You might find it strange that it would take me this long to post a review for a game that has been out for some 10-15 years, in addition to it being one of the most popular for the N64. Well, believe it or not, I didn’t own this game until a year or two ago, and I just got around to it. So get off my back!!
Just kidding. Anyways, I just finished the delightful WaveRace 64. As you may have surmised, it’s a jet-ski racing game for the Nintendo 64. It also sold nearly 3 million copies worldwide, so it was a pretty big hit.
In any case, the game is a simple, yet fun racing game. You pick a vehicle (the character stays with each vehicle, so you don’t pick both), and then you race it. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there’s more to it than that. Scattered around the track are buoys labeled L or R, which means you have to pass by the Left or Right side of them. Every time you do this correctly, your power meter goes up one notch. Once it’s full, it stays full until you pass on the wrong side of a buoy.
The game has 10 tracks, including one practice track, which may seem a little short, especially when you compare it to other N64 racing games (Mariokart [16 tracks] and F-Zero [24 tracks plus the randomly generated X cup]). I now understand why one of the creators of Wii Sports Resort said that the wave runner portion of that game would be deeper than WaveRace 64. But don’t let that get you down. It’s a really fun game with plenty to do. The locales range from your standard beach side harbor to a swamp to, yes, the arctic. Yeah, buddy!
We all know that one of the issues with many N64 games is that they don’t look very good by today’s standards. But WaveRace still looks quite nice. The water effects are surprisingly good for the system, and I never experienced any graphical slowdown. As for sound, there is an announcer that isn’t too terribly annoying (which is important to me, although you can turn it off anyway), and the music is quite good.
All in all, it’s a fun little game. Sure, it may not keep you playing for weeks and weeks, but it’s quite good, especially with multiplayer.
- Fairly easy to learn
- Looks good for an N64 game
- It’s fun!
- Too short
This game has earned a blatantly biased: