Wave Race 64


Game_WaveRace64_Screen1 Game_WaveRace64_Cover

Platform
: N64
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
NA Release date: Nov. 5, 1996
Genre: Racing
Media: 64-Megabit cartridge

History:

Wave Race 64 was originally going to be a futuristic speedboat game. Screenshot and videos shown while the game was still in development shows a different looking game with bigger jumps and higher speeds. However, because of the similarities between Wave Race 64 and F-Zero X, Nintendo decided to make Wave Race more of a realistic jet-ski simulation game. The game is sponsored by Kawasaki and shows Kawasaki jet-skis featured throughout. It was released on November 5, 1996 in North America. It was late re-released in 1997 with rumble support and is reportedly one of the most advanced N64 games of all time.

Gameplay:

In Wave Race, players race around courses on Jet-skis as they compete with other players in a goal to get the highest rank possible. A challenging aspGame_WaveRace64_Screen2ect added to the game are the buoys placed throughout the courses. The player must weave in and out of them successfully or the player’s jet-ski will lose speed. Missing over 5 buoys in a level will result in a disqualification from that level. There are a variety of tricks that can be performed as the player jumps off ramps placed throughout the levels. There are a few modes of play including championship, warm up, time trials, stunt mode and 2p move. The game features 4 characters; Ryota Hayami (18 years old, Japan), Dave Mariner (32 years old, USA), Ayumi Stewart (21 years old, USA) and Miles Jeter (24 years old, Canada).

Review:

The graphics in Wave Race 64 are pretty amazing for their time. Not only are the characters and jet-skis well modeled but the wavy water looks really great too. The sound and music however are a bit repetitive and boring. Mastering the controls is one of the more difficult tasks to accomplish in the game. They take a while to get used to with the analog stick but eventually feel accurate and tight with a lot of playtime. The amount of modes in the game makes the replay value high here. Although there are only eight courGame_WaveRace64_Screen3ses, they are all well designed and fun to play. Overall, Wave Race 64 is a very good game. Once initial interest is lost, you’re still likely to pick up and play every once in a while thanks to fun modes like stunt mode.

Courses:

  1. Dolphin Park (Warm-up Course)
  2. Sunny Beach
  3. Sunset Bay
  4. Marine Fortress
  5. Port Blue
  6. Twilight City
  7. Glacier Coast
  8. Southern Island

Controls:

  • Right Shoulder Button – Power slide
  • C-Up – Cycle the camera through 4 different positions
  • C-Down – Cycle the camera through 4 different positions (reverse)
  • C-Left – Turn the camera to the left of the rider
  • C-Right – Turn the camera to the right of the rider
  • B Button – Softens the bounce
  • A Button – Accelerate
  • Z Trigger – Same as A button
  • Start – Pause game
  • Control Stick – maneuver your craft
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