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Excite Truck
Excite Truck Coverart.png
Developer(s) Monster Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) NA November 19, 2006
JP January 18, 2007
EU February 16, 2007
AUS February 22, 2007
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone)
CERO: A (All ages)
PEGI: 7+
OFLC: G (General)
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Wii Remote

Wii Wheel

Excite Truck (エキサイト トラック Ekisaitotorakku ?) is a video game published by Nintendo and developed by Monster Games for the Wii video game system. It features malleable environments and tilt-based controls. The game was one of the Wii launch titles in North America. [1] It is a spiritual successor to the Excitebike series (Excitebike and Excitebike 64). Excitebike was released on the Virtual Console service in Europe on February 16, to mark the European release of Excite Truck.

Excite Truck is the first Wii game to let people select music, in the form of MP3s from an SD card, to be played in the background while they are playing instead of the music provided by the game. This feature is also used by Endless Ocean.[2 ]

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Gameplay

Excite Truck does not use the Nunchuk attachment; it is controlled entirely with the Wii Remote. When first starting the game the player must go through a series of tests or practice runs before they are allowed to play the full game. After finishing the training levels, both single and multiplayer modes are available. The player first starts with three trucks. They must unlock additional trucks by reaching various benchmarks. The game also supports split screen two player multiplayer.

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Scoring

Crossing the finish line first is not the goal of Excite Truck, but rather another avenue for gaining stars. Stars are scored for a variety of stunts, and for the player's placement at the end of the race. A letter grade is awarded for each race, corresponding to the number of stars obtained, with the S rank being the highest grade possible. Getting S ranks in all tracks on the regular Excite difficulty level unlocks a harder "Super Excite" difficulty level. Getting S ranks in all tracks on the Super Excite difficulty level unlocks an even more difficult Mirror Mode level.

In single player Excite mode, all tracks have a required number of stars to advance further in the game. The player is not required to finish in first place as long as they gain the number of stars required during the race. Races are timed to prevent players from reversing back across high-star areas and completing the same stunts over and over again.

Winning races

In single player mode, the player receives bonus stars following the race depending on how they placed. These stars are applied to your score before determining if the player has completed the track's minimum score.

In multiplayer races, 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.

Play modes

Excite Truck features several gameplay modes, most of them for a single player.

  • Excite Race: The player competes in several cup races. After completing each race in a cup (a race is completed by racing it and scoring the required number of stars), a new cup will be opened, and new tracks can be raced. The new tracks are accessible immediately in Excite Race and Versus modes.
  • Super Excite Race: The harder difficulty unlocked after completing every race in the Excite Race mode with a score of "S".
  • Mirror Race Mode: An even more difficult mode in which all the tracks are in reverse and the rings are smaller, unlocked after completing every race in the Super Excite Race with a score of "S".
  • Challenge: The player must maneuver their vehicle through a series of Gate, Ring, and Crush Challenges.
  • Super Challenge: A more difficult series of Gate, Ring, and Crush Challenges.
  • Versus: The multiplayer aspect of the game, which allows two players to race one another.

Racing areas

Excite Truck features seven locales to race in--China, Scotland, Mexico, Fiji, Finland and Canada. A bonus track is a fantasy crystal mountain named Nebula, which, as the name describes, is under a purple nebula.

References to past Excite titles

The game is a spiritual sequel to NES title Excitebike and the N64 title Excitebike 64. The developers passed down and updated many features that made the original games popular. For example, the giant cliffs and jumps from the NES title return, as the courses feature many hills and cliffs that make the player jump unrealistically high altitudes with their truck. In fact, the main item of the game lets players morph the land to make the levels even more "extreme" than they were originally designed. As in all Excite titles, it is important to adjust the angle of the vehicle so its wheels land parallel to the ground; in Excite Truck, a massive turbo boost is rewarded for a perfect landing.

A gameplay element also carried from both the NES and N64 titles is overheating. When the player uses too much boost, their engine will overheat, temporarily reducing the top speed of their truck. Driving the truck into shallow water will instantly cool the engine all the way down, so infinite boost can be used while in water. Also while in mid-air the engine cools down so a player could boost and overheat approaching a jump and then have a cooled engine when they land. Water can be either part of the course or it can be reached using a land-deformation powerup. However, the truck will be counted as "crashed" if it drives into darker-colored deep water, and it must be reset the same way as any crash.

Release

The game was first playable during E3 2006, and an updated build was also playable during the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour, with four different courses playable. Prior to its release at the Wii launch, the game was one of the first titles to be playable on the first Wii Kiosks, along with Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The game was released in the US on November 19, 2006, simultaneous with the launch of the Wii. Excite Truck was the 9th best selling game for the Wii during November.[3]

The game was released January 18, 2007 in Japan, February 16, 2007 in Europe and February 22, 2007 in Australia. An Excite Truck themed toy truck was offered with Wendy's Kids Meals as part of a promotion with Nintendo.

Reception

Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot Wii: 6.8 out of 10[4]
IGN Wii: 8.0 of 10[5]
X-Play 4 out of 5[6]
Nintendo Power 8.5 of 10
Game Informer 7.75 of 10
Official Nintendo Magazine 84%
GameTrailers 6.5 of 10
Compilations of multiple reviews
Game Rankings Wii: 75.5% (based on 70 reviews)[7]
Metacritic Wii: 72% (based on 57 reviews)[8]

Sequel

The sequel to Excite Truck, Excitebots: Trick Racing was released in North America on April 20, 2009.

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Excite Truck
Box artwork for Excite Truck.
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Wii
Players 1-2
Rating(s)
ESRB: Everyone
Series Excite

Excite Truck is a launch title for the Nintendo platform Wii. It is a driving game featuring large trucks. The title is based on the classic NES game Excitebike and hopes to rekindle similar action. Excite Truck puts the player in the driver's seat by using the Wii controller in a horizontal position to simulate a steering Wheel. One of the game's major features is the ability to actively changing terrain with powerups. Similar to excitebike players must angle their vehicle (by tilting the Wii controller) so that all four wheels land at once which, if done perfectly, results in a large speed boost.

This is the first time in which you'll be able to play your mp3 through the SD card as a background music whilst you play the game.

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Excite Truck

Developer(s) Monster Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Nintendo Wii:
November 19, 2006 (NA)
January 18, 2007 (JP)
February 16, 2007 (EU)
February 22, 2007 (AU)
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player
2 players Versus
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Nintendo Wii
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii
Media DVD
Nintendo Wii
Input Wii Remote
Wii Wheel
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Gameplay

The utilizes the Wii Remote held sideways, with the 1 and 2 buttons held to the right and the directional pad to the left.

Control/Directional Pad: Used to fire the turbo boost to greatly increase your truck's speed. All directions activate the same command.

  • A: Used to reset position
  • +: Used to pause the game.
  • 1: Used to brake and move in reverse.
  • 2: Used to accelerate

In addition, the positional sensors in the Wii Remote are used for navigation. Players holds the Wii Remote with its "face" facing upwards. By tilting the Wii Remote clockwise and counterclockwise (from the perspective of holding the Wii Remote out in front of you), you can steer your truck to the right and left, respectively. When airborne, tilting the Wii Remote forward and backward will angle the pitch of your truck in midair.

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