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New Racing Game on Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - April 29, 2006, 7:57 pm EDT
Total comments: 26 Source: Trigames.net

The Regginator lets a little something slip at a Nintendo World Store appearance.

NOA's VP of Sales and Marketing, Reginald Fils-Aime (call him Reggie), made an appearance at the Nintendo World Store in New York yesterday afternoon. He signed autographs and answered questions for the Nintendo faithful that were lined up since the early morning hours.

Gaming website Trigames.net was among the crowd, and managed to record some of Reggie's responses to questions that were asked. There are a few tidbits of info here and there in the transcript of his comments, but perhaps the most significant was what he said after the questioning stopped.

On his own initiative, Fils-Aime said, "I'm going to give one little secret. Only one little secret, and hopefully I won't lose my job. We're going to show a racing game at E3 where you use the core controller in a very different way. That will answer all the questions to how you'll play a racing game."

Nintendo has a bunch of racing games in their stable of titles. Reggie could be referring to a new F-Zero, Wave Race or Mario Kart game on the Wii, but naturally, there's no way of knowing for sure at this point in time.

Hopefully, Reggie will still have his job when Nintendo's May 9th pre-E3 press conference gets under way.


IceColdApril 29, 2006

I've always said I want an F-Zero close to launch for the Rev. It would be perfect; it could show off the new control scheme, the graphical capabilities of the system AND the Wi-Fi connection. Amusement Vision could do it again, but with a lot more Nintendo influence and polish. I loved the raw gameplay of GX; it was one of my favourites for the Cube. However, the game wasn't deep, and this could be changed for a new one.

EasyCureApril 29, 2006

know whats real sad? i picked up GX about a month ago and i cant get past the second story mission face-icon-small-frown.gif.
every time i get CLOSE to beating that guy, he comes out of nowhere and passes me just miliseconds before the finish line.

BranDonk KongApril 29, 2006

If it's not a first party game (although it most likely is), then my guess would be an exclusive Need for Speed game...I've got 10 bucks on Mario Kart Wii though.

SheckyApril 29, 2006

Given the latest launch trends, I'd guess Wave Race

Hostile CreationApril 29, 2006

" know whats real sad? i picked up GX about a month ago and i cant get past the second story mission"

Just wait until you get to the last one. face-icon-small-shocked.gif (It's infuriating)

JonLeungApril 29, 2006

Oh, yeah, Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm were launch titles for the last two Nintendo systems. Kinda funny, that. I always forget about those two (and the Game Boy Wave Race) when thinking about Nintendo franchises. Same with the 1080 games, I guess. Not really into the realistic sports, and I don't really associate Nintendo with sports unless Mario & company are playing... >_>

I wonder why the console Wave Race games were launches. Maybe to show off water effects?

Didn't someone in another board here on the PlanetGameCube forums talk about this already, though? Something about using something extra for shifting gears or something?

(I can't beat F-Zero GX's Story Mode Chapter 7, since some of you are comparing. Man, that game is difficult.)

Anyway, while it could be a Mario Kart or F-Zero game, both of which could be awesome, somehow I get the feeling that those would be for later since everyone's going to be too busy playing the next Smash Bros. and you know how Nintendo likes to space out their big releases. If we're to expect it this year, I'd wager it's a different franchise...and I don't think it'd be Pokémon Dash.

EasyCureApril 29, 2006

god i cant even imagine....i read so many reviews when it was relased and every one said the missions were hard, but i thought nothing of it. i didnt pick it up right away, almost picked it up when it went players choice but picked up soul caliber instead (yes, for link). and like i said, i only picked it up about a month ago, atleast, becuase it was used and only $8 at gamestop. it pisses me off now that i cant beat that damn second mission, i thought i was good at f-zero games too, ever since the SNES original. damn it to hell!

Bill AurionApril 29, 2006

Rumour says that it's a game along the lines of Forza/GT/etc...Not much time left till we find out!

IceColdApril 29, 2006


Just wait until you get to the last one. (It's infuriating)
But in a fun way. It's one of the very few games where, even though the difficulty is overwhelming (like it was for the Very Hard story chapters), I just keep wanting more, and I don't get frustrated.

I liked the Grand Prix more, though. As hard as you think it is in Master Cup the first time, you really do improve a lot if you keep practising. I was able to get first in nearly every track on Master Difficulty. The only exceptions were Big Blue: Drift Highway and the last track in the Diamond Cup, Phantom Road - Slits. Those two, try as I might, I just couldn't even get into the top 5 without some luck. Those were the only two unfair tracks. But it didn't matter anyway, since you didn't need many points to win a Cup.

There were some other adrenaline-pumpers, but none of those were unfair. Mute City: Serial Gaps and Lightning:Half Pipe come to mind - those were definitely difficult but you could win them easily if you're good enough. On the rest, even on Master Cup, first place by a wide margin, after some practise, is attainable.

If you beat all the Cups on Master, you unlock the AX Cup, which includes the tracks of the arcade version of the game. Please, do this. No matter how difficult it may seem, when you unlock it, it's a great feeling.

Wow, this makes me feel like playing the game again AND writing a review..

NephilimApril 29, 2006


Tony Hawk and Mario: downhill Jam

Michael8983April 29, 2006

Nintendo's latest non-game "Safe Driver Simulator"?

