Nintendo’s Game Boy Sporty Double Bill – Wave Race & Tennis (Old Review)


OK, a quick thing about E3 because I don’t care for E3 that much because of the hype train, though I am excited for the following games:

  • Fallout 4
  • Super Ultra Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition…may feature Knuckles & Dante…from the remake
  • Mighty No. 9
  • Unravel
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Cuphead
  • Rare Replay (Dammit Microsoft, now I want to get an Xbox One for this)
  • Star Fox Zero
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Dreams
  • Tearaway Unfolded

Oh, and Nintendo’s conference was…lackluster!

Back to the review. It’s summer, and since I live in Luton, UK, it’s lackluster in June. For the rest of you, it’s going to be hot, so how about crusing down the sea, catching some waves, we’re going to ride on a…grommit? USA in the 90’s, you’re embarrasing, it’s Wave Race (ウエーブレース Uēbu Rēsu), developed by Nintendo EAD and Pax Softnica and was of course published by Nintendo. Pax Softnica (パックスソフトニカ Pakkusu Sofutonika) was a company that worked with Nintendo and were subcontracted to program games for them, they’ve programmed games for the Famicom/NES and the Disk System, SNES, Nintendo 64, MSX and Game Boy.

The game was released in 1992…and for some reason according to the net it was released in 1997 in Europe, but I looked at a cover scan of the European box and it says 1992 at the back. So the moral of the story is, don’t always believe in Wikipedia.


Wave Race is a personal watercraft racing game where you ride on a jet skier in many different races. There are two modes: Slalom (pronounced Sla-lem) and Race. Slalom is where you must race through a numerous set of posts, you get a point for each set of posts you pass, the racer with the most points wins. Race consists of simply racing around in numerous tracks like any other racing game. There are two power-ups in Race including running over a dolphin which gives you increased turning ability while running over an octopus enables you to steal from the opponent.


The controls are something to get used to since you’re racing in water rather than the usual tarmac, it’s one of those games where you need a lot of practice to be really good at it. The graphics, if you’re playing it on a GBA like I did, it’s dated pretty well what with the blue colour fitting the ocean. The music is minimal and you don’t hear any in-game.

Overall, it’s a simple water-based racing game, Wave Race reminds me of WipEout where you have to get used to the controls,  but Wave Race is easier to control to an extent.

You can get it on the Game Boy.


Tennis (Game Boy)

So I’ve already reviewed Tennis so who’s up for repeats, I know it’s lazy but so is releasing near enough the same sports games every year. My favourite sports games are Golf, Basketball, Football, then there is Tennis, and there was one for the Game Boy as one of the 5 launch titles released for the system, Tennis (or Tenisu), developed and published by Nintendo and was released in 1989 and was released in Europe in 1990.


You must swing the ball to your opponent and that person must swing it back to you and vice versa, should one of them fail to hit the ball and drop in the outer rectangle, the player gets 15 points, if one wins with 40 points, they win the match and start over again, they’ll be 3 sets of matches, should you win 2 sets, you win the game and play with a harder player. The rules of Tennis are very long but that’s just the basics. The game includes single player and multiplayer modes and has single and doubles matches, the computer opponent’s artificial intelligence and can be set to one of five difficulty levels. And apparently Mario referees the matches. Weird.


Overall, it’s again a basic sports game from Nintendo, but it still holds up and if you like anything basic it’s right up your street, it’s not advanced as say Virtual Tennis but it’s still Tennis. It’s still addictive and just plain old fun.

You can get it on Famicom/NES, Famicom Disk System, PlayChoice-10, Game Boy, NEC PC-8801, Mobile Phone and Virtual Console.


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