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Excitebike

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Nintendo 3DS
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2.8

User Reviews

Will keep you interested, but is unfortunately outdated NES Matt Neuteboom (941)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 2 2.5
Game Boy Advance 10 3.5
NES 65 3.5
Nintendo 3DS 1 2.8
PC-88 Awaiting 1 votes...
Sharp X1 Awaiting 1 votes...
Wii 1 0.0
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 79 3.5


The Press Says

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94
NESNintendo Land
Have you never played excite bike? Where were you all this time? This is undoubtedly the best motorcross game for the NES. Maybe all console systems. This game had a track edit feature so the fun never stops! I've been playing this game for 10 years and it just does'nt stop being fun. This game is way ahead of it's time. The graphics, playability, track edit, and Game modes are awesome. If you havent played this game yet you are missing out bigtime.
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NESThe Video Game Critic
Excitebike's graphics and sound won't win it any awards, but its tight control and addictive gameplay are hard to resist. The side-scrolling tracks feature hills, obstacles, mud, and ramps. Crisp control allows you to accelerate, turbo, and adjust the angle of your motorbike in the air (which affects your distance and landing). You can either race against other motorbikes or go solo. Racing against other bikers is more exciting, but it's also harder because touching another racer can knock you off your bike. There's no score here - the goal is to achieve the best time so you can advance to the next track. There are only five tracks included, but you also have the option to construct your own! That's right, there's a track editor that even lets you save your work! Excitebike is a quality game, and the only thing missing is a split-screen, two-player mode. This addictive motorcross game was recently "updated" for the Nintendo 64.
83
Nintendo 3DSDS-x2
Excite Bike is still a simple entertaining game which is initially free, from the eShop, to launch the 3D Classic series. It does slightly improve on the original title adding enhancements only modern day technology can offer.
83
Nintendo 3DSThe A.V. Club
There are five courses, including a qualifying course to acclimate you to the vagaries of speed management and bike positioning. Two modes allow for either solo races or competition with AI riders. Excitebike also beat Mod Nation Racers to the racecourse-creation mode by a quarter of a century, and in this refresh, you can save up to 32 tracks. The 3-D is interesting, giving the pixel graphics a diorama-like veneer, but it isn’t exactly a wild improvement. Nintendo is already touting how cheap and easy it is to convert games in this style, but it’d be nice if they souped up these 3-D classics with a few more features…
82
Nintendo 3DSOMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network
In the end, 3D Classics: Excitebike is well worth the download. If you’re reading this before July 7, don't waste any more time, and go get it now -- it’s free to download! After that date, it will cost you around $6, but if you’re a fan of the NES classic, or are looking for a nice time waster on that next vacation, this is definitely worth it.
80
NESComputer and Video Games (CVG)
There's not much skill involved in clocking up a good timing on the two Mattel tracks, but there's always the addiction or constantly trying to be number one.
80
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
There may be better bike games out there now, but Excitebike's instantly appealing mini motocross mayhem still works beautifully today.
80
NESTotal! (Germany)
1984, als die Super Mario Bros ihren Siegeszug noch nicht angetreten hatten, schuf Miyamoto-San ein Motorrad-Hindernisrennen auf dem noch recht neuen NES. Zwischen fünf verschiedenen Strecken kann der Zweiradfan wählen, in denen ihm allerlei Hindernisse, Rampen und Sprungschanzen im Weg herumstehen. Spielerisch weist das Game erstaunliche Feinheiten auf.
80
Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US)
Tons of people used to play this game in the arcade. It was cool then, and this version is the same, only smaller and with a track designer.
80
NESJust Games Retro
Ask a classic gamer about Excitebike, and you'll probably get a handful of fond memories. And why not? It was a launch title for the U.S. release, and the NES had some memorable launch titles (Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, and Tennis to name a few) that continued to remain great games, instead of being lost in the flood of newer releases. Another fine example of how simplicity can win over flashy graphics and majillion dollar production budgets, Excitebike remains just as fun today as it did when it was released.
77
Nintendo 3DSWiiloveit
As a nice showcase of the potential these remakes offer, 3D Classics: Excitebike is a game you should feel comfortable downloading. In short, it's a fun handheld experience made better by the visual touches Nintendo has implemented. Consider this remake worth trying out.
70
WiiMag'64
Excitebike ist und war schon immer ein Schmankerl. Heutzutage vermag es durch seinen doch recht geringen Umfang und den, da mittlerweile schon überholten, Leveleditor nicht mehr den Spieler längerfristig an die Konsole zu fesseln. Doch wer sich diesen Titel lädt, kann in einer müßigen Viertelstunde gerne zur Wii-Remote greifen und schnell ein, zwei kurze Rennen fahren. Obgleich es viele andere, wesentlich umfangreichere Rennspiele gibt, versprüht Excitebike doch einen ganz eigenen Charme, es hat dieses gewisse "je ne sais quoi", das einen immer wieder zu ihm zurückkehren lässt. Definitiv ein Titel, den man sich, zumal für nur 500 Punkte, nicht entgehen lassen sollte, selbst wenn man kein Fan von Rennspielen ist.
70
Nintendo 3DSMag'64
