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Excitebots – the WTF-iest game of 2009

 
Earlier we talked about the game’s intermittent boosts, be they from the colored bars or drifting through corners or performing multiple mid-air spins before landing. Still want more opportunities to burst through the pack? How about these utterly insane pickups that could make or break your lap.


Above: Hit the bowling icon and a set of 10 pins will appear farther down the track. How and why are never addressed, and we’ll never ask 


Above: The ‘bots’ mecha-arm can grab a dart, and with a well-timed ‘A’ press you’ll score a few more stars, provided you don’t veer off the track while trying to line up the shot 


Above: Here, a soccer ball falls into the track, and the first ‘bot to bump it into the goal get the stars. Don’t fiddle too much though, either smack it in one go or keep on drivin’


Above: Aaaand the ultimate WTF, the clown face asking for a pie. Toss the pie in this hovering, disembodied head and three bonus stars will be yours

We’ve only played halfway through the game, but there can’t possibly be something WTF-ier than the severed head of Bozo the Clown demanding to be smacked with pie… for the purpose of rewarding you with stars. Wha?

 
We’re huge game music aficionados here at GamesRadar, so any chance we get to share/recommend new tunes is extremely welcome. Not sure if we love or loathe the tunes in Excitebots yet (one of us loves it, others think it’s “noise”), but you have to admit it accentuates the already trippy racing experience. Go 120BPS!


Above: The soundtrack to every ladybug’s life

Excitebots releases on 4/20 (also appropriate), and we have to admit we’ll be playing more on launch day. The first week it was in the office we kind of thought “oh hm, it’s Excite Truck again” but there really is a lot going on under the hood, and it’s easily a bit better than its predecessor.

Our pals down the hall at Nintendo Power said Excitebots “wears its wackiness on its sleeve,” and that’s precisely the case. We’ll leave you now with three of our favorite “awards” for racing with gusto:

 

 



Apr 13, 2009 



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32 comments

  • mastersword369 - April 15, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    @Cyberninja: WARIOWARE
  • mman36 - April 15, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    Uhh...Nintendo's off its rocker. Throw in the towel or get your head out of your ass and make a decent game for the Wii already. reCaptcha: Beggs Exacta
  • iluvmyDS - April 14, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    WTF Tambourines!?!?!?!
  • Cyberninja - April 14, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    now i have a wtf recaptcha: idbbkhdpt 50o bermel
  • fionnoh - April 14, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    yes, i can definitely see myself tripping balls too this.
  • marty20000 - April 14, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    The Music Sounds Like A YTPMV lol.
  • jimsondanet - April 14, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    bout time developers started ackowledging the greatest gaming peripheral of all time. recaptcha: grandmother hunters WTF?!!!
  • SincualaS - April 14, 2009 8:14 a.m.

    ladybug shoots, off the near post!
  • understudybass - April 14, 2009 3:15 a.m.

    Mr. Elston this preview is far to optimistic. SEE: chris's preview of effing Jumper.
  • MattYg1 - April 14, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    haha i was semi going along with it until the bowling pins made an appearance...
  • KhPwNaGe - April 13, 2009 11:53 p.m.

    WTF!? Yeah they were super baked when they thought of this game.
  • RamenDragon - April 13, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    Hey, I might actually play my Wii for this.
  • Cyberninja - April 13, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    the most wtf game on the wii
  • c03n3nj0 - April 13, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    I was always confused by this game...
  • ryno - April 13, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    these guys must be smokeing marajuana
  • revrock - April 13, 2009 11:28 p.m.

    Looks like Nintendo is delivering the goods with this one. Heck, why wouldn't you get it? Then Punch Out next month too!
  • EdHas503 - April 13, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    OMG 420 guess your gonna goout of the office and smoke a doobie while you play your WII around a statue
  • sofaku - April 13, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    acually looks good. still WTF filled but good.
  • Unoriginal - April 13, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    At the end it says "Excitebots is released 4/20(also approprate)" Am I misunderstanding or are you guys hinting at it sucking. 4/20=2/10 Or is there an event or holiday that I am not avare of?
  • animeman - April 13, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    What platform is the game for? It looks fun.

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