Excitebike (NES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / November 18th, 2013


  • Aaron1375

    November 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I enjoyed making my own courses with this one, but it got tiresome…

  • KennyM

    November 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I love james and mike play, HOW CAN I GET A SHIRT?? there not in the shop

    • November 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

      It’s James & Mike Mondays now

      • November 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

        James and Motherfucker Mike Mondays! Can’t go wrong with that. πŸ˜‰

      • November 18, 2013 at 6:35 am

        I kinda disagree with you guys on one point. You don’t necessarily need to get a new console to feel like you’re at the next level of gaming. The NES, while awesome, isn’t really special in this regard. Every console that had a long enough life-span would go through a similar evolution in regards to game development. Having a long life-span gives game developers time to figure out new, better and more efficient ways of programming more and more complex programs that could take greater advantage of the consoles potential. Take any console that was around long enough and compare launch titles to games that came out towards the end of the consoles life. Launch titles, while usually very polished and well-done, just can’t compete with a later title that had the same amount of attention given to it.

        And I know I’m just some random jerk-off on the internet, but I still prefer the old title James and Mike Play. Maybe you could do James and Mike monday plays or james and mike play mondays. Or hell take the godzilla route and have two titles that are both correct, lol. Either way keep up the great work guys.

      • Ross Morgan

        November 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Finally something consistent that isn’t the top 10s I’ve already seen.

      • November 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        4DMike: The NES was released in 1983 and the SNES was released in 1990. The PS3 was released in 2006, the PS4 in 2013 – so basically, the NES and PS3 were “current gen” for about the same time.

        There are a couple of differences between the NES and the PS3 that I think cause the huge difference in games.

        First it is the fact that the NES was OH SO VERY hard to develop for compared to modern systems. Today, developers get devkits, debugging station, software libraries… For the NES, they got books describing the hardware specs, that’s it. This means that a successful developer first must build the devkit… Here is one such example: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/05/get-your-hands-on-an-original-nes-software-development-kit/

        Second, cartridge based consoles hardware could be expanded by adding hardware in the carts. Most NES games use “memory management controllers” to provide more memory than the NES can access directly, meaning it is entirely possible to build an NES cartridge today containing more data than a PS4 game! πŸ™‚ Many games also contains additional chips to provide capabilites that the NES originally couldn’t do (battery memory, more audio channels etc).

        Carts were awesome.

      • Iain Long

        November 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        That is a HUGE cop out.

      • skwij

        November 21, 2013 at 5:14 am

        Whoa, wait. This is going to be a weekly thing, now? That is way cool. Thanks so much!

  • RMBowie

    November 18, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Mother fucking Mike = )

  • November 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

    You do not know how much it made my day to see another one of these videos! πŸ˜€ You guys rule!

    • Jesky

      November 18, 2013 at 3:55 am

      Hell yes! I just happened to play this game a few days ago… still pretty fun.

      • November 18, 2013 at 4:49 am

        mike forgot to mention motocross maniacs on the gameboy. that game was a huge upgrade (gameplay wise at least) from this one. you had turbo boost and loop de loops everywhere. you could also get very cool power ups. one of the most fun games on the gameboy

  • Crabjock

    November 18, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Hey Mike, just an irrelevant fyi, my old lady said you’re so good lookin, that she would feed you grapes while you lay in the grass to watch the early morning sunrise.

    But hey, no awkward feelings intended.

  • November 18, 2013 at 4:37 am

    There’s an Excitebike 64!? Whoa!

    Requires follow up!

  • November 18, 2013 at 4:46 am

    this was fun as a kid but it’s way too repetitive today after one or two plays. no turbo boost either. boring actually

  • November 18, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Is it just me or did this vid stutter a lot?

    • November 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      No, you are not alone. Can play HD streaming without problem, but for obscure reasons(Glitch gremlin?) JW Player plays like ass!!!

  • Gintoki Sakata

    November 18, 2013 at 5:54 am

    what’s the game after “batman return of the joker” ?

    thank you πŸ™‚

    • November 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      That’s Vice: Project Doom. It’s a Ninja Gaiden clone that’s actually pretty damn good.

