Percentile Rank

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is ranked in the 11th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

55

Top Critic Average

7%

Critics Recommend

Based on 14 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

Video Chums
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

In the end, Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is one of the best watercraft racers out there.

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Nindie Spotlight
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2017

Overall, as a huge fan of the Wave Race series, I’m a bit split down the middle on Utopia. There are things it does quite well and it gets points for bringing big waves to the party with some technically-challenging tracks you’ll need to maneuver well in to win. Most of the tracks are good, some are a bit lacking, but a few also move in the direction of brilliance. The most troubling issue is definitely with the frame rate while in docked mode. It isn’t constant and it isn’t crippling, but it can be difficult to miss in places. Thankfully if you don’t mind or even prefer handheld mode that becomes far less of a concern. While it isn’t a replacement for the series I love I’ll give it credit for ambition and not being a game where you race on a blue track like many other series have done. If you understand what you’re in for and have a love for racing in the waves it is certainly worth your consideration.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia scratches that itch I get every couple years to play a wave racing game. It is rough around the edges, and lacks a good collection of unlockables, but the core racing is fun. For those like me that are tired of waiting on Nintendo to resurrect the king, this is a great substitute.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2016

It doesn't reach the quality level of the old Wave Race games, but it's still a good restarting point for the genre.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2017

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia wants to be the next Wave Race, but fails to deliver the experience in a few aspects.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

It's not bad, it's just not great. Maybe casual/younger race fans might find some enjoyment out of it, but don't jump into this pool unless you find standing around in the shallow end to be fun.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 30, 2017

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia initially appeals for being a rare water-based racer. Scooting around on your jet-ski often feels more like riding a bucking bronco than driving a vehicle, and that makes it stand out from regular landlocked racers.However, it's lacking several layers of finesse and balance, the presentation is deeply unappealing, and those aggressive water physics are a mixed blessing. We're just going to have to wait patiently for Nintendo to return to the Wave Race universe, aren't we?

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Pure Nintendo
5 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2018

Overall, Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is your average, forgettable racing game, other than the fact that water racing games aren't all that common among the racing genre. Nothing, in particular, makes it stand out from the crowd.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 27, 2018

Despite its overall lack of polish, Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is a pleasant enough watercraft racer with a large number of tracks available (even if a lot of content is reused and modified) and decent mechanics. It's a shame that as a whole it's ultimately forgettable and its many small issues pile up, as this could have been something greater. Still, if you're looking for a type of racing game that you rarely see and have already played the Wave Race and its sequel to death, this might be worth checking out.

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Pure Nintendo
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2018

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia's combination of abusive obstacles and physics within its gameplay along with a drab visual presentation will certainly make you long for a proper Wave Race-like challenge.

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FNintendo
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 7, 2017

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia doesn't need to be a groundbreaking game to stand out, given the lack of similar games in the Nintendo Switch catalog. Yet, despite some welcome variety of vehicles and racing tracks, it's clear that this game is not up to the challenge. Its controls need to be reworked, the AI is not on a proper challenging level and it's clear from the outset that this was developed for mobile devices.

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GameSpew
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jan 12, 2017

For all of Aqua Moto Racing Utopia’s light sense of fun and nostalgic reminiscence of past games like Wave Race 64 and Jet Moto, the act of taking to the waves is unfortunately tarnished by some frustratingly aggressive AI and a general lack of polish.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jan 19, 2017

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is an uninspired experience, and everything the game offers has been done better in plenty of other titles. It is playable and can offer some thrills every once in a while, but the tedious nature of events can put a snag on whatever fun one might be having. Lacking in excitement and depth, this is one island getaway not worth travelling to.

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Nintendo Insider
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 21, 2018

So, a Wave Race substitute this is not. Aqua Moto Racing Utopia tries to imitate Nintendo’s classic racer but it never comes anywhere close to it in all honesty. Which is a massive shame because this could have filled a gap for a lot of Nintendo 64 and GameCube era Nintendo fans like me. This is an improvement on the developer’s other recent racing game, Snow Moto Racing Freedom, but I think that might only be because racing on water with a jet-ski is much better than racing in the snow on a snowmobile. The main thing that this game does more than anything, is that it makes me want a new Wave Race game more than ever.

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