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[[Image:Rad Racer - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
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'''''Rad Racer''''', known as '''''ハイウェイスター, Haiuei Suta "Highway Star"''''' in Japan, is a car racing game developed by [[Square]] and published by [[Nintendo]] for the [[NES]] in 1987. The game is clearly meant 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, ''Rad Racer'' had poorly-working 3D before [[Sega]] brought it to ''OutRun''!
  
I'm not sure if I played Rad Racer before or after I saw it in [[The Wizard]], possibly after. 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 much cared for the game, but then, I don't like racing games much in general.
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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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==Personal==
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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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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 2/10
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{{Video Game Review|3|4|5|3|5|NES}}
* '''Best Version:''' NES
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===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.
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* 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.
* The 3D doesn't work.
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* There is really noticeable sprite flickering on other cars when you near them.
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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.
  
==Box Art==
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Rad Racer - NES - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box art. It's a nice looking car, but it doesn't really invoke the thrill of racing.
 
Rad Racer - NES - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box art. It's a nice looking car, but it doesn't really invoke the thrill of racing.
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Documentation==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Rad Racer - NES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
 
Rad Racer - NES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 130.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, blurb.
 
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 130.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, blurb.
 
Nintendo Power - 1988-06 - 056-057.jpg|[[Nintendo Power]] cheat.
 
Nintendo Power - 1988-06 - 056-057.jpg|[[Nintendo Power]] cheat.
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Nintendo Fun Club - 1988-06-01 - 12.jpg|[[Nintendo Fun Club]], 1988-06 - Tricks.
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Nintendo Fun Club - 1988-06-01 - 16-17.jpg|Nintendo Fun Club, 1988-06 - Tricks.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Gallery==
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===Gallery===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Rad Racer - NES - Maps.png|The road maps.
 
Rad Racer - NES - Maps.png|The road maps.
Rad Racer - NES - Versus - OutRun - ARC.png|A comparison between the arcade version of [[OutRun]] and the NES version of Rad Racer.
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Rad Racer - NES - Versus - OutRun - ARC.png|A comparison between the arcade version of ''[[OutRun]]'' and the NES version of ''Rad Racer''.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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{{YouTube|z6cyCfcARNI|Review - NES Works.}}
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{{YouTube|lfBXm8rux4Y|Longplay.}}
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==Codes==
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* '''Continue:''' After a game over, hold A and pressing start.
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* '''Stage Select:''' Select your vehicle, then press B during the demo. Each press will increase the tachometer and let you start on the next course. Then, hold up+right on the the D-pad and press start.
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* '''See Ending:''' Select your vehicle, then press B 64 times (fill the tachometer 8 times), then press up+right on the D-pad and press start.
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==Credits==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Role !! Staff
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|-
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| Executive Producer || [[Hironobu Sakaguchi]] (not credited)
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|-
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| Programmer || [[Nasir Gebelli]] (Nasir)
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|-
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| Music and Sound Effects || [[Nobuo Uematsu]] (not credited)
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|-
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| Sound Programmer || [[Toshiaki Imai]] (not credited)
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|-
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| Artist || Unknown
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|}
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || Rad Racer || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || ハイウェイスター || Haiuei Suta || Highway Star
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/rad-racer mobygames.com/game/rad-racer] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/rad-racer}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad_Racer}}
* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer_(NES) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer_(NES)] - Music.
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{{Link|StrategyWiki|https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Rad_Racer}}
* [http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer] - NES Hacker Database.
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/nes/587550-rad-racer}}
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Rad_Racer_(NES)}}
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{{Link|ROMDetectives|2=http://www.romdetectives.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Rad_Racer_(NES)}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/Rad_Racer}}
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
[[Category: Arcade Games]]
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[[Category: 1987 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Racing]]
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[[Category: Media Theme - Driving]]
 
[[Category: NES Games]]
 
[[Category: NES Games]]
[[Category: Action]]
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[[Category: PlayChoice-10 Games]]
[[Category: Driving]]
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[[Category: Video Games I Haven't Beaten]]
[[Category: Racing]]
 

Revision as of 19:57, 7 September 2021

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, Rad Racer had poorly-working 3D before Sega brought it to OutRun!

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.

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

Video Game Review Icon - Enjoyment.png Video Game Review Icon - Control.png Video Game Review Icon - Appearance.png Video Game Review Icon - Sound.png Video Game Review Icon - Replayability.png
3 4 5 3 5

Best Version: NES

— This section contains spoilers! —

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.

Codes

  • Continue: After a game over, hold A and pressing start.
  • Stage Select: Select your vehicle, then press B during the demo. Each press will increase the tachometer and let you start on the next course. Then, hold up+right on the the D-pad and press start.
  • See Ending: Select your vehicle, then press B 64 times (fill the tachometer 8 times), then press up+right on the D-pad and press start.

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)
Artist Unknown

Titles

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

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-StrategyWiki.png  Link-GameFAQs.png  Link-VGMPF.png  Link-ROMDetectives.png  Link-TCRF.png