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ExciteBots: Trick Racing! Hours spent playing the Wii’s most bizarre racer! Official U.S. Nintendo Channel data report.

May 1, 2013


Coffee Beans
Can you imagine a video game sales pitch to a publisher which mentions, “Sandwiches: Drive through the ingredients in the proper order to make a delicious sandwich.”, as a mini-game feature? Probably not? Yeah, I couldn’t either until I saw it in motion and did just that in ExciteBots: Trick Racing on the Wii!

ExciteBots: Trick Racing released for the Wii in the U.S. on April 20, 2009, with two SKUs available for purchase. One SKU included the game with the Wii Wheel peripheral, the other SKU was just the game only.

ExciteBots was developed by Monster Games, the same developer behind the Wii launch title Excite Truck and the 3DS launch title PilotWings Resort. The game was published by Nintendo, and received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Mild Fantasy Violence” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent making sandwiches, playing darts, bowling, and throwing pies at clowns during races in ExciteBots: Trick Racing, since the game released just over 4 years ago? If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U, how many hours might you expect from ExciteBots: Trick Racing should you buy it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

40+ races, 19 ExciteBots to customize/unlock, local and online multiplayer.

The Brew
ExciteBots: Trick Racing has approximately 58,393 U.S. Wii owners with game-play data reported through the Nintendo Channel. The game’s 875,169 Total Hours of reported game-play (seen in the image above), is equivalent to the game being played for almost 100 straight years!

The game’s reported average of 15 Hours 0 Minutes “Per person”, makes ExciteBots: Trick Racing the Wii’s most played game in the Excite series on the system. That’s more hours played “Per person” than Excite Truck, the Wii NES Virtual Console Excitebike release, and the WiiWare Excitebike: World Rally release. U.S. Wii owners have averaged playing the game about 1 Hour 29 Minutes each time they play it, according to the data from the image.

How was ExciteBots received by critics and customers? The game currently has a “professional” review score average of 80.19%, based on 27 reviews from GameRankings.com. The current customer review score average is 87.77%, based on 54 reviews for both SKUs of the the game on Amazon.com. Overall, positive reviews from critics and customers that played the game.

If you’re interested to see what I wrote about the game over 2 years ago, you can read my piece “An Exciting Wii Racer – Ignored by Nintendo, Not Known by Wii Owners” HERE. If you’re interested in reading an actual review (one with a score!), I suggest you check out SuperPhillip’s review for ExciteBots HERE (If you’re a fan of Saved by the Bell, you should spot a reference to the series in it!)

Caffeinated Thoughts
First, let me answer the second question (okay, really like fourth question) from above. If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U, is ExciteBots: Trick Racing a game you should look at buying? YES! If you enjoy arcade racing type games that have a great sense of speed, I highly recommend you give ExciteBots a try. The game can be found for under $20 new, and under $10 used. (Only $5 used HERE, at GameStop!) Now, if you’re a Wii U owner interested in the game, you just need to make sure that you own a Wii Remote as well, because Wii games can’t currently be played with the Wii U GamePad.

Just a little above average…

As for my reported game-play time with ExciteBots, the image above shows my reported time with the game as it appears on the Nintendo Channel. So, I have just over three times the number of hours played, as the reported average “Per person”. Again, if you can grab the game now for under $10 used (I doubt Nintendo is still publishing it), I would highly recommend that you do so. You should easily be able to get around 10 hours of game-play from it just enjoying the single-player racing campaign on your own, without even playing local or online multiplayer or the mini-games in it.

Like I mentioned in my piece over 2 years ago, ExciteBots: Trick Racing had little (to no) advertising before and after it released, which I find unfortunate and might be a reason you have never heard of it (or, simply forgot about it quickly). If you haven’t seen any footage from the game, the video below should give you a good idea of how the races are set up. The races in the video are of me racing online against Daemion from MyLittleGamer.Blogspot.com:

Monster Games (again, the developer) has a pretty solid record of racing games now, and in just a few shorts weeks their next game will be released for the Nintendo 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. I’m glad to see Nintendo has apparently formed a good developer/publisher relationship with Monster Games, allowing the developer to even try new things outside of their racing roots with series like PilotWings Resort and now porting Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Seeing that Monster Games has produced some really solid games for Nintendo platforms in recent years, like ExciteBots, I really hope that Nintendo will let the developer create either a new Excite game for the Wii U. If not a new Excite game for the Wii U, I think even a completely new racing game from Nintendo’s F-Zero or Wave Race series for the Wii U (personally, I would like a Wave Race HD title right now) would be great.

