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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.


Excitebike Game Boy Advance Landing
Excitebike Sharp X1 Title screen
Excitebike PC-88 Title screen.
Excitebike PC-88 Wicked air!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Excitebike-e" -- e-Reader title
  • "Excite Bike" -- Brazilian title
  • "3D Classics Excitebike" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "エキサイトバイク" -- Japanese spelling

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Will keep you interested, but is unfortunately outdated NES Matt Neuteboom (941)

Critic Reviews NES Dec, 2011 A 100
Nintendo Land NES 2003 94 out of 100 94
Total! (Germany) NES Oct, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Family Friendly Gaming Nintendo 3DS Oct 01, 2011 73 out of 100 73 (UK) Nintendo 3DS Jun 13, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Life Nintendo 3DS Jun 07, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Game Freaks 365 Nintendo 3DS Jun 15, 2011 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play NES Sep, 1988 54 out of 100 54 Game Boy Advance Jul 15, 2004 8 out of 20 40


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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.


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

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