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Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski (Nintendo 64)

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Wave Race 64 is a jet-ski racing game. The goal is to beat the other participants in the race by successfully navigating the jet-ski through courses marked by colored buoys. Red and yellow buoys must be passed on right and left side, respectively, in order to gain speed and ensure advantage in the race. Failure to pass the buoys, on the other hand, leads to decrease in speed and eventually disqualification.

Game modes include Warm Up (basically a training session in a course known as Dolphin Park); Time Trials, in which players race against time; Championship, in which players compete in a tournament, choosing one of the four available difficulty levels; and Stunt Mode, where performing various stunts awards players with point. A two-player split-screen versus mode is available as well. Players can customize their racers, modifying their parameters, which include grip, handling, acceleration, top speed and collision stability.


Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Start Menu
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 First Place!
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Second Race
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The First Race

Alternate Titles

  • "Wave Race 64" -- European title
  • "Shindou Wave Race 64" -- Rumble Pack version
  • "ウェーブレース64 振動パック対応版" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Finally! An interesting racing game that isn't Mario Kart! Pixelspeech (955) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The best physics i've ever seen in a video game! Matthew Bailey (1140) unrated

Critic Reviews

IGN Nov 15, 1996 9.7 out of 10 97
Gaming Age Sep 19, 2004 96 out of 100 96
Total! (Germany) Mar, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
Nintendojo Jun 09, 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic Jun 12, 2007 A- 91
Nintendo Difference May 02, 2010 18 out of 20 90
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Retroage Jan 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Edge Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 B+ 83


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1001 Video Games

The N64 version of Wave Race 64 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


In the Virtual Console release, Nintendo has slipped in advertisements for the Wii and Nintendo DS along the racing wall sidelines to replace the Kawasaki ads. This is due to the Kawasaki license no longer existing for the game.

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Chris Martin (1094) added Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski (Nintendo 64) on Mar 29, 2001
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