Nitrobike

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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An extreme off-road bike racing game.

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Positive Messages

This is a game about pushing the limits on an off-road racing bike.

Violence

Bikes have nitro rockets, so you can see riders wipe out in wild ways. Because of the extra boost, bodies appear to take more damage.

Sex

Some of the female riders are showing cleavage, and have large breasts.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Everyone 10+" primarily due to some female riders who are dressed provocatively. There is also some violence while wiping out on your nitro-powered bikes, with bodies flying. Kids can go online to race others in multiplayer modes, but Common Sense Media does not recommend this for children who are under age 12.

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What's it about?

Fans of Nintendo's 2006 Wii launch title Excite Truck might also enjoy the mayhem of off-road racing in NITROBIKE, which lets you race a motorbike around plenty of tracks, but throws in nitro-powered rockets for added fun.

Taking advantage of the console's motion-sensing controller, players can hold the Wii Remote horizontally and simply tilt left and right or forward and back to steer your bike. The \"+\" button activates your nitrous boost to soar past your opponents, but be careful how and when you use it as you might find yourself without control, and thus performing a face-plant into the dirt. While in the air you can perform slick moves, including combos, by pressing other buttons on the controller.

Is it any good?

If you get tired of the 20 levels and dozens of events to partake in, this arcade racing game also supports six simultaneous players over the Internet, but it could be difficult to find others because of the lack of available riders (at the time of this writing) and the somewhat confusing online lobby screens. That said, once you're vying for the finish line, the multiplayer racing is fast, smooth, and fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about if this game holds up against the likes of Excite Truck, a hyped Wii launch title from '06. Are Wii games better now, more than a year after its launch? Do better graphics and online play make up for the same old core game-play?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: January 17, 2008
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

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