Excite Truck Full Guide Table of contents NOTE: If you know the name of the course you are looking for, do a search for it. Otherwise use the #.#)- 1)- Getting Started 2)- Excite Mode 2.1)- Bronze Cup 2.2)- Silver Cup 2.3)- Gold Cup 2.4)- Platinum Cup 3)- Super Excite Mode 3.1)- Bronze Cup 3.2)- Silver Cup 3.3)- Gold Cup 3.4)- Platinum Cup 3.5)- Diamond Cup 4)- Mirror Mode 4.1)- Bronze Cup 4.2)- Silver Cup 4.3)- Gold Cup 4.4)- Platinum Cup 4.5)- Diamond Cup 5)- Challenge Mode 5.1)- Tips 5.2)- Normal 5.3)- Super 5.4)- Prize 6)- Trucks 6.1)- Boulder 6.2)- Firefly 6.3)- Wolf 6.4)- Summit 6.5)- Serpent 6.6)- Alpine 6.7)- Raven 6.8)- Dominator 6.9)- Rad 6.10)- Razor 6.11)- Dynamo 6.12)- Mongoose 6.13)- Blaster 6.14)- Mako 6.15)- Trekker 6.16)- Kodiac 6.17)- Saguaro 6.18)- Wolverine 6.19)- Wasp 6.20)- Monster Truck 6.21)- Crazy Monster Truck 7)- Hints/Tips 7.1)- Unlocking Trucks 7.2)- Unlocking alternate paint jobs 7.3)- Unlocking super excite mode 7.4)- Unlocking Mirror Mode 7.5)- Unlock all cars instantly 7.6)- Crazy Monster Truck Notes 7.7)- Withstanding Mirror Mode 7.8)- Performing Aerial Spins 7.9)- Earning More Stars 7.10)- Expert tips 8)- Records 8.1)- Achievements 9)- Frequently asked Questions 9.1)- How do I use custom sound tracks? 9.2)- I picked up a POW icon and I'm running by trees, but its not giving me tree runs! 9.3)- I need more help with __ course. 9.4)- What truck should I use for __ course? 9.5)- You didn't list how many stars *insert trick here* would get me! 9.5)- In the records section, some of stunts/times are listed in green/red/blue. 9.6)- a link in the car section doesn't work! 10)- Multiplayer Mode 11)- Copyright/Contact Info 12)- Credits 13)- Version History 14)- Closing Challenge ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 1) Getting Started ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Play the Tutorial... all the way through. If you need help with that, this guide will be of no use to you anyway. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 2) Excite Mode ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You need to pass all courses within a cup with at least a B grade to clear the cup and move on to the next. You need to clear all courses with S grades to move on to the next difficulty setting. For tips on getting extra stars, see the Hints and Tips section. Note that the below section is more of a read-and-play guide. Read through and kind of memorize it, then while your playing take the first lap (or the first race) and pause it ever once in a while to make sure you know what you're doing. Also note that the below section is going to be kind of boring and strange to read do to lack of synonyms. This is for directional and informational purposes (don't worry, the tips and tricks section makes up for this :D). Alright, with that out of the way, the layout of this section is as follows (note: all ratings are on a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest): *course name* (the name of the course) Rating: (rated from 1-10 depending on difficulty) B Grade: (number of stars required for a B grade) S Grade: (number of start required for an S grade) Number of laps: (number of time you go around the course) Number of icons: (number of ! and POW icons in the course) Description of ! icons: (what all the ! icons do in this course) Shortcuts: (place and location of all shortcuts in this course) ====================================================================== 2.1)- Bronze Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch ---------------------------------------------- Rating: 1/10 B Grade: 70 S Grade: 90 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 3 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This icon is just after the first jump and around the bend (you should be able to see it while your in the air). It activates 5 rings over the hill just ahead. 2) Just past a series of bumps and around a bend, this icon enlarges the hill just ahead of it, allowing for a turbo jump. 3) After the jump above, this icon activates falling boulders between it and the finish line. This is useful if there is someone ahead of you as it would throw them off, and might cause them to wreak. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After the rings (! Icon 1) is a POW icon and a long row of trees. Pick up the icon, run through the trees, then jump at the end to land in a forest of trees. Navigate your way through for a 10 star tree run. Fiji: Atoll Hop ------------------------------------------------------ Rating: 1/10 B Grade: 120 S Grade: 150 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the start of the race, this icon is on the upper path. It enlarges the hill up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, there is another jump. If you make it a short jump and don't press turbo, you will find ! #2. This one activates 5 rings and enlarges the hill ahead, allowing for a 5 star air as well as a 5 star ring. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the right path (along the bridge). On the sandbar is the next ! icon. This one activates 5 Rings on the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #2, take the left path. This icon activates 5 rings up ahead. 5) After ! #3-4 and around the bend just before the hill. This icon lowers the hill, making it easier to climb. 6) After climbing the hill from ! #5 and landing from a small cliff. This icon lowers the ground ahead, opening the way for a shortcut (see below) and a puddle to cool your engine in. 7) After #6 and just past the rocky water fall (overhead), take the right path. This ! icon lowers the ground and make the rest of the course submerged in water. This allowed for turbo boosting and some major drifts. 8) After drifting a while from #7, this ! icon is up a steep hill. It activates the volcano up past the finish line... not sure why as it really doesn't do anything. Shortcuts: 2. 1) From the starting line, take the upper (left) path. Pick up ! #1 and do a turbo jump. Only instead of landing on the path, veer to the left and land in the trees. This should get you a 5 star tree run. 2) After activating ! #6, you will see a POW icon on the left. Pick it up and there should be a nice long row of trees in front of you. Run by them for a 5-10 star tree run and a 5 star air for jumping at the end. Canada: Puddle Jump -------------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 135 S Grade: 170 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the wide bend from the starting line, just to the right of the large rock. This ! icon activates 5 rings up ahead and alters the ground, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend, take the left path. The icon lowers the road ahead, if you're quick enough you can turbo jump just after hitting it. 3) After landing for ! #2, straight ahead. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 (be careful not to over-shoot!). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing you to jump right over the side of the cliff ahead. (DO NOT ACTIVATE THIS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD) 5) After landing from ! #4 (careful not to over-shoot again). This icon lowers the terrain ahead and covers it in water, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 6) After drifting from ! #5 and around a bend. This icon activates 5 rings and makes a hill to jump off of. 7) After landing from ! #6 and going under the bridge. This icon lowers the ground ahead (but not the main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 8) After going under the second bridge and up the hill, its around the sharp bend at the top. This icon raises the ground just ahead, making it easy to get a 5 star air. Shortcuts: 2. 1) As soon as the race start veer left into the trees and cut the curve. This should result in a 5 star tree run and a 5 star drift. 2) Activate ! #7, pick up the POW icon ahead and run by the two rows of trees straight ahead. This should give you a nice 10-20 star tree run. Scotland: Sylvan Glen ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 1/10 B Grade: 110 S Grade: 135 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Right after start just past the POW icon (on the right side of the track). This icon raises the ground around the bend, making easier to turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the ground ahead. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon lowers the ground immediately ahead, but raises the ground a little farther down the road and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 and going around the bend. This icon raised the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: none. The POW icon at the beginning of the course means nothing (but you should pick it up anyway). ====================================================================== 2.2)- Silver Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Dusty Pass --------------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 85 S Grade: 105 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This one is actually a fair way into the course for once. After you pass through the enclosed canyon area, make sure your car is aligned with the center of the track or else you'll miss it 9you cant see it coming). It exponentially raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon is off to the left side. It destroys some rocks blocking the path ahead (not he main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 3) To the right of ! #2 (IE, on the main path). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 4) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the right side (the main path). This icon activates 5 rings past the jump ahead. 5) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the left side (amongst the trees). This icon lowers the ground ahead... which doesn't really do anything since you cant get a good tree run. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After landing from ! #1, head for ! #2 and run by the trees into the opening created by ! #2. There you will find a POW icon. Pick it up and navigate the trees to the jump at the end. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run, as well as some air stars. Finland: Iceberg Run ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 100 S Grade: 125 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After going over the series of bumps after the starting line. This icon is off to the left side behind a tree. You need to position yourself on the right side of the road and cut across. Don't worry about hitting the wall behind the ! icon, as the icon lowers the wall and allows for a turbo jump and a shortcut. 2) Around the bend from ! #1 (assuming you didn't pick up ! #1). This icon makes an oil tower collapse... and doesn't really do anything. 3) After jumping over the body of water and landing on the right platform. This icon activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead partially collapse... again this doesn't effect anything. 5) After finishing the right sides series of jumps (you can tell your done when you see trees ahead, that's the mainland). This icon greatly raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 6) This one can only be got if you took the left path. Its right in front of you after you land on the mainland. It rasis the path ahead allowing for a small turbo jump. 7) Continuing along the right path, just after landing from ! #5 and going around the bend. This icon causes the ground directly in front of you to lower, but the ground up ahead to raise, allowing for a bigger jump. Shortcuts: 8) After landing from ! #6, just as the two paths are merging back together. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. Shortcuts: 2. 1) see ! #1. 2) Ok, this one is a little complicated. After activating ! #5 and raising the ground, jump so that you are pointed to the left. You should see a POW icon below on the left path just before a long series of trees. You know what to do. Land on the POW icon, and race through the trees. Though it is more profitable to stay on the right path, and skip this "shortcut" unless you are behind and need to catch up. Scotland: Highland Moors --------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 105 S Grade: 130 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) At the bottom of the hill and around the bend. This icon raises the hill ahead and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #2). 3) After the halfpipe and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #3 and taking the sharp bend thereafter. A little ways down the road is ! #4. This icon permanently (as in, you don't have to activate it next lap) raises the ground ahead. Shortcuts: 3. 1) After the starting line, cut the corner and go through the trees. This should net you a 3-5 star tree run (just make sure not to miss ! #1). 2) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #2. If you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the left. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 3) Only accessible after the first lap (assuming you activated ! #4). After landing from ! #3, turn hard to the right and cut the corner where ! #4 used to be. Fiji: Beach Run ------------------------------------------------------ Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 140 S Grade: 175 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the right road after start and you'll see an ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 2) If you took the right path, this icon is just at where the two paths merge. It activates five rings over the jump just ahead. 3) If you took the left path, at the end of all the jumps is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground, making it suitable for a turbo jump. 4) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 6) If you took the main path, then just past the bend is another ! icon. This one lowers the ground in front of you and floods it, while at the same time raises the ground a little up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump (ONLY CLIMB THE HILL AND JUMP IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE UPPER PATH). 7) If you took the high (right) road from ! #5, its around the bend. This one does the exact same as ! #5. 8) If you took the lower path, the just up ahead is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a turbo jump. 9) On the low road, just after landing from ! #8. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 10) Around the bend from where the two roads merge. This icon raises the ground ahead, making useable for a turbo jump. 11) If you took the low road from the jump after ! #7, make sure to cut your jump short and land on an ! icon. This icon lowers the road ahead and floods it, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 12) After the two roads merge (they split again after ! #7), under the rock overpass and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. Shortcuts: 1) After you land from ! #3 you will see a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the row of trees behind it. you should pick up a ! icon on your way. This will raise the ground and allow for a POW powered turbo jump. Stay straight and look for another ! icon below. Land just before it and pick it up. This one also raises the ground, so jump off of it and land on the lower path. This sets you down just a little before ! # 9. 