Crash Nitro Kart is a racing game for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox. The game was developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Universal Interactive in 2003. Crash Nitro Kart is an indirect follow up to Crash Team Racing. In 2007, PlayStation 2 version was re-released as part of the three-disc Crash Bandicoot Action Pack compilation (alongside Crash Twinsanity and Crash Tag Team Racing). The game has a story, which is explored in Adventure mode.
Crash Nitro Kart was the last Crash Bandicoot game released under the Universal Interactive label, which parent company Vivendi would scrap after the game's release, in favor of their new company, Vivendi Universal Games. It is the first Crash Bandicoot game to have full-motion video cutscenes. Content from Crash Nitro Kart would later be used for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.