Excite Truck (Nintendo Wii, 2006)
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About this product
- Product InformationExperience the carnage of off-road racing on Excite Truck. Among its prequels Excitebike and Excitebike 64, it is the first to feature vehicles other than motorcycles. The game employs the Wii remote with players tilting it left or right for directional control while controlling acceleration with a button. The game begins with training levels before allowing access to the full game. Single and multi-player modes are available, with a split-screen feature being available during races. Collect stars on the track by executing incredible stunts and racing to the finish line. The game has seven different racing environments on different continents combined with several gameplay modes for a variety of thrills.
- PublisherNintendo of America, Inc.
- GameExcite Truck
- PlatformNintendo Wii
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- ESRB DescriptorMild Violence
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1-2
- Release Year2006
- Game Special Features
- Control your truck by tilting the controller left or right to steer, and forward or backward to land a jump
- Play alone or against a friend on a course in Mexico or one that winds through the mountains
- Collect terrain-deforming power-ups that turn part of the track into a temporary ramp
- Control your truck by tilting the controller left or right to steer, and forward or backward to land a jump
Most relevant reviews
- metrosquashJun 04, 2010by
Excite games aren't surprises They are always AWESOME!
When you buy an EXCITE game you know you are getting a quality game and it is sure to be enjoyed by all agaes. They are exciting, fun and easy to manipulate the "actors". Easy to catch on too! And the levels are unbeliebable! EXCITE provide so much more than other products. You leap from one level to another and find that you get more than just a game, but muliti-games within a game. The levels as you progress give you a sense of accomplishment and there are some levels that are not for the faint of heart. Each time you complete a layer you receive more choices and open up more oppertunities. Well worth the money, never disappointing and the fun is long lasting. Have we grown tired of our EXCITE games yet?Absolutely not! After a year, they continue to be the favorite games at the top of our "to-do" play! Thanks EXCITE!
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- kyleodinJan 05, 2009by
Excite Truck for Nintendo Wii
Lets just start with saying that this is one of the better games that I have played for the Nintendo Wii. That's quite a feat considering this game is over two years old and one of the launch titles for the Wii system. The graphics are quite nice for an arcade racing title with the trucks showing some damage to them when crashed, reflections, and other shader effects are also used. Although in a game like this one, its onscreen for such a short amount of time that its not an issue that its not pristine high-definition.
You play this game holding your Wii remote with both hands and tilt the remote left and right as well as up and down to steer your truck around the courses. Button 2 is for your gas and Button 1 is your brake. The directional pad is used to trigger your turbo boost which has been a staple of the series since the NES version. This control setup is very similar to the one Nintendo used for Mario Kart Wii so playing with a steering wheel is highly recommended if you have them.
You first learn the basics in 4 sets of training levels to teach you a specific aspect of the game such as turbo boosts, stunts, terrain morph, etc. Most are quite simple and you will learn them in a short amount of time playing. The game has seven different locations that you can race in and each difficulty level has different tracks from each area.
Your whole point of racing in this game is to earn the most stars, not to just cross the finish line first. You earn stars by doing different stunts, crashing into other trucks, and then a bonus amount of stars for your placement and the end of the race. In the single player game, each track has a set amounts of stars needed to advance further in the game. As as you racing, the game keeps track of your stunts, tricks, crashes, combos giving you points for trophies, unlocking newer trucks and alternate textures for your trucks. To not abuse the reward system, the single-player tracks are timed so you can't drive back and do the same tricks over and over. Each truck in the game has custom stats so they each drive and feel like their own vehicle which is really important in a racing game.
Excite Truck can have up to two players racing against each other on the various tracks. the player who crosses the finish line first receives a bonus of 15 stars. Additionally, once the first player has crossed the line, a 30 second countdown is triggered for the second player. For each second that the second player has not completed the race, an extra star is awarded the first finisher. If the timer expires, the second player is disqualified with no score.
BONUS: Excite Truck has a very unique system built-in that can easily be overlooked unless you know about it ahead of time. If you are tired or just don't care for you music that comes with the game, you can play your own custom music in the game while racing. Just copy the MP3s that you want to listen to on your SD Chip and go to the Game Options. It will read up to 100 MP3s so that should be plenty of music to keep the races feeling fresh and new.
This is one of my all time favorite Wii games and is a real blast to play. We need more fast-based fun games like this for the Wii. Excite Truck and Mario Kart Wii are my favorites for best racing games for the Wii. Nintendo really should reprint this game since its a real gem and lots of fun and lots of players have not experienced it. This is rather hard to find, but try to get it when you see it and you will like it.Read full review
- govikes22Aug 04, 2009by
An unbelievable ride!