2) After ! #12 you should see a POW icon and a row of trees. Pick it up and run through the trees straight through the finish line. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run. China: Water Way ----------------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 100 S Grade: 130 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. This icon lowers the ground ahead. You can turbo jump as soon as you hit the icon if you're quick enough. 2) Under the great wall and around the bend. This icon makes lightning strike off in the distance... another icon that doesn't do anything. 3) After ! #2, around a slight bend and in the water. This icon makes a large jump appear out of nowhere just in front of you. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon activates the geyser in front of you... and that's it. nothing of any use happens. 5) Around the bend after ! #4. this icon makes a large jump appear on the left side of the road. 6) After landing from ! #5 (or taking shortcut #1), up the hill and around a slight bend. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area, but makes a big jump and five rings appear on the road ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Don't take the jump created by ! 4. instead, stay on the low ground and drift over to the left side. Around the bend should be a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the bamboo ahead (bamboo = trees). This should net you a 5-10 star tree run. ====================================================================== 2.3)- Gold Cup ====================================================================== Canada: River Run ---------------------------------------------------- Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 150 S Grade: 185 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) A little ways into the course, after you jump the body of water. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area and floods it, but raises the hill a little ways out and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon lowers the ground in front of you. This opens the way for shortcut #3. 3) After shortcut #3, take the lower (left) path. A little ways in is a ! icon. This icon activates 5 rings and raises the ground to jump off of. 4) After shortcut #3, take the upper path. Right at the start is a ! icon. This icon raises the hill in front of you, resulting in more air. 5) This icon is only used during shortcut #4. Look it up there. Shortcuts: 4. 1) Just after the start of the race. When you're going up the big hill, near the top there should be some trees off to the right (opposite the water tower) jump off this side of the hill (just to the left of the trees) you should be able to get 5 star air, a 1080 degree spin, and a small tree run as well. 2) Just after you land from shortcut #1, there should be a POW icon. Pick it up and jump through the trees and under the bridge. This should net you a 3 star air, and a 3-5 star tree run. 3) Snag ! # 3, it lowers the hill and open up a nice 10 star tree run to the left of the road at the bottom of the hill. 4) Just as you are approaching the finish line (you should see a big tornado), there is a POW icon, pick it up and head toward the ! icon hidden in the trees (it might take you a few tries to find it), this will open up another 10 star tree run and, if you jump at the top of the path, a 5 star air and 1080 degree spin. Finland: Tanker Hop -------------------------------------------------- Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 95 S Grade: 120 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 7 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After drifting a long way from start, take the left path. The icon you see will heighten the jump ahead of it, and move the massive oil tanker so that you jump over it (hence the name "tanker hop") 2) After drifting a long way from start, take the right path. This icon also raises the ground ahead, but not as much as ! #1. 3) Another icon lies in what on the right path. This icon fells a couple of trees, raises the ground around the bend, and activates 5 rings. 4) After the paths merge then split again (just after you land from ! #1), take the left path. After a small jump and a small bend, another ! icon lays before you. This icon raises the ground ahead of you and activates 5 rings. 5) After landing from ! #4, take the left path again. This icon greatly raises the ground ahead, meaning a massive jump. 6) Just after landing from ! #5 (as you are climbing up the hill after the paths merge again). This icon raises the left bank at the top of the hill, which helps keep you from fall off the edge. 7) Up the road a little way from ! #6 on a ski slope. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1. 1) You must take the right path at the second split (just after ! #4) there is a POW icon and a forest of trees. There is no clear path, so just do your best. China: Northern Ridge ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 100 S Grade: 125 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 4 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the series of bumps and jumps from the starting line and around the bend. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of you, allowing you to jump the great wall. 2) After you pass through the great wall and fall off the cliff. The icon causes the big stone statue like thing to fall over, partially obstructing the path. 3) Under the bridge and through the halfpipe, this icon lowers the ground in front of you, while creating huge jumps down the road as well as 5 rings. 4) After the second jump from ! #3 and just before the finish line. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump just ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After ! #2, past the pond, and around the bend. There is a POW icon waiting. Pick it up and plow through the trees (ok, well try to miss as many as possible). This isn't really the best course of action though, as the forest is so thick its hard to get a good tree run. Its best to grab the POW icon then continue under the bridge like normal. Scotland: Castle Keep ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 130 S Grade: 160 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Over the first jump and around the bend, this icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and going around the bend. This icon raises the ground in front of you and allows you to jump part of the castle. 3) Around the bend and over the bumps after landing from ! #2. this icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Just after landing from ! #3. this icon raises the drawbridge to form a massive jump. Shortcuts: 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! While in air from ! #2 jump, you should see a You should see a very, very small path in the trees to the right. Veer to the right. Follow it around to gain some 30-40 stars in tree runs... but you will lose precious time, so only attempt this when you are in first or don't really care. 2) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! Just after landing from ! #4 you should see a POW icon on the right side of the road. Grab it and follow the path through the trees. It isn't very well defined, to stay sharp. Fiji: Mountain Run --------------------------------------------------- Rating: 5/10 B Grade: 115 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. Take the lower (left) path to find a ! icon. This icon changes the landscape, but not really in a usable way. 2) After ! #1 just before the roads merge on the left side of the road. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the right path. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Before the paths merge, on the right path just ahead of ! #3. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 5) After the paths merge (again) and after a small pool of water. This icon lowers the ground ahead making it easier to climb. 6) After coming off the hill from ! #4. This icon activates rings on the right path up ahead. 7) If you take the right path at ! #6, after the jump. This icon destroys all the explosives along the shore line. 8) If you take the left path back at ! #6. this icon raises the ground ahead making for a massive jump. 9) If you are still on the left path after landing, this icon will lower the trees dead ahead and make that area accessible. This allows for several tree runs. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! This one is extremely hard. I'd recommend just skipping it. anyway, after landing from ! #2 take the left path. On one of the bends is a POW icon. Pick it up and be careful not to hit any tree until you are around the bend. Once you are, there should be a row of trees up ahead over a small embankment. ====================================================================== 2.4)- Platinum Cup ====================================================================== Finland: Ski Jump Loop ----------------------------------------------- Rating: 6/10 B Grade: 95 S Grade: 115 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !)8 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the right path from the starting line. Over the hill and there it is. This icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 2) Take the left path from start. go around the winding road for a little ways and you'll find it. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon heightens the embankment at the top of the hill helping you not to fall off. 4) Either take the left path from the starting line or veer left after landing from ! #1, it is in mid-air just off the ski jump. Turbo jump to get it. this icon is will activate 5 rings over the ski jump. 5) After landing from ! #1 and taking the right path. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a massive jump. 6) Take the left path after landing and drifting around the long bend from ! #4-5. there is a POW icon followed by a ! icon. The ! icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead to partly collapse. 8) After the roads merge back together and just before the finish line. This icon causes the oil tower to the left to fall. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! You must take the two right at the beginning and activate ! #5. during the jump, veer to the right toward the small clearing in the trees. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. Scotland: Baron's Run ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 5/10 B Grade: 120 S Grade: 155 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) just after landing from ! #1, there is another ! icon on the right side of the road. This icon raises the ground right underneath you, so be prepared to jump fast. 3) Around the bends and over a puddle. This icon raises the hill ahead allowing for more air. 4) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #1). 5) After a long ways you should be near the castle when you see ! #5. this icon raises the drawbridge and activates 5 stars at the end. Shortcuts: 2. 1) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #4. if you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the left. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 2) On the jump just before ! #5, when in air hit the breaks and veer left when you land. You should see a POW icon. Pick it up and prepare to jump. Mexico: Devil's Ladder ----------------------------------------------- Rating: 5/10 B Grade: 120 S Grade: 150 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After landing from the large jump just after the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and taking the bend. This icon causes boulders to fall all along the next section of the course. 3) After landing from ! #2 and going up the course a little ways. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a massive jump. 4) Only usable if you take shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) Out of the canyon and around the bend. This icon raises the ground up ahead allowing for a large jump. 6) Follow the S curve around to a small stream. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. This icon raises the ground around the bend allowing for a large jump. 8) Cut your jump from ! #7 short to grab this icon. It makes boulders fall for the next part of the course. 9) Around the bend from ! #8. this icon greatly raises the ground in front of you. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Fust after ! #3 is a POW icon on the right side of the road. Grab it and head straight up the road (instead of turning) right through the trees. Grab ! #4 to cause and avalanche (a small one) from the overpass ahead. China: Southern Loop ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 115 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground allowing you to jump the first part of the great wall. 2) Cut your jump short (from ! #1). This icon raises the ground it front of it allowing you to jump the second part of the great wall. 3) Cut your jump short (again) from ! #2. This icon causes one of the lookout towers to collapse onto the course. 4) Around the bend from ! #3. This icon raises the ground and activates 5 rings. 5) Up the road and around the U curve after landing from ! #3. This icon lowers the ground and floods it (it also opens the way for shortcut #2) 6) After the swamp created by ! #5 and around the bend, this icon lowers the ground around it and raises the ground up ahead. Shortcuts: 2. 1) During the jump from ! #4, veer to the right. Land on a POW icon and navigate the trees. 2) Grab ! #5 then veer to the right. Hit the POW icon and navigate the trees. Canada: Winding Road ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 7/10 B Grade: 220 S Grade: 260 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Past the staring line and across the pond. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it. 2) After going under the second bridge and turning right, take the left road. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it, allowing for a massive jump. 3) After landing from !#2, or coming off the hill if you took the right path. This icon causes a tower at the top of the hill to explode and...do...nothing. 4) Just ahead from ! #3 and in the stream is another icon. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a turbo jump. 5) After landing from ! #4, this icon lowers the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump as soon as you hit it. 6) As you approach the body of water ahead, you see another icon. This one causes the water tower to fall and icon part of the path. 7) Just after the water tower is another icon. This one lowers and floods the ground in front of it for a long ways. 8) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going around the U turn thereafter, this icon lower the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump again. 9) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill, take the left path. This icon activates 5 rings on the jump ahead. 10) After the roads merge back together and another U turn. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a large jump. 11) After jumping over the bridge (! #10), and the roads merge back together. This icon raises the ground in front of it and allows for a large jump; and opens the way for shortcut #4. 12) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the left. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1) After activating ! #1, jump off the left side. Hit the edge of the near hill, then turbo jump off of that and over the bridge. 2) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going half way around the U turn thereafter, you should catch a glimpse of a path through the pine trees on the right. 3) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill you should see a POW icon. Pick it up and go through the long row of trees that follows. 4) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the right. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. 5) After the series of jump, drift right and cut the corner before the finish line. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 3)- Super Excite Mode ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You need to pass all courses within a cup with at least a B grade to clear the cup and move on to the next. You need to clear all courses with S grades to move on to the next difficulty setting. For tips on getting extra stars, see the Hints and Tips section. NOTE: The only difference between Excite Mode and Super Excite is the difficulty. Other then that, the tracks are identical. Well, that and the 5 rings are a lot harder to get to (they are higher in the air). ====================================================================== 3.1)- Bronze Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch ---------------------------------------------- Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 80 S Grade: 100 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 3 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This icon is just after the first jump and around the bend (you should be able to see it while your in the air). It activates 5 rings over the hill just ahead. 2) Just past a series of bumps and around a bend, this icon enlarges the hill just ahead of it, allowing for a turbo jump. 3) After the jump above, this icon activates falling boulders between it and the finish line. This is useful if there is someone ahead of you as it would throw them off, and might cause them to wreak. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After the rings (! Icon 1) is a POW icon and a long row of trees. Pick up the icon, run through the trees, then jump at the end to land in a forest of trees. Navigate your way through for a 10 star tree run. Fiji: Atoll Hop ------------------------------------------------------ Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 135 S Grade: 170 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the start of the race, this icon is on the upper path. It enlarges the hill up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, there is another jump. If you make it a short jump and don't press turbo, you will find ! #2. This one activates 5 rings and enlarges the hill ahead, allowing for a 5 star air as well as a 5 star ring. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the right path (along the bridge). On the sandbar is the next ! icon. This one activates 5 Rings on the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #2, take the left path. This icon activates 5 rings up ahead. 5) After ! #3-4 and around the bend just before the hill. This icon lowers the hill, making it easier to climb. 6) After climbing the hill from ! #5 and landing from a small cliff. This icon lowers the ground ahead, opening the way for a shortcut (see below) and a puddle to cool your engine in. 7) After #6 and just past the rocky water fall (overhead), take the right path. This ! icon lowers the ground and make the rest of the course submerged in water. This allowed for turbo boosting and some major drifts. 8) After drifting a while from #7, this ! icon is up a steep hill. It activates the volcano up past the finish line... not sure why as it really doesn't do anything. Shortcuts: 2. 1) From the starting line, take the upper (left) path. Pick up ! #1 and do a turbo jump. Only instead of landing on the path, veer to the left and land in the trees. This should get you a 5 star tree run. 2) After activating ! #6, you will see a POW icon on the left. Pick it up and there should be a nice long row of trees in front of you. Run by them for a 5-10 star tree run and a 5 star air for jumping at the end. Canada: Puddle Jump -------------------------------------------------- Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 150 S Grade: 190 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the wide bend from the starting line, just to the right of the large rock. This ! icon activates 5 rings up ahead and alters the ground, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend, take the left path. The icon lowers the road ahead, if you're quick enough you can turbo jump just after hitting it. 3) After landing for ! #2, straight ahead. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 (be careful not to over-shoot!). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing you to jump right over the side of the cliff ahead. (DO NOT ACTIVATE THIS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD) 5) After landing from ! #4 (careful not to over-shoot again). This icon lowers the terrain ahead and covers it in water, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 6) After drifting from ! #5 and around a bend. This icon activates 5 rings and makes a hill to jump off of. 7) After landing from ! #6 and going under the bridge. This icon lowers the ground ahead (but not the main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 8) After going under the second bridge and up the hill, its around the sharp bend at the top. This icon raises the ground just ahead, making it easy to get a 5 star air. Shortcuts: 2. 1) As soon as the race start veer left into the trees and cut the curve. This should result in a 5 star tree run and a 5 star drift. 2) Activate ! #7, pick up the POW icon ahead and run by the two rows of trees straight ahead. This should give you a nice 10-20 star tree run. Scotland: Sylvan Glen ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 2/10 B Grade: 120 S Grade: 145 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Right after start just past the POW icon (on the right side of the track). This icon raises the ground around the bend, making easier to turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the ground ahead. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon lowers the ground immediately ahead, but raises the ground a little farther down the road and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 and going around the bend. This icon raised the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: none. The POW icon at the beginning of the course means nothing (but you should pick it up anyway). ====================================================================== 3.2)- Silver Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Dusty Pass --------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 95 S Grade: 115 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This one is actually a fair way into the course for once. After you pass through the enclosed canyon area, make sure your car is aligned with the center of the track or else you'll miss it 9you cant see it coming). It exponentially raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon is off to the left side. It destroys some rocks blocking the path ahead (not he main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 3) To the right of ! #2 (IE, on the main path). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 4) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the right side (the main path). This icon activates 5 rings past the jump ahead. 5) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the left side (amongst the trees). This icon lowers the ground ahead... which doesn't really do anything since you cant get a good tree run. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After landing from ! #1, head for ! #2 and run by the trees into the opening created by ! #2. There you will find a POW icon. Pick it up and navigate the trees to the jump at the end. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run, as well as some air stars. Finland: Iceberg Run ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 110 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After going over the series of bumps after the starting line. This icon is off to the left side behind a tree. You need to position yourself on the right side of the road and cut across. Don't worry about hitting the wall behind the ! icon, as the icon lowers the wall and allows for a turbo jump and a shortcut. 2) Around the bend from ! #1 (assuming you didn't pick up ! #1). This icon makes an oil tower collapse... and doesn't really do anything. 3) After jumping over the body of water and landing on the right platform. This icon activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead partially collapse... again this doesn't effect anything. 5) After finishing the right sides series of jumps (you can tell your done when you see trees ahead, that's the mainland). This icon greatly raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 6) This one can only be got if you took the left path. Its right in front of you after you land on the mainland. It rasis the path ahead allowing for a small turbo jump. 7) Continuing along the right path, just after landing from ! #5 and going around the bend. This icon causes the ground directly in front of you to lower, but the ground up ahead to raise, allowing for a bigger jump. Shortcuts: 8) After landing from ! #6, just as the two paths are merging back together. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. Shortcuts: 2. 1) see ! #1. 2) Ok, this one is a little complicated. After activating ! #5 and raising the ground, jump so that you are pointed to the left. You should see a POW icon below on the left path just before a long series of trees. You know what to do. Land on the POW icon, and race through the trees. Though it is more profitable to stay on the right path, and skip this "shortcut" unless you are behind and need to catch up. Scotland: Highland Moors --------------------------------------------- Rating: 3/10 B Grade: 115 S Grade: 145 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) At the bottom of the hill and around the bend. This icon raises the hill ahead and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #2). 3) After the halfpipe and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #3 and taking the sharp bend thereafter. A little ways down the road is ! #4. This icon permanently (as in, you don't have to activate it next lap) raises the ground ahead. Shortcuts: 3. 1) After the starting line, cut the corner and go through the trees. This should net you a 3-5 star tree run (just make sure not to miss ! #1). 2) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #2. If you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the left. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 3) Only accessible after the first lap (assuming you activated ! #4). After landing from ! #3, turn hard to the right and cut the corner where ! #4 used to be. Fiji: Beach Run ------------------------------------------------------ Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 155 S Grade: 195 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the right road after start and you'll see an ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 2) If you took the right path, this icon is just at where the two paths merge. It activates five rings over the jump just ahead. 3) If you took the left path, at the end of all the jumps is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground, making it suitable for a turbo jump. 4) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 6) If you took the main path, then just past the bend is another ! icon. This one lowers the ground in front of you and floods it, while at the same time raises the ground a little up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump (ONLY CLIMB THE HILL AND JUMP IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE UPPER PATH). 7) If you took the high (right) road from ! #5, its around the bend. This one does the exact same as ! #5. 8) If you took the lower path, the just up ahead is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a turbo jump. 9) On the low road, just after landing from ! #8. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 10) Around the bend from where the two roads merge. This icon raises the ground ahead, making useable for a turbo jump. 11) If you took the low road from the jump after ! #7, make sure to cut your jump short and land on an ! icon. This icon lowers the road ahead and floods it, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 12) After the two roads merge (they split again after ! #7), under the rock overpass and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. Shortcuts: 1) After you land from ! #3 you will see a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the row of trees behind it. you should pick up a ! icon on your way. This will raise the ground and allow for a POW powered turbo jump. Stay straight and look for another ! icon below. Land just before it and pick it up. This one also raises the ground, so jump off of it and land on the lower path. This sets you down just a little before ! # 9. 2) After ! #12 you should see a POW icon and a row of trees. Pick it up and run through the trees straight through the finish line. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run. China: Water Way ----------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 115 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. This icon lowers the ground ahead. You can turbo jump as soon as you hit the icon if you're quick enough. 2) Under the great wall and around the bend. This icon makes lightning strike off in the distance... another icon that doesn't do anything. 3) After ! #2, around a slight bend and in the water. This icon makes a large jump appear out of nowhere just in front of you. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon activates the geyser in front of you... and that's it. nothing of any use happens. 5) Around the bend after ! #4. this icon makes a large jump appear on the left side of the road. 6) After landing from ! #5 (or taking shortcut #1), up the hill and around a slight bend. