GRID Autosport: A sim racer for Switch players

Nintendo's console has been lacking a realistic racing game, but not any more.


If you want to go racing on your Nintendo Switch the options are very limited. You have plenty of arcade bangers like Mario Kart 8 and Sonic Team Racing, but nothing that gives a particularly realistic feeling, and certainly nothing that is single-player focused and pushes you to take racing lines and progress a true career.

Well now there is.

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GRID Autosport

The 2014 console & PC racer GRID Autosport has received a facelift and a tweak and will hit the Nintendo Switch on 19th September. It comes fully loaded with DLC content, 100 cars, a myriad of tracks, and fully switch-enabled controls.

At £29.99/$34.99/€34.99 it is exceptionally well priced for all the action it provides.

Right now GRID Autosport is single-player only, but multiplayer capabilities are promised later down the line.

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Race around the world

GRID Autosport provides gamers with the opportunity to race at iconic tracks like the Indianapolis Speed Way & Spa-Francorchamps as well as other Formula 1 circuits and notable stock car and endurance race events.

You can go for endurance races where pace management is key, or sprint races in touring cars where you can go bumper-to-bumper and wheel-to-wheel the whole way around the track. It brings that fun feel of close battles from Mario Kart into the world of realistic races.

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A taste of the future?

Codemasters, who developed GRID Autosport with Feral Interactive, are reviving the name on their own with a new title. GRID hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 11 October, 2019. You can see our preview of this exciting racer here. Currently it doesn’t have a Nintendo Switch release, but if GRID Autosport can find an audience on the leading portable console then it could spark a genre revolution that could see Switch players get the premium titles too.

F1 2019 did not have Switch release, and while MotoGP 19 did bike games can be very hard for new players to get a feel for and enjoy. Maybe we can look forward to playing F1 2020 on the go if GRID Autosport takes off.

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

I lead the site's coverage of motorsport titles with a particular focus on Formula 1. I also lead RealSport's Madden content while occasionally dipping my toe into Football Manager and esports coverage of Gfinity Series events.

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