Wave Race 64

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

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  • Summary: Wave Race 64 is sure to provide some of the most exciting racing you've ever experienced. Feel the pounding and crashing of the waves as you accelerate into straight-aways, whip around the marker buoys and go airborne on the jump ramps. Don't race alone - challenge a friend! Take control inWave Race 64 is sure to provide some of the most exciting racing you've ever experienced. Feel the pounding and crashing of the waves as you accelerate into straight-aways, whip around the marker buoys and go airborne on the jump ramps. Don't race alone - challenge a friend! Take control in three different modes of play - Championship, Time Trials and Stunt Mode. Nine challenging courses set in exotic locales - race conditions change and the wave action responds to the way both you and your opponents race! Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Without question the most unique and satisfying home racing videogame I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This is, as you're no doubt aware, no minuscule feat. To declare that a racer is as good or better than WipeOut XL, Sega Rally, The Need For Speed or Ridge Racer Revolution is usually a fool's practice. However, WR 64 and its incredible water worlds are in a class by itself.
  2. 100
    The constantly evolving waves and progressively harder CPU opponents mean that Wave Race 64 never stops from being challenging.
  3. 97
    Simply put, Wave Race 64 stands shoulder-to-shoulder with "Wipeout XL" and "Sega Rally" in the pantheon as one of the best racers ever...a piece of art.
  4. If you were left dry by Mario 64's lack of replay value, pick this one up and get wet in the realm of replay value, 'cause that is the only thing to explain why I'm playing this game 24-7.
  5. A dark horse of Grand National-winning quality. The stunning graphics, immaculate playability and entirely original handling make for a game like no other. As much as with "Mario 64," Wave Race 64 alone justifies the cost of the N64.
  6. It's awesome to look at, a treat to play and as original a racer as youire ever going to see, and the two-player mode gives the game a totally fresh level of challenge. You'll take to it like a duck to water.
  7. The replay value is where this game really suffers. You can only win the championship so many times before you die of boredom, and going through time trials and stunt mode offer no real thrill. 2-player mode is nice, but is still rather monotonous, going through the same courses time after time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. P.H.
    Dec 31, 2001
    10
    Very good game.
  2. Mar 8, 2012
    10
    One of the bast game of Nintendo 64 , incredible when it was released, magnificent water effects and sound. Better than Wave Race Blue StormOne of the bast game of Nintendo 64 , incredible when it was released, magnificent water effects and sound. Better than Wave Race Blue Storm on the gamecube. Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    10
    Impressive jet-ski simulator of the 90 's. Another one of the fantastic N64 launching games in it's first era, with good sound effects,Impressive jet-ski simulator of the 90 's. Another one of the fantastic N64 launching games in it's first era, with good sound effects, commentaries and music. The physics of the water in this game were not matched in a long time. Expand
  4. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Wave Race 64 is an amazing game. For the time, this was the best water in a game ever! This game still looks great today. The game was fun,Wave Race 64 is an amazing game. For the time, this was the best water in a game ever! This game still looks great today. The game was fun, the tracks were fun, and I loved the stunt mode where you get points just for doing stunts. The commentator got annoying at times, but oh well, the game was amazing! Expand
  5. Uter
    May 23, 2003
    10
    The best watercraft game in existence. better than wave race blue storm, better than splashdown, and of course better than jet x2o.
  6. Jul 24, 2014
    8
    I don't have MUCH to say about this game. It doesn't have history or a huge replay like Mario Kart. But this game is still really good! VeryI don't have MUCH to say about this game. It doesn't have history or a huge replay like Mario Kart. But this game is still really good! Very beautiful graphics for N64, good multiplayer and great physic makes this game one of the best arcade race games of N64. Expand
  7. May 22, 2012
    6
    The graphic was stunning by the moment standards, but that's all. Wave Race is more like a demo than a complete game. Almost no courses orThe graphic was stunning by the moment standards, but that's all. Wave Race is more like a demo than a complete game. Almost no courses or racers. There was only a few tricks. Very short game without much of a relevance. Collapse

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1996
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#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 1996