Wave Race

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Wave Race
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Pax Softnica
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Masayuki Kameyama
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Composer(s) Taisuke Araki
SeriesWave Race
Platform(s) Game Boy
  • NA: July 1, 1992
  • EU: June 24, 1997
Genre(s) Water racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Wave Race is a 1992 personal watercraft racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the first game in the Wave Race series. The game is relatively simple, in that the player controls a jet skier around a track aiming to beat the computer or up to three friends using the link cable accessory.

Personal watercraft recreational watercraft

A personal watercraft (PWC), also called water scooter, and comically a boatercycle, is a recreational watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than inside of, as in a boat. PWCs have two style categories, first and most popular being a runabout or "sit down" where the rider uses the watercraft mainly sitting down, and the watercraft typically holds two or more people. The second style is a "stand-up", where the rider uses the watercraft standing up. The stand-up styles are built for one rider and are used more for doing tricks, racing, and use in competitions. Both styles have an inboard engine driving a pump-jet that has a screw-shaped impeller to create thrust for propulsion and steering. Most are designed for two or three people, though four-passenger models exist. Many of today's models are built for more extended use and have the fuel capacity to make long cruises, in some cases even beyond 100 miles.

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Game Boy 1989 portable video game console

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. The first handheld in the Game Boy family, it was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, then North America, three months later, and lastly in Europe, nearly a year after. It was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch and several Nintendo Entertainment System games: Satoru Okada, Gunpei Yokoi, and Nintendo Research & Development 1.



There are two modes in which the game may be played:


The goal is to race through pairs of posts across the track. Each one passed through increases the player's score by one point. The player with the most points once all posts have been taken wins.


A race in which the player must proceed through certain checkpoints and complete each lap in a time limit. Two powerups are available on the track. The dolphin gives the player increased turning ability, while the octopus allows the recipient to steal from opponents.

In both modes there are a variety of obstacles including ramps, shallow water and whirlpools. There are eight tracks for each mode.[ citation needed ]

The game includes sixteen courses. The tracks have obstacles (buoys, pylons) and jumps. Players begin at a slower class of watercraft and graduate to faster engines. Players can also use a limited turbo boost. The game features four-player multiplayer. [1]


Wave Race holds a score of 74% on GameRankings. [2]

Nintendo Power wrote that the game successfully emulated the feel of watercraft racing. The reviewers praised the effect of skidding around corners, and recommended the four-player multiplayer experience. [1]


Wave Race sold well enough to earn a Player's Choice medal and was later followed by two sequels: Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm . Unlike the first game, Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm were also released in Japan.

<i>Wave Race 64</i> 1996 video game

Wave Race 64 is a racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo. It was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996 and is a follow-up to the 1992 Game Boy title Wave Race. Most of the game involves the player racing on a Jet Ski on a variety of courses while successfully manoeuvring the vehicle around various buoys. A multiplayer mode where two players can compete against each other on a chosen course is also included. The game supports the Controller Pak, which allows players to transfer saved data from one game cartridge to another.

<i>Wave Race: Blue Storm</i> video game

Wave Race: Blue Storm is a Jet Ski racing game released as a launch title for the GameCube in late 2001. A sequel to the 1996 Nintendo 64 game Wave Race 64, and the third in the series that started with the 1992 Game Boy game Wave Race, Wave Race: Blue Storm was developed by NST and published by Nintendo.

In November 2016, Nintendo applied to renew the Wave Race copyright through EUIPO, [3] hinting that the series may continue in the near future. During an interview with Fandom in April 2018, Wave Race producer Shinya Takahashi suggested that the series may see a revival on the Nintendo Switch. [4] [5]

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