario Kart series, namely Mario Kart DS, the recent installment at the time. It was also criticized for not including characters from the shows during the Cartoon Network City era.

By contrast, the PlayStation 2 version had a more negative reception. Metacritic gave it a 39 out of 100, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews." Chris Roper of IGN gave it a 3.4 out of 10, criticizing the track design, gameplay, and the controls.[2] Aaron Thomas of GameSpot gave it a 3.8 out of 10, criticizing the lack of originality, sound effects, and both the graphics and framerate. He says that Cartoon Network Racing would be enjoyed by a younger audience instead of a serious gamer audience.[3]

  1. https://www.metacritic.com/game/ds/cartoon-network-racing
  2. Cartoon Network Racing Review - IGN
  3. Cartoon Network Racing Review - GameSpot
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