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A classic example of graphics over gameplay, so don't be fooled by the slick appearance - there's very little game beneath the glossy paint job.
Cruis'n USA was a poor game when it was first released for the Nintendo 64 over a decade ago, and it's still a poor game today. Though nostalgic memories might make our minds recall a more compelling title, this racer is simply shallow, too straightforward and technically flawed to be truly worth an investment of 1000 Wii Points. That said, though, spending 10 bucks on a download of this version of Cruis'n is likely a more wise decision than spending 30 on the recent physical disc abomination that Midway pushed onto store shelves a few months ago. Stay away from that one at all costs.
We can understand why Cruis’n USA has made its way to the Virtual Console; despite the generally poor quality of the game it still manages to retain a sense of respect and is a widely recognized brand (hence the recent, and equally lamentable, Wii update). Nevertheless, we strongly recommend against downloading it.
Cruis’n USA is actually an arcade conversion, and you know you’ve got problems when the original coin-op was pretty dire to begin with. The N64 port is even worse, with muddy, ill-defined visuals and an unforgivable jerky frame-rate. Ok, so this is an early N64 release and you might be inclined to cut it a bit of slack, but put next to the likes of Wave Race or Pilotwings – two other games released at roughly the same time – and the deficiencies of Cruis’n USA become all too apparent.