"Excitebike" ist und war schon immer ein Schmankerl. Und dank des vorsichtigen und sehr sinnvoll und stimmigen 3D-Facelifts hat man wieder einmal mehr den Grund sich das Spiel zu laden. Natürlich bleiben auch weiterhin der Sound und die Farbgestaltung potenzielle Augen- und Ohrenkrebskandidaten, doch sollte jedermann klar sein, dass es sich hier eben "nur" um einen überholten Genre-Opa handelt, der zwar seine Macken hat, doch dank seines alten Charmes auch heute noch dieses gewisse "je ne sais quoi" hat. Obgleich es viele andere, wesentlich umfangreichere Rennspiele gibt, lädt es stets zu einer kurzen Runde ein, oder man darf sich mit dem optimierten Leveleditor austoben. Definitiv ein Titel, den man sich, zumal er noch einen ganzen Monat lang kostenlos zur Verfügung steht, nicht entgehen lassen sollte - selbst wenn man kein Fan von Rennspielen ist.
70
Nintendo 3DSEurogamer.net (UK)
Right now, though, Excitebike represents a pleasing - if not essential - example of how Nintendo is planning to overhaul some of its true retro treasures.
70
WiiNintendo Life
Here is a good example of a game which doesn’t need flashy graphics or sound to be fun. The controls work like a dream and popping wheelies over hills still makes us feel like Evel Knievel even though the game is now over 20 years old!
70
Nintendo 3DSNintendo Life
But aside from the lack of 3DS-specific features, Excitebike's charming aesthetics and deceitfully strategic gameplay have only gotten better with age. With the 3DS's impressive horsepower, we're going to see more and more handheld titles trying to provide console experiences, but with Excitebike 3D, Nintendo assures us that the eShop will be a place where gamers can find the sort of fun, pick-up-and-play experiences that made handheld gaming such a success in the first place.
70
Nintendo 3DSGame Freaks 365
Nintendo’s 3D Classic line of games for the 3DS has promise. Excitebike has proven that. It is a good thing that they include it as a free download, since I really do not see paying $6 for it. If Nintendo is going to stay competitive with online downloads, they need to consider reducing their prices to something similar to the App Store. However, as a free game, there is enough here to make it worth at least a couple hours of play.
64
WiiGameSpot
Many people have fond memories of Excitebike, since it was one of the original launch games for Nintendo's NES console back in 1985. Now that the game is available for the Wii's Virtual Console, it's nice to see that it's still charming and fun to play, even if the intervening years haven't been kind to the graphics and audio.
60
NESHonestGamers
Excitebike is a fun classic to count as part of your NES library, and a good game to break out on occasion for nostalgia's sake. If you want a superior experience built around the same core mechanics, though, you're better off with something a little bit newer.
60
Nintendo 3DSPocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Jouer à Excitebike en 2011 est finalement toujours plaisant, preuve que les bons concepts peuvent se révéler toujours amusants plusieurs dizaines d’années plus tard. Néanmoins, l’addition de six euros est particulièrement salée pour un vieux jeu rentabilisé de longue date pour Nintendo, surtout comparé à ce que l’on trouve actuellement sur smartphones. Et les efforts fournis pour le passage à la 3D en relief ne justifient pas le tarif demandé.
60
WiiEurogamer.de
Als tollkühner Motorrad-Pilot stellt Ihr Euch zunächst immer der Challenge, bevor Ihr nach Erst-, Zweit- oder Drittplatzierung die Zeitvorgaben des folgenden Rennens schlagen müsst, um weiter zu kommen. Die größte Herausforderung ist es zum einen, den Motor nicht zu überhitzen und zum anderen, die Neigung des Feuerstuhls in der Luft so zu justieren, dass sich Euer Strichmännchen bei der Landung nicht den Hals verdreht. Ein klasse Geschicklichkeitstest für Zwischendurch.
60
NESVideoGame
Aqui estão todas as emoções do Motocross, disputadas em cinco etapas. É necessário chegar no mínimo em terceiro para passar para a prova seguinte.
58
NESGénération 4
C'est un jeu rapide qui, comme beaucoup sur nintendo, nécessite de bons réflexes. On peut aussi construire ses propres tableaux avec l'option DESIGN. En définitive, un jeu moyen qui procure quelques moments de plaisir.
54
NESPower Play
Anfangs recht motivierend, auf Dauer zu wenig Abwechslung.
52
NESThe Games Machine (UK)
Racing games have been around in many shapes and guises for several years, and although this is very playable, it tires steadily as you play. Being so easy to play and master, it may appeal more to younger people, but we doubt whether there is much lasting appeal for hardened arcade or racing fans.
50
Nintendo 3DSCubed3
3D Classics: Excitebike may be vaguely fun in very short play sessions, but with the advances in technology and a superior WiiWare version available, it simply feels dated. The 3D visuals are fantastic and the added save functionality is an improvement, but those alone are not enough to keep every player hooked.
40
NESTilt
Bref, le secret n'est pas difficile et l'on se détourne rapidement de ce jeu trop simple, voire trop simpliste. Cela est d'ailleurs renforcé par une bien médiocre qualité.
40
Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com
Véritablement sympathique dans son principe et rapidement addictif, Excitebike aurait aisément pu acquérir des lettres de noblesse, si seulement il n'était pas autant restrictif dans ce qu'il propose. La lassitude vient en effet rapidement frapper à votre porte et s'ajoute à la qualité graphique correcte, mais soumise à une mauvaise utilisation des couleurs. Nintendo a encore fait les choses en grand, en omettant volontairement d'implémenter un système de sauvegarde convenable pour l'éditeur de pistes, un des seuls points clairement intéressant du titre. Dommage. Je vous conseille tout de même de l'essayer.
40
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central
I found the gameplay to a lot of fun but not for any extended period. Not even a multi-player mode would get this game a recommendation. If you could try it out at Blockbuster you probably wouldn't even rent it because it's all too obvious the fun is finite - just like this review.