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- Remember tilting your arms while playing Excitebike to try to make your character land a huge jump? That experience is finally a reality with Excite Truck
- Your controller is a steering wheel - Hold the Wii Remote like an NES controller to control the truck; the 2 button is the accelerator, the 1 button is the brake, the Control Pad is the turbo
- Tilt the Wii Remote controller right and left like a steering wheel to steer
- Once the truck goes airborne, tilt the Wii Remote controller every which way to line up the wheels for landing boosts
- Pick up items on the courses to make the terrain deform in real time, turning innocent bumps into massive launch pads
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Excite Truck brings back grand racing tradition of Excitebike. Get ready for a big-air experience like no other! Players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain in this nitrous-injected, high-flying racer for speed junkies. Showing the Wii Remote controller's versatility, players tilt the controller on its side to turn it into a wireless steering wheel. Jump and bump your way to the highest score and highest finish
In the grand and classic racing tradition of Excitebike, get ready for a big-air experience like no other! Players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain in this nitrous-injected, high-flying racer for speed junkies. Showing the Wii Remote controller's versatility, players tilt the controller on its side to turn it into a wireless steering wheel!
The Wii's 4x4 title goes off-road and flies high!
Use the Wii remote to control your rig in mid-air. View larger.
Multiple racing modes allow for different types of challenges. View larger.
Rigs of all shapes and designs are featured. View larger.
Steer by using the Wii remote like a wheel! View larger.
Arcade excitement, arcade feel
Excite Truck doesn't hide the fact that it's an arcade racer. You won't be modifying your rig with aftermarket parts or racing to win the heart of some flag-waving girl. You will, however, go fast- very fast. It would be easy to stay on the dirt path that defines the race track, but if you plan on truly winning in Excite Truck, you have to go off road and in the air. Your true success in each race is based on a star system. The more stars you get by performing stunts, drifts and more, the better your rank.
Netting lots of stars is not for the feint of heart. You'll need to cruise through fields of trees, launch yourself high in the air, hang on around curves for dear life and smash the daylights out of other trucks. All this and you still want to finish the race in first place.
As with the game's spiritual predecessor, the NES classic Excitebike, you can turbo to your heart's content, but if you push the envelope too far, your rig will overheat, causing you to stall until it cools down. If you smash into a tree, go to far into the water or come face-to-face with a rock known as a mountain, you'll need to mash the 2 Button to right your truck and get back on the road.
The Wii-unique aspect of Excite Truck is the way you hold the Remote. Instead of its traditional vertical configuration, you hold it in a horizontal fashion, like the center bar of a steering wheel. You move the remote in the same fashion that you would a car steering wheel, tilting your right hand up if you want to turn left and your left hand up if you want to go right. When your truck goes airborne, its front end will lean toward the ground if you tilt the Remote away from you, and if you tilt the Remote toward to, your truck's front end will point up, allowing you to catch a little more air. If you catch enough air, you can try to pull off a 720 and, if you're daring enough, a 1080. The more midair spins you can perform, the more stars you earn. Plus, remember tilting your arms while playing Excitebike to try to make your character land a huge jump? Now that move will actually affect the game in Excite Truck.
"Raze" the track
The game features a Dynamic Terrain power-up. When you drive over this symbol, the road ahead changes, sometimes it plows upward to give you an extra hill to jump off. Other times, the terrain can sink, sometimes exposing water that can cool off an overheating engine. If you time the Dynamic Terrain activation just right, you can earn stars by sending racers out in front of you for an unexpected flight. Excite Truck's tracks also contain POW power-ups. This gives you clutch invincibility as you dare to go off the road and into the woods for a star-flooded tree run.
Excite Truck lets you customize the in-game music you race to. Download an MP3 to an SD card and explore Excite Truck's sound options to hear the tunes you want. The speed of the game is one thing, going fast to tunes that get you pumped up makes the game a pulse-pounding experience.
Top customer reviews
Wide Variety of Courses & Trucks
Interesting Twists to Off Road Racing
Not as much depth as some racing games.
Wish it had more courses & Trucks
This will be the second time I have purchased it as it was stolen before. SOO MUCH FUN!!! Seriously, my favorite racing game ever. Each race is about getting as many stars (points) as possible. You get a lot of points for being first, but you can also collect them by running over stars you see on the track, or by performing tricks, or by destroying other drivers (my favorite). So, it is possible to not come in first, or sometimes even second, and still win if you do a really good job at crushing everyone else. One of my favorite somewhat unique things this game has is that there are powerups you can hit that dramatically change the geography of the course, sometimes throwing other drivers off the course, sometimes opening new routes or shortcuts, sometimes just giving you access to more stars. Fantastic game, wish they had come out with a sequel to it.
Excite Truck for the Nintendo Wii, is a wild and outrageous racing game that really tests your abilities with the Wii controller. The game controls differently than other racing games, as you race wild trucks including the 4x4 Bandit, and many other trucks. As you race, you have to earn enough star points inorder to advance to the next level. As you race through the game, you also encounter pow blocks which make your car invisible to other trucks and trees too, and exclamation marks which alter the course in different ways from making shortcuts, to giant hills where you have to go through rings. The graphics aren't bad and look nice, while the soundtrack is a blend of mostly rock and roll feeling. The control however is the most difficult part of the game. It is very tricky for new Wii owners to learn to how to steer with the Wii Controller. You have to steer the trucks with the wii controller, by using it like a steering wheel, which is very frustraing at first, but gets a bit easier later on.
Despite a couple of flaws with the manuverability, Excite Truck is a wild and fun game for any Wii owner, or die hard racing fan. I like how much fun it is, and how wild the game is when you race. I definitely recommend this game a whole lot. It is different, but a lot of fun.
Sound: B 1/2+
Fun & Enjoyment: B- for solo players; B- for multiplayers
This game is just plain fun. Get past the "technical" aspects of gaming and the overly critical judgments of graphics, etc and this game will rock your world.
There is something ultimately satisfying about smashing into trees and other trucks....and being rewarded for it!
I also love the fact that I can listen to my own MP3's while racing and doing the challenge modes.
If you have never picked up a racing game before, or if you simply don't think that racing games are all that much fun I urge you to give this one a try. I bet it will win you over in a heartbeat.
It is extremely fast, and I found myself wishing that I had some different camera angles, so I could see farther ahead. The controllers work well, but it is still a challenge to control because - just like in real driving - you need to look ahead and anticipate, in order to get the best results. But that is just part of the fun as you crash, spin out, 'catch air,' and do other things to score bonus points.
It does work better as a one person game, since - as somebody else has already commented - when you play a one person game, you race against multiple computer opponents, and the crashes and jockying for position is part of the game, but as a two person game, the screen views are even more narrow than in the single game, and you only have your ONE opponent on the course with you. In the two player mode, it would have been better if they had integrated things better with computer opponents, and given different choices for screen set up and camera angles.
However, overall, I rate this game very highly for the challenge, game 'involvement,' excitement, good graphics, great usage of the Wii controller and ease of play. I highly recommend it.
His 4 year old brother did not have the finesse yet to drive it though.