I would LOVE a new Waverace but unfortunately I don't think we'll ever get one.
Waverace 64 was a HUGE hit but the sequel on the Gamecube just didn't do anywhere near as well.
I think it's probably a dead franchise. I think a 1080 sequel is more likely but If I recall even that title didn't live up to expectations.

I actually do think this will be a realistic driving game. Nintendo is branching out and making games we wouldn't normally expect from it. We'll still get Mario Kart and FZero, but I think those will come later.
I honestly believe that if Nintendo indeed tries it will make a racing sim that will put all the Gran Turismo games to shame.

NephilimApril 30, 2006

people dont want realistic driving simulators
Just label a arcade game as simulator such as Gran Turismo, and people will love it
while read racing simulator players, play live for speed and GT legends :P

BranDonk KongApril 30, 2006

WaveRace Blue Storm didn't do well because it was just an enhanced port of WaveRace 64. I loved both games though - WaveRace 64 was the best N64 game (non-Zelda and non-Mario) ever made if you ask me. I would love a new version, with actual new levels and tricks, of course adding the old courses as hidden tracks would be awesome.

RobageejamminApril 30, 2006

I try not to listen to Reggie anymore, he can be very misleading. Just like when G4 asked him what the new controller was going to be and he said its about being able to play all nintendo games on one controller. I guess it was kinda true but he made it seem like there were gonna be interchangeable parts or something stupid like that.

But yea, i don't doubt that there will be some racing game for the show, but im sure it wont be such a big deal as he's making it out to be

wanderingApril 30, 2006


We haven't announced anything about the nunchaku

Reggie confirms: nunchaku > nunchuck


A: The whole thing about Wii - why we chose the name, why we're going in this direction - it's a brand new turf, in a brand new space, and that means all of the rules for marketing and bringing it out here to the Americas out here means we're going to be rewriting the whole thing. Stay tuned. We're going to be doing a lot of things differently, just like we have been with for Brain Age. We know what the challenges are in terms of how do we communicate it, what it's all about, to put it actually in their hands. Stay tuned.

This makes me happy. Looks like the rev's marketing will make a much bigger splash than the cube's. (Edit: ahaha, I did it again. Man, this'll take some time.)

Anyway. Racing game. I'm kind of imagining holding the core controller on it's side, holding with both hands, titlting forward to accelerate, tilting left and right to turn. Someone made a good mockup with similiar controls for WaveRace a while back.

KDR_11kApril 30, 2006

I guess it was kinda true but he made it seem like there were gonna be interchangeable parts or something stupid like that.

Well, there ARE interchangeable parts...

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusApril 30, 2006

Guys keep in mind that if they show something like Mario Kart, that doesn't mean it's going to be out this year. I'd bet Nintendo will try to show as many concepts as possible regardless of completion because they want to give third parties ideas about all the different ways the controllers can be used.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusApril 30, 2006

wandering, that's a great quote from Reggie. I'm glad he actually acknowledged the challenges of the name rather than repeating lame marketing puns like Perrin and Atwood did.

"Rewriting the rules of marketing" though - I'm a little doubtful that Nintendo can pull that off. They aren't exactly the best at projecting the right image for the company.

Hostile CreationApril 30, 2006

Kaplan and Atwood are like the little goblin henchmen that do their best to help, but basically rely on the great ogre Reggie for commands.

CalibanApril 30, 2006

I hope it isn't Mario Kart, I would rather prefer a new F-Zero, Wave Race, or something like Gran Turismo specially to do competition to PGR and GT.

EasyCureApril 30, 2006

if my memory serves me well, there was supposed to be an GC launch title that was a racing simulator ala Gran Turismo. i dont remember the developer but it might of been the team that did excitebike 64. i remember reading about it in NP waaay back when, when GC was still "dolphin". did that game ever surface?

IceColdApril 30, 2006


Originally posted by: EasyCure
if my memory serves me well, there was supposed to be an GC launch title that was a racing simulator ala Gran Turismo. i dont remember the developer but it might of been the team that did excitebike 64. i remember reading about it in NP waaay back when, when GC was still "dolphin". did that game ever surface?
Lotus Challenge? face-icon-small-tongue.gif

BlackNMild2k1April 30, 2006

I also remember a rumor about Nintendo developing a GT killer a few years back. But as far as Excitebike 64 developer making the game.... wouldn't that mean it was the same developer that made Kobe Bryants Courtside and therefore making that developer Left-field which would also make it the developer that left Nintendo 2nd party camp years ago?

LouieturkeyMay 01, 2006

I'm going to guess it is Donkey Kong Racing, the racer that was supposed to show up on GC as a sequel to Diddy King Racing. Maybe they just moved it up to Wii or something, because it wasn't innovative enough as a GC game or something.

Michael8983May 01, 2006

I think it's already been confirmed that there's a DK platformer in development for the Wii.
Besides, I think I heard Rare took the game and converted it to Banjo-Kazooie Racing for the XBox.
I don't recall that game ever coming out but knowing Rare it could still be in development after all these years.
Probably launch with the XBox 2010.

EasyCureMay 01, 2006

no it wasnt let-feild. it was something else, it was definately first party though. agh forget it.

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