Wave Race: Blue Storm - GameCube

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Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Sport: Water Ski
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB/US/JP)
Released: Nov 2001 (US)
3 May 2002 (GB)
14 Sept 2001 (JP)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card


Wave Race: Blue Storm is the GameCube update to the classic Wave Race 64. This is high action racing over the waves on Jet Skis. If you like racing games, Wave Race will satisfy your winning needs. There’s a competition to be won, are you ready for the challenge?

The idea is simple: complete the courses in the fastest time possible. On each track there are several marking buoys that you must race between. Pass the yellow buoys on the left and race to the right of the red buoys. If you pass five in a row successfully, you will be rewarded with a turbo. Miss five in one race and you are disqualified.

Turbo boosts are new to Wave Race and add a tactical aspect to the gameplay. They can be used to gain positions and reach tricky shortcuts. If you are boosting, your cornering ability is practically non-existent, so use the boosts wisely.

Stunts are much more than tools for showing off. They are actually important elements of the gameplay, as one tricky stunt can fill up your turbo meter in an instant. Massive waves, plus a turbo boost, equals big airtime.

The biggest improvements to Wave Race are the graphics and the wave system. If the weather is nice, you can see the sea bed as you race or just watch the reflections of the riders around the lake. The waves really bounce you around, especially on the later levels. The weather also plays a massive part in this game, and the same course will play differently depending on the weather conditions.

Wave Race: Blue Storm is more of the same with massively improved physics, graphics and water motion. It’s not original, but when its this good, who cares?