Nitro Squad


Profile

  • Species: Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles Gunni)
  • Gender: Female
  • Alignment: Good

Description

The Nitro Squad is a group of five female bandicoots. Having been altered by Nitrus Brio's Evolvo-Ray, they possess human-level intelligence and traits, but unlike most other mutants, they were not subjected to the Cortex Vortex and act of their own accord.

Tawna

Voiced by: Misty Lee

Crash's love interest is the leader of the Squad. Cortex initially planned for her to be in charge of his army of mutants after a botched attempt with Crash, but she was freed from his castle before he had a chance to experiment with her mind. She usually wears pink.

Learn more about Tawna here.

Ami

Voiced by: Cissy Jones

The muscle and tomboy of the group. Ami's strength and penchant for fighting makes her a force to be reckoned with. She has green hair and clothes.

Megumi

Voiced by: Stephanie Sheh

A hard-working optimist, Megumi is cheerful and always carries a smile. Her style and accent are distinctly Japanese, and she usually dons a white outfit while wearing her blue hair in "ox horns" and ribbons.

Liz

Voiced by: Victoria Atkin

Liz speaks in a British accent and wants to be famous. She's a bit blunt and provocative. Her bright fur tone contrasts her black bob cut and green and purple outfit.

Isabella

Voiced by: Melanie Minichino

Often seen in her blue racing outfit, Isabella loves her fans and driving fast. She has blond hair and a beauty mark on her left cheek, and she speaks in a distinctly Italian accent.

Winner's Circle

With the exception of Tawna, all of the characters that now form the Nitro Squad were originally created for Crash Team Racing (1999), where their only role is presenting the podium after each race. Depending on the winner, a different character appears next to the podium:

  • Isabella: Crash, Coco, and Fake Crash.
  • Megumi: Cortex, N. Gin, and N. Tropy.
  • Liz: Polar, Pura, and Penta.
  • Ami: Everyone else.

Trivia

  • The names of these characters came from some of the workers in different divisions of Sony Computer Entertainment at the time: Ami Matsumara-Blaire (SCEA Senior Product Manager), Megumi Hosoya (SCEJ Inc. Product Manager), Liz Ashford (SCEE PR Manager) and Isabelle Tomatis (SCEE Product Manager). Each of them was involved in at least one Crash Bandicoot game up to and including Crash Team Racing.
  • In the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing, Isabella has brown eyes instead of blue. This is likely to avoid being mistaken for Tawna, who has blue eyes in Japan.
  • There are prototype models of Ami and Megumi in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled's code. They're closer to their original appearance from 1999, with bigger eyes and the old hairstyle for Ami.

Appearances




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