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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 First Race
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Second Race
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Start Menu
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 (345)
Finally! An interesting racing game that isn't Mario Kart! Nintendo 64 Pixelspeech (949)
The best physics i've ever seen in a video game! Nintendo 64 Matthew Bailey (1140)

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 Nintendo 64 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Mar, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Feb, 1997 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Jun 12, 2007 A- 91
Cubed3 Nintendo 64 Mar 24, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Retroage Nintendo 64 Jan 30, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii U Jan 06, 2016 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Dec 01, 1996 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jun 06, 2004 B+ 83
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 07, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80


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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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