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Wave Race: Blue Storm

by Nintendo
GameCube
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • 8 aquatic courses in exotic locales
  • Natural effects such as sun glare, moonlight, and fog
  • Interactive environments with tons of obstacles
  • Game modes include championship, free roam, stunt, and time trial
  • 1-4 players

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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00005Q8LV
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm ; 9 g
  • Release Date: 3 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,639 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Youll need a wet suit for this one. Zooming through gorgeous lagoons and brutal storms, your personal watercraft racer gleams with stunning water and lighting effects. Stunning waterscapes are just one of the highlights in this follow-up to the best-selling Wave Race 64. Intense water-soaked actions will keep you coming back for more over-the-top aquatic action. Wave Race Blue Storm is about heart-pounding thrills that never let up. Jump in!

Amazon.co.uk Review

Only one of two launch titles published by Nintendo themselves--the other is Luigi's Mansion--Wave Race: Blue Storm is a follow-up to the extremely impressive N64 racer, which until this sequel appeared still had the most realistic simulation of moving water ever. The sequel, naturally, looks even more impressive, with huge rolling waves, water splashing on the camera screen and beautiful reflections everywhere. This is the one to impress your non-GameCube owning mates with--if you think they're not going to become excited by a ghost-themed vacuum cleaning simulator.

Although the graphics have certainly been improved, some of the other changes in Blue Storm are more controversial. The biggest problem is the extremely heavy handling of the jet skis. It's no doubt more realistic but to the average player it initially seems like you're driving a water-borne milk float, such is your craft's total inability to take corners at speed. Things improve with practice--especially if you choose the English guy's jet ski with the improved handling--but it does severely limit the game's initial appeal. The cheaty, Mario Kart 64-style AI doesn't help matters either. All this isn't enough to ruin the party, though, and this is still a top notch and, most unusually of all, original racer.--David Jenkins



