Excite Truck

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Monster

Genres: Racing (2 players)

US release date: Nov 19th, 2006 | EU release date: Feb 16th, 2007

Excite Truck

Get ready for big-air jumps and bone-crunching crashes in EXCITE TRUCK, an off-road racing experience unlike anything players have tried before.

  • Tilt the Wii Remote right and left like a steering wheel to steer. Once the truck goes airborne, tilt the Wii Remote every which way to line up perfect landings for turbo boosts.
  • When players run over exclamation point icons on the course, the terrain morphs in real time - turning innocent bumps into massive launch pads.
  • In the spirit of Excitebike, success depends on dodging obstacles at high speeds, pulling off huge airs and lining up perfect landings.

How to progress through the game: In EXCITE TRUCK, the main goal is to jump and bump to the highest score and best finish. The more points players gain, the higher their status grows - which in turn unlocks new courses. When players first start the game, they'll need to pass a series of tutorial challenges that teach the basics of driving and racing a truck. After they've completed those challenges, they can enter Excite Mode and race against other trucks in a series of globe-spanning races. During the race, they hold the Wii Remote sideways and turn it to steer around corners and fly off of huge jumps. In the air, players can tilt the Wii Remote to control their descent. If they land with all four tires touching the ground, they'll get a massive speed boost. Each dangerous stunt players pull off will earn stars. The total number of stars players earn determines their race rating. As players complete series of races, they will unlock even more challenging racing courses.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Each truck has a turbo charger that gives it a huge temporary speed boost. However, if players use the turbo too much, their engine will overheat. At the beginning of the game, players have access to only a handful of vehicles. As they earn points for completing races, they'll unlock additional trucks and buggies. During races, they can collect pick-ups that dynamically morph the terrain or make trucks temporarily powerful enough to send trees flying.

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85%

Very good

Excite Truck is what a lot of people are crying out for on Wii. When they're sick of tennis and baseball, and are stumped with a dungeon in Zelda, there's nothing better than to pick up a simple, fun, arcade racer and blast around islands in ridiculously over-powered...read full review

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User comments

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NaT said:

So, nobody's excited? I can't wait for this game!

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wii man said:

This game is absolutely class. I love the way you control the truck/car.

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Wii'R'Us said:

The Wiimote at its best (other than using it as a sword).

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Noah of Nintendo Bunker said:

Wow, that's one excited truck.

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Someone cooler than you said:

Is this a sequel to Excite Bike?

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Tony said:

It is indeed, it's made by the same people I think. I love the way that jumps just pop up out of the ground.

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wiiDSdemSONY said:

Deformation physics, way sweet. This game will be far more polished at launch. A racing game I actually want to buy, weird.

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M!! said:

This seems like a game my sisters will like, they are all preppy but then love games where there's insane racing! Oh, and I hope it has minigames like Race up the Mountain like ExciteBike had, or more appropiate, Race DOWN The Mountain!

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wii thing said:

The wiimote for a steering wheel, this game is gonna rock!

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quartzlcc said:

What's the truck so happy about? Oh yeah, and the graphics are pretty damned good on this one. The gameplay I'm assuming, will be "meh" in my opinion.

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pluto3 said:

There is a powerup that deforms the ground for massive jumps!

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p-nut said:

The graphics look great and it seems pretty fun. Definitely a buy.

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Must..have..wii said:

Never really liked racing games, but this definitely looks like insane amounts of fun with the wiimote. Let's just hope it's got some new things to add to the racing genre (other than the controller obviously).

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DarkVic said:

This game looks amazing! I mean, you get to use the Wii-mote as a steering wheel. This is going to be one of the first games I buy.

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dark ninja said:

The graphics are awesome and the controls look excellent, a must buy.

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Scooby!_Jew said:

The Excite Bike game was a spectacular game for the NES and I think that Excite Truck is going to be the same for the Wii, especially because of the way you control it with the Wiimote. That's going to rule. My summary: A game worthy of your money.

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losers! said:

Yeehaw! Other than nfs carbon this will be the best racer for the wii.

