Excitebike

NES game, 1984

Genre:
Racing
Year:
1984
Developer:
Nintendo R&D1
Publisher:
Nintendo
Perspective:
Side-view
Theme:
Motorcycle, Tricks / stunts

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In Excitebike, players control a motocross bike and race across various tracks with the goal of reaching the finish line in the shortest time possible. The game features two main modes: Solo racing, where the player races against the clock, and a racing mode against computer-controlled opponents. The tracks in Excitebike are filled with obstacles such as ramps, mud pools, and hurdles, requiring players to carefully control their bike's speed and trajectory to avoid crashes and maintain optimal speed. …read more

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In Excitebike, players control a motocross bike and race across various tracks with the goal of reaching the finish line in the shortest time possible. The game features two main modes: Solo racing, where the player races against the clock, and a racing mode against computer-controlled opponents. The tracks in Excitebike are filled with obstacles such as ramps, mud pools, and hurdles, requiring players to carefully control their bike's speed and trajectory to avoid crashes and maintain optimal speed.

One of the game's most distinctive features is its track editor, a tool that allows players to create custom tracks. This level of customization was groundbreaking at the time, offering players endless replay value and the opportunity to challenge their creativity and strategic thinking. The track editor lets players place various obstacles and jumps, making each custom track a unique racing experience.

Players must manage their bike's temperature, as overheating can cause the bike to temporarily stall. This introduces a strategic element, as players must balance the use of turbo speed with regular cooling periods. Timing jumps and landings is also crucial; successful jumps boost the player's speed, while poorly timed jumps can result in crashes or slowdowns.

Excitebike is remembered as a pioneering title in the racing genre and a classic of the NES era. Its influence can be seen in many subsequent racing games, and its legacy is maintained through various re-releases and appearances in other Nintendo media.

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