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N64's Wave Race 64 Coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on August 19

N64's Wave Race 64 Coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on August 19 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 August 2022 / 1,575 Views

Nintendo announced the Nintendo 64 game, Wave Race 64, is coming to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on Friday, August 19.

Pokémon Snap released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan in September 1996, North America in November 1996, and in Europe in April 1997.

Read details on the game below:

Wave Race 64 is a fast and fluid racing game originally released shortly after the launch of the Nintendo 64 system in 1996. Choose from one of four watercraft racers, each with their own abilities and style, and try to capture glory in Championship Mode, whip around the tracks in Time Trials, pull off tricks in Stunt Mode or challenge a friend in 2P VS. Mode.

Wave Race 64 features nine challenging courses set across scenic locales. Go airborne with dolphins on the golden shores of Sunset Bay, cruise under the bright lights and tall buildings of Twilight City, feel the crashing waves on Sunny Beach or chill out on the frigid waters of Glacier Coast, just to name a few. Plus, racing conditions will change with the weather, making the water choppy or covering the course with fog. The waves will even respond to the way that you and your rivals move!


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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20 Comments
Azzanation (on 16 August 2022)

Wave Race on release was such a mind blowing game. This game was one of the first to ever do waves.

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TallSilhouette (on 16 August 2022)

WARM UP TIME, FOLLOW THAT DOLPHIN!

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Pajderman (on 17 August 2022)

Never played it back in the day. Will give it a try now!

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Spike0503 (on 16 August 2022)

Never played this one but I do remember playing and enjoying the Wave Race they did for GameCube. Back in the day it used to be the one game that was pretty enough to make all the adults around stop and look in awe.

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No9tro (on 16 August 2022)

Pokemon Snap?

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SecondWar No9tro (on 16 August 2022)

Nah, they want you to buy New Pokemon Snap instead.

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Kakadu18 No9tro (on 16 August 2022)

Pokémon Snap is already on NSO.

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SecondWar Kakadu18 (on 16 August 2022)

Is it? Oh right, its Pokemon Stadium that isn't on there for some reason. My mistake.

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SecondWar SecondWar (on 16 August 2022)

From the downvote, I take it having Pokemon Stadium on NSO isn't universally popular.

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gtotheunit91 No9tro (on 16 August 2022)

I’ve been playing Snap for the past 2 months on NSO Expansion Pack lol. Just no Blockbuster to take my sick shots to print :(

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Kakadu18 gtotheunit91 (on 16 August 2022)

Just take screenshots.

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gtotheunit91 Kakadu18 (on 16 August 2022)

I do. It's just not the same experience lol. It was fun when the Blockbuster employee handed you the Pokémon themed credit card thing to use at the Snap kiosk that was setup in the store. Just all decked out in Pokémon.

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Leynos (on 16 August 2022)

I love Waverace. Wish we could get Pilotwings 64 but I don't see that ever happening with the rights issue.

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Kakadu18 Leynos (on 16 August 2022)

What rights issue? Is it about the music?

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Shatts Leynos (on 16 August 2022)

We do have pilotwings for the nes/snes so perhaps

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Leynos Shatts (on 16 August 2022)

That was internally developed. Paradigm Entertainment made Pilotwings 64 and I believe had a proprietary flight sim software that P64 used. Smash Bros on Wii U/Switch use some of the music so it's not that. PE was bought by THQ and that lead to the cancelation of Pilotwings 64 2 and THQ dissolved a decade ago so there is no concrete info who owns the rights to that stuff anymore. THQ Nordic didn't get everything from the original THQ.

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Shatts Leynos (on 16 August 2022)

ahhh I see thanks for the insight. So it's similar to GoldenEye007 but worse

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SecondWar (on 16 August 2022)

I remember this game, my brother used to love it as a kid. I don't remember it being so blocky though...

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KLAMarine SecondWar (on 16 August 2022)

Just pretend you're playing Minecraft

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