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Racing series Cruis’n arrives on Nintendo Switch this fall

Cruis’n Blast makes its way from arcades to Switch

a T. rex snarling at a blue sports car going off a banked jump ramp in Cruis’n Blast Image: Raw Thrills/Nintendo
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Cruis’n Blast, the latest entry in the long-running Cruis’n franchise of arcade racing games, is coming to Nintendo Switch this fall, Nintendo announced Tuesday during its E3 2021 Nintendo Direct presentation.

Arcade publisher Raw Thrills — a company co-founded by Eugene Jarvis, the original designer of the Cruis’n series under Midway Games back in the 1990s — released Cruis’n Blast in arcades in January 2017. It was the first Cruis’n title since 2007’s Wii game Cruis’n. The Switch version will be a console exclusive for Nintendo, meaning that it could also be released on PC.

Cruis’n Blast will feature 23 vehicles — ranging from sports cars to tanks and even a unicorn — that players can upgrade. While the arcade game contained five playable courses, action in the Switch version will unfold across 29 different tracks. Up to four people can race together, whether on the same console or on multiple Switch units via local play.

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Update: We’ve updated this story with additional details revealed after the Nintendo Direct presentation.

Correction: This article previously misstated the number of locations in Cruis’n Blast on Nintendo Switch. While the 2017 arcade game featured five courses, the Switch version will offer 29 tracks — each with its own location, including the original five (London; Madagascar; Rio de Janeiro; Death Valley, California; and Singapore).