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Developer Nintendo R&D1
Publisher Nintendo
System NES, Arcade, Game Boy Advance, e-Reader, Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, NEC PC-8801
Release Date Nintendo Entertainment System
JP November 30, 1984
NA October 18, 1985
EU September 6, 1986
JP December 9, 1988 (FDS)
US 1984
US September 16, 2002
Gameboy Advance
JP February 14, 2004
NA June 2, 2004
EU July 9, 2004
Virtual Console
EU February 16, 2007
JP March 13, 2007
NA March 19, 2007
3DS Virtual Console (3D Classic)
NA June 6, 2011
PAL June 7, 2011
JP June 7, 2011
Wii U Virtual Console
April 26/27, 2013
Rating ESRB: E

Excitebike is a motocross racing game for the NES. It debuted in Japan, selling for 5000 yen.



In Excitebike, the player is trying to beat a certain time limit on each track. If they manage to beat the track's time limit, they advance to the next race. In Mode A, the player races solo while Mode B adds other racers as an added obstacle.

Excitebike also featured a Design Mode, which allowed players to make their own tracks. In Japan, the tracks could be saved with the Famicom Data Recorder. Since that accessory was never released in America and Europe, players in those regions couldn't save their tracks. However, the functionality was added for all countries in the Virtual Console version.


In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the driver from Excitebike is available as a trophy. Several of 9-Volt's microgames in the WarioWare games are based on Excitebike. Additionally, Level 16 of Tetris DS's Standard Mode has an Excitebike theme. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Excitebike Riders (in 8 bit form) may sometimes appear when the Assist Trophy is used. They ram into any player that gets into their way (except for the user).

Excerpts of Excitebike were also used in NES Remix and Ultimate NES Remix, which presented challenges using parts of classic NES games and also combined elements from the different games. Additionally, DLC for Mario Kart 8 included a stage based on Excitebike known as Excitebike Arena.


Excitebike has had several sequels: Excitebike 64 for the Nintendo 64, Excite Truck and Excitebots: Trick Racing for the Wii and more recently Excitebike: World Rally for WiiWare.

Ports and Remakes

  • In Japan, Hudson Soft was allowed to port Excitebike to the NEC PC-8801.
  • In 1988, an enhanced version of Excitebike was available for the Famicom Disk System as well as the Vs. Unisystem arcades in 1984. These versions featured new music and two-player racing games.
  • A special version of the game called BS Excitebike Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium was available for the Satellaview system. It featured Mario characters.
  • Excitebike was unlockable in Excitebike 64.
  • In 2002, Excitebike-e was released as an e-Reader game.
  • Excitebike was released for the Gameboy Advance as part of the Classic NES Series in 2004.
  • Excitebike was also unlockable in the 2004 Gamecube game Animal Crossing.
  • The game was added to the Virtual Console in 2007.
  • In 2011, it was released with the launch of the 3DS's eShop as the first 3D Classic game in the 3DS Virtual Console. As a 3D Classic, it is similar to the original but modified with 3D features. It could be downloaded for free for a limited time, until July 7th in all areas except Japan, where it was available until the end of July.
  • In 2013, Excitebike was released for download on the Wii U as part of the Wii U Virtual Console. It was one of the launch titles for the Virtual Console, although its release was preceded by several Trial Campaign games.
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