Excitebike 64 is making its way into the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

The classic motorcycle racer Excitebike 64 will make its way to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack service in the near future.

Fans of retro racing games rejoice! The Nintendo 64 classic Excitebike 64 will be heading to the Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack in the near future.

The announcement came yesterday (September 13, 2022) during a Nintendo Direct presentation, alongside other big titles like Pilotwings 64 and Goldeneye 007 (my absolute favorite game, exciting enough). However, a more specific release date than “2023” has not been announced.

The fast-paced motocross title was a sequel to the two-dimensional, side-scrolling Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) original from 1985, which was simply called Excitebike. Interestingly, it was designed by Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto, and its game engine was used to develop Super Mario Bros. later that same year.

Excitebike 64 combined superb bike physics with an intuitive stunt system that allowed players to perform up to 30 different tricks across 20 tracks. Excitebike 64 also featured some typical Nintendo silliness: players could take part in bizarre mini-games in the special tracks menu, including a race to put out as many campfires as possible in a randomly generated desert landscape. how you do

Excitebike 64 is making its way into the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

But from a technical point of view, Excitebike 64 was an impressive feat – it even featured a powerful track editor tool!

Developed by US-based Left Field Productions, the game was released in Japan and North America in 2000, followed by a European release a year later.

With four-player split-screen multiplayer (unconfirmed for Switch release yet), officially licensed motorcycle brands, and nuanced handling, Excitebike 64 could well be the racing gem in the online expansion pack’s crown when it’s available.

Excitebike 64 is making its way into the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

However, we’re hoping that the Excitebike 64 emulation will offer a smoother experience than the recent port of Wave Race 64 Switch, which was particularly disappointing given the quality of the F-Zero X and Mario Kart 64 conversions.

What was your favorite part of Excitebike 64? Does the announcement for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass convince you to opt for the service? Let us know in the comments below.

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