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Excitebike - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A dirt bike game. The player navigates a bike over hills and around competitors.

Excitebike was produced by Nintendo in 1984.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period Excitebike was produced include: Mario Bros., Mario Bros. (PlayChoice), Tennis, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Junior, Golf, Balloon Fight, Baseball, Duck Hunt, and Excitebike (PlayChoice)


Name Excitebike
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7725
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class Nintendo Vs.
Dipswitch Settings

Excitebike Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - AcceleratorTurbo
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Excitebike Control Panel Image
PCB Excitebike PCB Image

Game Play

The game starts with a qualifying race, where the player is the only bike on the track. The player must navigate over hills, jumps, hay bails, and other obstacles in a set amount of time to qualify for the next race. The course scrolls right to left and the view is from a slightly elevated angle to allow for 3-D.

The player moves up and down left to right on the track with the joystick. Moving the stick left is like pulling up on the handlebars, producing a wheelie. Moving the stick right or left in the air will change the attitude of the bike, controlling what angle it will be at during landing. Ideally, this should match the angle of the ground during landing.

Button B controls turbo. The engine will overheat if this is kept on too long. At this time, the player should use normal acceleration with button A. There are arrows on the track that will cool off the engine when the player runs over them.

If the player qualifies, the next race will be the same track with competitors. If the player places in the top five, the next race will be a qualifier on another track and so on.

Landing wrong, too big of a wheelie, running over a hay bail while not in a wheelie, or colliding with a competitor will cause a crash. There is no limit to the number of crashes, but it costs time. Overheating the engine will also just cost time. The game is over when the player fails to qualify.

Excitebike KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.67 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.47

Overall Like 4.20
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.79

Gameplay 3.67
Graphics 3.67
Originality 4.33
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

How to obtain "Excitebike" mode. While racing you can cause the other bikes to crash by cutting in front of them, using your back tire to knock into their front in order to send them tumbling. If you can cause 5 bikes to crash without crashing in any way yourself, you will be rewarded with the "Excitebike". The color or you motorcycle will change and you can use the turbo button without fear of overheating. If you crash the Excitebike, you lose it and return to your normal bike.

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The controls of Vs. System games allow for two players on a Unisystem and four on a Dualsystem. Unfortunately, Nintendo chose not to make use of this on Excitebike since only one player may play at a time.

Cabinet Information

The game uses the standard generic Vs. artwork.


All Vs. games can be converted by swapping the ROMs, daughterboards, or other custom chips on the board. The Vs. Dualsystem architecture allows two games, serving two separate monitors, to be played from the same board.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Excitebike Census

There are 14,823 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,875 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 107 known instances of this machine owned by Excitebike collectors who are active members. Of these, 46 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 53 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Excitebike machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Excitebike circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 5 active VAPS members currently looking for Excitebike.

This game ranks a 32 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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