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Excitebots - Online Mode Info & Screenshots

Posted by Darren Calvert

Show off your tricks to gamers all over the world in this exciting racing game.

You lucky North American gamers! It’s only one more week until Excitebots: Trick Racing goes on sale. I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on this bad boy?

In the build up to the Excitebots launch we’ve been sent over some new screenshots from our pals at Nintendo, so you can see for yourselves what the online mode will look like in action.

Six players can race online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in both Excite Race and Poker Race modes. If friends can’t join online, players can exchange ghost data via WiiConnect24™ and challenge their friends to outdo their most daring tricks.

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Check out our gallery below for even more screenshots. You can expect our full review shortly after the games launch, and as soon as we hear any news about a European release date for Excitebots we’ll be sure to let you know. It can be painful waiting for the good stuff sometimes can’t it?

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User Comments (26)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#2

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

If its an improved version of Excite Truck, I'm in! Looks awesome from the trailer and screenshots.

professorlayton

#3

professorlayton said:

From the gameplay videos I've seen, it looks like Mario Kart mixed with Excite Truck. Though that may not be a bad thing, I'm a little skeptical about whether or not it'll work. Looks like I'll find out when I pick up the game next Monday.

James

#5

James said:

Any racing game that features a giant robot ladybird with a hammer gets my money in a heartbeat.

LinktotheFuture

#8

LinktotheFuture said:

I just got ExciteTruck, and it is amazing. I plan to get ExciteBots as soon as it comes out. Now I just need Nintendo to put ExciteBike 64 on the VC.

Adam

#9

Adam said:

Can 2 players from the same console go online? I'm assuming no, but I of course have to ask.

AVahne

#10

AVahne said:

awesome another racing game from nintendo,hopefully its as good as mario kart wii.now to wait for F-Zero Wii

MrPanic

#14

MrPanic said:

I'm not into the bot thing, but this game will probably be the closest thing to F-Zero we'll get on the Wii so I'm really looking forward to this game, especially with the online included.

Objection

#17

Objection said:

@Neomega- I know! But eventually they will make them! It'll just take a while! It took until early 2003 for the GCN IIRC, so maybe later this year or early 2010, we'll see some early titles start that line?

KDR_11k

#18

KDR_11k said:

If only this had regular controls (I hate the motion controls for driving games).....

Steering wheels ARE standard controls for cars.

Sean_Aaron

#20

Sean_Aaron said:

I'm really wanting this game, it just looks off the hook! The addition of exchanging data for "ghost racing" is pretty cool as well.

Why no EU release date Nintendo? We don't seem to have one for Punch Out!! either...

Starwolf_UK

#21

Starwolf_UK said:

@Neomega- I know! But eventually they will make them! It'll just take a while! It took until early 2003 for the GCN IIRC, so maybe later this year or early 2010, we'll see some early titles start that line?
Iwata doesn't like Player's Choice. He sees price drops as punishing to early adaptors (they feel they should wait for price drops). So instead of early adopters getting punished games go out of print and everyone gets punished. Smart move, Iwata :(

Especilly given Excite Truck didn't do too great to start with. I mean I bought my copy for £20 about 1 month after release. Sure I didn't yet have a Wii (and wouldn't for over a year) but I felt it was a good price for the game. Given its near-impossible to find, I made a smart move...

That said Excitebots is $40 so knd of buget in America.

Why no EU release date Nintendo? We don't seem to have one for Punch Out!! either...
Punch Out is May 22nd. For some weird reason they didn't mention it in their Q2 release list but did mention it in a seperate news story.

My guess about Excitebots is we get Another Code, they get Excitebots. It was kind of like that with Excite Truck. Europe got Wii Play while America got Excite Truck.

Rapadash6

#22

Rapadash6 said:

I don't know why but I get a Stunt Race FX vibe from this game. Maybe it's that concepts like this are such a rarity anymore and this really harkens back to a time when wacky ideas were usually the key ingredients to a great game. I've gone from WTF to being really excited for this game, particularly with the uniformly positive hands on impressions I've been reading.

Sean_Aaron

#23

Sean_Aaron said:

Hmmm, Punch Out!! still isn't available for pre-order at GAME; seems a bit odd if it's coming out next month...

WolfRamHeart

#24

WolfRamHeart said:

Wow, this game looks a whole lot cooler than I was expecting! Those pics make it look really awesome! I hope it can deliver; I guess we'll find out soon enough!

Stuffgamer1

#25

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Starwolf_UK: Yeah, I HATE the lack of Player's Choice. It's especially a problem in this age of Wii & DS, where you get newcomers to both the systems and gaming in general who heard about a great game and want a copy, only it was discontinued two years ago and is now EXTREMELY rare (this seems most common with Wario Ware: Smooth Moves and Super Princess Peach for some reason). I'm sick and tired of having to break the bad news to customers. I think Iwata needs to get his head out of his butt and see the immense benefits to the Player's Choice series.

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