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3 Kid-Friendly Racing Video Games

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Need to keep the little ones busy during those long weekends at home? Want some games that you and your kids can enjoy together? Consider downloading these three kid-friendly racing video games.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Available on Nintendo Switch.

No list of family-friendly kart-racing games is complete without mentioning the Mario Kart franchise. This well-rounded kart racer features tons of classic and new racetracks, plenty of customizable kart parts, and three classic, returning battle modes. Of course, you can also test your skills against players online — or on the couch, sitting next to you. You can enjoy four-player split-screen races, assuming you have enough joy-cons for everyone. The game’s roster deserves a mention, too. It features a whopping 42 of your favorite Nintendo characters, including Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Link from the Legend of Zelda series, and the Inklings from Splatoon.

Team Sonic Racing

Available on Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Given the titular character’s obsession with speed, Sonic seems like an obvious franchise to offer a racing game. Team Sonic Racing only offers a roster of 15 characters, but more than makes up for it with a fleshed-out single-player campaign, tons of stages, and exciting events. As the name suggests, this racing game emphasizes cooperative teamwork in addition to competitive fun.

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Relive the fun of the original Crash Team Racing with your kids! With so many returning tracks, modes, and characters from the original 1999 release, it’s hard to tell whether kids or nostalgic parents will have more fun with this title. This ambitious kart-racing game features tons of entertaining play modes, including a single-player adventure campaign. Players can even pick from a roster of 56 characters, which include other Naughty Dog superstars like Spyro, recurring Crash Bandicoot favorites, and even obscure side characters from previous games. It even offers old-fashioned split-screen multiplayer for up to four players. That’ll keep the kids busy.

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