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area, but makes a big jump and five rings appear on the road ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Don't take the jump created by ! 4. instead, stay on the low ground and drift over to the left side. Around the bend should be a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the bamboo ahead (bamboo = trees). This should net you a 5-10 star tree run. ====================================================================== 3.3)- Gold Cup ====================================================================== Canada: River Run ---------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 165 S Grade: 205 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) A little ways into the course, after you jump the body of water. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area and floods it, but raises the hill a little ways out and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon lowers the ground in front of you. This opens the way for shortcut #3. 3) After shortcut #3, take the lower (left) path. A little ways in is a ! icon. This icon activates 5 rings and raises the ground to jump off of. 4) After shortcut #3, take the upper path. Right at the start is a ! icon. This icon raises the hill in front of you, resulting in more air. 5) This icon is only used during shortcut #4. Look it up there. Shortcuts: 4. 1) Just after the start of the race. When you're going up the big hill, near the top there should be some trees off to the right (opposite the water tower) jump off this side of the hill (just to the left of the trees) you should be able to get 5 star air, a 1080 degree spin, and a small tree run as well. 2) Just after you land from shortcut #1, there should be a POW icon. Pick it up and jump through the trees and under the bridge. This should net you a 3 star air, and a 3-5 star tree run. 3) Snag ! # 3, it lowers the hill and open up a nice 10 star tree run to the left of the road at the bottom of the hill. 4) Just as you are approaching the finish line (you should see a big tornado), there is a POW icon, pick it up and head toward the ! icon hidden in the trees (it might take you a few tries to find it), this will open up another 10 star tree run and, if you jump at the top of the path, a 5 star air and 1080 degree spin. Finland: Tanker Hop -------------------------------------------------- Rating: 5/10 B Grade: 110 S Grade: 135 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 7 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After drifting a long way from start, take the left path. The icon you see will heighten the jump ahead of it, and move the massive oil tanker so that you jump over it (hence the name "tanker hop") 2) After drifting a long way from start, take the right path. This icon also raises the ground ahead, but not as much as ! #1. 3) Another icon lies in what on the right path. This icon fells a couple of trees, raises the ground around the bend, and activates 5 rings. 4) After the paths merge then split again (just after you land from ! #1), take the left path. After a small jump and a small bend, another ! icon lays before you. This icon raises the ground ahead of you and activates 5 rings. 5) After landing from ! #4, take the left path again. This icon greatly raises the ground ahead, meaning a massive jump. 6) Just after landing from ! #5 (as you are climbing up the hill after the paths merge again). This icon raises the left bank at the top of the hill, which helps keep you from fall off the edge. 7) Up the road a little way from ! #6 on a ski slope. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1. 1) You must take the right path at the second split (just after ! #4) there is a POW icon and a forest of trees. There is no clear path, so just do your best. China: Northern Ridge ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 6/10 B Grade: 110 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 4 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the series of bumps and jumps from the starting line and around the bend. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of you, allowing you to jump the great wall. 2) After you pass through the great wall and fall off the cliff. The icon causes the big stone statue like thing to fall over, partially obstructing the path. 3) Under the bridge and through the halfpipe, this icon lowers the ground in front of you, while creating huge jumps down the road as well as 5 rings. 4) After the second jump from ! #3 and just before the finish line. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump just ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After ! #2, past the pond, and around the bend. There is a POW icon waiting. Pick it up and plow through the trees (ok, well try to miss as many as possible). This isn't really the best course of action though, as the forest is so thick its hard to get a good tree run. Its best to grab the POW icon then continue under the bridge like normal. Scotland: Castle Keep ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 5/10 B Grade: 145 S Grade: 175 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Over the first jump and around the bend, this icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and going around the bend. This icon raises the ground in front of you and allows you to jump part of the castle. 3) Around the bend and over the bumps after landing from ! #2. this icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Just after landing from ! #3. this icon raises the drawbridge to form a massive jump. Shortcuts: 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! While in air from ! #2 jump, you should see a You should see a very, very small path in the trees to the right. Veer to the right. Follow it around to gain some 30-40 stars in tree runs... but you will lose precious time, so only attempt this when you are in first or don't really care. 2) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! Just after landing from ! #4 you should see a POW icon on the right side of the road. Grab it and follow the path through the trees. It isn't very well defined, to stay sharp. Fiji: Mountain Run --------------------------------------------------- Rating: 7/10 B Grade: 125 S Grade: 155 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. Take the lower (left) path to find a ! icon. This icon changes the landscape, but not really in a usable way. 2) After ! #1 just before the roads merge on the left side of the road. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the right path. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Before the paths merge, on the right path just ahead of ! #3. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 5) After the paths merge (again) and after a small pool of water. This icon lowers the ground ahead making it easier to climb. 6) After coming off the hill from ! #4. This icon activates rings on the right path up ahead. 7) If you take the right path at ! #6, after the jump. This icon destroys all the explosives along the shore line. 8) If you take the left path back at ! #6. this icon raises the ground ahead making for a massive jump. 9) If you are still on the left path after landing, this icon will lower the trees dead ahead and make that area accessible. This allows for several tree runs. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! This one is extremely hard. I'd recommend just skipping it. anyway, after landing from ! #2 take the left path. On one of the bends is a POW icon. Pick it up and be careful not to hit any tree until you are around the bend. Once you are, there should be a row of trees up ahead over a small embankment. ====================================================================== 3.4)- Platinum Cup ====================================================================== Finland: Ski Jump Loop ----------------------------------------------- Rating: 8/10 B Grade: 100 S Grade: 125 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !)8 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the right path from the starting line. Over the hill and there it is. This icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 2) Take the left path from start. go around the winding road for a little ways and you'll find it. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon heightens the embankment at the top of the hill helping you not to fall off. 4) Either take the left path from the starting line or veer left after landing from ! #1, it is in mid-air just off the ski jump. Turbo jump to get it. this icon is will activate 5 rings over the ski jump. 5) After landing from ! #1 and taking the right path. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a massive jump. 6) Take the left path after landing and drifting around the long bend from ! #4-5. there is a POW icon followed by a ! icon. The ! icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead to partly collapse. 8) After the roads merge back together and just before the finish line. This icon causes the oil tower to the left to fall. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! You must take the two right at the beginning and activate ! #5. during the jump, veer to the right toward the small clearing in the trees. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. Scotland: Baron's Run ------------------------------------------------ Rating: 7/10 B Grade: 140 S Grade: 175 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) just after landing from ! #1, there is another ! icon on the right side of the road. This icon raises the ground right underneath you, so be prepared to jump fast. 3) Around the bends and over a puddle. This icon raises the hill ahead allowing for more air. 4) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #1). 5) After a long ways you should be near the castle when you see ! #5. this icon raises the drawbridge and activates 5 stars at the end. Shortcuts: 2. 1) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #4. if you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the left. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 2) On the jump just before ! #5, when in air hit the breaks and veer left when you land. You should see a POW icon. Pick it up and prepare to jump. Mexico: Devil's Ladder ----------------------------------------------- Rating: 7/10 B Grade: 135 S Grade: 170 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After landing from the large jump just after the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and taking the bend. This icon causes boulders to fall all along the next section of the course. 3) After landing from ! #2 and going up the course a little ways. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a massive jump. 4) Only usable if you take shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) Out of the canyon and around the bend. This icon raises the ground up ahead allowing for a large jump. 6) Follow the S curve around to a small stream. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. This icon raises the ground around the bend allowing for a large jump. 8) Cut your jump from ! #7 short to grab this icon. It makes boulders fall for the next part of the course. 9) Around the bend from ! #8. this icon greatly raises the ground in front of you. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Fust after ! #3 is a POW icon on the right side of the road. Grab it and head straight up the road (instead of turning) right through the trees. Grab ! #4 to cause and avalanche (a small one) from the overpass ahead. China: Southern Loop ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 6/10 B Grade: 125 S Grade: 155 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground allowing you to jump the first part of the great wall. 2) Cut your jump short (from ! #1). This icon raises the ground it front of it allowing you to jump the second part of the great wall. 3) Cut your jump short (again) from ! #2. This icon causes one of the lookout towers to collapse onto the course. 4) Around the bend from ! #3. This icon raises the ground and activates 5 rings. 5) Up the road and around the U curve after landing from ! #3. This icon lowers the ground and floods it (it also opens the way for shortcut #2) 6) After the swamp created by ! #5 and around the bend, this icon lowers the ground around it and raises the ground up ahead. Shortcuts: 2. 1) During the jump from ! #4, veer to the right. Land on a POW icon and navigate the trees. 2) Grab ! #5 then veer to the right. Hit the POW icon and navigate the trees. Canada: Winding Road ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 10/10 B Grade: 250 S Grade: 300 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Past the staring line and across the pond. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it. 2) After going under the second bridge and turning right, take the left road. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it, allowing for a massive jump. 3) After landing from !#2, or coming off the hill if you took the right path. This icon causes a tower at the top of the hill to explode and...do...nothing. 4) Just ahead from ! #3 and in the stream is another icon. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a turbo jump. 5) After landing from ! #4, this icon lowers the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump as soon as you hit it. 6) As you approach the body of water ahead, you see another icon. This one causes the water tower to fall and icon part of the path. 7) Just after the water tower is another icon. This one lowers and floods the ground in front of it for a long ways. 8) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going around the U turn thereafter, this icon lower the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump again. 9) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill, take the left path. This icon activates 5 rings on the jump ahead. 10) After the roads merge back together and another U turn. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a large jump. 11) After jumping over the bridge (! #10), and the roads merge back together. This icon raises the ground in front of it and allows for a large jump; and opens the way for shortcut #4. 12) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the left. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1) After activating ! #1, jump off the left side. Hit the edge of the near hill, then turbo jump off of that and over the bridge. 2) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going half way around the U turn thereafter, you should catch a glimpse of a path through the pine trees on the right. 3) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill you should see a POW icon. Pick it up and go through the long row of trees that follows. 4) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the right. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. 