  • November 18, 2013 at 6:08 am

    great game, my cousin owned this one, i honestly didn’t get another game until super mario 3, i spent most of my childhood at the ma and pa rental stores renting games until then or borrowing them, this one was def a favorite of mine, brings back real old memories, great video

  • Gintoki Sakata

    November 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Hi James, could you produce an AVGN review of all the Batman games from the 8/16bits era ?
    Thank you πŸ˜‰

  • Chaos_Emeralds

    November 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

    fun, i actually played this on arcade

  • michael lamoglia

    November 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I’m the first to comment? what do I win? a shirt? I better win something considering all the stink people make!!!!!

  • lotusclown

    November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    me and my friends used to have HOURS of fun with this game when i was a kid, damn i loved it! such an epic game back then, sooooooo many memories, good times..

  • November 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

    i love the fucking ending. I love mike.

  • Freddie Phillips

    November 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I play the early arcade style games the most. Pinball, Popeye, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong 3. These NES games hold up the most for me. I love challenging myself to a greater and better highscore. There’s always the opportunity to play better. While I still love my Castlevania, Zelda and Mario games too. I can only play through them and beat them so often personally.

  • taykel

    November 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    That was a funny episode!

  • BladeRunner

    November 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    awesome, I love this game, used to play it a lot when I was younger. Hope you guys do a video every Monday!!!

  • medicinerad

    November 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    you ass holes.

  • Sedado77

    November 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    James n’ Mike, I love your vids playing, they’re hilarious. PLEASE tell what do you smoke before the episode, your eyes are GLOWING RED! xD
    Love you guys, keep up the REALLY good work you’ve been doing for all this time, educating and entertaining us!!!

  • johnpseudo

    November 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hey James and Mike. Just a minor suggestion. Could you turn up the volume of those Videos before uploading ? I usually turn up the volume of my amplifier to get a decent loudness, but when the commercial clips come on it nearly blows my speakers sometimes.

  • billy holmes

    November 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    i love these videos. and it looks like theres more to come πŸ™‚

  • November 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I have always found it a big plus to any game that came with a level editor. And of course, with such great power you can be quite the ass hole. If one had a keyboard to that I’m sure the biggest ass hole would just lean on the R key… or Q… πŸ™‚

  • GameCom

    November 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Loved it, Mike & James play are my favs. Mike, with the new name can we look forward to one of these every Monday?

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    November 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    So you changed the name to drive the point home (once a week, every monday)… after having made and presumably sold James & Mike Play t-shirts. Wasn’t really thinking this one through in advance, huh?

  • November 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    For those enquiring about the Save/Load features in Excitebike: Those features were part of the original Famicom version, which allowed the courses to be saved via a portable cassette recorder. However, no such peripheral made it outside of Japan, making this a SEVERELY lost opportunity for Western gamers.

  • uberrainman

    November 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    One of my favorites as a kid. Just played it recently on an emulator. Not quite the same but still fun.

  • November 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    What is the game at 1:09? I always remembered playing that game as a child back in Poland, but I could never find out what it was named.

  • wink12345

    November 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Why did you guys change the name from James and Mike Play?

    • November 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      I figured it was the best way to get into peoples minds that it’s released every monday now.

  • November 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Surprised you didn’t mention your cameo in MadHatter’s Overheat video http://youtu.be/KIJaxQhuD2U

  • November 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Personally I think Super Mario Bros was the bridge between the two “generations”. It looks about as shitty as all the arcade games but it is just so much more complex than any of them, not to mention it popularized the side-scrollers.

  • marc_lawson

    November 18, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I’m so happy you’ve made this into a Monday tradition. It makes Mondays so much better for all of us. It also is a far better substitute for Monday Night fuckball.

  • November 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I’d love to see you guys play excitebike 64. There were so many asshole courses you could make in the editor. Like jumps into the stands.

    And oh my god. James would LOVE the uphill road race. God that’s so much fun.

  • piedude67

    November 19, 2013 at 1:38 am

    i remember playing this LOTS as a kid. good times.

