Packaging artwork released in North America.
Hudson Soft (PC-8801, X1)
Arika (Nintendo 3DS)
Hudson Soft PC-8801, X1)
|Release date||November 30, 1984|
JPNovember 30, 1984
USAOctober 18, 1985
CANFebruary 3, 1986
EUSeptember 1, 1986
Famicom Disk System
JPDecember 9, 1988
Game Boy Advance
JPFebruary 14, 2004
NAJune 2, 2004
EUJuly 9, 2004
JP/NA/EUJune 6, 2011
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
|Ratings||E for Everyone|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo Entertainment System, NEC PC-8801, X1, Arcade, Game Boy Advance|
Excitebike (エキサイトバイク) is a motocross racing video game franchise made by Nintendo. It debuted as a game for the Famicom in Japan in 1984 and as a launch title for the NES in 1985. It is the first game of the Excite series, succeeded by its direct sequel Excitebike 64, its spiritual successors Excite Truck and Excitebots: Trick Racing, and the WiiWare title Excitebike: World Rally. 3D Classics: Excitebike, a 3D remake of the original game, was free for a limited time to promote the launch of the Nintendo eShop in June 2011.
Whether the player chooses to race solo or against computer-assisted riders, they race against a certain time limit. The goal is to qualify for the Excitebike (the championship) race by coming in at third place or above in the challenge race (preliminary race). The times to beat are located on the stadium walls (for first place) and in the lower left corner (for third place). In any race, the best time is 8 seconds ahead of third place. When the player places first, then they get a message: "It's a new record!" Additional points are earned by beating the previously-set record time.
In the Super Smash Flash series
The racers first featured in this game, along with their bikes, appear in Super Smash Flash 2 as an Assist Trophy simply called Excitebike. Their appearances draw from their sprites in this game, and like in the game, several appear at once and they race around the stage when summoned.
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