The arrival of Wave Race 64 on Switch as a part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack has been the reason for a lot celebration within the Nintendo Life workplace. Those water physics have the facility to impress some two-and-a-half a long time on, and it nonetheless handles like a dream.
If you’ve got by no means performed the sport — or in the event you’re a PAL gamer and solely ever performed the 50Hz model — we urge you to dive in and provides it a attempt. We’d even counsel that it is price subscribing to the upper tier service for, if solely briefly. Check out our up to date retro assessment for why we’re such enormous followers.
This basic’s look on Switch has additionally resurfaced an outdated debate: Which Wave Race is finest — 64 or the 2002 GameDice sequel, Wave Race: Blue Storm?
There’s no argument as to which one seems to be the most effective, with the generational leap of the ‘Cube’s tech providing a far prettier expertise in Nintendo Software Technology’s US-developed entry. Wave Race 64’s chunky polygons — highlighted all of the extra on Switch because of the next decision output — look adorably primitive by comparability.
Still, handling-wise, Nintendo EAD’s 64-bit entry nonetheless feels nigh-on good. This author has all the time most popular the extra exact really feel of the N64’s spindly analogue stick, too, even when it is solely an imagined distinction. The analogue mechanism of the N64’s pad — a correct stick! — versus the ‘ball’-style GameDice equal all the time felt extra aware of racing line micro-adjustments. And these tiny inputs could make the distinction between cresting a wave completely or barrelling right into a buoy and ruining your race. It’s the identical with F-Zero X versus GX, though that outdated chestnut is for one other article.
They’re each nice video games, then, however which one is your favorite? Let us know within the ballot beneath and we’ll settle the matter as soon as and for all.
Oh, and after all there’s additionally the unique top-down Game Boy racer that kicked off the collection in 1992. Don’t get us flawed, Wave Race is a high-quality recreation in its personal proper (particularly in the event you’ve bought a hyperlink cable and three buddies) and we’ll embrace it within the ballot beneath. However, we’re underneath no illusions as to the place it’s going to rank on the rostrum. Feel free to shock us, although!
Have you been having fun with the N64 recreation on Switch? We’ve bought a sneaking suspicion that the sport did not arrive within the first wave of Expansion Pack video games because of Drake Lake and emulation foibles that messed with how fog and mist results appeared on Switch. Fortunately, Nintendo put the work in and improved the emulator. Let us know your ideas beneath!