When it comes to racers the Switch has definitely been in need of some help since launch. Sure, you have Mario Kart and a few decent titles of various flavors peppered around but it’s hardly been flush with options. Thankfully this year has recently brought us two very different quality racers with different feels that have avoided kart racing, smartly leaving Nintendo’s juggernaut to continue to dominate completely. Mini Motor Racing X is another port from the mobile platform where Mario Kart isn’t an option, and within that crowd I would even imagine it would be considered a fair racer. There’s certainly a nice degree of visual polish and effort to make things interesting, even an option to playing with or without power-ups depending on how you roll. That said, there’s no getting around the pretty stiff steering and controls that lack in nuance and do feel better suited to the phone and tablet players than gamers on a dedicated game console with analog controllers. While it is a step above the average mobile port racer (most of them are between dreadful and middling at best), X comes out of the gate strong enough to blow out that pack but quickly gets lapped by console-focused racers out there.
Justin Nation, Score: