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[[Image:Rad Racer - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
[[Image:Rad Racer - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
  
'''''Rad Racer''''' is a car [[Racing (video game genre)|racing game]] developed by [[Square]] and published by [[Nintendo]] for the [[NES]] on 1987-08-07. In the game your drive either a Ferrari or a Formula 1 car across eight roads in different cities, passing other cars and trying not to skid off the road. The game was clearly designed to try and capture some of the success of ''[[OutRun]]''.
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'''''Rad Racer''''' is a car [[Racing (video game genre)|racing game]] developed by [[Square]] and published by [[Nintendo]] for the [[NES]] on 1987-08-07. The game was clearly designed to try and capture some of the success of ''[[OutRun]]'', however, it had something that ''OutRun'' lacked, poorly-made 3D!
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In the game you can choose to drive either a Ferrari 328 or a Formula 1 car across eight roads in different locales around the world. The roads are filled with other drivers and have sharp turns that will cause you skid off the road and into obstacles if you aren't careful. If you choose the Ferrari for your vehicle, each road will have a different car for you to pass including the Volkswagen Beetle, Chevrolet Corvette, Citroën, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini Diablo, Lotus, Porsche 911, and the Ferrari Testarossa.
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The game was briefly featured in ''[[The Wizard]]''.
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
I'm not sure if I played ''Rad Racer'' before or after I saw it in ''[[The Wizard]]'', probably after, but I'm pretty confident I first saw anything about it in ''[[The Official Nintendo Player's Guide]]''. I think I first played it when my step-brother brought it over with him when he came to visit. Either way, I remember it being very hard, and on my first couple attempts, I couldn't even finish the first stage. After several tries, I got good enough to get to the third, maybe fourth track, but I've never cared enough for the game to really try and beat it.
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I'm not sure if I played ''Rad Racer'' before or after I saw it in ''[[The Wizard]]'', probably after, but I'm pretty confident I first saw anything about it in ''[[The Official Nintendo Player's Guide]]''. I think I first played it when my step-brother brought it over with him when he came to visit. Either way, I remember it being very hard, and, on my first couple attempts, I couldn't even finish the first stage. After several tries, I got good enough to get to the third, maybe fourth track, but I've never cared enough for the game to really try and beat it.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The various backgrounds are quite attractive.
 
* The various backgrounds are quite attractive.
* The game has a wide variety of cars you're racing against.
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* The game has a nice variety of cars you're racing against. Too bad you can't drive any of them.
* Like OutRun, the game lets you change the radio station, and even while driving, but, unlike OutRun, the music isn't that great.
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* Like ''OutRun'', the game lets you change the radio station, even while driving, but, unlike ''OutRun'', the music isn't that great.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* It's disappointing that there is only ever a single type of car on the road at any given time. I know this is a constraint of the NES, but it's still a shame.
 
* It's disappointing that there is only ever a single type of car on the road at any given time. I know this is a constraint of the NES, but it's still a shame.
* The F1 machine is the same as the 328 Twin Turbo, just with a different skin, and when driving it, all the other cars become boring F1s as well.
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* The F1 machine drives identically to the 328 Twin Turbo, it just uses a different sprite. And, when driving it, all the other cars become boring F1s as well.
 
* There is really noticeable sprite flickering on other cars when you near them.
 
* There is really noticeable sprite flickering on other cars when you near them.
* The 3D doesn't work.
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* The 3D doesn't really work.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* The game is just too hard. Even with practice, I have a hard time getting past the first few roads.
 
* The game is just too hard. Even with practice, I have a hard time getting past the first few roads.
* The game isn't that fun either. The first track shows you pretty much everything you will see for the rest of the game.
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* The game isn't that fun either. The first track shows you everything you will see for the rest of the game except the other car graphics.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/rad-racer}}
 
{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/rad-racer}}
 
{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer}}
 
{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer}}
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{{Link|StrategyWiki|https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Rad_Racer}}
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/nes/587550-rad-racer}}
 
{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer_(NES)}}
 
{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer_(NES)}}
 
{{Link|NESHacker|2=http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer}}
 
{{Link|NESHacker|2=http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer}}

Revision as of 14:04, 19 August 2020

North American box art.

Rad Racer is a car racing game developed by Square and published by Nintendo for the NES on 1987-08-07. The game was clearly designed to try and capture some of the success of OutRun, however, it had something that OutRun lacked, poorly-made 3D!

In the game you can choose to drive either a Ferrari 328 or a Formula 1 car across eight roads in different locales around the world. The roads are filled with other drivers and have sharp turns that will cause you skid off the road and into obstacles if you aren't careful. If you choose the Ferrari for your vehicle, each road will have a different car for you to pass including the Volkswagen Beetle, Chevrolet Corvette, Citroën, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini Diablo, Lotus, Porsche 911, and the Ferrari Testarossa.

The game was briefly featured in The Wizard.

Personal

I'm not sure if I played Rad Racer before or after I saw it in The Wizard, probably after, but I'm pretty confident I first saw anything about it in The Official Nintendo Player's Guide. I think I first played it when my step-brother brought it over with him when he came to visit. Either way, I remember it being very hard, and, on my first couple attempts, I couldn't even finish the first stage. After several tries, I got good enough to get to the third, maybe fourth track, but I've never cared enough for the game to really try and beat it.

Status

I own the game, but have not beaten it.

Review

  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: NES

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Good

  • The various backgrounds are quite attractive.
  • The game has a nice variety of cars you're racing against. Too bad you can't drive any of them.
  • Like OutRun, the game lets you change the radio station, even while driving, but, unlike OutRun, the music isn't that great.

Bad

  • It's disappointing that there is only ever a single type of car on the road at any given time. I know this is a constraint of the NES, but it's still a shame.
  • The F1 machine drives identically to the 328 Twin Turbo, it just uses a different sprite. And, when driving it, all the other cars become boring F1s as well.
  • There is really noticeable sprite flickering on other cars when you near them.
  • The 3D doesn't really work.

Ugly

  • The game is just too hard. Even with practice, I have a hard time getting past the first few roads.
  • The game isn't that fun either. The first track shows you everything you will see for the rest of the game except the other car graphics.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Gallery

Videos

Review - NES Works.
Longplay.

Credits

Role Staff
Executive Producer Hironobu Sakaguchi (not credited)
Programmer Nasir Gebelli (Nasir)
Music and Sound Effects Nobuo Uematsu (not credited)
Sound Programmer Toshiaki Imai (not credited)

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Rad Racer
Japanese ハイウェイスター Haiuei Suta Highway Star

Links

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