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  • Summary: High-speed action. Robotic insect and animal racers. Wii Wheel controls. Bowling, poker, clowns - and sandwiches! Add them all together and you get the wild, nonstop fun of Excitebots: Trick Racing. This game takes the big-air thrills and simple pick-up-and-play controls of Excite Truck andHigh-speed action. Robotic insect and animal racers. Wii Wheel controls. Bowling, poker, clowns - and sandwiches! Add them all together and you get the wild, nonstop fun of Excitebots: Trick Racing. This game takes the big-air thrills and simple pick-up-and-play controls of Excite Truck and ramps up the fun with a constant barrage of funky challenges and mini-games performed at blinding speed. Players shoot goals, throw pies and even play poker in the middle of rowdy races around off-road tracks. Having your vehicles drive, walk or fly around the track quickly is one thing, but it's more important to go around in style. Players earn stars for huge jumps, cool tricks and daring feats at high speed. Six players can race online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in both Excite Race and Poker Race modes. If friends can't join online, players can exchange ghost data via WiiConnect24 and challenge their friends to outdo their most daring tricks. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Excitebots will make you glad you bought that circular piece of plastic known as the Wii Wheel.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JamesS
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    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. Expand
  2. TerryJ
    Apr 22, 2009
    10
    Incredible game, if you enjoyed Excite Truck, there's no doubt whatsoever that you'll absolutely love Excitebots. The game still Incredible game, if you enjoyed Excite Truck, there's no doubt whatsoever that you'll absolutely love Excitebots. The game still contains the fast crazy fun as its predecessor, yet is better in almost every regard. On top of this, online play is seemless and even better then Mario Kart. 10/10. Collapse
  3. JeffW
    May 4, 2009
    9
    Great game! Highly addictive, great online component, "faster" than Mario Kart, but unlike MK Wii - the Wheel is ACTUALLY accurate. Plus Great game! Highly addictive, great online component, "faster" than Mario Kart, but unlike MK Wii - the Wheel is ACTUALLY accurate. Plus it's a "budget" title ($40 US retail). Do yourself & your Wii a favor - get Excitebots.....NOW!!! Expand
  4. QuintS
    May 10, 2009
    9
    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. Expand
  5. MattS
    May 5, 2009
    9
    A worthy successor to Excite Truck - more of the same, plus crazy new features. Still a great racer.
  6. Sep 8, 2012
    5
    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. Expand