Nintendo Nostalgia: Excitebike

ExciteBike

ExciteBike was one of the Nintendo consoles most beloved games, and a favorite of mine too. I killed many hours with this bad boy, and for good reason….it was full of great features!  Racing on a motorcycle! Design your own tracks! Put 100 jumps in a row! This was one awesome game for those three reasons, and why it’s so fondly remembered. That and the fact that you could wreck others by coming down the track with your rear wheel in their front wheel and watch them tumble over and over down the track. With the possibility of using any combination of 19 different obstacles to design your track with, it had great replay value just in designing new courses to race.

I was introduced to this game at my cousin’s house shortly after I got my Nintendo. I was instantly hooked and we spent several hours that night playing it.  I never actually owned the game, but several of my friends did, and a copy of it was at my house more often than not through the magic of swapping games with a friend for a period of time. This game still holds its own in the “fun factor” today against such newer and more complicated games.

I could spend more time playing this title than I could modern titles today.  Just designing courses loaded with obstacles and then racing against friends provided endless fun for us.  Many a Saturday afternoon was spent on a virtual dirt bike in my house, and I’m feeling pretty nostalgic for it right now.

  • Ah, I wish that things had lined up right to mention this, but they made a great download-only sequel to this on the Wii called Excitebike: World Rally. Same gameplay style, but with updated graphics and more backdrops based on different countries. It even had the level editor, and you could share yours online.

    Unfortunately, Nintendo closed the Wii Shop Channel, and has yet to re-release it on anything else. If you find the opportunity to play it, I recommend giving it a look.