5) After the series of jump, drift right and cut the corner before the finish line. ====================================================================== 3.5)- Diamond Cup ====================================================================== Nebula: Crystal Road ------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4/10 B Grade: 150 S Grade: 200 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After the path splits, take the lower (left) path. Through the pond and over the hill. This icon raises the ground allowing for a bigger jump. 2) Just as the paths merge back together. This icon causes meteors to fall around the path ahead. 3) After the series of jumps and around the bend. This icon raises the ground in front of it and activates 5 rings. 4) Just after landing from ! #3. This icon causes a dust storm in the following canyon. 5) Out of the canyon and around the bend. This icon lowers the ground in front of it and floods it. It also opens the way for shortcut #2. 6) After the roads merge then split again, take the right path. This icon lowers the ground in front of it, but raises a mountain in the distance. Off the top of the mountain, it activates 5 rings. 7) After the roads merge then split again, take the left path. After landing from the first jump. this icon raises the ground in front of it and activates 5 rings. 8) After ! #7 (and still on the left path) is another icon. This one raises the ground in front of it and allows for a bigger jump. 9) Just before the finish line. This icon activates a tornado just past the finish line. Shortcuts: 1) As the paths merge for the first time (around ! #2) veer right to find a POW icon. Grab it and run there the row of intergalactic trees. 2) You must activate ! #5. Now, at the end of the flooded plains veer left. Grab the POW icon and go through the rows of trees. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 4)- Mirror Mode ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ You need to pass all courses within a cup with at least a B grade to clear the cup and move on to the next. Clear all courses with S grades to unlock the Crazy Monster Truck. For tips on getting extra stars, see the Hints and Tips section. NOTE: Mirror Mode (as its name subjects) means all the courses are mirrored; meaning where you used to turn left, you would now turn right. Also, most of the tracks would receive a 9 or 10 rating, as the CP's AI increases greatly and the added difficulty of re-memorizing the tracks. As such, I wont be rating the tracks this time around. ====================================================================== 4.1)- Bronze Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch ---------------------------------------------- B Grade: 80 S Grade: 100 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 3 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This icon is just after the first jump and around the bend (you should be able to see it while your in the air). It activates 5 rings over the hill just ahead. 2) Just past a series of bumps and around a bend, this icon enlarges the hill just ahead of it, allowing for a turbo jump. 3) After the jump above, this icon activates falling boulders between it and the finish line. This is useful if there is someone ahead of you as it would throw them off, and might cause them to wreak. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After the rings (! Icon 1) is a POW icon and a long row of trees. Pick up the icon, run through the trees, then jump at the end to land in a forest of trees. Navigate your way through for a 10 star tree run. Fiji: Atoll Hop ------------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 135 S Grade: 170 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the start of the race, this icon is on the upper path. It enlarges the hill up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, there is another jump. If you make it a short jump and don't press turbo, you will find ! #2. This one activates 5 rings and enlarges the hill ahead, allowing for a 5 star air as well as a 5 star ring. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the left path (along the bridge). On the sandbar is the next ! icon. This one activates 5 Rings on the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #2, take the right path. This icon activates 5 rings up ahead. 5) After ! #3-4 and around the bend just before the hill. This icon lowers the hill, making it easier to climb. 6) After climbing the hill from ! #5 and landing from a small cliff. This icon lowers the ground ahead, opening the way for a shortcut (see below) and a puddle to cool your engine in. 7) After #6 and just past the rocky water fall (overhead), take the left path. This ! icon lowers the ground and make the rest of the course submerged in water. This allowed for turbo boosting and some major drifts. 8) After drifting a while from #7, this ! icon is up a steep hill. It activates the volcano up past the finish line... not sure why as it really doesn't do anything. Shortcuts: 2. 1) From the starting line, take the upper (right) path. Pick up ! #1 and do a turbo jump. Only instead of landing on the path, veer to the right and land in the trees. This should get you a 5 star tree run. 2) After activating ! #6, you will see a POW icon on the right. Pick it up and there should be a nice long row of trees in front of you. Run by them for a 5-10 star tree run and a 5 star air for jumping at the end. Canada: Puddle Jump -------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 150 S Grade: 190 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the wide bend from the starting line, just to the left of the large rock. This ! icon activates 5 rings up ahead and alters the ground, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend, take the right path. The icon lowers the road ahead, if you're quick enough you can turbo jump just after hitting it. 3) After landing for ! #2, straight ahead. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 (be careful not to over-shoot!). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing you to jump left over the side of the cliff ahead. (DO NOT ACTIVATE THIS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD) 5) After landing from ! #4 (careful not to over-shoot again). This icon lowers the terrain ahead and covers it in water, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 6) After drifting from ! #5 and around a bend. This icon activates 5 rings and makes a hill to jump off of. 7) After landing from ! #6 and going under the bridge. This icon lowers the ground ahead (but not the main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 8) After going under the second bridge and up the hill, its around the sharp bend at the top. This icon raises the ground just ahead, making it easy to get a 5 star air. Shortcuts: 2. 1) As soon as the race start veer right into the trees and cut the curve. This should result in a 5 star tree run and a 5 star drift. 2) Activate ! #7, pick up the POW icon ahead and run by the two rows of trees straight ahead. This should give you a nice 10-20 star tree run. Scotland: Sylvan Glen ------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 120 S Grade: 145 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Left after start just past the POW icon (on the left side of the track). This icon raises the ground around the bend, making easier to turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the ground ahead. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon lowers the ground immediately ahead, but raises the ground a little farther down the road and activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3 and going around the bend. This icon raised the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: none. The POW icon at the beginning of the course means nothing (but you should pick it up anyway). ====================================================================== 4.2)- Silver Cup ====================================================================== Mexico: Dusty Pass --------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 95 S Grade: 115 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) This one is actually a fair way into the course for once. After you pass through the enclosed canyon area, make sure your car is aligned with the center of the track or else you'll miss it 9you cant see it coming). It exponentially raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon is off to the right side. It destroys some rocks blocking the path ahead (not he main path) opening the way for a shortcut. 3) To the left of ! #2 (IE, on the main path). This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. 4) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the left side (the main path). This icon activates 5 rings past the jump ahead. 5) After landing from the jumping over the pond and going around the bend on the right side (amongst the trees). This icon lowers the ground ahead... which doesn't really do anything since you cant get a good tree run. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After landing from ! #1, head for ! #2 and run by the trees into the opening created by ! #2. There you will find a POW icon. Pick it up and navigate the trees to the jump at the end. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run, as well as some air stars. Finland: Iceberg Run ------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 110 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 8 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After going over the series of bumps after the starting line. This icon is off to the right side behind a tree. You need to position yourself on the left side of the road and cut across. Don't worry about hitting the wall behind the ! icon, as the icon lowers the wall and allows for a turbo jump and a shortcut. 2) Around the bend from ! #1 (assuming you didn't pick up ! #1). This icon makes an oil tower collapse... and doesn't really do anything. 3) After jumping over the body of water and landing on the left platform. This icon activates 5 rings. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead partially collapse... again this doesn't effect anything. 5) After finishing the left sides series of jumps (you can tell your done when you see trees ahead, that's the mainland). This icon greatly raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 6) This one can only be got if you took the right path. Its left in front of you after you land on the mainland. It rasis the path ahead allowing for a small turbo jump. 7) Continuing along the left path, just after landing from ! #5 and going around the bend. This icon causes the ground directly in front of you to lower, but the ground up ahead to raise, allowing for a bigger jump. Shortcuts: 8) After landing from ! #6, just as the two paths are merging back together. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a turbo jump. Shortcuts: 2. 1) see ! #1. 2) Ok, this one is a little complicated. After activating ! #5 and raising the ground, jump so that you are pointed to the right. You should see a POW icon below on the right path just before a long series of trees. You know what to do. Land on the POW icon, and race through the trees. Though it is more profitable to stay on the left path, and skip this "shortcut" unless you are behind and need to catch up. Scotland: Highland Moors --------------------------------------------- B Grade: 115 S Grade: 145 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) At the bottom of the hill and around the bend. This icon raises the hill ahead and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #2). 3) After the halfpipe and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) After landing from ! #3 and taking the sharp bend thereafter. A little ways down the road is ! #4. This icon permanently (as in, you don't have to activate it next lap) raises the ground ahead. Shortcuts: 3. 1) After the starting line, cut the corner and go through the trees. This should net you a 3-5 star tree run (just make sure not to miss ! #1). 2) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #2. If you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the right. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 3) Only accessible after the first lap (assuming you activated ! #4). After landing from ! #3, turn hard to the left and cut the corner where ! #4 used to be. Fiji: Beach Run ------------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 155 S Grade: 195 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the left road after start and you'll see an ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a turbo jump. 2) If you took the left path, this icon is just at where the two paths merge. It activates five rings over the jump just ahead. 3) If you took the right path, at the end of all the jumps is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground, making it suitable for a turbo jump. 4) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) This ties into shortcut #1. Look it up there. 6) If you took the main path, then just past the bend is another ! icon. This one lowers the ground in front of you and floods it, while at the same time raises the ground a little up ahead, allowing for a turbo jump (ONLY CLIMB THE HILL AND JUMP IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE UPPER PATH). 7) If you took the high (left) road from ! #5, its around the bend. This one does the exact same as ! #5. 8) If you took the lower path, the just up ahead is a ! icon. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a turbo jump. 9) On the low road, just after landing from ! #8. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 10) Around the bend from where the two roads merge. This icon raises the ground ahead, making useable for a turbo jump. 11) If you took the low road from the jump after ! #7, make sure to cut your jump short and land on an ! icon. This icon lowers the road ahead and floods it, allowing for constant turbo and drifts. 12) After the two roads merge (they split again after ! #7), under the rock overpass and around the bend. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. Shortcuts: 1) After you land from ! #3 you will see a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the row of trees behind it. you should pick up a ! icon on your way. This will raise the ground and allow for a POW powered turbo jump. Stay straight and look for another ! icon below. Land just before it and pick it up. This one also raises the ground, so jump off of it and land on the lower path. This sets you down just a little before ! # 9. 2) After ! #12 you should see a POW icon and a row of trees. Pick it up and run through the trees straight through the finish line. This should net you a 10-20 star tree run. China: Water Way ----------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 115 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. This icon lowers the ground ahead. You can turbo jump as soon as you hit the icon if you're quick enough. 2) Under the great wall and around the bend. This icon makes lightning strike off in the distance... another icon that doesn't do anything. 