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Epsilon said:

Woo! I've played this at a kiosk for the last two days and I can say this: Excite Truck=racing awesomeness incarnate. And I'm not even a racing fan.

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BrothaZ said:

This is the sequel to excitebike, right? If it is, that's a HUGE step for a sequel.

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charles wf said:

I think you can put your own music on it!

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someguy said:

I will be ecstatic when I play Excite Truck.

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Evil Trash said:

The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is massively fun. After playing for an hour at GameStop yesterday though, I'd have to conclude that it's just too difficult to control with the Wii-Mote. I found it very frustrating trying to keep the truck going straight after making even the slightest of turns. There may be a sensitivity option that I didn't see while I was playing though. I sure hope so, because it seemed like barely moving the controller would force you out of control and it was difficult to get back on the correct path. Also, the trajectory going off big jumps is difficult to nail and you will often land outside the course, ruining your chances of victory. There are so many obstacles (like trees, for instance) that you WILL run into hundreds of times during your first hour or so with this game.

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WII MAN 2 said:

Woohoo I'm so looking forward to this game, it puts the fun back in racing games.

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wii name2 said:

I can't belive you use the Wii mote for a steering wheel! Sweeeet!

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BrothaZ said:

OMG that was SO fun! I just got back from playing it, it RAWKS! The steering is incredibly accurate and realistic but it is easy to crash. Also, the graphics WERE pretty good.

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wiiman900 said:

Yes it sort of is a sequel to excite bike. I played this a few times before the system came out. It was righteous!

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12D3 said:

Yes, finally a game trucks that crash violently.

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someguy said:

This game's so fun (I have it).

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i went wii said:

This looks like Destruction Derby Arenas on ps2 (car crunching action is the resemblance!).

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Captain said:

This game looks great! I'm really looking forward to getting it. I wonder if it comes free with one of those steering wheel attachments to the Wii Remote?

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Sonic Fan said:

I played Wii for the very first time and this was the game I was playing. And it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

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i went wii said:

Yeah the controls would be really hard to do with the physics junk they put in.

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GIR said:

The crush challenge in this game is pretty awesome! It's sort of like a demolition derby.

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Ryan said:

I wish they would have done an actual remake for Excite bike. The NES one owned, I had fun with the N64 one. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Ian C. said:

I have it, it's good. 5 out of 5 I love the crashes!

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wii vic89 said:

This game rocks! Whenever I'm playing it, I'll always put on some metallica. The controls are hard, but you get the hang of it. Nintendo says that they aren't focusing on graphics that much, but excite truck has some impressive visuals. The truck physics are slick and the environment looks pretty damn realistic. The crashes are really cool. The feeling of the impact is like you're really behind the wheel. This game is a must buy if you enjoy crazy, arcade-style action!

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Luigi said:

One of the greatest game ever used with a wii-mote.

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Nova said:

If I ever get to choose five games at some store, this would be one of them.

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poo said:

I played this when a friend brought it over. Surprisingly fun. The graphics are great. The only bad thing is that the multiplayer is limited.

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Luigi said:

I have this game now. It has hard controls, but it's still good.

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bob said:

I own excite truck, and it is definitely a five out of five. The controls are actually extremely easy to use and the physics jump is easy to control unless you go crazy with the remote before jumping. You can put your own music on it through an sd card but it must be plain old mp3. There is a two player mode that is a blast with friends because of the crashes, and watching them in the replay afterwards is as fun as playing (there are INSANE crashes!). All in all a great game that can be played for a long time.

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Luigi said:

Now that I play the game, controls are easy and it's damn fun.

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GFHJ said:

I rented this game one random day. I bought it 6 weeks later.

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F Zero X vc said:

I thought I was renting it because a friend was coming over and I only had Wii sports. I accidentally bought it.

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ToTaL GaMeR said:

I love this game, it was the first game that I ever bought for the Wii. It's really fun but there's a few super excite levels that I can't get S on.

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sarbast said:

Does this game work for intec racing wheel?

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