Yet another racing game will be speeding its way onto the Switch, and it’s coming quite soon. That title is none other than Nacon and KT Racing’s WRC 9. The WRC game series has been well-supported on the Switch for the last few years ago, so it was expected that Nacon would bring the latest entry over. It’s a few months late behind other platforms, but at least that’s better than not coming at all.
WRC 9 for Switch is a continuation of the hit annual rally simulation series. It kicks up more dirt than its predecessor with three new countries (Japan, New Zealand, and Kenya) that offer new rallies, thus meaning more challenges to conquer. The game also sports 15 classic cars and 100 special stages to tackle for an extra challenge.
This entry also happens to be a little more community-focused thanks to the inclusion of the new Clubs system. This allows payers to tailor-make their own championship and then take the challenge online to compete against other players. On top of just adding more content to the mix, the developers have also gone ahead and spruced up the gameplay itself. WRC 9 features an improved physics engine along with redesigned environments for even more eye-candy. There are also new pacenotes that add to the immersion factor of the experience.
Back to the dirt
For the uninitiated, the WRC series is not your typical run-of-the-mill racer. While some titles do merely claim to be sim-like (read: Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Tracks Edition), the WRC titles are not ones to be taken lightly. They have a tendency of beating you into submission if you’re a novice. This series is really geared (pun intended) towards more hardcore racing fans.
The handling of the vehicles takes a lot to master, and the environments can be quite unforgiving. There’s also a crew and career management aspect to the title, which involves balancing your team and keeping an eye on your finances. If you really want to know the ins-and-outs of being a pro-driver, this is the title for it. But, just be prepared to learn a lot in the way of patience and acceptance. If you’ve played V-Rally 4, which was made by the same dev studio, then you’ll at least have an idea of what to expect from the difficulty curve of a WRC game.
WRC 9 will carve its way onto the Nintendo Switch on March 11, 2020. It’s live on Nintendo’s website, though pre-orders are not yet available. If physical is more your style, Amazon does have copies available for pre-order going for $49.99. The physical edition won’t be coming until April 13, however.
All things considered, while it’s great that WRC 9 is finally making it to the Switch, it’s a bit of a shame that the devs couldn’t get it out at the same time as the other versions. Also, the Switch ports from the KT Racing team have been known to be a bit muddy-looking and grainy. Here’s hoping that they’ve gotten a better handle on the Switch hardware with this entry.
If you happen to be a fan of racing games and want to outfit your Switch collection with a few more, check out my list of recommendations for the best racing titles that have come to the system so far (at least, in my opinion).