Excitebike: World Rally Wii

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. World Rally is an almost perfect tribute to the original Excitebike, but maybe it's just too old for the modern player. Its quick action and the online multiplayer fits well in the WiiWare context, but it's better enjoyed in short sessions.
  2. Think of World Rally as more a trip down memory lane than an evolution of the series. It may be short ride, but even if just on the strength of its online multiplayer, it's worth at least one lap around the track if you fondly remember the classic.
  3. This is no Trials HD, but it's still great to play as a chummy pass-the-controller game, and nice to have stuck on an SD card for a rainy Sunday afternoon when there are no Columbo re-runs to watch on television. Nostalgic, colourful and modest, this is retro-gaming at its least self-conscious.
  4. Excite Bike for NES really is a perfect game, and it didn't need a remake. But now the remake Excitebike: World Rally is here and while to concept still is entertaining, you might as well get the original which still is more fun to play.
  5. Nintendo Gamer
    60
    While this is enjoyable stuff, more should have been done. [Mar 2010, p.73]
  6. games(TM)
    50
    Maybe they should have just called it "Bike" instead. [Issue#91, p.127]

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 17, 2011
    9
    "Anyone who thinks this game isn't an improvement over the original needs to go back and play it after playing this game to see just how much"Anyone who thinks this game isn't an improvement over the original needs to go back and play it after playing this game to see just how much better this is."

    Had to quote this previous reviewer because this is right on - I went back and played the original after playing Excitebike: World Rally for several hours straight, and WOW: this one ruined the original for me, which I never thought would happen. That's how much better this version is, and how much I love it.

    My *only* complaint is that they removed the ability to deliberately wreck yourself by leaning too far backwards. Yep, that's all I've got. Buy this game, it's uber retro goodness whether you played the original Excitebike or not
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  2. Oct 22, 2010
    7
    Excitebike: World Rally is better than the original, but it is a little boring nowadays. The game only gives a few generic courses to play andExcitebike: World Rally is better than the original, but it is a little boring nowadays. The game only gives a few generic courses to play and they are way too easy. The Wii Remote held on its side works the best to play this game. There is a really cool track created though that is simple and easy to use. One complaint is that for some reason, there is an online mode but no local multiplayer. By the way, the graphics are terrible and unacceptable but the music is okay, if a little repetitive. Excitebike: World Rally is a decent game and should be played by anyone who enjoyed the original. Full Review »
  3. [anonymous]
    Dec 27, 2009
    9
    Anyone who thinks this game isn't an improvement over the original needs to go back and play it after playing this game to see just how Anyone who thinks this game isn't an improvement over the original needs to go back and play it after playing this game to see just how much better this is. The bike get ways more air, you get more way more courses and the ability to save multiple user tracks, and the online play is enormous fun with all the collisions that happen with people trying to take each other out to cool down their bikes. Only complaint is no local multiplayer (perhaps they should have put this on DSiware instead). Full Review »