  • strider

    November 19, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Roofe & Matinee, good work!

  • Internoob

    November 19, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Mike after seeing you beat Punch Out, Id love to see you beat R Type III! If Jame’s thought Silver Surfer was hard, Id love to see him try that out. xD

    • November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Yeah, we’re going to try out Silver Surfer sometime for J&MM

      • Internoob

        November 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Awesome, cant wait to see that! If you guys can, try out R Type III too. Same exact style of game play, and equally hard as hell haha.

  • Alucard

    November 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    if anybody know what the game is at 1:20 into the video your input would be appreciated.

  • zanmaru

    November 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Original content, this I can stand behind. Excitebike 64 is a forgotten gem.

  • Reilly Carr

    November 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    MIKE you are my favorite character on AVGN adventures! You guys rock!

  • November 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    omg…I didnt know James could be an asshole… lmao, I like that

  • November 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    You guys on Monday What’s next?

  • November 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Road Rash 64. Loved that game! I still have a N64 and four crappy controllers in a storage tote just for it someone wants to play it with me.

  • Dan021

    November 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I used to do that too XD Making the crappiest tracks ever.
    My go on it would be to just never put anything but stoppers and mud.
    Sometimes, just a bunch of nothing. No jumps, nothing.

    Fun times!

  • batman tas

    November 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What’s the name of the game about 1:19-1:20? The one with the man with orange shirt and fighting with a sword? I think there was also a driving stage but I don’t remember the name of the game.

  • kevin mahey

    November 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    whats the price of xbox 360 at gametrader i need a answer!!!!!

  • November 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    This game also has an awesome exploit/glitch.

    When you go off a jump lean all the way forward, then hit back once. When you hit the ground you won’t lose any momentum. If you can do this tricky move correctly, consistently, you can actually get enough speed to jump off the top of the screen and loop around through the bottom of the screen…maintaining momentum. You can finish entire courses in seconds.

  • Firx

    November 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hey guys, please keep this up every Monday. Everybody really, really enjoys these. I was wondering what happened to Motherfuckin’ Monday.

  • skwij

    November 21, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Awesome! Thanks!

  • Peter Ashouri

    November 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Swe: Jag minns detta spel frΓ₯n min barndom nΓ€r Nintendo 8 bit kom till Sverige runt 1987 min pappa hade detta spel som hyr spel in sin video butik i Uppsala.

    Eng: I remember this game from my childhood when Nintendo 8-bit came to Sweden around 1987 my dad had this game at rent games into his video store in Uppsala.

  • karel1

    November 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Never really liked ‘Excitebike’ as a kid. Wasn’t happy with the graphics, and I was never any good at sports games. Still though, a fun video to watch!

    Keep’em coming guys!

  • Mike E

    November 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I’d consider the first generation-worthy change in NES games was when they developed mappers (chips inside the cart to allow the games to use bigger ROMs than the NES natively supported).
    Most games developed through 1985 didn’t have them, so you can see they had relatively simple gameplay (since they didn’t have a whole lot of memory for complex gameplay) and extremely sparse graphics (since they had to fit all the game’s graphics in a single tileset). Super Mario Bros. was about as complex as you could get.
    Most games from 1986 and later had mappers.
    I’d consider the NES to have a third-generation from about 1988 or so, when they made improved mappers to allow better sound (Famicom-only) and more advanced scrolling techniques like parallax.

  • November 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    When ya’ll were talking about the graphics that wasn’t “depth of field” which refers to the blur effect when a camera focuses on a foreground or background object. It was called the “parallax effect,” and it was created by moving the layers at offset speed intervals to create a pseudo two-point perspective.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Excitebike is a more advance version of motocross maniacs from game boy,though motocross maniacs actually was more to the stunts and tricks rather the race.Cool stuff mike and james.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 24, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Ah, so that’s Excite Bike, eh? Just another thing that makes me wish I had an NES growing up. I’ll have to check it out sometime.

  • Chris Frost

    July 16, 2015 at 6:23 am

    James & Mike tips on how to be an asshole.

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