The game features a selection of 12 playable characters from four different Nicktoons; SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hey Arnold!, and Rugrats. 24 race tracks from different locations from the shows that are included in the game.
It also has a co-op mode, where the player can "pull off devastating fused attacks, and local free-for-all multiplayer." The karts can be customized in the shop and power-ups can be picked up from the tracks.
The game was critically panned and received "generally unfavorable" reviews on all platforms according to review aggregator Metacritic. There was a 41/100 on the Nintendo Switch version, a 42/100 on the PlayStation 4 version, and a 49/100 on the Xbox One version.
Nintendo Life gave the game a 3/10, criticizing it for the roster size which only consists of two to four characters from four different shows while lacking characters from other popular Nickelodeon shows such as The Fairly OddParents, Invader Zim, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. They also criticized the game for the lack of voice acting.PlayStation LifeStyle gave the game a slightly higher score of 5.5/10, stating that "while [it] provides plenty of content and has smart references that integrate well with some very solid racing, the poor visuals and botched battle mode leave plenty to be desired. If you accept the game for what it is there’s definitely some fun to be had but its shortcomings are jarring enough to require some substantial blinders."
Chris Wray of Wccftech panned the PlayStation 4 version with a 2/10, stating that "with basic at best visuals, terrible audio design and quality, as well as just downright bland kart racing, this isn't the kart racer for you." Chris Compendio of DualShockers gave the Nintendo Switch version a similar score, calling it "a sin masquerading as a video game, and now we must all wish for forgiveness."
Its existence was first confirmed by GameStop.com.
This is the first SpongeBob/Nickelodeon video game to be released for the Nintendo Switch.
It was thought that twelve Nickelodeon series have been confirmed for the game, but the press release was later corrected by Bamtang to say it was only going to have 12 characters.
Bamtang said that they would release downloadable content after the game's release, including adding more characters. However, no new content for the video game was announced and instead a sequel called Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix added way more Nickelodeon characters.
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^Note: On this day in Spain, it was only released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.