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Excitebike 64 (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Excitebike 64 is an update to the original Excitebike, for the NES. The outrageous jumps and precision timing required in the original have been translated into a modern 3D racing game.

There are several game modes to choose from. First, there is a season mode with multiple skill levels. Completing a 5-race season in first place unlocks special tracks and more difficult classes. Second, there is a exhibition mode which allows you and up to 3 other people to choose a single track to race on. Third, there is a time trial mode in which you try to get the best times on the 20 tracks.

Finally, there are multiple special tracks. Some of the special tracks include a point-to-point race through the desert, a hill-climb competition, motocross soccer, and a pixel-perfect conversion of the original Excitebike. Excitebike 64 also includes a track editor for building your own competitions.

Screenshots

Excitebike 64 Nintendo 64 Title Screen
Excitebike 64 Nintendo 64 Crossing a Mountain Stream
Excitebike 64 Nintendo 64 Racing into a Mill
Excitebike 64 Nintendo 64 A big jump on a stadium track

Alternate Titles

  • "エキサイトバイク64" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Game Critics Jun 30, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Jun 30, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania Jun 12, 2001 89 out of 100 89
Nintendo Power Magazine May, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamer's Pulse Jul 14, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Da Gameboyz Jul 07, 2004 8.25 out of 10 82
Gamekult Jun 11, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Super Play Jun, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Nintendojo May 20, 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
HappyPuppy Jun 19, 2000 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Excitebike 64 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

According to programmer Ben Stragnell, the game was originally developed as a realistic motocross racer. Only later, when the direction was changed into a more arcade feeling, Nintendo decided to use the Excitebike license.

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quizzley7 (21211) added Excitebike 64 (Nintendo 64) on Apr 17, 2002