Wave Race 64 (Nintendo N64, 1996)
|Wave Race 64 offers nine different courses with wave conditions that change depending on the racers actions. Courses include: "Sunny Beach," "Drake Lake," and the exceptionally beautiful "Twilight City." Three different modes of play-championship, time trials, and stunt mode-give players a variety of single and multi-player options. Tricks include: flips, rolls, handstands, riding backwards, somersaults, and submarines. Riders can individually configure their jet skis to match their racing preferences, and the wave conditions can be adjusted. Four different crafts are available, with two American, one Canadian, and one Japanese rider.
The objective of each race is to beat the other racers while also successfully maneuvering the jet-ski around various buoys. There are two types of buoys: red colored, which are signified by an R on them and must be passed on the right side, and yellow buoys, which are marked with an L and must be passed on the left side. Each time a buoy is correctly passed, a power arrow will light and the jet-ski will gain speed. Up to five arrows can be lit in order to obtain maximum power. As a result, maintaining the process will allow the player to maintain their power without any misses.
Failure to do either of these will result in a loss of power (though the arrows can be lit again) and missing five buoys over the course of a race will result in disqualification. Leaving the course (either by leaving the area limited by pink buoys or by leaving the water altogether) for more than five seconds will also result in disqualification.
Wave Race 64 was a critical success. It was rated the 127th best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. It received a rating of 9.7/10 from IGN, and 9/10 on the Wii's Virtual Console and in a list of 100, Wave Race 64 was rated, by IGN, as the 33rd greatest game of all time as of 2003. In the 2005 IGN list, its position was #37. GameSpot gave it an 8.6 and praised the game for its graphics and controls. Sales were also high, with 1,950,000 units in the United States and 154,000 in Japan.
Nintendo Power called it the best racing game, better than existing auto racing games.
|Game||Wave Race 64|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Wave Race Series|
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