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North American boxart Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1 Publisher(s) Nintendo Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto Platform(s) NES/Famicom, NEC PC-8801, Arcade, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Release date(s) NES
JP November 30, 1984
NA October 18, 1985
EU September 1, 1986
Famicom Disk System
JP December 9, 1988
Virtual Console
EU February 16, 2007
NA March 19, 2007
JP March 13, 2007 Genre(s) Racing game Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone) (GBA, Wii) Media 192-kilobit cartridge
A screenshot of the game.

Excitebike (エキサイトバイク, Ekisaitobaiku?) is a motocross racing video game franchise made by Nintendo. It first debuted as a game for the Famicom in Japan in 1984 for a price of 5000 yen. It is the first game of the Excite series, succeeded by its sequel Excitebike 64, the spiritual successors Excite Truck and Excitebots: Trick Racing and the WiiWare title Excitebike: World Rally.

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[edit] Gameplay

Whether the player chooses to race solo or against computer-assisted riders, he/she races against a certain time limit. The goal is to qualify for the Excitebike (the championship) race by coming in at third place or above in the challenge race (preliminary race). The times to beat are located on the stadium walls (for first place) and in the lower left corner (for third place). In any race, the best time is 8 seconds ahead of third place. When the player places first, then they get a message: "It's a new record!" Additional points are earned by beating the previously-set record time.

The player controls the position of the red motorcycle with the Y-axis of the directional pad, and controls acceleration with the A and B buttons. Using B causes greater acceleration, but also increases the motorcycle's temperature shown as a bar at the bottom of the screen. If the temperature exceeds safe limits (the bar becomes full), the player will be immobilized for several seconds while the bike cools down. Driving over an arrow will immediately reduce the bike's temperature.

The pitch of the motorcycle can be modified with the X-axis of the directional pad, left raises the front, while right lowers the front. In the air, this rotates the bike, but can also be used to create wheelies on the ground. The up and down arrows on turn the hand bar left and right, respectively when the bike is on the ground.

At the start of the game, the player can choose one of five tracks he/she wants to race in.

[edit] Modes

ExciteBike has three modes of gameplay. In Selection A, the player races solo. In Selection B, CPU players join the player. They act as another obstacle; hitting one from the back will cause the player to fall off the bike, while any CPU riders hitting the player's rear wheel will cause them to fall off.

In Design Mode, the player has the ability to build his or her own racing tracks. The player can choose hills and obstacles of various sizes and place them. The player can also choose where to finish the lap, and how many laps there are (up to nine). After it is finished, the player can race the track in either Selection A or Selection B.

The game allowed saving the custom-designed track to cassette tape, requiring the Famicom Data Recorder peripheral (basically the Famicom equivalent of the C-64's Datassette). Since this peripheral was only available in Japan (intended for use with Nintendo's Family Basic), track saving was effectively unavailable to American and European players (the game's English manual states that "Save and Load menu selections are not operable in this game; they have been programmed in for potential product developments."). Unlike Wrecking Crew, Excitebike was never re-released for the Famicom Disk System in its original form. Courses created using the Virtual Console release can actually be saved to the Wii's internal memory.

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Number of Players:  Multi-Player
Publisher:  Nintendo
Developer:  Nintendo Research & Development 1
Console:  Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Genre:  Sports Action
Release Date:  1984
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