This game is horribly addicting. "Just one more race on this course this time with a Vicious Violet Wolf." More tricks, crashes, drifts, air, tree runs, rings = more points. Finishing first does not always mean you're going to beat your opponent... you have to be creative in the process. I have crossed the finish line first but lost the race to my son many times because he is more creative than I. If you're good you can jump onto and drive on the Great Wall of China and successfully re-enter the race... that in itself is worth the price of admission! Attain drift points clinging to the edge of a steep sand mountain in Fiji. Gain air points trying to jump through a narrow pass in Mexico or trying to clear a tanker on an icy track in Finland. The side-by-side screen split when racing another person is great on our big screen tv. You don't lose your jump perspective. If it were split top-bottom that would be a bad feature. The only thing that we really dislike is there does not appear to be any chance to race against the computer trucks and another person. You can race against other trucks or another person but not both at the same time. Maybe we still have to unlock that feature. We'd like to see points awarded for coconuts knocked off the trees and maybe a few points for time spent actually on the designated track!Read full review
- samandtrevorApr 06, 2008by
Way back in 2006 (those were the days) when the Wii was released, Excite Truck was one of the few fun, technically sound games that was around on day one to prove that the Wii remote actually had a purpose in gaming, and was not just a clever ploy by Nintendo to make us purchase more crap.
Using the remote as a wheel, you can turn simply by tilting the remote to the left or the right. While this may sound dumb, in practice it's somewhat accurate, and is a fair replacement for a joystick. Also, making this an 'offroad' game allows for the inevitable sloppiness when getting used to, and using, the controls. If this game was set up to require the pixel-perfect accuracy of say, the Burnout series, it would fall apart thanks to the non-tactile nature of the Wii remote. Either way, for what it is, it works.
Speaking of the Burnout series, this game draws some pretty heavy influence from those games. Not only are the controls of the same simple nature (gas, and.....brake) but whenever you crash, time slows down and allows you to gaze at your damaged vehicle careening off the road for about three seconds or so. This gets annoying though, because unlike the Burnout series, Excite Truck features almost no damage/physics engine. In Burnout, you could watch amazed as your car acquired 'real-time damage!' In Excite Truck, you just bounce along the ground like a Hot Wheels car. Boring.
Other than that, the game is a lot of fun, mostly because of the sheer amount of air time you get when driving these trucks. Each map is set up with enormous, ridiculous jumps, all waiting for you to boost off of. To land these jumps, you simply tilt the remote so that all four wheels hit the ground at the same time. Its emphasis on 'catching major air' (dude) is a fresh direction from the other racing games that I have played, and is honestly a lot of fun.
However, for some reason, the multiplayer only allows for two people. That's it. No computer players, no nothing-which is a stark difference from the large group of computer racers that join you in the single player mode. Simply put, the multiplayer feels empty, and is a real lost opportunity with an otherwise fun, solid game.
Overall, if you enjoy racing titles, and you've got a Wii, you've got a pretty good chance you'll enjoy Excite Truck. (unless you only like those 'realistic' racing games. Snob.)Read full review
- kivkev21Sep 10, 2008by
My Favorite Racing Game for Wii after Mario Kart
WHAT I LIKED:
Excite Truck is a well put-together game. All of the elements in it serve a purpose and make the game more enjoyable. Some of the more unique elements of the title, elements not seen in other games of the Excite series, are the deformable landscapes, the unique racing structure, and the conditions for success.
Around each track that you will race through, there are (!) icons that you can drive through. Whenever you touch one, the landscape in front of you will change shape, typically resulting in trick opportunities. Generally, this means a hill will appear in front of you, which you can launch off of.
The unique racing structure is also a plus. Unlike in most racing games, you aren't forced to race each of the tracks in a circuit one after the other in order to get an overall grade, which would usually determine whether or not you can move on to the next circuit. Instead, you can race through each track one at a time, which reduces much of the frustration one might experience if he has trouble on one specific track. You'll no longer have to redo the other tracks again and again if you only have trouble with the one. Of course, you still need to get an certain overall grade for the circuit based on the individual tracks' high scores, which must all be at least a B, in order to progress to the next set of tracks.
The conditions for success on any particular track are given by the STAR requirements. A STAR requirement tells you the number of STARS you need in order to get an S ranking, which is the highest ranking possible and what you should be shooting for. Not meeting or exceeding the STAR requirement will earn you a rank anywhere from D (the lowest) to A (the second highest). To obtain STARS during a race, you must perform tricks, which can be as simple as getting lots of airtime or driving close to trees without hitting them. The most complicated trick is the air spin, which requires proper timing if one intends to string several spins together. For each trick successfully completed, you receive a certain number of STARS, depending on how well you performed the trick. Lastly, at the end of the race, bonus STARS are added to your total, the number changing depending on how you placed. In this way, racing becomes much more than simply coming in first, which I believe makes the game that much more fun.
WHAT I DISLIKED:
Although the game is a lot of fun and definitely worth buying, the game could be a little more rounded. While there are a decent selection of trucks to choose from which do handle differently from one another, more variety in the track selection would have been nice. There are probably about 20 or so tracks, but only really 4 or 5 different environments. Thankfully, similar looking tracks vary in difficulty. I just wish they looked different.
Though there are 3 additional modes of play for single-player, each mode only has three tracks to play on. As a result, these extra modes feel very tacked-on. It's sad, because they really showed potential.
Multiplayer modes are limited to 2-Player VS races, and that's it. Why 2 players couldn't have played together in the extra modes, or why there isn't 4 player support, only the developer knows. Frankly, it's a missed opportunity.
You should also know that if you intend to complete the game through "Super Excite" mode, it can be quite difficult. I haven't completed it myself, which I blame Canada for (it's a track in the Gold circuit).
OVERALL SCORE: B+Read full review