Wave Race 64, despite being an almost three-year-old veteran, is still absolutely tremendous - on all counts. And it's a measure of the N64's - and Nintendo's - brilliance that the water effects have not been bettered on any system anywhere since.
So, what can Hydro Thunder offer that Wave Race hasn't already? It's another water-based racer, but this time the emphasis is pretty much on straight racing thrills, rather than battling against the ebb and flow of the tide, which Nintendo's classic positively encouraged.
Even so, the physics on the boats themselves are pretty striking; scything through the water and generally reacting as they would in real life, despite the absence of waves. Although there are no weapons, turbo power-ups are available, and there's an emphasis on shortcuts and huge jumps. Coming from developers Eurocom - the folks behind the technically superb Duke Nukem: Zero Hour - Hydro Thunder certainly looks the part, pin-sharp and colourful. And it's incredibly smooth, too. with nary a shudder of frame rates, which bodes well for the two-player mode. Question is, can it come up to the dizzy heights of the superb Wave Race?
We'll find out for sure in the next couple of months...
Wave Race 64
Wave Race 64 is sure to provide some of the most exciting racing you've ever experienced. Feel the pounding and crashing of the waves as you accelerate into straight-aways, whip around the marker buoys and go airborne on the jump ramps. Don't race alone - challenge a friend! Take control in three different modes of play - Championship, Time Trials and Stunt Mode. Nine challenging courses set in exotic locales - race conditions change and the wave action responds to the way both you and your opponents race!
Trouble up to your bow tie! Ed's toxic goo turned the world crazy - tomatoes are rioting, carrots are biting back, and Grogh the Hellish wants Ed's head! Help Ed right the wrongs in 12 wildly animated worlds -insane puzzles, killer vegetables, dangerous dungeons, and more. All caused by Ed. It's the biggest trouble anyone has ever gotten into, or out of! A strange brew of action adventure and mind-bending puzzles!
Buckle up and brace yourself as you take the wheel of a tricked-out, asphalt-kicking, supercharged Roadster. Hurtle around one of ten different adrenaline-pumping tracks at 200 MPH. Feel the wind tearing your hair from its roots. Knock elbows with the competition. You're in a rocket ship without a roof. You're Roadster racing, baby! Win races. Win cash. Turn your Roadster into a monster, 'cause you'll need all the help you can get. Out here the speeds are faster, the turns are tighter and if you blink, you're roadkill!
Monster Truck Madness 64
Reach out and crush someone! The world's favorite monster truck game with high-octane off-road racing and bone-crushing battle modes! Mega multi-player mania. 19 trucks to control, including BIGFOOT, Grave Digger, and the WCW / nWo WrestleTrucks! Five battle games and two racing modes for 1 to 4 players. Ten treacherous tracks to tame. Play king of the hill in the Summit Rumble. Extreme off-road racing allows you to find your own shortcuts! Plenty of power-ups to give you an edge over the competition!