- Number of Players
- Release Date
- 29th Apr 1997
- 27th Sep 1996
- 1st Nov 1996
Wii (Wii Shop)
- 6th Aug 2007, 1,000 points
- 17th Aug 2007, 1,000 points
- 31st Jul 2007, 1,000 points
Wii U eShop
- 31st Dec 2015, £8.99
- 11th Aug 2016, $9.99
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (Subscription)
- 19th Aug 2022
- Controller Support
This review originally went live in 2016, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the game's arrival on Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. Wave Race was not a well-known series prior to its arrival on the Nintendo 64. Actually, it wasn't a series at all, but rather a single release: a top-down racer on...
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Making a splash
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Wave Race 64 makes a splash
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Sign 'em up, Nintendo
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See for yourself
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Originally a launch game for Nintendo 64, Wave Race 64 immediately blew the competition out of the water with its impressive 3D graphics and gameplay that was anything but shallow!
In Championship Mode, race around nine challenging courses, from the tranquillity of Sunny Beach to the stormy surf of Marine Fortress, each packed with obstacles to avoid and ramps to launch into crowd-pleasing stunts.
Play against a pal in Vs. mode, choose Time Trials Mode to shave off seconds from your laps, or opt for Stunt Mode to practise your handstands, backflips and barrel rolls! And if you're really good, you might even catch a ride on a dolphin!