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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.


Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The First Race
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 First Place!
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Start Menu
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Nintendo 64 The Second Race

Promo Images

Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Other
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Screenshot
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Magazine Advertisement
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Wave Race 64" -- European title
  • "Shindou Wave Race 64" -- Rumble Pack version
  • "ウェーブレース64 振動パック対応版" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Does This Sequel To The 1992 Gameboy Title Hold Water? Wii So Hai (371)
Finally! An interesting racing game that isn't Mario Kart! Nintendo 64 Asinine (1006)
The best physics i've ever seen in a video game! Nintendo 64 Matthew Bailey (1274)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Nintendo 64 Sep 19, 2004 96 out of 100 96
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Mar, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
64 Extreme Nintendo 64 Jul, 1997 94 out of 100 94
Officiel Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 64 Oct, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Video Games Nintendo 64 Jan, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Nintendojo Nintendo 64 May 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Nintendo 64 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Edge Nintendo 64 Dec, 1996 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Dec 01, 1996 8.6 out of 10 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nintendo 64 Dec, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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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.