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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WAVE RACE : BLUE STORM 17 Mar 2002
Any Nintendo fan will have played Wave Race 64; in fact anyone who calls themselves a 'gamer' should have probably played this amazing game before. Playability, depth, fun and easily the most realistic water effects that had ever been seen - this really was a classic N64 game. So, five years on can we hold Wave Race: Blue Storm in the same high esteem?
With a title like Wave Race, I simply cannot go to far without saying something about the water effects; after all they're an integral part of what makes this game tick. Put simply, if you thought Wave Race on N64 had good water effects, you're going to be blown away by Blue Storm - it's quite simply stunning. Examples of this brilliance include the opacity of the water actually changing along with the waters depth, and the huge waves that swells and surge across the sea based tracks. Equally impressive is the way that when a rival jet ski speeds past you, they actually leave a wake behind them which adversely effects the handling of your craft, and don't forget the real-time weather effects that regularly change mid-race! Heck, the graphical quality and attention to detail is so great that the degree of reflection cast on the waters surface by objects and light sources actually changes depending on the angle of your perspective. Also remember that despite this level of graphical detail and sheer quality, Blue Storm runs along at a constant 30 frames-per-second, even in 4-player mode, and has no pop-up what so ever - quite amazing!
In terms of challenge and depth (no pun intended!), Blue Storm offers an excellent learning curve that is backed up by quite a stern challenge, even for a skilled racer. When you start to play you have access to five tracks, each with its own unique setting and hazards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to learn, hard to master... 16 May 2003
this is a really great game. a lot of people will say that "this is a rubbish game," and "you cant control the racer," but thats because they dont understand the concept of the game. you're not controlling a car on a flat road surface, it's a wave race (hence the name, "wave race"!) Of course it's going to be bumpy and hard to control, thats the fun of it. when you play on the hard settings with the storm conditions, the waves get so big and strong they throw your racer about its a lot of fun to play, as is multiplayer (up to 4). make sure you have a big tv though, as multiplayer works in splitscreen.
in championship mode (the main mode of the game) there are 8 locales, each with about 3 variations and 5 weather settings, making for 120 different races! theres also time trial, free roam, and stunt modes, as well as the fun multiplayer! there are also many secrets and hidden routes to unlock. so this game will last you a long time.
it has good graphics, with some brilliant water effects, and a constantly smooth frame rate (ive never seen it drop, even in multiplayer). the commentary can get a little tiresome, although the sfx make up for it. the music isnt bad.
overall a great game. if you want a good (and different) racing game for your cube, then this is a good choice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wave Race Blue Storm splashes down on Gamecube! 2 July 2004
WAVE RACE BLUE STORM SPLASHES DOWN ON GAMECUBE. IS IT AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL OR, LIKE MANY CONVERSIONS, A QUICK GRAPHICALLY ENHANCED REHASH?
Despite being one of the launch titles for the Nintendo 64, Wave Race 64 remained one of the consoles most innovative and graphically astonishing games. It's water effects were like nothing seen before and the game provided a refreshing change from all the endless driving titles out there. Well, if you thought the graphics in WR64 were good - you ain't seen nothing yet!
Those of you are not familiar with the WR format; WRBS is a jet-ski racing game where, like in any other racing game, your objective is to beat your opponents round various circuits. But racing on water means every race is different due to the unpredictability of the waves and varying weather conditions.
Red and yellow buoys are situated around each course, which must be passed correctly in order to keep your speed up and complete the course successfully; red buoys must be passed on the right and yellow to the left.
If you miss five buoys you are forced to retire from the race. This forces you to only miss buoys if you really have to (for example on the last few corners of the last lap).
Fans of the original will feel straight at home. Playing WRBS is like rediscovering an old friend. The game is very arcade orientated making it instantly playable with responsive controls, fitting the new controller perfectly.
There are five modes of play on offer: championship, time-trial, practice (free roam), multi-player and stunt mode. Championship mode provides the most fun and challenge following the same pattern as the original with three difficulty settings (normal, expert, hard), with more tracks being unlocked the harder the difficulty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your Typical Racer..... 14 April 2003
For those people who haven't seen the game in action, Wave Race is a racing game where 8 racers, including yourself, take part in a number of racers depending on what difficulty level you are playing on. You need a set amount of points to qualify for the next race and at the end, the racer with the highest number of points wins. Oh, and did I mention that it takes place on water? Yes, water. On watercraft!
Each racer has his/her own design of watercraft with different characterises in a number of different fields including Top Speed, Acceleration, Manoeuvring, Stunt skill and Strength. Each racer requires a different style of racing to be able to win a race. There is a racer for every type of person!
There are quite a few options on the main title screen. There is Championship mode were the main races take place. Free Roam were you can explore the track without any limitations. Time Attack were you race to get the best times. Stunt Mode were you try and score the highest score on a course. Tutorial were you are taught the basics and advanced features of the game. Multi-Player were you can race against up to four of your friend and finally Options.
There are 8 different courses in total. The actual path of each course will change depending on what difficulty you are playing on, this means that different parts of the same course open up and close. A right hand turn on Normal difficulty might be a left turn on Hard and might be bypassed completely on Expert by another turning that wasn't accessible on the Normal or Hard racers. You must start off from the bottom and must race to unlock the difficulty levels and the locked course. The courses are set on wide and sometimes very open stretches of water, the "track" is roughly set out by coloured buoys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best racer on the Cube
This is the first game I got for my Cube, and it's perhaps still my favourite. Obviously I love racing games; if you can't stand them, then this isn't going to win you over. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2004 by "benji-5000"
4.0 out of 5 stars Waverace : Blue Storm
Waverace: Blue storm (WR-BS) was one of the original release titles of the Nintendo Gamecube, so it has been around for quite a while. Read more
Published on 13 May 2003 by eLJay
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst Race/Stunt games Ever
I Loved Waverace 64 on the N64. I played it constantly. I even got got some of the fastest times in the competitions back when it was released. Read more
Published on 11 May 2003 by R. Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Not you typical racer.....
For those people who haven't seen the game in action, Wave Race is a racing game where 8 racers, including yourself, take part in a number of racers depending on what difficulty... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2003 by Mark Gadsby
3.0 out of 5 stars The wave was fast and passed me by!!
Oh the hype! This is a hard game, especially for kids. Having said that, graphically its not bad- but it isn't ground breaking at all. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2002 by Paul Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars A game that requires much patience...
First of all, I'm going to comment on the bad points of this game. Probably the most annoying thing about this title is the opposition on 'Expert Mode' in the Championship. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2002 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better
I bought this game in the hope that it would quash my Super Mario Kart habit until a 'cube version is released but I was wrong. Read more
Published on 15 July 2002 by Willy Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars IT GROWS ON YOU......ONCE YOU'VE MASTERED THE CONTROLS
I got this game during it's first week of release and totally HATED it. The jet-ski was virtually impossible to control,and it was so frustrating that I gave up almost instantly... Read more
Published on 11 July 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated.
I don't understand some of the poor reviews I've seen of this game. Especially the Amazon.co.uk review, it seems the reviewer hasn't read the instruction manual properly at all... Read more
Published on 5 July 2002 by "homicidal_hog"
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE!!!
This game is terrible, I admit the graphics are great, but hey the X-Box has great graphics and the X-box is rubbish too. Read more
Published on 1 July 2002
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