"18 years on and the wave physics still mightily impress; capturing the essence of jet skiing is WR64's finest achievement, yet not its sole one. Firstly, eight tracks that are so well-constructed the replay value moves into decade three. Secondly, it's immensely challenging - myself yet to win at expert! If the PAL version hadn't suffered and there'd been 4-player then a ten would've beckoned."
User Reviews (6)
"Awesome wave mechanics? Check! Awesome course design? Check! Awesome difficulty? Check! I remember having an argument with a guy in college about how wave race for GameCube was superior to that lame clone that came out for ps2. Have it on n64 and on wii vc. Looks extra crisp on wii. One of the better single player racers of all time! Word word word!"
"The physics are perfect, the graphics hold up surprisingly well, and the environments are perfectly varied. The only negative aspect of this game is the always irritating announcer, and even he is part of the drive to succeed in the game. I still periodically go back into obsessive Waverace64 phases, because nothing else has captured the magic of that title since the 64 Launch."
"Nintendo wanted to show off how impressive it's new hardware could handle water and waves. But instead of just sticking to a fancy tech demo, it grabbed the Wave Race franchise from it's 2D Game Boy roots and made a fully 3D, extremely fun racing game with the randomness of the sea making sure no two races where ever quite alike. Plus, there's Dolphins!"
"Wave Race 64 was a fantastic launch title for the N64 in 1996. The graphics, wave physics, and racing mechanics were never topped, not even by the Gamecube sequel that ended up just being too difficult for it's own good. The music and track design was stellar and two-player multiplayer matches worked well. This game is fun, I'd love to see it on 3DS!"
"+amazingly tactile wave physics +tracks are well designed and sometimes evolve on different laps +tricks are not too difficult and are satisfying to land -lacks option to turn off incredibly annoying announcer -very few tracks and racers -no reward for doing tricks in racing mode -no 4 player -stunt mode could've benefited from online leaderboards -doesn't include rumble support as in Japan-exclusive Shindou version"
"A good racing game that provides challenge, but not much longevity. The graphics were very impressive for the time and are still adequate today. Though I can't say that I've been jet skiing, the gameplay of Wave Race 64 captures how I'd imagine it would be. A case of quality over quantity. Blue Storm would improve upon Wave Race 64 in almost every aspect."
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