Wave Race 64

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 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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Score distribution:
  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: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. P.H.
    Dec 31, 2001
    10
    Very good game.
  2. Feb 19, 2020
    10
    Se trata probablemente del mejor juego de carreras de la N64. Los gráficos son sensacionales, con unos efectos de las olas muy realistas. LaSe trata probablemente del mejor juego de carreras de la N64. Los gráficos son sensacionales, con unos efectos de las olas muy realistas. La jugabilidad es perfecta, con un control que hace sentir las físicas de las motos de agua. Recomiendo fervientemente la versión Shindou edition, que tiene implementada la vibración y le da un punto extra sobre las versiones estándar europea y americana. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    Para mí uno de los juegos legendarios de mi vida. Wave race fue el juego que me enamoró de N64 y por el que la compré de cabeza. Una vez llegóPara mí uno de los juegos legendarios de mi vida. Wave race fue el juego que me enamoró de N64 y por el que la compré de cabeza. Una vez llegó el juego me dejó boquiabierto. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2017
    10
    Well can you say anything bad about Wave Race? I played this game as a child and Its amazing how well its aged. They really dont make gamesWell can you say anything bad about Wave Race? I played this game as a child and Its amazing how well its aged. They really dont make games like this anymore. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2020
    10
    One of the best racing games ever, it was critical to proving how analog controls could enhance the racing and simulation experiences when itOne of the best racing games ever, it was critical to proving how analog controls could enhance the racing and simulation experiences when it came out.
    Easy to play, hard to master, the game is still a blast to play, even today. The water effects were way beyond its time. You could hardly find something that good even a generation after. And finally, Wave Race 64 soundtrack is totally outstanding.
    Basically, this was an amazing game that showed what Nintendo 64 could and other consoles couldn't in terms of graphics when it came out, and it was given in an amazing very Nintendoish approach to a sim racer.
    One of my favorites indeed.
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  6. May 27, 2014
    9
    Graphics: 9.0 Sound: 8.5 Gameplay: 9.5 Fun/Story: 8.5

    Great racing game, with nice graphics (water effects very good), physics and
    Graphics: 9.0 Sound: 8.5 Gameplay: 9.5 Fun/Story: 8.5

    Great racing game, with nice graphics (water effects very good), physics and gameplay. Fine multiplayer.
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  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. Expand

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