Questions
If you perhaps played both Excite Truck and ExciteBots: Trick Racing on the Wii, which game did you enjoy more? If you enjoyed ExciteBots as much as I did (or, perhaps even more and paused playing it to leave a comment!), do you hope that Nintendo will get Monster Games to make an ExciteBots sequel for the Wii U?

Also, if you have played a lot of racing games on the Wii, can you think of one that is perhaps more hilariously bizarre and fun to play than ExciteBots?

You can purchase some of the games developed by Monster Games for Nintendo platforms linked below!

>An Exciting Wii Racer – Ignored by Nintendo, Not Known by Wii Owners

February 28, 2011

>Coffee Beans:
     When you think of the Wii and racing games, what’s the first game that enters your mind?  Mario Kart Wii, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, or perhaps even the Wii release title Excite Truck?
     Well, I think one Wii racing game that has flown under the radar since it was released is ExciteBots: Trick Racing.
  
      ExciteBots: Trick Racing was released in North America on April 20, 2009 with two versions: one for $39.99 that was the game by itself, and one for $49.99 that included a Wii Wheel.  The game was developed by Monster Games, and published by Nintendo.
     Now you may be thinking, “What do you mean that it was ignored by Nintendo?”  Well, it was released with little fanfare and given basically no media attention from Nintendo.  Considering how well the game plays, and the amount of content in it, I’m really surprised that Nintendo didn’t give the game at least one commercial(if they did, I couldn’t find a record of it).
     I received ExciteBots: Trick Racing as a surprise gift from my wife in May of 2009.  She had one of my friends call me and ask me what new Wii games were out, that HE may be interested in.  After thinking of Endless Ocean: Blue World and ExciteBots: Trick Racking, I told him I had seen a video of ExciteBots, and I thought he would like it.
     Well, a few days later Mrs. Coffee presented me a gift, and I unwrapped ExciteBots: Trick Racing!
     As for ExciteBots not being known by Wii owners, I remember talking with my neighbor one day(same neighbor who gave me the 2011 Club Nintendo Calendar I used in the Contest/Giveaway last month!) and mentioning ExciteBots to him…he hadn’t heard of it.  I ran into the house, and grabbed my copy of ExciteBots and let him borrow it.  He’s a pretty regular gamer on the Wii, and knows when games are releasing, but ExciteBots had flown under his radar.
     If you haven’t seen any footage of ExciteBots: Trick Racing, here’s a video of me racing against Daemion, from MyLittleGamer.Blogspot.com:

Filtered Thoughts:
     I’ve really enjoyed my time with ExciteBots: Trick Racing, and if you’re looking for a unique racing game on the Wii that offers many hours of fun, I highly suggest ExciteBots: Trick Racing.
     ExciteBots: Trick Racing features both local splitscreen multi-player for two players, or online multi-player races for up to six racers.
     The game has 40+ races to participate in through the “Excite” and “Super Excite” modes, and 19 ExciteBots to choose between for the races.  ExciteBots: Trick Racing also features a “Poker Race” mode where you are playing poker DURING the race.  It also has a separate section for the 10 “Minigames” you encounter during many races, allowing you to practice and get/record high scores for each minigame.
     One example of a minigame in the video above you may have noticed, was me driving through bowling pins during the race, and it would give me Star points for each pin I knocked down.

     If you want to see what Daemion thought of ExciteBots, you can read his review HEREhttp://mylittlegamer.blogspot.com/2011/02/review-of-excitebots-trick-racing-feb.html.

     If any of you own ExciteBots: Trick Racing, and are looking for people to play with/against online, feel free to add my Friend Code for the game:  0860-9995-8866.

Questions:
     If any of you own ExciteBots: Trick Racing, what do you think of the game…good, or bad?  Also, if any of you want to see more coverage/videos of ExciteBots: Trick Racing, please leave a comment letting me know!


If anybody is interested in ExciteBots: Trick Racing, you can see prices for the game on Amazon.com linked below:
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