Go Speed Racer Go! Oh the great old sound of the original intro music to the old Speed racer cartoon. Although I am not old enough to have seen the original in its original form, I am one that watched old Speed racer shows as I grew up and when I heard they were making a live action movie I have to say I had very mixed feelings. I have not seen the film, nor do I plan to until its available on DVD or Blu-Ray, but I was interested in the video game for the movie. Even with the 99% rate of movie to game translations being nothing short of disasters, I still was interested to see what would come from Speed Racer on the Wii. So after the movie, should you run out and go buy the game for your Wii? Read our full review to find out!
If there was one obvious with this review, it would be that this is a racing game, and it uses motion control to make you feel more like your at the wheel. If you have played the recent Nintendo release of Mario Kart Wii for the Nintendo Wii, then you will be right at home with the games control scheme. I was a bit worried with Speed Racer knowing that it is a much faster paced racing game then a Mario Kart, wondering how the controls would fair with the increase in speed. In fact one of the real things that Speed Racer does well is handling the speed.
So as you know this is not F1 style racing, a little bumping is allowed and in fact is encouraged in this game. Although there are not necessarily weapons to choose from you can still take out the opposition with your own ride. The game doesn’t necessarily implement the combat as well as it could, leaving something to be desired. I say this because I didn’t feel like I had enough control over using these attacks and thus the satisfaction of using it wasn’t as strong as it could have been.
The average race is pretty action packed, and for that you have to hand it to the developers because they truly made the Speed Racer world come to life in a very nice package. The racing itself is not only highly stylized it also gives a great sense of speed and control. The controls manage to feel as tight as Mario Kart Wii with the similar few hiccups from the motion control and not necessarily the game.
This is a pretty straightforward racing game, not much else can be said, there is a decent amount of variety in the tracks and the gameplay holds up pretty well. Since there aren’t an overwhelming amount of racers on the Wii I will continue to draw comparisons with the recent Mario Kart Wii and say that the AI to has a bit of the same feel never making a race to out of reach but also never letting you grab a huge lead even running a perfect race. The issues I have with Speed Racer: The Videogame aren’t major and don’t get away from a pretty solid racing experience.
Although Speed Racer: The Videogame is not a graphical powerhouse, it still does a fantastic job of bringing the style of the film (from what I have seen from the trailers) to the game. The game runs smooth in 480P, and the color scheme really works for the entire experience. The frame rate does have a few small dips but overall for such a fast moving racing game, things manage to look pretty good throughout.
There is not a ton of content to be had in Speed Racer: The Videogame but there is a good deal of fun to be had in the races. An ultra-fast racing game isn’t overly original, but it did manage to somehow feel fresh on the Nintendo Wii. I would never say this is a perfect game, but it doesn’t manage to bring the world of Speed Racer to life in one of the few enjoyable movie to game experiences I have had in recent years.
If you are a fan of the Speed Racer label then you will have a good reason to go check out Speed Racer: The Videogame. If Mario Kart Wii isn’t your cup of tear, and your still looking for a capable racing game, Speed Racer: The Videogame is good choice.
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