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The Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Digital Comic is a prequel comic made by Beenox and published by Activision on June 21st, 2019, and was shared on the official Crash Bandicoot Twitter.[1] It was written by Mathieu Mercier and Mikaël Morin-Hamelin, with art done by Mikaël Morin-Hamelin. The comic can be viewed here.

Plot[]

In a dark smoggy city on the planet Gasmoxia, Nitros Oxide leads his sidekicks Zem and Zam through a corridor and into a room filled with racing trophies. Oxide expresses his pleasure to be back home surrounded by awards that prove his racing superiority before telling Zem and Zam that he has travelled to various galaxies and conquered each of their planets by being the fastest, yet there was still one galaxy he has not invaded: the Milky Way. Only by dominating the planets in the Milky Way and enslaving their inhabitants will he become the undisputed fastest racer by all.

Later, after transforming Mars into a concrete parking lot (like he has done with many planets before it), Oxide believes he has finally proven himself unbeatable until a small crude picture of Earth hits his spaceship's windshield. Oxide is infuriated that there is still another planet left to conquer and soon travels to Earth to do just that. Meanwhile at Coco Park, Crash Bandicoot, his little sister Coco and their archenemy Doctor Cortex are kart racing against one another when they are suddenly interrupted by the hologram of Nitros Oxide issuing a challenge to the Earth's population.

Oxide's spaceship descends above Gem Stone Valley as its owner orders his robots to hide four keys somewhere on the world's surface and announces only the racer who has obtained them all will be worthy enough to challenge him. The first robot's key is obtained by Ripper Roo who grabs it after the key falls from the sky and bounces off his head. The next key is taken by Papu Papu after he destroys the second robot using a blowgun. The third robot enters a mine where it is immediately incinerated by fire (presumably from a dragon) and its key is found by Komodo Joe. The fourth robot is shot out of the sky and its key falls through the coin slot of a giant slot machine before landing into the hands of Pinstripe Potoroo.

The only surviving robot returns to Oxide in rough shape and is then immediately ordered by the alien to ensure various racetracks are tweaked to his advantage. The robot complies while insulting Oxide behind his back as it heads out again to scan Crash Cove, Tiger Temple, Papu's Pyramid and Polar Pass. Meanwhile, Oxide revs up his hovercraft, ready to show the world who the fastest racer really is.

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Trivia[]

  • One of Zem's lines, "We should call you N. Trophy!", is a reference to a typographical error that can be made with N. Tropy's name. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex misspells and mispronounces N. Tropy's name in this manner.
  • Two banners hanging in Nitros Oxide's trophy room, displaying "99" and "03", reference the release dates of earlier Crash Bandicoot racing series titles Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, released in 1999 and 2003 respectively.
  • Oxide's successful invasion of Mars before heading to Earth is a reference to unused lines said by Oxide in the original Crash Team Racing, in which he claimed to be responsible for Mars being an barren planet.[2]

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