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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (72 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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100 (Dec, 2011)
My only real beef with this game is its lack of a two-player mode, as Excitebike was made for it. Despite this, Excitebike has a distinct charm and significant replay value, unlike the majority of the NES launch titles. This is why Nintendo recently updated Excitebike for the 3DS and why the majority of retro gamers still uphold it as a rightful classic twenty-six years later.
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.
The Video Game Critic (May 14, 2000)
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.
One of the earliest NES games, this is an example of a simple concept lifted to great heights via pushing the NES to its early limits with solid graphics, nice sound design, and a touch of polish.
Retro Game Reviews (May 29, 2015)
Excitebike is a short but challenging game that still plays extremely well today. The gameplay mechanics have real depth that were ahead of their time and the addition of a track designer make this an early classic in the NES library.
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.
Total! (Germany) (Oct, 1994)
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.
Just Games Retro (Sep 01, 2003)
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.
HonestGamers (Apr 20, 2013)
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.
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Aqui estão todas as emoções do Motocross, disputadas em cinco etapas. É necessário chegar no mínimo em terceiro para passar para a prova seguinte.
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.
Power Play (Sep, 1988)
Anfangs recht motivierend, auf Dauer zu wenig Abwechslung.
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.
Tilt (Dec, 1987)
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.