When we consider long-abandoned Nintendo franchises we'd like to see again, there's always a chance - if it's a top 10 - that Wave Race will come up within such lists. Those with fond memories of the Nintendo 64 may reminisce over its entry, even if the Game Boy original passed many by, while its last release was Wave Race: Blue Storm on the GameCube. That was developed by Nintendo Software Technology (NST) and released way back in 2002.
The Unseen64 team, which has covered some ghosts of NST with titles like Metroid Prime: Hunters and the controversial Project H.A.M.M.E.R development, has now revisited a concept that was initiated and pitched by the team to bring out a Wave Race title on the Wii. In the Wii era, particularly, innovation was vital to get projects commissioned, so a small team in the studio worked on an idea for a motion controlled title utilising the Wii Remote. There were even patents filed by Nintendo of America to support the ideas behind the game, which didn't use any button inputs at all and included optional Balance Board usage.
Ultimately the pitch was rejected, and a slightly different approach was taken for the power cruising mini-game in Wii Sports Resort.
It's an interesting look at a project that could have been intriguing to play - check it out below.