Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Hands-On) (Nintendo 3DS) Preview

By Adam Riley 30.06.2013 1

Review for Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

From the quaint and quirky Valet Parking, 1989 and 1950s Lawn Mower Kids, to the 3DS project Real Heroes 3D: Firefighter 3D, Zordix has a knack of producing games that defy boundaries, creating enjoyable products from subject matter that otherwise might have been quite stale. For its latest release, Aqua Moto Racing 3D, the developer has attempted to fill the massive hole left in the market by a lack of Wave Race from Nintendo. Cubed3 was lucky enough to get an early hands-on with this 3DS eShop title that just launched, ahead of the full review in a few days.

Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm remain fan favourites after well over a decade, and yet Nintendo has yet to grace the world with anything since the days of the GameCube. Therefore, Zordix has decided to step up to the plate and bring a new version of the highly-rated mobile water-based racer to Nintendo 3DS eShop. Aqua Moto Racing 3D places players on jet-skis and simply involves zipping around numerous courses, riding tumultuous waves and navigating an array of floating buoys, with a smattering of stunts mixed in for good measure. Simple-yet-addictive!

Race against five other opponents over three laps (as standard - this can be upped in trial modes) over twenty-four courses, vying for pole position, scrapping against opponents whilst trying to carefully manoeuvre around the various buoys to achieve a 'Perfect' each time, collecting money along the way for upgrades to the water-based craft, and using accrued boost power to give that extra push across the finish line. On the lowest difficulty level it will be a complete breeze, but the harder it gets, and the choppier the waves become, even veteran Wave Race fans will be thoroughly tested.

Screenshot for Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

Visually, the game makes great use of the 3D effect to add more realism to races, and it all zooms along at a great pace. The soundtrack has a suitably laidback feel that complements the action well, and surprisingly the over-the-top announcer is not quite as annoying as expected! One of the key advantages over the previous iOS versions has to be how smoothly everything using the Circle Pad for close control is, giving players increased precision in movement throughout for those tricky corners being bustled by adversaries. There is so much packed into such a small package, as well as local six-player racing fun - although that could not be tested in this early version. The Press Release states 'Download Play Capabilities,' so it will be intriguing to see what that entails. Initial impressions are highly positive so far, though!

Screenshot for Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

Final Thoughts

Early impressions of Aqua Moto Racing 3D are extremely impressive, with this proving to be a strong title that definitely fills the gap Nintendo has left by abstaining from releasing another Wave Race. Considering the medium of 3DS eShop, the content packed in is stunning, and delving deeper into the final package is something the team at Cubed3 is definitely looking forward to.

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C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

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Wave Race fans - until Shin'en tries its hand at the genre, Zordix has the perfect medicine right here. Expect SuperLink's review soon for the final verdict! Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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