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Destruction Derby 64

by Nintendo
Nintendo 64
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B00001XDJZ
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,808 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Destruction Derby 64 brings the chaotic world of deliberate car crashes to the racetrack. You get points for completing laps, yes, but the real high scores--and the real fun--come from making high-speed impacts.

This is a decent racing game, fun and fast-paced. But where 3DO has really raised the bar is with the crash effects. Cars collide with a satisfying crunching sound. Smoke belches from under what's left of your hood. Car parts go flying. Huge dents appear right at the point of impact--even the taillights go out, one by one. After a few minutes your car looks like something out of a junkyard.

All this carnage makes Destruction Derby 64 one of the most fun car racing games to appear in quite a while. Aside from the pure and simple smash-'em-up derbies, you can choose a traditional looped racetrack race. Well, not exactly traditional: half of the cars race in one direction, the other cars go in the opposite direction. What happens when the two racing groups meet isn't pretty, but it is fun. Bonus: one track is laid out in a crash-inducing figure eight, just like your favorite Hot Wheels sets.

The game's only weakness is the save functionality: you need a memory card to save, and even then you need to complete an entire series to save and move to the next level. Too bad you can't save after every race: it would have reduced the annoyance factor considerably. But, nitpicking aside, the combination of high-speed racing and good old-fashioned smash-'em-up thrills makes Destruction Derby 64 a first-place winner. --Jeanne Uy


  • Car-smash effects are realistic
  • Contains both circuit track racing and dirt-field demolition derby events
  • Rear-view, drive-backwards mode is a nice improvement over other games
  • Great multiplayer game for up to 4 players
  • Can't save after every race
  • Not enough variety in standard cars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ton of Fun! January 3, 2000
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ever play a racing game that got so boring, you just started crashing your car into walls or other cars to liven things up? In this game, that's the objective! In races, half the cars go in one direction and the other half go in the other direction. When the groups meet all heck breaks loose! The bigger the crash, the more points you get. There's also classic demolition derbys thrown in where a dozen cars are thrown into a circular arena and everyone battles it out to the bitter, bitter finish. There's also some cool multi-player games like bomb-tag and capture the flag which are hilarious when playing with your friends!
The best feature in this game is the selection of cars. When you start out, you can only choose from a group of basic race cars, but there are hidden cars such as a taxi, pickup truck, dune buggy, old fashioned hot rod, police car, and an ambulance, which is virtually indestructable! You get these cars by winning first place in championship races and using certain cars in different tracks in the time trial mode.
All around, this game's an A+!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! November 29, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a 40 year old mother of two teenage boys that bought a Nintendo 64 and Destruction Derby for them to play with...guess what? I'm playing it as much or more than they are! My husband and I play for hours and get the kids to join us. This is a supremely fun game that will keep us laughing and enjoying our time together for the winter months ahead.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many different games in one December 23, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There are many ways to play the game, especially with the multiplayer option. My favorite is "bomb-tag" where you are trying to avoid the person that got stuck with the bomb. If you keep the bomb..boom!. This one got the most noise out of everyone playing. Also, it's always fun to get to the next level and see what kind of new car you're going to get. There is a Volkswagen beetle that is fun to play just for the amazing stunts it can pull. This is so much more than just a race or demolition derby game.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite games April 18, 2001
A Kid's Review
I rented this game once, and every day I played it probably for at least an hour a day. Its the only Nintendo game I've heard of with visible damage. I have the latest Gameshark, so I just unlocked all the cars and tracks first thing--my favorite is the ambulance--it's slow but extremely durable. A tip--press the z button to look behind your car and go backwards--many times your back end is more durable so you'll take less damage while hitting other cars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game souly on the fact that everyone hereon amazon has praised it as being a fabulous game.

Well, it's all right, but it needed a lot more to keep you interested after a while. I burst out laughing during my first race when I crashed and burned into someone, and I got 1st place for doing it! But, this game isn't as great as some have said. It's OK to drive the circuits or do the demolition derby in the arena, but I have gotten tired of it, so sorry to whoever said you wont get bored with this game, I did!

There isn't enough tracks, there isn't enough cars, and it really needs more in the game. It needs a proper race, without the demolition, you can do a time trial, but I want a proper race with all the cars. There also needed to be an option to turn the check points off... I just wanna turn around and go the other way for something different, but once you run out of time, it's game over. Also, it needed something else, like in Mario Kart where you get the shells to throw, or the boosters/nitros, or things to lay booby-traps on the track... this game really needed something like that.

Currently Nintendo has managed to bring out a Gameboy that's pretty much a compact SNES/N64. So if they release this game again, lets hope they add more to it.

Two player mode is OK. Most of what the reviews here say are true, the bomb tag is the best, but it sucks that there is only about 4 tracks to compete in.

All there is, is Arcade. Where you race the first race of the tournament, and that's it.
Tournament, or championship mode or something where you race about 5 tracks and a couple of demolition derby's.
Time trials.
And then 2 player with normal, destruction, bomb-tag and flag .. there needed to be heaps, heaps more included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finaly!the name really describes the game February 3, 2005
By abe
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
yep ya guessed it!you get in a car and crash every other car to bits in various can win more of them later.each with thier unique capabilities.some are fast,some are strong etc.the most well protected one is the ambulance for in destruction derby mode.if racing,take the hot rod.if you cant handle it,try the rocket.during the actual game,you race against time .but theres also a bunch of other cars racing get points by damaging other vehicles and by making checkpoints.each time you make one,you get more time.however the time is less and less every time.eventualy all cars will be destroyed or you will not make your time.playing here is how you win other cars or in time trial.i just use codes.this game is great un the whole family can enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Great June 10, 2002
A Kid's Review
Very exciting, very good graphics and I would definetally recomend getting it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good game January 10, 2014
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I was looking for a good multi player that i could play with my nephews. Its fun for them and for me as we work through the levels together. The game isnt to complex for my nephews even though they are only 6 and 8. They had a lot of fun smashing into each other as you would expect with a derby game.
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