Excitebots: Trick Racing

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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High-octane racing game leaves you charmed and breathless.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You whack others on the head or thorax to get ahead in the race. Despite the fun, winning is still the only thing.

Violence & Scariness

You knock others off the road and make them crash to get ahead. You hit them with cartoon-like weapons, too.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while there is a bit of fantasy violence, it's only of a cartoon nature. Players will whack others to make them crash so that they can get ahead. This game can be played online, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under the age of 12 unless supervised.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10-year-old Written byPapa_Reviews October 16, 2010

It you like Excite Truck you will like Excitebots.

A lot like Excite Truck but with crazy bug themed vehicles and new course obstacles. Online play is fun especially if you have a friend that also has the game.
Parent of a 3 and 6-year-old Written bydadofmace October 16, 2009

Take a chance. I think your little ones will like it.

My 3 year old can play it with no problem. He got the hang of it quickly. One minor warning, and it has nothing to do with this game in particular but with all... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 26, 2009
u should have a user but its hard for everyone to loggin that way.................................................................................................. Continue reading

What's it about?

Nintendo got it right again: EXCITEBOTS: TRICK RACING is indeed exciting, teeth clenchingly, eye-poppingly fun. This new racing game fof the Nintendo Wii takes you through about 50 races from locales around the world as you climb up the ranks from the B-grade bush leagues to a coveted Platinum Cup. The twist? You are controlling zany robotic vehicles that look like animals and far-out insects.

You use the Wiimote or the Wii Wheel to steer through mountains, lakes, and ponds against five other bots. You have turbo boosts and can even do tricks while in the air. If you hook onto a bar and move the Wiimote in a circular motion 10 times to spin your bot like a gymnast on the parallel bars, you can then push it forward to fly through the air like Superman. Sometimes you'll even be able to amble with alacrity on two feet like a human. You'll earn star points as you play, (50 if you come in first) to spend on making your bot cooler looking and more powerful.

Is it any good?

If you liked Mario Kart Wii, you'll enjoy this trick-filled, kooky racing that lets you speed like Sonic through beautifully rendered locales like Kilamanjaro, Egypt, Mexico and more. Each two- or three-minute race (which also can be taken online) affords you thrills galore and the occasional secret route to explore. If you want to be mischievous, you can press the 'A' button to stun your opponents with various items like a hammer, chomping teeth, or a firecracker. Oddly, there's sandwich-making and card-playing as you race, too.

It's not the most innovative game in the world as it's a lot like Mario Kart Wii. And you'll wish steering would be a lot more accurate. You'll also wish the full track would appear on your radar on the left side of the screen instead of only a small portion of it. And you'll wish there was more story for these cute Disney-esque characters to indulge in. Yet with its online capabilities, its booster rocket speed, and the circus-like stunts, there's a lot of replayability in the generally magical Excitebots: Trick Racing.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what kind of Excitebot racer you are most like in real life. Are you more like a speedy, hopping frog or a zippy lady bug? Is there any kind of animal/bot that you'd like to be that isn't in the game? What is it?


Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 20, 2009
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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