3) After ! #2, around a slight bend and in the water. This icon makes a large jump appear out of nowhere just in front of you. 4) After landing from ! #3, this icon activates the geyser in front of you... and that's it. nothing of any use happens. 5) Around the bend after ! #4. this icon makes a large jump appear on the right side of the road. 6) After landing from ! #5 (or taking shortcut #1), up the hill and around a slight bend. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area, but makes a big jump and five rings appear on the road ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Don't take the jump created by ! 4. instead, stay on the low ground and drift over to the right side. Around the bend should be a POW icon. Pick it up and run through the bamboo ahead (bamboo = trees). This should net you a 5-10 star tree run. ====================================================================== 4.3)- Gold Cup ====================================================================== Canada: River Run ---------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 165 S Grade: 205 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 5 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) A little ways into the course, after you jump the body of water. This icon lowers the ground in the immediate area and floods it, but raises the hill a little ways out and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1, this icon lowers the ground in front of you. This opens the way for shortcut #3. 3) After shortcut #3, take the lower (right) path. A little ways in is a ! icon. This icon activates 5 rings and raises the ground to jump off of. 4) After shortcut #3, take the upper path. Left at the start is a ! icon. This icon raises the hill in front of you, resulting in more air. 5) This icon is only used during shortcut #4. Look it up there. Shortcuts: 4. 1) Just after the start of the race. When you're going up the big hill, near the top there should be some trees off to the left (opposite the water tower) jump off this side of the hill (just to the right of the trees) you should be able to get 5 star air, a 1080 degree spin, and a small tree run as well. 2) Just after you land from shortcut #1, there should be a POW icon. Pick it up and jump through the trees and under the bridge. This should net you a 3 star air, and a 3-5 star tree run. 3) Snag ! # 3, it lowers the hill and open up a nice 10 star tree run to the right of the road at the bottom of the hill. 4) Just as you are approaching the finish line (you should see a big tornado), there is a POW icon, pick it up and head toward the ! icon hidden in the trees (it might take you a few tries to find it), this will open up another 10 star tree run and, if you jump at the top of the path, a 5 star air and 1080 degree spin. Finland: Tanker Hop -------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 110 S Grade: 135 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 7 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After drifting a long way from start, take the right path. The icon you see will heighten the jump ahead of it, and move the massive oil tanker so that you jump over it (hence the name "tanker hop") 2) After drifting a long way from start, take the left path. This icon also raises the ground ahead, but not as much as ! #1. 3) Another icon lies in what on the left path. This icon fells a couple of trees, raises the ground around the bend, and activates 5 rings. 4) After the paths merge then split again (just after you land from ! #1), take the right path. After a small jump and a small bend, another ! icon lays before you. This icon raises the ground ahead of you and activates 5 rings. 5) After landing from ! #4, take the right path again. This icon greatly raises the ground ahead, meaning a massive jump. 6) Just after landing from ! #5 (as you are climbing up the hill after the paths merge again). This icon raises the right bank at the top of the hill, which helps keep you from fall off the edge. 7) Up the road a little way from ! #6 on a ski slope. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1. 1) You must take the left path at the second split (just after ! #4) there is a POW icon and a forest of trees. There is no clear path, so just do your best. China: Northern Ridge ------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 110 S Grade: 140 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 4 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) After the series of bumps and jumps from the starting line and around the bend. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of you, allowing you to jump the great wall. 2) After you pass through the great wall and fall off the cliff. The icon causes the big stone statue like thing to fall over, partially obstructing the path. 3) Under the bridge and through the halfpipe, this icon lowers the ground in front of you, while creating huge jumps down the road as well as 5 rings. 4) After the second jump from ! #3 and just before the finish line. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump just ahead. Shortcuts: 1. 1) After ! #2, past the pond, and around the bend. There is a POW icon waiting. Pick it up and plow through the trees (ok, well try to miss as many as possible). This isn't really the best course of action though, as the forest is so thick its hard to get a good tree run. Its best to grab the POW icon then continue under the bridge like normal. Scotland: Castle Keep ------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 145 S Grade: 175 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 4 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) Over the first jump and around the bend, this icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and going around the bend. This icon raises the ground in front of you and allows you to jump part of the castle. 3) Around the bend and over the bumps after landing from ! #2. this icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Just after landing from ! #3. this icon raises the drawbridge to form a massive jump. Shortcuts: 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! While in air from ! #2 jump, you should see a You should see a very, very small path in the trees to the left. Veer to the left. Follow it around to gain some 30-40 stars in tree runs... but you will lose precious time, so only attempt this when you are in first or don't really care. 2) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! Just after landing from ! #4 you should see a POW icon on the left side of the road. Grab it and follow the path through the trees. It isn't very well defined, to stay sharp. Fiji: Mountain Run --------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 125 S Grade: 155 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After the starting line and around the bend. Take the lower (right) path to find a ! icon. This icon changes the landscape, but not really in a usable way. 2) After ! #1 just before the roads merge on the right side of the road. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 3) After landing from ! #2, take the left path. This icon activates 5 rings over the jump ahead. 4) Before the paths merge, on the left path just ahead of ! #3. This icon raises the ground ahead allowing for a bigger jump. 5) After the paths merge (again) and after a small pool of water. This icon lowers the ground ahead making it easier to climb. 6) After coming off the hill from ! #4. This icon activates rings on the left path up ahead. 7) If you take the left path at ! #6, after the jump. This icon destroys all the explosives along the shore line. 8) If you take the right path back at ! #6. this icon raises the ground ahead making for a massive jump. 9) If you are still on the right path after landing, this icon will lower the trees dead ahead and make that area accessible. This allows for several tree runs. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! This one is extremely hard. I'd recommend just skipping it. anyway, after landing from ! #2 take the right path. On one of the bends is a POW icon. Pick it up and be careful not to hit any tree until you are around the bend. Once you are, there should be a row of trees up ahead over a small embankment. ====================================================================== 4.4)- Platinum Cup ====================================================================== Finland: Ski Jump Loop ----------------------------------------------- B Grade: 100 S Grade: 125 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !)8 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Take the left path from the starting line. Over the hill and there it is. This icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 2) Take the right path from start. go around the winding road for a little ways and you'll find it. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 3) After landing from ! #2. This icon heightens the embankment at the top of the hill helping you not to fall off. 4) Either take the right path from the starting line or veer right after landing from ! #1, it is in mid-air just off the ski jump. Turbo jump to get it. this icon is will activate 5 rings over the ski jump. 5) After landing from ! #1 and taking the left path. This icon raises the ground ahead, allowing for a massive jump. 6) Take the right path after landing and drifting around the long bend from ! #4-5. there is a POW icon followed by a ! icon. The ! icon activates 5 rings over the next jump. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. this icon causes the ice overpass up ahead to partly collapse. 8) After the roads merge back together and just before the finish line. This icon causes the oil tower to the right to fall. Shortcuts: 1. 1) WARNING! EXPERTS AND SMALL CARS ONLY! You must take the two left at the beginning and activate ! #5. during the jump, veer to the left toward the small clearing in the trees. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. Scotland: Baron's Run ------------------------------------------------ B Grade: 140 S Grade: 175 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 5 POW)1 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) just after landing from ! #1, there is another ! icon on the left side of the road. This icon raises the ground left underneath you, so be prepared to jump fast. 3) Around the bends and over a puddle. This icon raises the hill ahead allowing for more air. 4) After landing from ! #1 and around the bend. This icon raises the sides of the pond, creating a halfpipe... doesn't really affect anything (unless you want to take shortcut #1). 5) After a long ways you should be near the castle when you see ! #5. this icon raises the drawbridge and activates 5 stars at the end. Shortcuts: 2. 1) It is vital to the shortcut that you DON'T ACTIVATE ! #4. if you don't activate ! #2, the ground stays as is and there is a small bump just before the bend and before some trees to the right. Angle your jump so you go straight over the trees and land just before ! #3 (make sure to straighten yourself out so you land in line with the path). 2) On the jump just before ! #5, when in air hit the breaks and veer right when you land. You should see a POW icon. Pick it up and prepare to jump. Mexico: Devil's Ladder ----------------------------------------------- B Grade: 135 S Grade: 170 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 1 Description of ! icons: 1) After landing from the large jump just after the starting line. This icon raises the ground in front of you and activates 5 rings. 2) After landing from ! #1 and taking the bend. This icon causes boulders to fall all along the next section of the course. 3) After landing from ! #2 and going up the course a little ways. This icon raises the ground ahead and allows for a massive jump. 4) Only usable if you take shortcut #1. Look it up there. 5) Out of the canyon and around the bend. This icon raises the ground up ahead allowing for a large jump. 6) Follow the S curve around to a small stream. This icon raises the ground ahead and activates 5 rings. 7) Just after landing from ! #6. This icon raises the ground around the bend allowing for a large jump. 8) Cut your jump from ! #7 short to grab this icon. It makes boulders fall for the next part of the course. 9) Around the bend from ! #8. this icon greatly raises the ground in front of you. Shortcuts: 1. 1) Fust after ! #3 is a POW icon on the left side of the road. Grab it and head straight up the road (instead of turning) left through the trees. Grab ! #4 to cause and avalanche (a small one) from the overpass ahead. China: Southern Loop ------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 125 S Grade: 155 Number of laps: 3 Number of icons: !) 6 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Just past the starting line. This icon raises the ground allowing you to jump the first part of the great wall. 2) Cut your jump short (from ! #1). This icon raises the ground it front of it allowing you to jump the second part of the great wall. 3) Cut your jump short (again) from ! #2. This icon causes one of the lookout towers to collapse onto the course. 4) Around the bend from ! #3. This icon raises the ground and activates 5 rings. 5) Up the road and around the U curve after landing from ! #3. This icon lowers the ground and floods it (it also opens the way for shortcut #2) 6) After the swamp created by ! #5 and around the bend, this icon lowers the ground around it and raises the ground up ahead. Shortcuts: 2. 1) During the jump from ! #4, veer to the left. Land on a POW icon and navigate the trees. 2) Grab ! #5 then veer to the left. Hit the POW icon and navigate the trees. Canada: Winding Road ------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 250 S Grade: 300 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 12 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) Past the staring line and across the pond. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it. 2) After going under the second bridge and turning left, take the right road. This icon greatly raises the ground in front of it, allowing for a massive jump. 3) After landing from !#2, or coming off the hill if you took the left path. This icon causes a tower at the top of the hill to explode and...do...nothing. 4) Just ahead from ! #3 and in the stream is another icon. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a turbo jump. 5) After landing from ! #4, this icon lowers the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump as soon as you hit it. 6) As you approach the body of water ahead, you see another icon. This one causes the water tower to fall and icon part of the path. 7) Just after the water tower is another icon. This one lowers and floods the ground in front of it for a long ways. 8) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going around the U turn thereafter, this icon lower the ground in front of it, so be prepared to jump again. 9) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill, take the right path. This icon activates 5 rings on the jump ahead. 