The first of Nintendo’s plans to remake classic NES titles in glorious 3D is now available on the Nintendo 3DS E-Shop. The question is, is it worth the price tag?
I’ll start this review off by saying right off the bat that I have never really been a fan of the original Excitebike but with that being said, I’m going to try and be as unbiased as I can in this review.
For those under a rock, Excitebike is a side-scrolling racing game that came out on the original NES system many, many years ago. The gameplay in this 3D remake is virtually unchanged. You have a choice of 5 different tracks in two separate categories, one for solo time trials and one for racing against other racers. You can go at either normal speed or use a turbo but with the turbo you run the risk of causing your bike to overheat. If you get knocked off your bike, which happens all the freaking time, you get sent off the track and have to wait an eternity for your racer to run back to his bike.
There is a course building included as well and I’m not sure if the original version had this or not but it’s a nice little feature that adds a bit of replayability to the game. However, the editor is very limited in what you can do and you can’t share the courses. There is also no multiplayer option which would have been nice.
Considering this is an 8-bit game we’re talking about here it looks surprisingly good in 3D. The depth of field actually works nicely here and it’s not a subtle effect either, it’s very noticeable. Quite frankly though, making the game 3D just isn’t enough for me and with a price of $5.99 US it’s not really worth it just for the 3D effect. Unless you absolutely love Excitebike and can actually see yourself putting hours into this, I wouldn’t really recommend it.