Benza Race

Toilet Racer Benza Race Arrives on Switch in March 2023

A new racing game will put Switch owners in the ultimate driver’s “seat.” Gekisou! Benza Race -Toilet Shooting Star– (Flat Out! Toilet Seat Race -Toilet Shooting Star-) will arrive on the platform in Japan come March 16, 2023. The game originally launched for PC in 2019. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

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Gekisou! Benza Race -Toilet Shooting Star- is a kart-style racing game where all the racers ride while seated on toilets. It is reportedly endorsed by the Japan Toilet Seat Racing Association, though this is a fictional organization created to promote the game. Racers can interfere with each other and gain an advantage by throwing toilet paper, toilet gorillas, underwear (used and spare), and other items as weapons. They’ll also be able to to eat meals and rice balls mid-sit to build up and “release” energy to accelerate quickly. Each character has a super move called a “Ben’i Burst” – best translated as “Turtling Burst” that has unique effects.

Players will also be able to unlock new Benza Race courses through story and mission progress. Wins will accumulate points needed to buy upgrade parts, new toilet seat covers, and cosmetic customizations.

The game supports two-player versus play, as well as a semi-random mode that changes the gastric state of each competitor to introduce some randomness even among the same characters.

Gekisou! Benza Race -Toilet Shooting Star- will launch on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop on March 16, 2023. It’ll cost 1,800 Yen there (about $13 USD), not including a 20% pre-launch discount. It is also available on PC via Steam in Japan.

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