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‘Mantis Burn Racing’ now on Nintendo Switch

Indie developer VooFoo Studios has announced that its award-nominated racing game “Mantis Burn Racing” is coming to the Nintendo Switch. “Mantis Burn Racing” is a fast, bumper-to-bumper race game with five types of vehicles and four-player local split-screen racing.

The game- which its developer touts as “a visually stunning, action-packed top-down racing game”– has been available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam for over a year, but the decision to convert it to the Nintendo Switch was announced on Sept. 20. VooFoo Studios released a teaser trailer for the game, coinciding the announcement with the opening of EGX 2017, a four-day video game exhibition formerly known as Eurogamer Expo.

“Mantis Burn Racing’s addictive pick-up-and-play style game play has already been very well-received on PS4, Xbox One and Steam,” said Mark Williams, the technology director at VooFoo Studios. “The game’s appeal and addictive couch multiplayer make it a great fit for the Nintendo audience and we can’t wait to give Switch players the chance to play the definitive version of the game at home, or on the move.”

VooFoo Studios, which is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom, is not a well-known developer. Its previous releases include the pool simulation game “Hustle Kings” and the backgammon simulation “Backgammon Blitz.” “Hustle King” has a virtual pool hall. It has received criticism for its single player mode. “Backgammon Blitz” is a two-player strategy game equipped with in-game voice chat. It has received criticism for only offering three power-ups per game.

“Mantis Burn Racing” is VooFoo Studios’ first self-developed and self-published title, and will be its first Nintendo Switch release.

Once it is made available on the Nintendo eShop, the game will have to compete with other racing games, such as Avalanche Software’s “Cars 3: Driven to Win,” Nintendo’s own “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and Shin’en Multimedia’s “Fast RMX.” Though the Switch possesses a relatively small library of racing games, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” has sold over 3.54 million copies to date, and is the second bestselling Nintendo Switch game overall, making it an intimidating title to be competing with. “Mantis Burn Racing,” however, will likely retain its Steam and PlayStation Store price of $14.99, thus making it much cheaper than “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” While the game does not allow for cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, it remains to be seen if the Switch will follow suit. Another question is whether the game will take advantage of the Switch’s motion sensors, offering support for Nintendo’s Joy-Con Wheel, or if it will opt for simpler joystick controls.

October 9, 2017

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