Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. 83
    Even though it won't wow you with its inventiveness, ExciteBots succeeds on the st[r]ength of its fun racing that keeps challenging you to one more go without ever getting frustrating.
  2. It's enjoyable, fast, challenging, and delightfully absurd. It's not a perfect game by any stretch, but it's definitely worthy of a place in any racing fan's library.
  3. Excitebots: Trick Racing is a fun and exciting racing game that provides quite an enjoyable experience with some added mini games and crazy stunts thrown into the mix.
  4. Just a hair less satisfying than the best of racing games, but compensates well for its shortcomings with nearly endless amounts of peculiar, one-of-a-kind tricks.
  5. Edge Magazine
    It's the Excitebots themselves that disappoint most, so drearily conceived that they make the predecessor's humble trucks look like flaming DeLoreans. [July 2009, p.100]
  6. ExciteBots is a genuine and funny game, absolutely fresh and unusual in its nature of half racing game and half hardcore party game. The choice of Nintendo of not supporting such a particular product makes Nintendo itself double guilty, thinking about the sad destiny of ths great game. Lovers of arcade can't appreciate something special, because of marketing strategies and missing logic. Nintendo of Europe, let us hear your voice!
  7. Excitebots succeeds where Excite Truck didn’t. Monster Games didn’t just add features, it improved the whole formula.
  8. For cheap thrills, ExciteBots gets the job done. The transforming creepy crawly machines are so much fun to watch in action that it seems unfair to judge this game too harshly. Unfortunately, it’s also hard not to feel that with a bit more time and care, the core idea could have been expanded into a brilliant kart-style racer.
  9. It may lack the features in other racing games, but Excitebots will keep your hands glued to the remote.
  10. If you are a fan of Excitetruck for the Nintendo Wii then this is a no brainer must buy for you and if you are unfamiliar with the Excite series, this is simply the best off road arcade action racing game out there, including those on the other two consoles. If you own a Wii, then you should own this.
  11. 70
    It tries everything, and is maybe a bit too crazy for its own good, but it's definitely unforgettable. Your mileage will vary in accordance with your sanity.
  12. Excitebots: Trick Racing may not be the most innovative racing game ever made, but it’s zany, fun, and something I would go back to.
  13. games(TM)
    It manages to make the act of perseverance a relentlessly fun experience at all times. Yet for all its hardcore credentials, it also remains an instantly accessible racer as fun for non-gamers as it is for the elite. [July 2009, p.127]
  14. In so many ways, this feels like a return to the simple, all-ages fun that the older Mario Kart games offered. It’s totally satisfying, challenging (though never frustrating) and completely ridiculous in the best way.
  15. Excitebots takes speedy racing and injects it with crazy stunts and wacky minigames. The result is riotously fun.
  16. Excitebots is a step up from its four-wheeled cousin and possibly just bizarre enough to hold your attention for far longer.
  17. It's a little light on features, but it delivers where it really counts. The racing is fast and with enough peripheral elements to keep it interesting, and its crazier side makes it unique.
  18. Excitebots will make you glad you bought that circular piece of plastic known as the Wii Wheel.
  19. Excitebots is intense and wacky racing rolled into one. The game throws conventional wisdom out the window and just focuses on the player having a good time. It’s easily of the best racing games I’ve played and it’s sure to put a smile on anyone who’s fortunate enough to pick it up.
  20. As time passes, it gets harder and harder to find games that can actually offer a surprise, so I found the ways in which Excitebots managed to catch me off-guard to be quite pleasing. Even amongst its arcade-style ilk, Excitebots isn't a very nuanced racing game, but it's loud, ridiculous, and crazy enough to be plenty of fun anyway.
  21. Wii owners waiting for the next big game will not find it in Excitebots: Trick Racing. It suffers from some over-responsive controls and lacks the depth of contemporaries like Mario Kart Wii.
  22. 84
    Excitebots Trick Racing is a great racing experience that I sincerely hope gets more attention and recognition than Excite Trucks ever did. Monster Games' previous effort was fantastic, but this unofficial sequel is better in just about every regard.
  23. Despite all the effort to seem wacky and surreal this is an oddly un-engaging follow-up to Excite Truck.
  24. Nintendo Gamer
    There's certainly lots of it, just not that much to it. [July 2009, p.68]
  25. One of the most enjoyable Nintendo Wii titles to date and a game that's almost impossible to put down once you begin playing it. It may not feature the depth of Gran Turismo or Forza, but its a damn sight more entertaining.
  26. Nintendo Power
    The game's motion controls work great with either the Wii Remote or the Wii Wheel, and are a little more forgiving than in Excite Truck. [May 2009, p.87]
  27. Excitebots has a few dinks and scratches on its surface, especially in the sound department, which is screaming for SD Card soundtrack support. But none of this outer wear-and-tear messes with the overall ride.
  28. A fantastic game. While it hasn't perfected what Excite Truck started, it offers a fresh experience that is unlike anything before. Even fans of Excite Truck will be thrown for a loop when they take on the virtual high-speed obstacle course that is Excitebots.
  29. Excitebots won't appeal to anyone wanting a realistic driving simulation, but pretty much anyone else ought to be able to appreciate its refreshing take on the genre: the slick controls, the sense of speed, the microgames...everything adds up to a game that is simply addicting and a blast to play, both online and offline, and enough content to keep you coming back for more.

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#75 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    Excite Truck for the Wii was one of the first racing games for the system and showed players that driving using motion controls can be easy.Excite Truck for the Wii was one of the first racing games for the system and showed players that driving using motion controls can be easy. Excite Truck wasn't without it's flaws, but it was fun to play. ExciteBots seem to have took a look in itself and decided to really push the 'excite' and tricks from Excite Truck. What happens comes a game which plays like the Excite Truck.. but looks and feels like a cartoon episode of Excite Truck. The game can be very fun, especially if you're hitting all the tricks and getting high scores, but if you're not then the repeated red bars and jarring sport challenges and items will disrupt the game play. Several tracks return in an almost copy and paste fashion with a few new 'required' tricks to pull off. Overall, Excitebots just feels like a step backwards. Full Review »
  2. JamesS
    Jun 17, 2009
    Super fun. Surprisingly deep. The only things it is missing are common shortcomings on Wii games: no voice chat in multiplayer, no global Super fun. Surprisingly deep. The only things it is missing are common shortcomings on Wii games: no voice chat in multiplayer, no global leaderboards, no community support from the publisher, etc. Full Review »
  3. QuintS
    May 10, 2009
    Pretty good, still think Mario Kart has more replay with the online... but a SOLID second game to turn to for fast, over the top racing.... Pretty good, still think Mario Kart has more replay with the online... but a SOLID second game to turn to for fast, over the top racing.... good online too. Full Review »