With every new Nintendo title that impulsegamer reviews, we are more and more impressed with the power of this small machine. Of course there is the small matter of the teams of dedicated programmers who are working to get the most out of the machine as well. Wave Race Blue Storm is not exception to this outstanding rule.
A jetski title, Wave Race was last seen on the N64 much to the delight of the owners of that console. This latest incarnation however leaves it's predecessor for dead in every single way.
Firstly to look at, Wave Race will simply stun you with it's elegance. As far as I was concerned, the water and environment is some of the most realistic to be found on any similar title and player interaction with the water and surrounds is exceptional. The controller's rumble is programmed well and generates a more submersive (no pun intended) feeling to the game.
At first the controls may feel a little stiff to use and stunts seemingly impossible to pull off, this is in part because the average gamer will not bother to undertake the tutorial which is what I would certainly recommend doing. You will also find later that you can customise the performance of your rider to tweak his abilities even further.
The feeling of the ski upon the water has to be felt to be believed. Your craft will react realistically to tides and also the wake of your opponents jetskis. Using the L and R buttons is paramount to success on the race circuit as buoys as placed strategically for you to dart around and you will incur penalties for failing to pass on the correct side of a buoy.
There are many competition modes which will ensure that Wave Race stays inside your Cube for a very long time indeed.
Another of the many impressive points of Wave Race and in fact almost all the GameCube titles is the fact that I have not seen a framerate drop regardless of what is occurring onscreen. Wave Race sports many, many features, all of which must put great demands on the system but I've yet to see it chug at all.
For those of you who like to be able to choose riders and teams, then Wave Race can also provide in that respect as well. Every rider has their own skill set and comes with what I am assuming to be the coach who directs you onscreen. This feature is helpful, but can become repetitive, also some of the coaches are a little bit too much in their 'dissing' of your skills (or lack thereof).