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Excitebike
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Release date(s) NES version
JPN November 30, 1984
NA October 18, 1985
EU September 6, 1986
FDS version
JPN December 9, 1988
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Famicom/NES, Virtual Console.
Media 192-kilobit cartridge
Excitebike for the Nintendo Family Computer.
Excitebike for the Nintendo Family Computer.

Excitebike (エキサイトバイク Ekisaitobaiku?) is a motocross racing video game franchise made by Nintendo. It first debuted as a game for the Famicom in Japan in 1984 for a price of 5000 yen. It is the first game of the Excite series, succeded by its sequels Excitebike 64 and Excite Truck. Image File history File links Excitebike_cover. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Shigeru Miyamoto , born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese electronic game designer. ... Anthem: Kimi Ga Yo  (君が代) Imperial Reign Capital Tokyo Most populous conurbation Tokyo1 Japanese Government Constitutional monarchy  - Emperor HIM Emperor Akihito  - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (LDP) Formation    - National Foundation Day Feb 11, 660 BCE2   - Meiji Constitution November 29, 1890   - Current constitution May 3, 1947   - Treaty of San Francisco April 28, 1952... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... NES redirects here. ... Excitebike is a video game franchise made by Nintendo. ... Excite Truck is a video game published by Nintendo and developed by Monster Games for the Wii video game system. ...

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Gameplay

Whether the player chooses to race solo or against computer-assisted riders, he/she races against a certain time limit. The goal is to qualify for Excitebike (the championship) race by coming in at third place or above in the challenge race (preliminary race). The time to beat is located on the stadium walls (for first place) and in the lower left corner (for third place). In any race, the best time is 8 seconds ahead of third place. When the player places first, then they get a message: "It's a new record!"


The player controls the position of the red motorcycle with the Y-axis of the directional pad, and controls acceleration with the A and B buttons Using B causes improved acceleration, but causes the motorcycle's temperature to increase as shown on a bar at the bottom of the screen. If the temperature exceeds safe limits (the bar becomes full), the player will be immobilized for several seconds while the bike cools down. If the bike goes over an arrow, it is automatically cooled down.


While the bike is in the air, the pitch of the motorcycle can be modified with the X-axis of the directional pad, left raises the front, while right lowers the front. The up and down arrows on turn the handbar left and right, respectively when the bike is on the ground.


The player, at the start of the game, can choose whichever track he/she wants to race in, from 1-5.


Track times

By placing third or better in any challenge race, the player advances to the Excitebike race of the same track number. For example, if the player placed third or better in track 4 of the challenge race, he/she goes to the track 4 of the Excitebike race. These are the best times on the tracks in the challenge races:

  • Track 1: 1:16:00
  • Track 2: 1:16:00
  • Track 3: 1:16:00
  • Track 4: 1:12:00
  • Track 5: 1:06:00

By placing third or better in any Excitebike race, the player advances to the next Excitebike race. For example, if the player placed third or better in track 4 of the Excitebike race, he/she goes to track 5 of the Excitebike race. The Excitebike races are little tougher than the challenge races, and that's why the best times in an Excitebike race are longer than in the challenge race (except in tracks 3 & 5). These are the best times on the tracks in the Excitebike races:

  • Track 1: 1:24:00
  • Track 2: 1:22:00
  • Track 3: 1:10:00
  • Track 4: 1:20:00
  • Track 5: 1:06:00

If the player places third or better in Track 5 of the Excitebike race, then the player can race it over and over again. The number of times the track has been raced is indicated in the lower right hand corner with "T=(number of times raced)," right below the player's time.


Track 5 has been viewed as the toughest of all the races, especially when it comes to trying to place first, particularly in the Excitebike race, since the best time is the same as in the challenge race.


Modes

Selection A

In Selection A, the player races solo.


Selection B

In Selection B, CPU players join the player. They act as another obstacle; hitting one from the back will cause the player to fall off the bike, while any CPU riders hitting the player's rear wheel will cause them to fall off.


Design Mode

In Design Mode, the player has the ability to build his or her own racing tracks. The player can choose hills and obstacles of various sizes and place them. The player can also choose where to finish the lap, and how many laps there are (up to nine). After it is finished, the player can race the track in either Selection A or Selection B.


