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Mickey's Speedway USA (Nintendo 64)

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The Weasels have kidnapped Pluto while he was wearing his diamond collar! All that was left of him was a ransom note showing the Weasels driving him away in a van. Mickey rounds up all of his friends (and even Pete wants to get in on the action!), and Professor Von Drake soups up their race cars so that they can catch up with the Weasels as they go on a cross-country tour of the United States. The Weasels have also stolen four parts of the Professor's top-secret racer, and hidden them in four of the tracks. Once players find all these pieces, they can catch up with the Weasels in the final showdown.

Mickey's Speedway USA is a kart racer from Rare based on the Diddy Kong Racing game engine. Players compete in circuits of four races, grand prix style, and the player with the most points at the end of all four races wins the gold trophy. There are six initial racers, but only three sets of stats shared between them. Minnie and Daisy are lightweight and good for beginners, Mickey and Donald are both all-around characters, while Pete and Goofy are the slow but fast heavyweights.

The game has an assortment of pickups - there's the Carbo Spritzer, a soda-powered turbo; the Paint Splotcher, which launches a slippery blob of paint onto the track; the Baseball Chucker, which launches an explosive baseball onto the track; and the Magno Flyer, which sends a remote control plane to seek the nearest opponent, to name a few. There are also 'Oomph Tokens' scattered on the track - the first ten of these tokens increase your racer's maximum speed a little.

As well as the main game, Mickey's Speedway USA also features a Time Trial mode (where you race against the clock), a Practice mode (where you can drive all around a farmyard course to practice your skills), and Contest mode (which functions like the famous Battle Mode in Mario Kart 64 - players must pop their opponents' three balloons before they lose all of their own). The game is also Transfer Pak compatible with the Game Boy Color version of Mickey's Speedway USA.

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Mickey's Speedway USA  Nintendo 64 Vegas also has you driving out in the desert
Mickey's Speedway USA  Nintendo 64 Pete goes for a practice run on the beach
Mickey's Speedway USA  Nintendo 64 Los Angeles is a very short eight-shaped track
Mickey's Speedway USA  Nintendo 64 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "ミッキーのレーシングチャレンジUSA" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Mickey no Racing Challenge USA" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Nov, 2000 1.75 out of 6 85
HappyPuppy Nov 28, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Mag'64 Dec 08, 2000 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Nov 15, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Super Play Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
IGN Nov 10, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
Nintendo Life Oct 04, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult Dec 06, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 5.8 out of 10 58
Game Revolution Feb 02, 2001 C 50

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Ben K (23017) added Mickey's Speedway USA (Nintendo 64) on Jul 11, 2006