10) After the roads merge back together and another U turn. This icon raises the ground in front of it allowing for a large jump. 11) After jumping over the bridge (! #10), and the roads merge back together. This icon raises the ground in front of it and allows for a large jump; and opens the way for shortcut #4. 12) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the right. This icon activates 5 rings. Shortcuts: 1) After activating ! #1, jump off the right side. Hit the edge of the near hill, then turbo jump off of that and over the bridge. 2) After navigating the flooded plains created by ! #7 and going half way around the U turn thereafter, you should catch a glimpse of a path through the pine trees on the left. 3) After landing from ! #8 and going down the hill you should see a POW icon. Pick it up and go through the long row of trees that follows. 4) After activating ! #11, jump and veer to the left. Land on the POW icon and navigate the trees. 5) After the series of jump, drift left and cut the corner before the finish line. ====================================================================== 4.5)- Diamond Cup ====================================================================== Nebula: Crystal Road ------------------------------------------------- B Grade: 150 S Grade: 200 Number of laps: 2 Number of icons: !) 9 POW) 2 Description of ! icons: 1) After the path splits, take the lower (right) path. Through the pond and over the hill. This icon raises the ground allowing for a bigger jump. 2) Just as the paths merge back together. This icon causes meteors to fall around the path ahead. 3) After the series of jumps and around the bend. This icon raises the ground in front of it and activates 5 rings. 4) Just after landing from ! #3. This icon causes a dust storm in the following canyon. 5) Out of the canyon and around the bend. This icon lowers the ground in front of it and floods it. It also opens the way for shortcut #2. 6) After the roads merge then split again, take the left path. This icon lowers the ground in front of it, but raises a mountain in the distance. Off the top of the mountain, it activates 5 rings. 7) After the roads merge then split again, take the right path. After landing from the first jump. this icon raises the ground in front of it and activates 5 rings. 8) After ! #7 (and still on the right path) is another icon. This one raises the ground in front of it and allows for a bigger jump. 9) Just before the finish line. This icon activates a tornado just past the finish line. Shortcuts: 1) As the paths merge for the first time (around ! #2) veer left to find a POW icon. Grab it and run there the row of intergalactic trees. 2) You must activate ! #5. Now, at the end of the flooded plains veer right. Grab the POW icon and go through the rows of trees. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 5)- Challenge Mode ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 5.1)- Tips ====================================================================== Gate Challenge: 1) The 1 button does have a purpose. Make ample use of your breaks when taking sharp bends. 2) Jumps are your enemy. Avoid being in the air for a prolonged period, as its hard to steer. 3) Boosting bad. The gates are close enough together that you shouldn't have to use your boost to close the gap. Boosting can cause you to loose control or overshoot turns. 4) Boosting isn't all bad. Yes, a little contradictory of #3, however boosting if fine on the lower levels, as the gates are large enough you shouldn't have a problem hitting them. Also, boosting can help you around sharp bends. Ring Challenge: 1) You don't have to hit every single ring to win. Sometimes is better to focus on getting a big time bonus. 2) The amount a ring is worth varies based on how many rings you hit before it. If you missed the ring before it, it goes down by 5. If you hit the ring before it, it goes up by 5. Crush Challenge: 1) Hit your opponents as hard as you can. The harder you hit them, the more stars you can receive. 2) Remember, in Crush mode there are no barriers. ====================================================================== 5.2)- Normal ====================================================================== Gate Challenge: Car: Wolf Canada: Winding Road (And you thought you had seen the last of this course! Muhahahah!) S Grade: 130 Rating: 5/10 China: Northern Ridge S Grade: 130 Rating: 6/10 Ring Challenge: Car: Firefly Finland: Ski Jump Loop Time Limit: 2:00 S grade: 105 Rating: 3/10 Fiji: Mountain Run Time Limit: 2:10 S Grade: 105 Rating: 6/10 Crush Challenge: Car: Boulder Mexico: Dusty Pass Time Limit: 4:00 S Grade: 135 Rating: 1/10 Scotland: Baron's Run Time Limit: 4:00 S Grade: 135 Rating: 2/10 ====================================================================== 5.3)- Super ====================================================================== Gate Challenge: Car: Wolf Canada: Winding Road S Grade: 145 Rating: 7/10 China: Northern Ridge S Grade: 130 Rating: 8/10 Ring Challenge: Car: Firefly Finland: Ski Jump Loop Time Limit: 2:00 S grade: 130 Rating: 8/10 Fiji: Mountain Run Time Limit: 2:10 S Grade: 130 Rating: 8/10 Crush Challenge: Car: Boulder Mexico: Dusty Pass Time Limit: 4:00 S Grade: 195 Rating: 4/10 Scotland: Baron's Run Time Limit: 4:00 S Grade: 195 Rating: 4/10 ====================================================================== 5.4)- Prize ====================================================================== Your reward for surviving hell on earth, er, I mean, getting all S grades in super challenge mode? Special race icons! You can go into the options menu and select "special" beside "race icons." What does this mean? Instead of earning stars in races, you earn special icons depending on the track you are racing on. Mexico: Cactus Fiji: Bananas Canada: Pinecones Scotland: Golf Balls Finland: Snowflakes China: Panda Heads Nebula: Diamonds ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 6)- Trucks ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ***NOTE*** I've finally figured out how to unlock all the trucks. See the hints and tips section for more info. THE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT LISTED HERE! The layout is as follows: #)- Truck name Stats: Speed: (1-10, 10 being the best) Turbo: (1-10) Air: (1-10) Grip: (1-10) Handling: (slow-fast) Original color: (the color the car is suppose to be) Picture: (a link to photobucket with an image of this truck) Alternate paint job: (a link to photobucket with an image the alt. paint job) NOTE: the images are large, so dialup users beware! You must copy and paste the URL into your address bar. Some of the URLs are split into two lines, in this case you must copy and paste each line separately (and make sure there are no spaces in between them after pasting). Also, these images are from January '07, I've raced in a lot more races since then... just fyi. >.> 6.1)- Boulder Stats: Speed: 5 Turbo: 6 Air: 5 Grip: 6 Handling: medium Original color: Victory Red Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Boulder.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Boulderalt.jpg 6.2)- Firefly Stats: Speed: 5 Turbo: 5 Air: 7 Grip: 5 Handling: quick Original color: Neon Yellow Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Firefly.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Fireflyalt.jpg 6.3)- Wolf Stats: Speed: 7 Turbo: 5 Air: 5 Grip: 5 Handling: quick Original color: Speed Green Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Wolf.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Wolfalt.jpg 6.4)- Summit Stats: Speed: 8 Turbo: 7 Air: 4 Grip: 4 Handling: slow Original color: Electric Blue Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Summit.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Summitalt.jpg 6.5)- Serpent Stats: Speed: 4 Turbo: 6 Air: 5 Grip: 8 Handling: medium Original color: Forest Green Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Serpent.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Serpentalt.jpg 6.6)- Alpine Stats: Speed: 5 Turbo: 5 Air: 8 Grip: 6 Handling: quick Original color: Plum Crazy Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Alpine.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Alpinealt.jpg 6.7)- Raven Stats: Speed: 7 Turbo: 5 Air: 6 Grip: 7 Handling: medium Original color: Canary Yellow Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Raven.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Ravenalt.jpg 6.8)- Dominator Stats: Speed: 7 Turbo: 6 Air: 5 Grip: 8 Handling: medium Original color: Sunset Orange Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Dominator.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Dominatoralt.jpg 6.9)- Rad Stats: Speed: 6 Turbo: 8 Air: 5 Grip: 7 Handling: medium Original color: Nighthawk Black Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Rad.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Radalt.jpg 6.10)- Razor Stats: Speed: 9 Turbo: 9 Air: 3 Grip: 5 Handling: slow Original color: Vicious Violet Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Razor.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Razoralt.jpg 6.11)- Dynamo Stats: Speed: 6 Turbo: 6 Air: 7 Grip: 7 Handling: quick Original color: Midnight Blue Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Dynamo.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Dynamoalt.jpg 6.12)- Mongoose Stats: Speed: 9 Turbo: 5 Air: 4 Grip: 9 Handling: medium Original color: Speed Green Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Mongoose.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Mongoosealt.jpg 6.13)- Blaster Stats: Speed: 9 Turbo: 6 Air: 5 Grip: 8 Handling: medium Original color: Electric Blue Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Blaster.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Blasteralt.jpg 6.14)- Mako Stats: Speed: 9 Turbo: 3 Air: 9 Grip: 8 Handling: quick Original color: Flame Red Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Mako.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Makoalt.jpg 6.15)- Trekker Stats: Speed: 8 Turbo: 5 Air: 7 Grip: 9 Handling: medium Original color: Forest Green Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Trekker.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Trekkeralt.jpg 6.16)- Kodiac Stats: Speed: 10 Turbo: 10 Air: 4 Grip: 5 Handling: slow Original color: Electric Blue Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Kodiac.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Kodiacalt.jpg 6.17)- Saguaro Stats: Speed: 6 Turbo: 6 Air: 10 Grip: 9 Handling: quick Original color: Victory Red Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Saguaro.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Saguaroalt.jpg 6.18)- Wolverine Stats: Speed: 8 Turbo: 5 Air: 9 Grip: 10 Handling: medium Original color: Plum Crazy Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Wolverine.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Wolverinealt.jpg 6.19)- Wasp Stats: Speed: 10 Turbo: 10 Air: 6 Grip: 9 Handling: medium Original color: Nighthawk Black Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Wasp.jpg Alternate paint job: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ExciteTruck/Waspalt.jpg 6.20)- Monster Truck Stats: Speed: 10 Turbo: 10 Air: 10 Grip: 2 Handling: slow Original color: Nighthawk Black Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Monstertruck.jpg 6.21)- Crazy Monster Truck Stats: Speed: 10 Turbo: 10 Air: 10 Grip: 2 Handling: slow Original color: Neon Yellow Special: this truck is constantly in POW mode, meaning its invincible and always boosting (and never overheating). It also always gets the "nice landing" after jumps, giving it even more power. Picture: http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g61/SPV999/ ExciteTruck/Crazymonstertruck.jpg ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 7)- Hints and tips ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 7.1)- Unlocking Trucks ====================================================================== Trucks are unlocked by earning stars. The exact star requirements for every truck is listed below. How this works is very simple: After you earn a certain amount of total stars, a new truck is unlocked. The total number of stars you currently have isn't listed anywhere in the game, so you'll have to keep track of it yourself. The new trucks that are unlocked with Super Excite Mode are a little different: if you have earned past the number of stars required to unlock the Dynamo, then the first SE mode truck (Dynamo) is unlocked after earning 500 more stars, then every subsequent truck is unlocked after the difference between that truck and the next truck is earned. Example: the Mongoose is unlocked after you earn 1000 stars after unlocking the Dynamo, regardless of your over-all star count. The second and final exception for the rule is the Monster Truck and Crazy Monster Truck. 750 --- Summit 1500 -- Serpent 2500 -- Alpine 3500 -- Raven 5000 -- Dominator 6000 -- Rad 7000 -- Razor Dynamo: 8000 total stars. If your total exceeds 8000 once Super Excite mode is unlocked, you must earn 500 more stars to unlock it. 1000 after Dynamo ---- Mongoose 1000 after Mongoose -- Blaster 1000 after Blaster --- Mako 1000 after Mako ------ Trekker 1000 after Trekker --- Kodiac 2000 after Kodiac ---- Saguaro 2000 after Saguaro --- Wolverine 3000 after Wolverine - Wasp Monster Truck: Unlock all alternate paint jobs Crazy Monster Tuck: Complete Mirror Mode with all S Grades. ====================================================================== 7.2)- Unlocking alternate paint jobs ====================================================================== Alternate paint jobs can be unlocked one of two ways: Racing in 10 races or obtaining 3 S grades with said truck. The easiest way to do this is to pick a very easy, quick course (like one in the bronze or silver cup in Excite mode) and race it over and over. You should easily be able to win an S grade on these courses. There is only two trucks that don't have an alternate paint job: Monster Truck, and Crazy Monster Truck. ====================================================================== 7.3)- Unlocking Super Excite Mode ====================================================================== Excite Mode with all S grades. ====================================================================== 7.4)- Unlocking Mirror Mode ====================================================================== Complete Super Excite Mode with all S grades. ====================================================================== 7.5)- Unlock all cars instantly. ====================================================================== Once you complete Mirror Mode with all S grades every truck that was not previously unlocked will become unlocked. ====================================================================== 7.6)- Crazy Monster Truck Notes ====================================================================== Since the Crazy Monster Truck is in POW mode throughout the entire race, the rules change slightly. First, POW icons wont appear, as you are already in POW mode. Second, tree runs can be earned even after running into a tree (or ten)(unlike regular POW mode). ====================================================================== 7.7)- Withstanding Mirror Mode ====================================================================== The trick to not going insane when playing mirror mode is to forget everything you knew about the course you're playing, and treat it as if it's a totally new course. ====================================================================== 7.8)- Performing Aerial Spins ====================================================================== Credit goes to markconigliaro for this: 1) Hold one 2) Hold any direction on the d-pad 3) While in the air turn slightly in one direction 4) Turn harder in the other direction Much like how you would spin something in real life, like yourself. if you wanted to jump and spin, you would turn a little in one direction and throw yourself in the other. It builds up momentum to do the spin. 5) For another spin, while your truck is spinning, put your Wii mote how it was in #3 6) When the truck is done spinning, repeat #4 To do more spins, repeat steps 3-6, your fingers should never leave the d-pad and 1 button ====================================================================== 7.9)- Earning More Stars ====================================================================== 8 easy tips for earning more stars: 1) Get off to a Smashing start. At the very beginning of the race, curve left or right slightly and see if you can get a few stars from ramming the guy next to you. 2) Be a drifter. If you're in the lead and can spare some speed, drift as much as possible. 