The game allowed saving the custom-designed track to cassette tape, requiring the Famicom Data Recorder peripheral (basically the Famicom equivalent of the C-64's Datassette). Since this peripherial was only available in Japan (intended for use with Nintendo's Family Basic), track saving was effectively unavailable to American and European players (the game's English manual states that "Save and Load menu selections are not operable in this game; they have been programmed in for potential product developments."). Unlike Wrecking Crew, Excitebike was never rereleased for the Famicom Disk System in its original form. The Commodore 1530* (C2N) Datassette (a portmanteau of data + cassette), was Commodores dedicated computer tape recorder. ... Family BASIC or Famicom BASIC is a dialect of the BASIC programming language that is used to program the Famicom. ... Wrecking Crew was a game for the Nintendo Family Computer (also known as the Nintendo Entertainment System) starring Mario. ...


Sequels

The game had two sequels, both one console generation between release, one for the N64 and one for Wii. An N64 (with Super Smash Bros. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ...

Excitebike is a video game franchise made by Nintendo. ... An N64 (with Super Smash Bros. ... Excite Truck is a video game currently in development by Nintendo for the Wii. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ...

Ports and enhanced remakes

The original Excitebike has appeared on a number of gaming platforms since its debut in 1984.

  • A version of the game was released for the Japan-only NEC PC-8801 by Hudson Soft in 1985.
  • An enhanced version was released in 1987 for Nintendo's Vs. Unisystem and in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. The FDS version contains different music and a versus mode for two players. Its rewritable disk format allows the player to save created tracks.
  • A special Japan-only edition of the game, entitled BS Excitebike Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium, for the Super Famicom's Satellaview online service features Mario characters and themes. Playable characters included Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Toad.
  • Players can unlock the title on the Nintendo 64 sequel game Excitebike 64.
  • Players can unlock the title (one of several bonus NES games included) on the GameCube game Animal Crossing.
  • In 2003, it was released as a five E-card set game, entitled Excitebike-e, for the now-discontinued e-Reader, a device for the Game Boy Advance used for scanning special "e-Cards" to play games, obtain information, or unlock special content.
  • In 2004, it was released as part of the Game Boy Advance Classic NES Series. This version is the first non-Japan version to allow the player to save their tracks, although this port only has one savable track.
  • In 2003, a microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! based on Excitebike appeared, featuring Wario driving a motorbike dodging a number of obstacles including some of the original Excitebike racers. Similarly in 2005, it appeared as one of 9-Volt's playable microgames, in WarioWare: Twisted!. Both games are for the Game Boy Advance.
  • It is slated to appear in Wii's Virtual Console.

The NEC PC8801 system was introduced by NEC Corporation in 1981. ... Hudson Soft is a Japanese publisher and developer, founded on May 18, 1973. ... The Nintendo Vs. ... The Famicom Disk System, attached to a late-model AV Famicom The Family Computer Disk System (FCD) was released on February 21, 1986 by Nintendo as a peripheral to their overwhelmingly popular Family Computer (Famicom) console in Japan. ... Satellaview base unit by itself Satellaview base unit docked with a Super Famicom with the recordable BS-X cartridge in the top slot Closeup of the flash-cart and its holster. ... The Nintendo 64 ) is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... Excitebike is a video game franchise made by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The e-Reader with card. ... GBA redirects here. ... The Classic NES Series in North America, Famicom Mini Series in Japan, or NES Classics in Europe are a series of Game Boy Advance games that were originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom and Famicom Disk System emulated on the Game Boy Advance. ... A Microgame Microgames are simple video games created by the fictional company WarioWare, Inc. ... This is a list of characters in the WarioWare, Inc. ... GBA redirects here. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ... A logo from Nintendos Virtual Console website Virtual Console, sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a video game download service that is currently offered by Nintendo for its Wii gaming console. ...

Trivia

  • Excitebike was one of the launch titles for the NES.
  • Largely popular when it was originally released due to the innovative course creation mode.
  • Excite Truck, the newest sequel to the game, was released with Wii 22 years later.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Excitebike was not made using Famicom BASIC. The misunderstanding stems from the fact that the tape drive used to save the game (see above) was originally sold for use with Famicom BASIC.

Excite Truck is a video game published by Nintendo and developed by Monster Games for the Wii video game system. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ...

Cameos and homages

  • In the game Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Excitebike is an obtainable trophy.
  • Excitebike was parodied in a microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$.
  • A level of Tetris DS's marathon mode is themed after Excitebike.
  • The original was a minigame on Excitebike 64.
  • "Lazy" characters in Animal Crossing: Wild World say they will use an "excitenet" before the bug-off.

Super Smash Bros. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Tetris DS is a Nintendo DS video game developed and published by Nintendo. ... Excitebike is a video game franchise made by Nintendo. ...

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