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Wave Race 64 has joined the N64 Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack catalogue today, and gameplay footage of the title has emerged. A total of 21 minutes are available for viewing.

Here’s some more information about the game:

Wave Race 64 has just released for Nintendo Switch Online, and we can now take a look at how this version of the game compares visually to past iterations. In this Gamexplain video, the Switch version is first compared to the N64 original, before then being compared to the more modern Wii U version.

As is expected, the Switch version is certainly an improvement over the more jagged N64 original, and since Wii U ports of N64 games tended to make things a little darker, the Switch brightens it up in comparison to be truer to its initial release.

Here is some more information about Wave Race 64:

Wave Race 64 Nintendo Switch Online

Wave Race 64 is the next N64 game joining Nintendo Switch Online, it’s been announced. Those with access to the Expansion Pack tier can begin playing on August 19, 2022.

Wave Race 64, a racing title, originally released shortly after the launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1996. Players can choose from one of four watercraft racers, each with their own abilities and style, and try to capture glory in Championship Mode, go for the fastest time in Time Trials, pull off tricks in Stunt Mode, or challenge a friend in 2P VS. Mode.

This month’s issue of RetroGamer has an interview with a number of former Rare employees. One section has some staffers reflecting on the studio’s relationship with Nintendo, which was a two-way street.

Chris Seavor told the magazine that Rare came up with jet skis in Wave Race 64 while Shigeru Miyamoto suggested ties in Donkey Kong Country:

“Bottom line, everybody won: Wave Race 64 was originally with boats until Tim suggested Jet Skis and in Donkey Kong Country he didn’t have a tie until Miyamoto added one.”

Another ex-Rare staffer, Chris Sutherland, also noted that Miyamoto’s input was crucial when it came to another element of Donkey Kong Country:

“The ground slap that Donkey Kong performed in the DKC series originated as a suggestion from Miyamoto.”


Another round of footage has come in for Wave Race 64, which launched on the European Wii U Virtual Console last week. Take a look at the latest video below.

Wave Race 64 debuted on the European Wii U Virtual Console earlier today. For a look at the game, view the video below.

Wave Race 64 hits the European Wii U Virtual Console on December 31. View the official trailer below.

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