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Excite Truck
Excite Truck cover
Developer(s) Monster Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date NA November 19, 2006
JP January 18, 2007
EU February 16, 2007
AUS February 22, 2007
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: E
OFLC: G
PEGI: 7+
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Wii Remote

Excite Truck is a racing video game published by Nintendo and developed by Monster Games for the Wii. It features malleable environments and tilt-based controls. The game was one of the Wii launch titles in North America. It is the third game in the Excite series, following Excitebike 64 and Excitebike, which was released on the Virtual Console service in Europe on February 16 to mark the European release of Excite Truck.

Excite Truck is the first Wii game to let people select music in the form of MP3s from an SD card to be played in the background while they are playing instead of the music provided by the game.

GameplayEdit

Excite Truck does not use the Nunchuk attachment; it is controlled entirely with the Wii Remote. When first starting the game the player must go through a series of tests or practice runs before they are allowed to play the full game. After finishing the training levels, both single and multiplayer modes are available. The player first starts with three trucks. They must unlock additional trucks by reaching various benchmarks. The game also supports split screen two player multiplayer.

ScoringEdit

Crossing the finish line first is not the goal of Excite Truck, but rather another avenue for gaining stars. Stars are scored for a variety of stunts, and for the player's placement at the end of the race. A letter grade is awarded for each race, corresponding to the number of stars obtained, with the S rank being the highest grade possible. Getting S ranks in all tracks on the regular Excite difficulty level unlocks a harder "Super Excite" difficulty level. Getting S ranks in all tracks on the Super Excite difficulty level unlocks an even more difficult Mirror Mode level.

In single player Excite mode, all tracks have a required number of stars to advance further in the game. The player is not required to finish in first place as long as they gain the number of stars required during the race. Races are timed to prevent players from reversing back across high-star areas and completing the same stunts over and over again.

Winning racesEdit

In single player mode, the player receives bonus stars following the race depending on how they placed. These stars are applied to your score before determining if the player has completed the track's minimum score.

In multiplayer races, the player who crosses the finish line first receives a bonus of 15 stars. Additionally, once the first player has crossed the line, a 30 second countdown is triggered for the second player. For each second that the second player has not completed the race, an extra star is awarded the first finisher. If the timer expires, the second player is disqualified with no score.

Play modesEdit

Excite Truck features several gameplay modes, most of them for a single player.

  • Excite Race: The player competes in several cup races. After completing each race in a cup (a race is completed by racing it and scoring the required number of stars), a new cup will be opened, and new tracks can be raced. The new tracks are accessible immediately in Excite Race and Versus modes.
  • Super Excite Race: The harder difficulty unlocked after completing every race in the Excite Race mode with a score of "S".
  • Mirror Race Mode: An even more difficult mode in which all the tracks are in reverse and the rings are smaller, unlocked after completing every race in the Super Excite Race with a score of "S".
  • Challenge: The player must maneuver their vehicle through a series of Gate, Ring, and Crush Challenges.
  • Super Challenge: A more difficult series of Gate, Ring, and Crush Challenges.
  • Versus: The multiplayer aspect of the game, which allows two players to race one another.

Racing areasEdit

Excite Truck features seven locales to race in--China, Scotland, Mexico, Fiji, Finland and Canada. A bonus track is a fantasy crystal mountain named Nebula, which, as the name describes, is under a purple nebula.

References to past Excite titlesEdit

The game is a spiritual sequel to Excitebike and Excitebike 64. The developers passed down and updated many features that made the original games popular. For example, the giant cliffs and jumps from the NES title return, as the courses feature many hills and cliffs that make the player jump unrealistically high altitudes with their truck. In fact, the main item of the game lets players morph the land to make the levels even more "extreme" than they were originally designed. As in all Excite titles, it is important to adjust the angle of the vehicle so its wheels land parallel to the ground; in Excite Truck, a massive turbo boost is rewarded for a perfect landing.

A gameplay element also carried from both the NES and N64 titles is overheating. When the player uses too much boost, their engine will overheat, temporarily reducing the top speed of their truck. Driving the truck into shallow water will instantly cool the engine all the way down, so infinite boost can be used while in water. Also while in mid-air the engine cools down so a player could boost and overheat approaching a jump and then have a cooled engine when they land. Water can be either part of the course or it can be reached using a land-deformation powerup. However, the truck will be counted as "crashed" if it drives into darker-colored deep water, and it must be reset the same way as any crash.

While not an Excite title, the SNES game Super Off Road: the Baja has very similar gameplay to Excite Truck.

ReleaseEdit

The game was first playable during E3 2006, and an updated build was also playable during the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour, with four different courses playable. Prior to its release at the Wii launch, the game was one of the first titles to be playable on the first Wii Kiosks, along with Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The game was released in North America on November 19, 2006, simultaneous with the launch of the Wii. Excite Truck was the 9th best selling game for the Wii during November.

The game was released January 18, 2007 in Japan; February 16, 2007 in Europe; and February 22, 2007 in Australia. An Excite Truck themed toy truck was offered with Wendy's Kids Meals as part of a promotion with Nintendo.

The games title track is featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as a trophy and a few stickers.

ReceptionEdit

On Metacritic, a web site that collates reviews, Excite Truck has a "metascore" of 72/100 based on 57 reviews.

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The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with the Excite Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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