Wave Race 64

Nintendo 64
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 95
  2. Negative: 4 out of 95
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  1. Aug 11, 2018
    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!
  2. Jul 21, 2018
    Great gameplay, cool music, and graphics that have aged better than a lot of early N64 games, Wave Race 64 is a must have for any N64 fanatic.
  3. Nov 16, 2017
    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 games like this anymore.
  4. Jul 25, 2016
    This game is nostalgic and simple and the 3rd best N64 game of 1996. This game is like wii sports it does have it flaws but since it was great and aged well it deserves a 10.
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    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! Very beautiful graphics for N64, good multiplayer and great physic makes this game one of the best arcade race games of N64.
  6. Jun 13, 2014
    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 llegó el juego me dejó boquiabierto.
  7. May 27, 2014
    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.
  8. Mar 10, 2013
    Unbelievable graphics at the time of its release. The water alone was great. It is fun to play but the N64 has better racers.
  9. May 22, 2012
    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 or racers. There was only a few tricks. Very short game without much of a relevance.
  10. Mar 8, 2012
    One 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.
  11. Oct 27, 2011
    Perhaps the best racing game on Nintendo 64; I just wish there were more courses in the game; it's quite difficult to make the racers do stunts; the voiceover can be patronising and what he says can be cheesy and corny
  12. Dec 15, 2010
    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.
  13. Starfire
    Oct 23, 2007
    Another perfect Nintendo release- with all the refreshing fun of racing on waves. The colours, the dolphins, the feeling of speed- all this, plus the possibility of tricks makes this still one of the best racers ever. Like other hallmark N64 titles, it is a 3D sensation as well as a game- and in it's niche the best ever made.
  14. Nitecoder
    Jul 15, 2003
    The best racer I've played. (Better than Wave Race Blue Storm on the gamecube). Lovely music.
  15. Uter
    May 23, 2003
    The best watercraft game in existence. better than wave race blue storm, better than splashdown, and of course better than jet x2o.
  16. [Anonymous]
    Aug 13, 2002
    The music rocks. Great game all around.
  17. P.H.
    Dec 31, 2001
    Very good game.
  18. Oct 27, 2011
    Perhaps the best racing game on Nintendo 64; I just wish there were more courses in the game; it's quite difficult to make the racers do stunts; the voiceover can be patronising and what he says can be cheesy and corny

Awards & Rankings

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

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.