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Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski

aka: Shindou Wave Race 64, Wave Race 64

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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.


  • ウェーブレース64 振動パック対応版 - Japanese spelling

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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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - N64 Game of the Year runner up + Sports Game of the Year + N64 Game of the Year runner-up (Readers' Choice) + Sports Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #68 (Best 100 Games of All Time)

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Chris Martin.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Wii added by gamewarrior.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Guy Chapman, Alaka, Martin Smith, Eric Smith, samsam12, DreinIX, FatherJack.

Game added April 2nd, 2001. Last modified March 29th, 2023.