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Written by  :  Jeff Koerner (38)
Written on  :  Feb 15, 2003
Platform  :  NES
Rating  :  3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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the $#^$% yellow-car cheats!

The Good

it's challenging, well-made, and there's no nintendo-lag(where too many things on-screen at once slows everything down). if you've never played it before, this is waht the game is like: you race as the red car against blue, green, and yellow. the race is over when someone completes the necessary number of laps, it varies from 2-9, and you only lose a life if you are in last place when that happens. this is no problem if you're in the lead, but if someone is way out ahead of you and they pass, you don't get a chance to catch up. when you pass you are rewarded with a trophy to put in your trophy room. before each track you're informed of the number of laps and the track condition which can be anything from poor, very wet, fair, good, very good, fast, very fast, slippery, or raining. this should give you a general idea of what the track will have in it: puddles that slow you down, clouds making moving puddles, oil slicks that make you spin out and crash if you hit a wall, arrows that give you bursts of speed, or maybe walls that pop up in the middle of the track that you have to avoid. the track shape is displayed in a small map at the bottom of the screen along with each car's location.

the main power-ups are 'Super Sticky Tires' to give you a tighter turning radius, and also 'Turbo Acceleration' and 'Higher Top Speed' which are self-explanatory. you can upgrade each of these 4 times by collecting them while racing. each track also has one letter on it that you can collect to spell out 'NINTENDO' and get a new car to drive. I would recommend NOT collecting them, since the AI is programmed to play much harder every time you get a new car. there are even power-ups that let you shoot bullets ahead of you or else drop bombs behind you and there's plenty of ammo to pick up too. the most powerful item is the roll-cage which makes you unable to crash and allows you to cause other cars to spin out by running into them.

The Bad

sometimes the yellow car gets mad, makes a funny noise, and then speeds up to several times the maximum possible speed. the only way to stop him is to shoot him right away before he starts to lap everyone. it also would have been nice if you could get extra lives, since to this day I've never beaten it.

The Bottom Line

a fun racing game that has more replay value than off-road.