WILD TRAX
( FX Trax / Stunt Race FX )
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ワイルドトラックス
©1994 Nintendo
Release: 1994-06-04 (¥9800)
Cartridge SHVC-CQ (G713761)
Racing game

American Version
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Released in America as
STUNT RACE FX
( SNS-CQ-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as
STUNT RACE FX
( SNSP-CQ-XXX )

Wild Trax is a cute racing game by Argonaut and published by Nintendo, and is one of the few games ever produced with the Super FX enhancement chip (see Star Fox for more information about the chip). The player is able to race using one of the three cute and eyed cars that are available within the game - a yellow coupe, a big 4WD and a sports car. As a side note, a motorbike can also be unlocked later in the game, and a big truck is available as well, but only in special stages. Obviously, each vehicle offers a different balance of strengths and weaknesses, and it is up to the player to decide which vehicle best fits his style of driving. The goal of the game is rather simple and expected - to race through different tracks within a time limit. Many other challenges and modes are available though, such as the Stunt race where players can hit and damage other cars while collecting yellow stars, or the two-player Battle-Trax mode, as well as a Test Run. Finally, special items are scattered around each track and give players additional boosts, such as the blue-turbo and red-repair power pills.
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See Starfox for more information about the Super FX enhancement chip.

Teaser text from the American version:
Speed, Stunts and Challenging Trax make Stunt Race FX a Winner !
The updated Super FX chip allows you to shift into high gear! Get behind the wheel of a formula racer, a 4WD monster truc, a sub-compact or a motorcycle. Each will provide a unique driving experience. Choose from over 20 pedal-to-the-metal Trax. There are the no-holds-barred Speed Trax where you hone your skills and progress from a novice to a master. STunt Trac provides an obstacle course rally complete with ups, downs and jumps. Battle Trax means head-to-head conflict in surprising terrain. For speed, variety, action and fun, Stunt race FX finishes far ahead of the competition !


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Wild Trax is a nice looking game with fairly decent 3D graphics, and the idea of using sprites for the car head-lights and tires is really clever (I think). However, although the game runs very smoothly, the action is somewhat slow and clunky. No doubt that Wild Trax was revolutionary for the time, but the game has really aged (unlike other racing games such as the excellent Super Mario Kart), and can be frustrating at times. This is a shame, cute racing games are not that common anymore and this is what makes this title so enjoyable, without forgetting the tons of items and goodies that you can unlock as you progress. All in all, Wild Trax is a very average racer, but it can be fun to play (again, I'm warning you, the game can be very frustrating, slow and choppy).




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