Wave Race: Blue Storm

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Wave Race: Blue Storm
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North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Shigeki Yamashiro
Producer(s) Minoru Arakawa
Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeki Yamashiro
Composer(s) Lawrence Schwedler
James Phillipsen
Series'Wave Race'  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Platform(s) GameCube
Release
  • JP: September 14, 2001
  • NA: November 18, 2001
  • PAL: May 3, 2002
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Wave Race: Blue Storm [lower-alpha 1] is a Jet Ski racing game released as a launch title for the GameCube in 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.

Jet Ski brand of personal watercraft

Jet Ski is the brand name of a personal water craft (PWC) manufactured by Kawasaki, a Japanese company. The term is often used generically to refer to any type of personal watercraft used mainly for recreation, and it is also used as a verb to describe the use of any type of PWC.

Racing video game Video game genre

The racing video game genre is the genre of video games, either in the first-person or third-person perspective, in which the player partakes in a racing competition with any type of land, water, air or space vehicles. They may be based on anything from real-world racing leagues to entirely fantastical settings. In general, they can be distributed along a spectrum anywhere between hardcore simulations, and simpler arcade racing games. Racing games may also fall under the category of sports games.

GameCube Nintendos sixth-generation console

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Contents

Gameplay

Championship mode

Players begin by selecting a character to use for the entire championship. Following this, the player is presented with a screen showing the courses on which they can race and a weather forecast for each day of the circuit. The more difficult the circuit, the more races (and thus, days) the player must complete. Players can select the order in which they wish to race the courses. This decision can be affected by aforementioned forecast. If the player finds a certain course to be more difficult when it is raining, he or she can elect to play that course on a day which is forecast to be sunny.

After the selection of a course, gameplay begins. Players begin in a field of eight racers. Position at the beginning of a race is determined by your finish in the previous race, e.g. a player finishing third in one race will begin in the third position before the starting line of the following race. In the first race, players begin in eighth. As the player waits for the race to begin, a stoplight changes from red to yellow to green, indicating the start of the race. If a player times it just right, by pressing the accelerator exactly as the light turns green, he or she will receive a turbo, which can be activated at the player's whim and which significantly boosts the speed of the player's craft for a short time.

The player then begins to navigate the course. In every course, buoys are set up in two colors: red and yellow. Red buoys are supposed to be passed on the right; yellow buoys on the left. Passing buoys correctly builds up your turbo meter. Other than the method mentioned above, which only works at the very beginning of a race, turbos can only be acquired by correctly navigating five of these buoys or by performing a stunt (see Stunt Mode under Game Modes, below). Each stunt, unlike each buoy, fills from one-fifth to three-fifth of the meter depending on the stunt. Incorrectly passing a buoy results in the loss of any built-up turbo stages. This leads to some degree of strategy. For example, a player might build up a turbo, then use it to cut off a buoy placed in an awkward manner, or one off a distance to the side, thus eliminating much of the time that would have been used to get to and correctly pass that buoy.

There are other, smaller red buoys which mark the boundaries of each course. Going outside of these buoys is not recommended, as staying outside of them for too long results in a disqualification.

During the race, the player is often bombarded (depending on weather conditions) with waves and rain which can force an inexperienced player off-course, or into obstacles or other riders. Successful navigation of these waves is essential. This is where the game's uniqueness in the genre comes to light. Waves are completely random and are affected by the weather, making for a different experience from that of most other games in the racing genre, such as the PlayStation 2's Splashdown . Every race consists of three laps. Often during a race, shortcuts will be revealed as the player passes each lap. Spotting these shortcuts as they appear can be essential to victory.

PlayStation 2 sixth-generation and second home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment

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<i>Splashdown</i> (video game) 2001 video game

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At the end of each race, the player is awarded points proportional to the place in which they finished. A player needs a certain point total at the end of each race in order to advance to the next day. If this total is not reached, the player must begin the circuit again.

Victory comes when the player finishes first, second, or third overall in total points at the end of the circuit. (note: for the expert circuit your must finish first if you want all weather conditions in time attack mode)

Other modes

Characters

There are eight characters in Blue Storm, three of them from the previous game, two newcomers, and some of the rest from 1080° Snowboarding . Each character is rated on a scale of 1-6 in five different categories which affect that character's performance, with six being the best. Each character also has his or her own crew chief, which is nothing more than a voice offering encouragement and advice to the player.

<i>1080° Snowboarding</i> snowboard racing video game

1080° Snowboarding is a snowboard racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo. It was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, and was re-released in 2008 for the Wii's Virtual Console. In the game, the player controls one of five snowboarders from a third-person perspective, using a combination of buttons to jump and perform tricks over eight levels.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic 80/100 [1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Edge 7/10 [3]
EGM 6.5/10 [4]
Eurogamer 8/10 [5]
Famitsu 32/40 [6]
Game Informer 8.5/10 [7]
Game Revolution B− [8]
GamePro Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [9]
GameSpot 8.5/10 [10]
GameSpy 80% [11]
IGN 9.2/10 [12]
Nintendo Life Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Nintendo Power Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [14]

Blue Storm received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. [1] The game was praised for its water effects, weather effects, and physics. The weather effects in the game, most people agreed, were outstanding. They caused wave height to vary and often came on slowly, or would let up surprisingly in the middle of a race. The weather also affected course layout, adding to the game's variety. [1] Physics in the game were unmatched by any other water-based game at the time. Waves that varied in height and intensity, wakes from other riders and more all attributed to the overall feel of the game and was usually mentioned as one of the games positives. [1]

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Wake Region of recirculating flow immediately behind or downstream of a moving or stationary solid body


In fluid dynamics, a wake may either be:

Most negative criticism centered around a few factors: difficulty, graphics, and similarity to Wave Race 64. [1] The difficulty of the game was mostly to the controls, which were more twitchy and required a delicate touch on the control stick and proper use of the GameCube controller's L and R buttons. The control system in Wave Race 64, by contrast, was slower and smoother and as a result, less demanding. Graphically, the game was flagged for having decidedly low poly visuals, with uninspired art and character design. Some of Wave Race: Blue Storm's courses were criticized for being copies or re-designs of courses from Wave Race 64, and as such, the game felt overly-familiar. [1] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one eight, one nine, one eight, and one seven for a total of 32 out of 40. [6] [15]

Low poly

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<i>Famitsu</i> periodical literature

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Blue Storm sold 62,003 units in Japan, [16] and was the third best selling launch title for the GameCube in North America, behind Luigi's Mansion and Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader . [17]

Appearances in other games

Ryota Hayami appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a collectable trophy, with his new look from this game. Several stickers based on Blue Storm can be collected in Super Smash Bros. Brawl .

See also

Notes

  1. Japanese:ウェーブレース ブルーストーム Hepburn:Uēbu Rēsu Burū Sutōmu ?

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