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 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, 42/100 on the Playstation 4 version, and 49/100 on the Xbox One version.
Its existence was first confirmed by GameStop.com.
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.