E3 '07: Dave Mirra BMX Challenge Hands-On

Dave Mirra comes to the Wii in this BMX racer. We take a look.

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Dave Mirra BMX Challenge was originally released on the PlayStation Portable late last year, and now publisher Crave and developer Left Field are bringing it to the Wii, complete with motion-control steering. We got to take a look at the game at E3 2007, and here's what we found.

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The Wii version of BMX Challenge includes three game modes and 17 different levels/tracks to race through. The gameplay is a combination of racing and Tony Hawk-style trick action. You perform tricks to build up your Monster meter (licensed from the Monster brand of energy drink), which gives you a hefty speed boost when you fill it up. At a glance, the game looked a bit better than it did on the PSP, but in terms of basic content, it looks like it will very closely mimic its PSP counterpart.

One big change is the control scheme, which is mapped to the Wii Remote's motion-sensing technology. You hold the remote sideways as you would with something like Excite Truck. You press the 2 button to accelerate, and tilt the controller from side to side to steer. The steering certainly works, though in the build we played, it seemed a bit oversensitive, causing us to oversteer into corners and walls a little too often, even with only slight movements.

Dave Mirra BMX Challenge will hit stores for the Wii in August. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more on it soon.

Discussion

23 comments
Chrissyc86
Chrissyc86

I agree CAMPJILLJER, I ride BMX and Dave Mirra totally fails to capture the spirit of bmx cos it just plane sucks. The other games werre clunky and just annoying and frustrating. I'll reserve judgement on this until it out, but I have absolutely NO expectations.

CAMPKILLJER
CAMPKILLJER

ehhh, dave mirra's games aren't very good. and im a little skeptical about the controls. i think this is just gonna be another sponser-filled bmx game with clunky controls and long loading screens. anyone agree?

icarus212001
icarus212001

matt hoffman's pro bmx was pretty good IMO. hopefully this'll be just as good. although i dont like the fact that r using wut is essentially the same graphics engine as the psp version (i know that graphics dont make the game, and i believe fully on that, i just dont wanna pay more $$$ for the same game with waggle controls...but who knows)

JiminycricketX
JiminycricketX

A wii remote could be ideal for controlling a bike, as long as they get the sensitivity right. If it's too sensitive or not quite sensitive enough, it could destroy the entire experience.

Pazy160
Pazy160

The PS1 versions were good but as they havent updated the gameplay then why play was is basically a 13 year old title?

FlameMe
FlameMe

People are comparing this to the Tony Hawk games, but they don't empress me much. There were a couple great sk8 games released on the PS2 way back when, but nothing I have seen thats too special. Hopefully this game rocks though.

frank_iero_123
frank_iero_123

as a bmx rider it annoys me that dave mirra is constantly selling his name to a crap game i bought bmx xxx only because it was a bmx game and as a game it sucked big time i just wish there was a great bmx game to do justice to the sport

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

I used to play Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX 2 all the time for the Xbox. I loved that game so much.

Rayyan92
Rayyan92

BMX games havent reli stood up 2 the Tony Hawks games .. so this one may not be that well either. personally i think u can't do as many tricks on a bike as you can on a sk8board. the racing might be nice but not enuf 2 make me buy it...

SolidSnake35
SolidSnake35

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tHeFuTuReHeAd
tHeFuTuReHeAd

i dont understand how theyre gonna shoehorn all the tricks in with the wimote. i personally have doubts about this as a bmx game, the racing aspect makes sence, but ill have to be convinced about the tricks. i do in a way hope it does work, coz they may then consider making a bmx game for the ps3/360

msudude211
msudude211

I saw the demo for this, and the physics looked broken.

magicmo
magicmo

Sounds cool, but I've never been into the bike games, only the skate games.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Yeah, I think the controls would work out quite cool on Wii.

Pete5506
Pete5506

how is this going to work on the wii

icytower
icytower

This kind of game just does not work IMHO.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I really don't know why they brought this series back from the grave...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The Wii controls should be interesting to play with.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

well i bout bmx xxx for the game cube and i didnt like the game

D1rty_Dawg
D1rty_Dawg

Cool, I used to love riding my BMX....