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Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski

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Description

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.

Screenshots

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

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

Does This Sequel To The 1992 Gameboy Title Hold Water? Wii So Hai (338)
Finally! An interesting racing game that isn't Mario Kart! Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (955)
The best physics i've ever seen in a video game! Nintendo 64 Matthew Bailey (1143)

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly Nintendo 64 Nov 29, 1996 A 100
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Aug, 1997 95 out of 100 95
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 Jun 09, 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Mar, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Jun 12, 2007 A- 91
Nintendo Difference Nintendo 64 May 02, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Retroage Nintendo 64 Jan 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Jan 10, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Le Geek Nintendo 64 Jan, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Mag'64 Wii Nov 10, 2010 5.75 out of 10 58

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Trivia

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.

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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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