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Wave Runner 64
Wave Race 64 Coverart.png
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto (Producer)
Composer(s) Kazumi Totaka
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, iQue, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Nintendo 64
JPN September 27, 1996
NA November 5, 1996
PAL April 29, 1997
CHN November, 2003
Virtual Console [1]
JPN July 31, 2007
USA August 6, 2007
PAL August 17, 2007
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, 2 player simultaneous
Rating(s) ESRB: K–A (Kids to Adults)
Media 64-Megabit ROM cartridge
System requirements Controller Pak 2 pages per save file (optional)

Wave Race 64 (ウエーブレース64 Uēbu Rēsu Rokujūyon ?) is a racing game for the Nintendo 64 that was released on September 27, 1996 in Japan and on November 5, 1996 in North America. In Wave Race 64 the player races on jet skis in many different weather conditions, on a variety of different courses. The game was sponsored by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries brand. Wave Race 64 was released August 6, 2007 for the Wii Virtual Console in North America.[2], in PAL territories it was released on the 17th of August.



The objective of each race is to not only to beat the other racers but also to successfully weave the jet-ski through various buoys. There are two types of buoys: red colored, which are signified by an R on them and must be passed on the right side, and yellow buoys, which are marked with an L and must be passed on the left side. Each time a buoy is correctly passed, a power arrow will light and the jet-ski will gain speed. Up to five arrows can be lit in order to obtain maximum power.

Failure to do either of these will result in a loss of power (though the arrows can be lit again) and missing five buoys over the course of a race will result in disqualification. Leaving the course (either by leaving the area limited by pink buoys or by leaving the water altogether) for more than ten seconds will also result in disqualification.

Game modes

The game modes are:

  • Championship: the player must beat a series of tracks and win the first place. Up to four levels of difficulty can be chosen: Normal, Hard, Expert and Reverse (the last being basically Expert with the tracks oriented backwards). Hard, Expert, and Reverse initially need to be unlocked. Also, the difficulty determines the number of courses played (six in Normal, seven in Hard and eight in Expert/Reverse). Each track has a specific set of points that the player must achieve in order to move to the next track. If the required quantity is not met, the player will be disqualified and the game will be over. The ranking the player finishes each race in determines the amount of points given: first place receives 7 points, second place receives 4 points, and third and fourth places receive 2 and 1 points, respectively. Players who are disqualified during the race do not receive any points.
  • Warm Up: In this mode, the player trains to use the jet-ski in a special course known as Dolphin Park. In the bottom of the screen a prompt will indicate a set of instructions to control the vehicle, though the player can ignore it and practice by him- or herself. The player can also start Championship mode from Dolphin Park if they decide to.
  • Time Trials: the typical time-attack mode in order to perform the best times, which are recorded in the game's data. Only the courses that have been unlocked can be played.
  • Stunt Mode: In this mode the player plays solo in order to earn points by executing stunts and passing through hoops. The points depend upon how many hoops the player passes through without missing, as well as the class of stunt that has been performed, in which conditions it was executed, and the frequency that particular stunt has been done (the more times a single stunt is successfully completed, the amount of points awarded decreases). The game keeps track of the best scores. Only the unlocked courses can be played, and the warm up level, Dolphin Park, is also available.
  • 2P VS.: A versus mode with a second player. The screen is vertically divided into two sections by a horizontal line. Like in other modes, only the unlocked tracks can be played.

The options menu allows the player to check audio, look over and erase records, and manage saved data from either the game itself or the Controller Pak. The names of the characters and the racing conditions (required laps, wave conditions, etc.) can also be changed.


Wave Race 64 was originally developed as a racing game featuring futuristic speedboats that changed forms by retracting or expanding itself, as shown in footage from the 1995 Nintendo Shoshinkai show. Because of its similarities with the then still-in-progress F-Zero X, the game took a drastic turn in its concept. Shigeru Miyamoto once stated that Wave Race 64 "taps 80% of the N64's power" and remains one of the most advanced N64 games ever released. The game features accurate wave physics, which are notorious for being difficult to program. Tomonobu Itagaki, the creator of the Dead or Alive series, included a jet-ski mode on the game Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 because he is a great fan of Wave Race 64. Kazumi Totaka, song composer for the game, has a hidden song in many games for which he composes the music, but it is unknown whether or not it appears in this game. Ryota Hayami appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, though the trophy depicts him in his Blue Storm outfit.


Ryota and Ayumi racing on Sunny Beach.

Wave Race 64 only has four characters, and they are:[3]

  • Ryota Hayami (18 years old, Japan): the most balanced character, Ryota can be used by beginners and experts alike.
  • Dave Mariner (32 years old, USA): the fattest and fastest character, Dave has poor handling, grip, and acceleration, is recommended for advanced players.
  • Ayumi Stewart (21 years old, USA): the only female character, Ayumi is the skinniest and slowest character, but has the best handling and acceleration. She is recommended for beginners.
  • Miles Jeter (24 years old, Canada): the only character who was absent in Blue Storm, Miles has the quickest steering responding and worst grip, but is average in all other categories. He is recommended for intermediate to expert players. His skills are especially very useful in the stunt mode thanks to his quick responding controls and tight cornering.

Every character's categories may be customized before starting the race. However, this will only change the skills of the character in a limited tolerance. For example, even setting Dave Mariner to maximum control will not result to an equal controlling experience as with Miles Jeter.


Wave Race 64 was rated the 127th best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list.[4] Sony had a similar game series called Jet Moto.


Like Super Mario 64, Wave Race 64 was also re-released in Japan in July 1997 as Wave Race 64 Rumble Pak Support Version (ウエーブレース64 振動パック対応バージョン Uēbu Rēsu Rokujūyon Shindō Pakku Taiō Bājon ?). This re-release took advantage of the Rumble Pak accessory.[5]

Wave Race 64 was released on the Wii Virtual Console on August 6, 2007. Unlike almost all other Virtual Console games, Wave Race 64 was modified, with the in-game Kawasaki banners removed, most likely owing to an expired licensing deal. The replaced ads show Wii and Nintendo DS advertisements instead [6]. The Jet Skis themselves have also been slightly modified and bear no Kawasaki logos.


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Wave Race 64
Box artwork for Wave Race 64.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s)
Nintendo 64
iQue Player
 November, 2003
Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Wii Virtual Console
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
CERO: All ages
ESRB: Kids to Adults
PEGI: Ages 3+
OFLC: General
Media 64-Megabit cartridge
Input Game controller
Preceded by Wave Race
Followed by Wave Race: Blue Storm
Series Wave Race

Wave Race 64 is a Racing game for the Nintendo 64 that was released on September 27, 1996 in Japan and on November 5, 1996 in North America. It is a sequel of the Game Boy game Wave Race. In Wave Race 64 the player races on jet skis in many different weather conditions, on a variety of different courses. The game featured the Kawasaki Heavy Industries brand.

On August 6, 2007 in North America and on the 17th in PAL areas Wave Race 64 was released on the Wii Virtual Console.

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Wave Race 64

Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date November 1, 1996 (NA)
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Media Cartridge
Input Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Wave Race 64 was a launch title for the Nintendo 64, basically to just show off what pretty water effects they could pull off. It was a racing game that featured 1 of 4 people on jet skis, and if you're really special, a dolphin.


  • R. Hayami
  • A. Stewart
  • M. Jeter
  • D. Mariner


  • Dolphin Park
  • Sunny Beach
  • Sunset Bay
  • Drake Lake
  • Marine Fortress
  • Port Blue
  • Twilight City
  • Glacier Coast
  • Southern Island
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