3) My precious. Strive to get as many Rings as possible when jumping. Remember, the order for stars in a jump is air > Rings > spins. (btw, the pun is from Lord of the Rings for those that don't get it). 4) 1080's. Spin as much as possible when going over large jumps. 5) Trees are your friend, and you shouldn't harm friends. This works the best on the Canada and fiji tracks, get as close to the edge of road as possible and rake in the tree runs. Be careful not to run into them, as you'll lose precious stars and seconds. 6) The POW is yours! When ever you see a POW icon, PICK IT UP! This is useful for Super Truck Smashes. Also, be on the lookout for shortcuts and tree runs nearby. 7) Shortcut to success. Always be look out for shortcuts that can net you tree runs or additional air. They are often hidden near POW icons just after a large jump. 8) Whoa! Did you see that thing explode?! If you're going to crash, at least do it in style to earn a star. ====================================================================== 7.10)- Expert tips ====================================================================== Cus' even we experts can use some help sometimes, right? - Walking on air trick This trick is really hard to pull off, and is more likely to happen by accident then on purpose. Basically, when you are earning air stars, it registers that you hit the ground when at least 2 tires touch down. The trick here is to land at an angle on the crest of a hill so that only 1 tire touches and you bounce off the top, thus prolonging your air. - Earth mover trick Another air-prolonging trick that is easiest to do on Canada: Puddle Jump. Some ! icons will lower the ground directly beneath you when you hit them. If you land on these icons in-air, the ground beneath you will lower and your air will be prolonged by roughly a star. In Canada: Puddle Jump, just after the second set of rings is ! #4. Jump through the rings before it, then veer left and try to land on ! #4. - 10 star air spin 10 star air spin is a bit of an overstatement. It's more realistically a 6-8 star air spin. It must be preformed on a very big jump. As soon as you take off, do a 5 star spin, pause for a moment, then proceed to spin some more. You should at least be able to get 1 extra star out of it. - Continuous boost This cannot be done on every course and takes a lot of practice, but is very worth it. When in the air, your car will cool down faster then on the ground, POW mode, jumps, landings, and water will also give you infinite boost for a short time. If you practice really hard, you can go an enter course boosting without overheating. The trick is simple: when you're on the ground, boost until you reach the next jump. Turbo jump off it and let your car cool off in air. Hit the ground for a nice landing, and as soon as it wears off start boosting again. Keep your eyes open for POW icons and water. - Pit maneuver The pit maneuver is used in real life by police to force cars into a spin and effectively take them off the road. This trick also works in Excite Truck. Get parallel to the car you want to ram. Drop back so that the nose of your car is beside their rear tire. Get a couple feet away, then quickly ram the rear side of their car (boosting works well). This should put their car into a spin and possibly even flip it (right in front of you btw) (if it does go in front of you, ram it some more. It can only push your stars higher). This should also guarantee you a 5 star smash. - Snaking While this move is more associated with Mario Kart: DS, it works well in Excite Truck as well. While it doesn't provide infinite boost like it does in MK:DS, it does provide many stars. The concept is pretty much the same: Zig-zag from one side of the road to the other all the way down the track. Your car should say sideways the entire time. This will provide a lot of drift stars. Boosting should only enhance the star earnings. The only draw back is that this will slow you down considerably and could cause you to miss jumps ect. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 8)- Records ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ah the records section, otherwise known as the "Ha, in your face! I got 205 stars on that course!" section. ====================================================================== 8.1)- Achievements ====================================================================== Note: this is the only records section worth covering. The other two are very self-explanatory. By this point, you may have noticed that after every race it records how many "supers" you got during that race. This is where you can view how many super __ you've gotten. Super Air Spin and Super Jump Combo are, for some reason, not listed as trophies and are instead in the Best Stunts section. Super Truck Throws aren't listed at all. NOTE: I'm still trying to find the best track for some of the Super's. If you know of a good track for a certain Super, email me. Lifetime Wins How to obtain: place 1st in a race. Needed for final trophy: 100 Best Track: Excite Mode: Bronze cup: Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch Lifetime S Grades How to obtain: earn an S Grade Needed for final trophy: 100 Best Track: Excite Mode: Bronze cup: Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch Super Air How to obtain: stay in the air long enough to earn 5 stars Needed for final trophy: 500 Best Track: Super Tree Runs How to obtain: stay very close to a row of trees Needed for final trophy: 500 Best Track: Excite Mode: Bronze cup: Canada: Winding Road Super Drifts How to obtain: turn for a prolonged period of time Needed for final trophy: 200 Best Track: Excite Mode: Silver cup: China: Water Way Super Truck Smashes How to obtain: ram another truck hard enough to disable it Needed for final trophy: 500 Best Track: Excite Mode: Bronze cup: Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch (Crazy monster truck) Super Rings How to obtain: after hitting a ! icon, fly through all five rings (see main guide for list of ! icons that make rings appear) Needed for final trophy: 500 Best Track: Excite Mode: Silver cup: Scotland: Highland Moors (Saguaro) All-round best track for achievements: Excite Mode: Silver cup: China: Water Way. In 1 lap you can get 2 super drifts, 2 super airs, 2 super truck smashes, 1 tree run, and 1 super ring. User Suggested Tracks: TheDolphin: Super Rings: Silver Cup: Scotland for rings. Two rings and three laps. Platinium: Finland for rings. Three rings and two laps. markconigliaro: Super Rings: Bronze Cup: Mexico: Greenhorn Gulch. 1 ring and 2 laps. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 9)- Frequently asked Questions ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 9.1)- How do I use custom sound tracks? You'll need an SD card and an SD card reader for your PC/Mac, and your music has to be in MP3 format. Then just upload the music to your SD card (make sure its not in a folder), insert it in the SD card slot on the Wii. Go into any race mode, choose a level and a truck. After the level loads press "+" then select "SD Card", highlight the song you want and press "1" to exit and start the race. 9.2)- I picked up a POW icon and I'm running by trees, but its not giving me tree runs! There are two possible reasons for this: 1) you're not close enough to the trees. 2) you ran into a tree early on into to the run. Remember, if you run into a tree after picking up a POW icon, you are no longer eligible for tree runs until after the POW icon wears off. 9.3)- I need more help with __ course. Well, there's probably nothing I can do but there are two ways to get a hold of me if you are having problems and feel you must: 1) email me (info below). If you are a member of the site you found this on, please include your user name and the site you found this on. 2) If you're a member of Supercheats, ask a question using their Questions and Answer system. 9.4)- What truck should I use for __ course? That's totally a matter of personal preference. I personally use the Wolf up until the Dynamo is unlocked; then I use that for the rest of the game. 9.5)- you didn't list how many stars *insert trick here* would get me! Again, this totally depends on what car you are using, how much momentum you've built up, and the angle of your jump. Just know that I have listed way more then enough stuff per course to get you an S rank. 9.5)- In the records section, some of stunts/times are listed in green/red/blue. Yes, Green means you obtained that record in Excite Mode, Red means Super Excite, and Blue stands for Mirror Mode. 9.6)- a link in the car section doesn't work! Check to make sure you copied both parts of the link (if there are two parts), and that there isn't a space between the two parts you've copied. If it still doesn't work, you can email me to let me know. Though odds are I am well aware of this, as I'm the one that probably changed the link. Wait a few days and try again to make sure this is the most recent version of the guide. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 10)- Multiplayer Mode ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In order to access multiplayer mode, you have to have 2 Wii remotes synched up and turned on. I don't recommend playing in this mode, as the frame rate is insanely high. It may not sound like much, but it will throw your timing way off. Not to mention ET doesn't lend it self well to the small screen. Anyway, in multiplayer mode, you can race with 1 other person in a head-to-head race (no bots). The basic concept is exactly the same as single player. Whoever finishes the race first will get 25 extra stars, plus 1 extra star for every second longer it takes for the other player to finish (the other player will have 30 seconds to cross the line before the game automatically ends). Yeah, that's pretty much it. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 11)- Copyright/Contact Info ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Copyright 2007 Shawn Vernier (SPV999) This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. In other words this is mine, don't steal it and put your name on it. Email: scooterspv@yahoo.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 12)- Credits ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Me - made the guide (duh). markconigliaro: The Aerial Spin tip. Nintendo and Monster games - they made the game (duh). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 13)- Version History ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ------------------------- Version 1.0 02/02/07 At this point, this guide pretty much just lists the trucks and their ratings... more will come soon. ------------------------- Version 1.5 02/02/07 Its getting there. Added a few more original colors, as well as a few tips and tricks. ------------------------- Version 1.8 02/03/07 Very close. Original colors are now finished. Might add a few more tips and tricks/Frequently asked questions if I can think of some. Might even add an alternate paint jobs section to the list of cars... hmm, going to have to think about that... ------------------------- Version 1.9 02/04/07 The Challenge has been issued! Complete it if you dare. Also added some notes to the Crazy Monster Truck. ------------------------- Version 2.0 02/04/07 Think I'm going to make this into a full-fledged guide starting this update. Yeah. *looks at how often he has updated* I really need a life. >_> ------------------------- Version 2.0 *later that same day* Done. Just a few odds and ends to take care of (and no, I'm not talking about myself). ------------------------- Version 2.5 02/05/07 Added Challenge mode and fixed a few typos. Now it is completely finished. Don't think I'm ever going to add an alternate paint job section. ------------------------- Version 3.0 03/13/07 I'm back! (Though I never really went anywhere, I've just been lazy.) Anyway, one large update here. Added: Records section (not yet complete) Pictures of the cars (that's right, alternate paint jobs and all) A couple more FAQs Moved the version history section (in case you hadn't noticed) ------------------------- Version 3.2 03/14/07 Added prize section to challenge mode Fixed some typos. Next update I'm hoping to get the multiplayer mode section up. ------------------------- Version 5.0 07/29/07 Did yah miss me? :D Major update this time around: - figure out the exact requirements for unlocking cars. - Re-edited the section breaks - added to the closing challenge and tips sections. - Multiplayer mode! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ====================================================================== 14)- Closing Challenge ====================================================================== ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Think you're an Excite Truck expert? Then what are you reading my guide for?! In any case, I raise a Challenge for you: Complete all courses with S grades... while holding the Wii Remote backwards. That's right, hold the remote so that you are using the D- pad with your right hand, and the 2 and 1 buttons with your left. New challenge! After completing the game, play through every level... earning less then 10 stars per course. :) I know it's possible, cus' I've done it. Anyone who completes these challenges will be listed in the honors section below... since no one by myself has done it, there isn't a section there yet...