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The Cup Selection Menu in Crash Team Racing.

Racing cups are a type of tournament game mode seen in the racing games of the Crash Bandicoot series. Here, players participate in a series of three to four races with an accumulating score for each race. At the end of the tournament, the racer with the highest score gets crowned the winner.

Appearances

Racing cups have appeared in every racing game.

Crash Team Racing

In this game, Cup Race allows for up to four players to race together with a total of eight racers on a selection of four tracks. If every cup is won at a certain difficulty, a Battle Arena becomes available to use. Winning on easy difficulty unlocks Parking Lot, medium unlocking The North Bowl, and hard unlocking Lab Basement.

The track selection is not the same as in the Gem Cups of this game's Adventure Mode.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
Wumpa Cup Crash Cove Tiger Temple Blizzard Bluff Coco Park
Crystal Cup Roo's Tubes Dingo Canyon Dragon Mines Sewer Speedway
Nitro Cup Mystery Caves Papu's Pyramid Cortex Castle Tiny Arena
Crash Cup Polar Pass N. Gin Labs Hot Air Skyway Slide Coliseum

Crash Nitro Kart

Cups reappeared in Crash Nitro Kart, where they functioned similarly to the cups in Crash Team Racing. The main difference, however, is that these cups lack a fourth race. Also unlike Crash Team Racing, the track selection for these cups aren't shuffled around for the Adventure Mode's Gem Cups: the tracks featured in the Wumpa Cup, Uka Cup, Aku Cup, and Nitro Cup are exactly the same as in the Red Gem Cup, Green Gem Cup, Purple Gem Cup, and Blue Gem Cup, respectively.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Wumpa Cup Inferno Island Meteor Gorge Assembly Lane
Uka Cup Jungle Boogie Deep Sea Driving Out of Time
Aku Cup Tiny Temple Thunder Struck Android Alley
Nitro Cup Barin Ruins Clockwork Wumpa Electron Avenue

Crash Nitro Kart (Game Boy Advance / N-Gage)

The tracks featured in the Wumpa Cup, Nitro Cup, Crash Cup, and Crystal Cup are exactly the same as in the Red Gem Cup, Green Gem Cup, Blue Gem Cup, and Purple Gem Cup, respectively.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Wumpa Cup Inferno Island Barin Ruins Thunder Struck
Nitro Cup Meteor Gorge Clockwork Wumpa Electron Avenue
Crash Cup Tiny's Temple Out of Time Android Alley
Crystal Cup Jungle Boogie Deep Sea Driving Assembly Lane

Crash Tag Team Racing

In this game, the Cup Race mode is renamed Grand Prix, and each Grand Prix needed to be purchased in the Multiplayer menu's Gift Shop for local play usage, each of them based on the five sections of Von Clutch's MotorWorld. In these Grand Prixes, players race through three tracks, and the results for each race is based on how many Wumpa Coins they have earned, which is determined by their placement. Unlike in previous games however, each racer gets an additional 30 Wumpa Coins per KO they have made during the race, which adds up to the total score as well. The Grand Prix ends with an acapella cover of Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" that used in the graduation walking. A reference how the champions uses this march.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Mystery Island Tiki Turbo Pirates of the Carburetor Deep Sea Driving
Happily Ever Faster Once Upon a Tire Track and the Beanstalk Evilocity
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks Fossil Fuel Injection La Brea Car Pits Tire and Ice
Tomb Town Dead Heat Crash Test Mummies Pyramid Pass
Astro Land Rings of Uranus Uranus' Mine Craters on Uranus

Crash Nitro Kart 2

Crash Nitro Kart 2 contains four courses per cup and has four cups in total. Each cup is unlocked by completing the previous one. Successfully completing a cup marks it with a star. Earning a star for each cup unlocks Sudden Death mode.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
Silver Piston Cup Zen Race Yaya's Track Totem Track Tiny's Track
Silver Steering Wheel Cup Crash's Creek Coco's Track Rocky Falls Canyon Ripper
Gold Piston Cup Spider Race Cortex's Belvedere Orichalch Track Abyss Avenue
Gold Steering Wheel Cup Nina's Track Toxic Tunnels Oxide's Track Star Track

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Crash Nitro Kart 3D has four tracks in each cup again, like in Crash Team Racing, but only has three cups available. Each cup is unlocked by clearing the previous one. The letters C, R, A, S, and H can also be collected on certain tracks. Collecting these letters allows for the player to unlock a certain character.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
N-Tropy Cup Desert 1¹ Outer Space 1 N. Sanity Island 1 Fairy 1¹
Wumpa Cup Desert 2 Outer Space 2 N. Sanity Island 2 Fairy 2¹
Aku-Aku Cup Desert 3 Outer Space 3 N. Sanity Island 3 Fairy 3¹
¹ - Contains the letters C, R, A, S, and H.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2

This game, the sequel of Crash Nitro Kart 3D, also features four Racing Cup Tournaments with three tracks each.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Cup 1 Bandicoot Beach Haunted Hovel Mayan Mayhem
Cup 2 Wacky Volcano Anarchy in Antarctica Bayou Blowout
Cup 3 Hellenic Hijinx Lunatic Laboratory Cactus Capers
Cup 4 Goofy Galaxy Crazy in Kart-Mandu Stinky Sewers

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

This game combines the cups from Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, with some slight differences made to the Crash Nitro Kart cups: as the Crash Team Racing cups have four tracks each, the Crash Nitro Kart cups now follow the same format, and conversely, there are only three Crash Nitro Kart cups as opposed to four. As there already exists a Wumpa Cup and a Nitro Cup in Crash Team Racing, the Wumpa Cup from Crash Nitro Kart has been replaced with the Velo Cup, and the Nitro Cup of Nitro Kart has its tracks being split over the Aku Cup, Uka Cup, and Lost Cup, the latter being added after an update.

Cup Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
Wumpa Cup Crash Cove Tiger Temple Blizzard Bluff Coco Park
Nitro Cup Mystery Caves Papu's Pyramid Cortex Castle Tiny Arena
Crystal Cup Roo's Tubes Dingo Canyon Dragon Mines Sewer Speedway
Crash Cup Polar Pass N. Gin Labs Hot Air Skyway Slide Coliseum
Velo Cup Inferno Island Meteor Gorge Assembly Lane Hyper Spaceway
Aku Cup Android Alley Tiny Temple Thunder Struck Barin Ruins
Uka Cup Jungle Boogie Deep Sea Driving Out of Time Electron Avenue
Lost Cup¹ Clockwork Wumpa Oxide Station Twilight Tour Prehistoric Playground
Bonus Cup² Spyro Circuit Nina's Nightmare Koala Carnival Gingerbread Joyride
Desert Cup³ Megamix Mania Out of Time Twilight Tour Dingo Canyon
Space Cup³ Drive-thru Danger Hyper Spaceway Oxide Station Electron Avenue
¹ - The Lost Cup was added in the 1.12 (PS4/Xbox One) and 1.0.8 (Switch) update. Prior to this update, Clockwork Wumpa and Oxide Station were two of three tracks that were not featured in any of the available cups.
² - The Bonus Cup was added in the 1.16 (PS4/Xbox One) and 1.0.11 (Switch) update.
³ - The Desert Cup and Space Cup were added in the 1.19 (PS4/Xbox One) and 1.0.14 (Switch) update.

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