Not all early Nintendo games were very good. Some got no more than a five.
But there's something different
about Excitebike.... This time, it's actually a good game!
You're a motorcycle racer. What's your objective? You figure that out
yourself if you don't already know, man. You can either race the track
alone, or with some CPU players. Unfortunately, however, this game is
missing a necessary element of racing games: A two player mode (that's a MAJOR
flaw right there!)
First, you decide whether you want Race Game A (No CPU Players)
or Game B (lotsa CPU Players!) or Design (design your own course!)
There's not much else to game.
There is almost no music to speak of, and the music that IS there, sucks.
Otherwise, it's all corny engine revving noises.
Play control is pretty spiff-dandy. I only have a few problems
with it: first off, holding down the "B" button too long causes you to overheat,
therefore stalling you for 5 seconds (I guess it was to give stop people from
constantly accelrating and give the game extra challenge). I find that this is
rather stupid and useless in a game that has no ending anyway. Second, this game doesn't
control as good when you use the NES Advantage Joystick, and it's just kinda
uncomfortable as well.
Ok, now onto how fun it is....Well, what the hell was Nintendo
trying to sell on when they made this game? Racing is rather boring,
there's only 5 tracks, there's no ending....in fact, the one thing I find
fun is..... CRASHING YOUR BIKE!!! There's a great variety of ways to make
the thing hit the wrong part of the course and bounce like ball. CRASH THAT THING!!!
One time when I was playing this game, I said to myself "I know, I'll make
a Spectacular CrashFest!" So I went driving on the ramps, fast as hell,
and did me a Super-Long-Jump Crash. Without the crashing, where would this
game be? The design feature lets you set different obstacles at points
on the course and lets you crash your bike even more.
This one is an NES classic, and if you love hurting yourself for
fun, you'll see why (Note: I don't like hurting myself in real life,
just in this game). Pick this one up, for the crashes,
broken limbs, and little Susie ^_^. The track designer ain't too bad
either. This game is somewhat common,
so you shouldn't have trouble finding it just as long as you have a pawn
shop or used video game store in your area.