I popped this one in too and man... what a rush. The graphics are beautiful for this game and the simple "turn the wiimote to steer" and the ability to always have turbo makes this one a keeper. The steering takes a bit to get used to, but once you master it you'll be on your way to rackin up points. There are tricks to pull off that adds to your collection of required stars and power-ups that will either manipulate the course itself, or turn you into an invincible drivin' machine and wreck thru anyone and everyone. This game is very much worthy of the Wii.
Excite truck was one of the games i bought on launch day. At first i could not figure out the controls but once i did i could not put down the remote! Once you play this game you would not think of another idea of how to make a racing game with excellent controls. It is easy and most likely anyone can play it. The graphics are good and the level designs are fantastic on the wii. There is a huge selection of trucks to race with and the audio is great. This is the best wii launch title next to zelda.
With this title, Nintendo shows how much fun playing the Wii can be.
Excite Truck is a very relaxed, arcade-style racing game, similar only loosely to its ancient ancestor, Excite Bike. As in the classic NES title, you can boost your vehicle forward with infinite turbo, but you have to watch your temperature gauge to avoid overheating, slowing you down and preventing you from using the turbo until the engine cools off.
The single-player game is divided into multiple cups, each with a selection of tracks from various areas in the world. The variety this gives to the game is noticible, as your racing will take you through rugged forest terrain in Canada, the swamps around an old castle in Scotland, and the sandy beaches of Fiji, among other locales.
Emphasizing the stunt-based nature of the Excite-series, the goal of the game isn't all about coming in 1st. Instead, each track requires you to obtain a number of stars, earned by performing various stunts (or crashes), knocking other trucks out of the race or, yes, coming in before the other racers. The arcade nature is apparent as soon as you get into the game and perform a "turbo jump". Your truck will literally rocket through the air, often flying hundreds of feet in the air for several seconds before crashing home to earth without taking any damage at all. And this is where the true fun of the game lies, especially if you can play with a friend. Watching each other rocket high over the terrain and perform more daring and impressive stunts will keep you entertained for hours.
The only negative side to this game is the limited multiplayer; only two players may compete, and no cpu-controlled trucks are available. However, even so, you'll still find endless hours of enjoyment in this title, whether alone or competing against a friend.
I'd definately recommend you at least rent this one, if not buy it outright. You'll be glad you gave it a whirl.