Excitebike

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Description

Race by yourself against the clock or compete with other motocross riders on 5 tracks full of long straights, large jumps and obstacles to win the Excitebike championship.

Create your own tracks by placing jumps and obstacles of all different sizes and shapes on the track and choosing how many laps each race will have, then race against the clock or other riders to see how your track fares in competition.

Screenshots

Excitebike NES Results
Excitebike NES Fancy obstacles
Excitebike PC-88 Use too much turbo and this happens!
Excitebike PC-88 The arrows reduce the engine's temperature.

Alternate Titles

  • "Excitebike-e" -- e-Reader title
  • "Excite Bike" -- Brazilian title
  • "エキサイトバイク" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Will keep you interested, but is unfortunately outdated NES Matt Neuteboom (941)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land NES 2003 94 out of 100 94
DS-x2 Nintendo 3DS 2011 8.3 out of 10 83
Just Games Retro NES Sep 01, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Sep, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Wiiloveit Nintendo 3DS Sep 07, 2011 23 out of 30 77
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS May 19, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Jun 07, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Cubed3 Nintendo 3DS Jun 22, 2011 5 out of 10 50
Cheat Code Central Game Boy Advance 2004 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

Level editor

In the original Famicom version, it is possible to save level designs through use of the Famicom Data Recorder peripheral, which saves game data to audio cassettes. However, this peripheral was only released in Japan, so non-Japanese players couldn't save their designs, despite the game's manual saying that the save and load functions "have been programmed in for potential product developments." The Virtual Console versions finally allowed all players to save their level designs.

Nintendo 3DS

On June 6th, 2011, an enhanced remake of Excitebike was released as a download on the 3DS. Listed as "3D Classics: Excitebike" it's the first of a series of 3-D enhanced classic games to be released on the Nintendo 3DS's eShop. The game is largely identical to the classic NES Excitebike with the addition of enhanced 3-D graphics designed to update the game to take advantage of the 3DS's strengths. It is notable in that it marked the inaugural launch of the 3DS eShop as a free download the first month of it's release.

Once again, players are able to create their own tracks, but unlike the original NES release, players can now save their homemade tracks--up to 32 total, with the game keeping track of records of each track.

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue 100) - #44 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll

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