Konami Krazy Racers

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Konami Krazy Racers
Konami Krazy Racers box.jpg
Konami Krazy Racers box art featuring eight playable characters. From left to right:Takosuke, Nyami, Goemon, Dracula, Power Pro-kun, Pastel, Cyborg Ninja, and Moai.
Developer(s) KCEK
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, iOS,[1] Android
Release date(s) Game Boy Advance:
  • JP March 21, 2001
  • NA June 11, 2001
  • PAL June 22, 2001
iOS:[2]
  • NA August 31, 2009
Android:
  • NA August 17, 2011
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Konami Krazy Racers (Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan; Krazy Kart Racing for mobile[3][4]) is a kart racing video game published and developed by Konami for the Game Boy Advance handheld video game console, iOS and Android. It was first released in Japan, and was later released in North America and some PAL regions. It was a launch game for the system. Konami Krazy Racers makes use of a variety of characters and concepts from several of Konami's franchises, including Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Gradius. It plays similarly to the Mario Kart series, with eight characters per circuit and offensive/defensive items placed at predetermined points in the tracks.

Konami Krazy Racers received mostly positive reviews.

Gameplay[edit]

Konami Krazy Racers plays similarly to other kart racing games, most notably Mario Kart Super Circuit.[5] Each race begins at the starting line, where eight racers are lined up in certain positions. Each of the seven computers are placed in the closest seven positions to the starting line, but the player character always starts a circuit in eighth place. This placement may change in the next race of the circuit depending on how well the racers do. If the player places first, he or she will be in the first position, as the placement in the following races is based on how the racers did in the previous race. The race is seen from behind the player, and uses Mode 7 effects to simulate the three dimensions.[6] A timer will count down to indicate the beginning of the race, and the player must hold down a button to accelerate at the beginning. The player can pick up coins off of the track which may be spent on items in a shop, and depending on the character the player controls, he or she may try to cause another player to spin-out. The player may use other buttons to do such actions as jump and brake, which aides in maneuverability.

Placed throughout the races are red and blue bells. The red bells contain any variety of items, while the blue bell contains a speed-boosting item.

Characters[edit]

Konami Krazy Racers features a total of 12 characters, each with unique features, including weight, speed, and acceleration.

Sequel[edit]

Krazy Kart Racing is a sequel to the title for iOS and Android, featuring a total of 12 characters from Konami franchises, including new ones not in the previous game.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GBA) 80.69%[7]
(iOS) 73%[8]
Metacritic (GBA) 78/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars[10]
Edge 6/10[11]
EGM 8.67/10[12]
Eurogamer 8/10[13]
Game Informer 7/10[14]
GamePro 3/5 stars[15]
GameSpot 8.1/10[16]
GameSpy 82%[17]
IGN 8/10[18]
Nintendo Power 3.5/5 stars[19]
Nintendo World Report 9/10[20]

The game was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 80.69% and 78 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version,[7][9] and 73% for the iOS version.[8]

The GBA version was ranked #10 on a top ten list of the best Game Boy Advance games in Electronic Gaming Monthly, beating Mario Kart: Super Circuit, another Game Boy Advance kart racing game.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSZ_WMgWe8Y
  2. ^ Konami Releases Krazy Kart Racers for iPhone, $7.99
  3. ^ http://toucharcade.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/IMG_0585.PNG
  4. ^ "Krazy Kart Racing for iOS (iPhone/iPad)". GameFAQs. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Konami Krazy Racers for Game Boy Advance". MobyGames. 
  6. ^ "Konami Krazy Racers (2001) screenshots". MobyGames. 
  7. ^ a b "Konami Krazy Racers for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Krazy Kart Racing for iOS (iPhone/iPad)". GameRankings. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Konami Krazy Racers for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Nicholls, Shawn. "Konami Krazy Racers - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Edge staff (May 2001). "[Konami] Wai Wai Racing [Advance]". Edge (97). 
  12. ^ "Konami Krazy Racers". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2001. 
  13. ^ Bramwell, Tom (July 10, 2001). "Konami Krazy Racers". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Konami Krazy Racers". Game Informer (99). July 2001. 
  15. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (June 13, 2001). "Konami Krazy Racers Review for Game Boy Advance on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (June 8, 2001). "Konami Krazy Racers Review". GameSpot. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ Bub, Andrew S. (January 30, 2002). "Konami Krazy Racers (GBA)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on January 12, 2005. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Harris, Craig (June 14, 2001). "Konami Krazy Racers". IGN. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Konami Krazy Racers". Nintendo Power 145. June 2001. 
  20. ^ Metts, Jonathan (July 8, 2001). "Konami Krazy Racers". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 

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