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Wave Race 64 (N64)

by Nintendo
Nintendo 64
 Ages 18 and Over
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Nine challenging courses in exotic locales race conditions change as the wave action responds to the way that you and your opponents race
  • Take control in three different modes of play Championship, Time Trials and Stunt Mode
  • Game Pak memory will store your circuit progress, best times and custom settings
  • Transfer best times and custom settings to a N64 Controller Pak to play at a friend's house

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  • Platform:   Nintendo 64
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 18 and Over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00002STI2
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 10.2 x 25.4 cm ; 18 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,835 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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You can practically feel the spray of water on your face as you race the waves in this jet-ski simulation. Stay on course through choppy waters. Manoeuvre around the obstacles in your path. Most of all cross the finish line before your competition without getting seasick. One of the most popular early games for the N64 Wave Race 64 continues to boast one of the most innovative and realistic racing environments ever seen on a home system.

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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Wave Race 64 is the Wrath of Khan, it's half price day at the cinema, it's Stephen Patrick Morrissey's seminal 1994 solo album 'Vauxhall and I', it's Jeff Buckley's live version of Mojo Pin, it's Alan Moore in the 80's, it's John Williams Superman theme, it's going to the sea side and finding an arcade that still has an original 1984 Atari Star Wars cabinet, it's really reall good.
The reasons for this are many fold. The graphics have their own timeless quality like Pac Mac and Space Invaders. The race courses are a thing of beauty, the kind that get you physcially leaning into the turns in the real world as you watch the action on screen. The way the water responds to you and the waves you create as you move through it is another ageless aspect to this all time classic. The way the jet ski riders respond when you pull back or push up on the stick to alter the airodynamics of their stances. The fun of learning and pulling off the trick moves. Like the best board games Wave Race 64 is easy for beginers to enjoy and has many dephs of play to explore as you get to grips with the what's going on under the surface of the basic 'finish 1st' game play.
You can download it for the Wii virtual console and it's well worth it. But this game is so good it's worth buying an N64 (or bringing your old one out of retirement) just to enjoy this.
This game is one of the classics and totaly peerless. Even the Gamecube sequel (although very good) doesn't come close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game 9 Mar 2003
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Wave Race is a quality game and will remain so for years to come. There are some games that will always be great games no matter how old they are, such as Pac Man, Gran Turismo and any of the Grand Theft Auto games the reason these games will stand the test of time is because they are all original or they are a lot better than their competiors. Wave race is one of these games becuase there are no competitors for it. It has great graphics many different modes, tons to unlock and a great multiplayer mode. If you have a N64 then get wave race it is simply brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still makes a good splash 24 July 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The N64 was host to many classics, the likes of Goldeneye, Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 are still mentioned in high regard as being great and highly playable innovations of the day. Whilst Wave Race does not quite reach the upper echelons of all time classic, it was still innovative and deserves it's only space in the history books.

There aren't many games that take on jet ski's in the racing genre which helps Wave Race stand out from the crowd. One of the biggest pulls of the game and what makes it unique is the physics engine. This was the first time in a game that water had been modelled at this level providing a decent, high quality representation that actually had a tangible physical effect on the handling of the Jet Ski. The quality of the water simulation combined with a superb, tight handling model and precise analogue control makes for a very playable experience allowing the player to focus on dealing with the course and elements rather than having something overly twitchy to hand. The handling is also adjustable so you can have a varying degrees between tight and loose which are comparatively the Jet Ski equivalents of front wheel and rear wheel drive.

Being released at a time before games threw a ridiculous large number of courses at the player this one comes with a now seemingly paltry 8. However they have different layouts depending on the difficulty of Championship you enter with buoy positions, wave formations and speed all affected making them very different propositions to race around. Even the most simplistic course on the normal difficulty become a treacherous snaking slalom where subtle adjustments and wave anticipation are key.
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Wave Race 64 captures the feeling of racing over water better than anygame before or since it's late 90's release. Having played the origanal N64 cart to death , I recently downloaded this game for the Wii virtual console and can happily say it looks and plays better than ever . The only things missing on the wii version is rumble pack support and ghost racing , otherwise this is a must buy title for wii or N64. The wii version costs 1000 wii points / £ 7
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