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3D Classics: Excitebike Review

Review; Jul. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
This re-released game is worth its price

At E3, Nintendo announced that it will be bringing several of its classics into the third dimension, thanks to the Nintendo 3DS. The first of these titles is a 3-D take on the NES classic, Excitebike. And while there are more famous faces Nintendo could have chosen to be the first of its 3-D classics, you’ll soon discover this is definitely a worthy selection for this new line of remakes.

3DS Classics: Excitebike Screenshots
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Excitebike's play is fairly simple. The object of the game is to complete the course in the fastest time possible. Along the way, there will be various obstacles you will need to go over or avoid. Use the A button for gas, and the B button is your turbo. But if you hold the B button down for too long, then your bike will overheat, causing you to pull over for a few seconds. It’s a very simple but effective formula, as you have to decide when to use that turbo button at the right time.

Like its NES older brother, this version of Excitebike offers two different play modes and a design feature, which lets you create your own tracks. The only real difference between the A and B modes is that in B mode, you will also have to deal with other bikers on the course, which can get in your way. One good improvement in this version’s design mode is that you can save up to 32 new tracks to visit at any time. Unfortunately, no real online features were added, outside of comparing your fastest times.

Considering this is a direct port of a 26-year-old game, the 3-D effects here are pretty solid. When you turn up the 3-D slider, you’ll see more of your surroundings than ever before. Along with the usual camera flashes and crowd in the background, you also get a glimpse of the upper portion of the stadium and even the sky. Overall, Arika, who developed this version of the game from the ground up, did little as far as high-end 3-D effects goe, but honestly, that’s all that was needed.

In the end, 3D Classics: Excitebike is well worth the download. If you’re reading this before July 7, don't waste any more time, and go get it now -- it’s free to download! After that date, it will cost you around $6, but if you’re a fan of the NES classic, or are looking for a nice time waster on that next vacation, this is definitely worth it.


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