Excitebike

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North American box art.

Excitebike is a side-scrolling dirt bike racing game made by Nintendo and released for the NES in 1984, then ported to a several other platforms. A 2-player version was made for the Famicom Disk System which included the ability to save your custom tracks and times.

I think the very first time I played it was at my babysitters in Pontiac (around 1985). I didn't own this game growing up, but several of my friends had the game, and I always enjoyed playing it. What interested me most was the ability to create your own tracks, though I always wished there was a way to save them.

Status

I own this game for the NES, and have come in first place on each track in Mode A.

Review

  • Overall: 4/10
  • Best Version: Vs. Excitebike for Famicom Disk System

Good

  • For awhile at least, the game is a lot of fun.
  • The Vs. version for the FDS basically makes the game complete. It allows two player competitive split screen, lets you to save your tracks, and logs your best times.
  • Requiring the player to not only keep their bike oriented properly, but also manage heat, was a good way to make the game more involved.
  • I like how the game changes the palette for each new track.

Bad

  • The graphics and music are pretty dull.

Ugly

  • The game is too short. Five stages isn't nearly enough to keep players occupied.
  • The non-working save and load options that were left in the game were such a tease. The developers should removed them before releasing the game.

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