Wave Race

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Wave Race
Wave Race
Player's Choice Million Seller front cover of Wave Race.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Pax Softnica
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Masayuki Kameyama
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Composer(s) Taisuke Araki
Series Wave Race
Platform(s) Game Boy
Release date(s)
  • NA July 1992
  • EU June 24, 1997
Genre(s) Water racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (up to four players)

Wave Race (ウエーブレース Uēbu Rēsu?) is a 1992 personal watercraft racing video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the first game in the Wave Race series. The game is relatively simple, in that the player controls a jet skier around a track aiming to beat the computer or up to three friends using the link cable accessory.


There are two modes in which the game may be played:


The goal is to race through pairs of posts across the track. Each one passed through increases the player's score by one point. The player with the most points once all posts have been taken wins.


A race in which the player must proceed through certain checkpoints and complete each lap in a time limit. Two powerups are available on the track. The dolphin gives the player increased turning ability, while the octopus allows the recipient to steal from opponents.

In both modes there are a variety of obstacles including ramps, shallow water and whirlpools. There are eight tracks for each mode.


Wave Race sold well enough to earn a Player's Choice medal and was later followed by two sequels: Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm. Unlike the first game, Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm were also released in Japan.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74%
Review scores
Publication Score
Nintendo Power 3.7/5

The game was well received. It holds a score of 74% on GameRankings.

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