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Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski (Wii)

79
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (8 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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90
Official Nintendo Magazine
It's strange playing a game more than a decade old with DS adverts in it, but it doesn't detract from our enjoyment of what is still one of the best racing games on any Nintendo console. Highly recommended.
90
IGN
When you get the core of a game just right, everything else flows naturally. Wave Race 64's technical achievement in water effects was so spot-on that the racing gameplay taking place upon those waves had to be spectacular – and it was. This game was a blast to play back in the earliest days of the N64's life cycle, and it's still just as fun today on the Wii. You'd be well served to invest 1000 Wii Points to download Wave Race 64 – and let's hope sales of this title end up being high enough to catch Nintendo's notice. With the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wiimote and the innovations sure to be introduced by the recently revealed Wii Balance Board, a new-generation update of the franchise would be exciting to see.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Wave Race 64 won't be for everyone. The unique handling is an acquired taste, and the ever-changing waves can frustrate as often as they thrill. For those who click with it, it can be one of the most enjoyable racers ever. For those who don't, it's a short-lived curiosity piece. Personally, I've never been that fond of it, but I can certainly understand the appeal.
80
Nintendo Life
All-in-all, Wave Race must not only be considered a near-certain classic, it holds up astonishingly well even now; most people would opine it betters its more complicated successor. It’s a testament not only to the choices made by the developers, but also shows it can never hurt to have Shigeru Miyamoto on-hand for advice.
58
Mag'64
Obwohl Wave Race 64 inzwischen 13 Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, ist die Mischung aus perfekter Spielbarkeit und toller Technik (im Rahmen der Möglichkeiten des N64) bis auf den direkten Nachfolger immer noch konkurrenzlos. Auch heute noch kann man nur mit der Zunge schnalzen, wenn man in flüssigen, intuitiven Bewegungen über die rauschenden Wellen brettert und Spieldesign, Controller und Spielerhand fließend ineinander übergehen. Dieses Gefühl ist dann schließlich auch locker die 10 Euro wert, die man für den Download ausgeben muss, auch wenn das Rennspielgerüst mit seinem starren Cup-System, den wenigen Rennstrecken, dem mickrigen Mehrspielermodus und anfälligem Bojen-System insgesamt doch in die Jahre gekommen ist. Dieses Spiel wird auch all jenen gefallen, die das Original nicht kennen. Es lohnt sich.