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Despite what the name implies, Wacky Races for NES is not a racing game, and has nothing to do with the other games bearing the same name but the license. In this game, the player takes control of Muttley, the grumbling, but loyal dog from the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon. His master Dastardly sends his on three different missions, each taking place in a different location, which in its turn is divided into smaller levels.

Muttley has to complete those levels in a rather standard platformer fashion, moving from left to right, jumping, overcoming obstacles and fighting various creatures and boss enemies from the cartoon movie. The dog's primary weapon is, unsurprisingly, his own mouth - biting regular enemies will usually lead to their instant death. Muttley can also collect bones scattered across the levels, which will grant him powerful weapons and skills of limited use, such as a bomb, a projectile attack, and the ability to heal.


Wacky Races NES I begin this level on a roof. How prosaic.
Wacky Races NES One of Dastardly's three missions. Can't a poor dog have some peace?
Wacky Races NES Intro (Japanese version)
Wacky Races NES I try to bite the palm tree. Nothing happens.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Chiki Chiki Machine Mō Race" -- Japanese title

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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Jan, 2014 B 75
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jan 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1992 27 out of 40 68
Retro Game Reviews Jun 07, 2017 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60


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Unicorn Lynx (181465) added Wacky Races (NES) on Feb 04, 2008