Rad Racer

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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. 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.

I'm not sure if I played Rad Racer before or after I saw it in The Wizard, probably 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 cared enough for the game to really try and beat it.


I own the game, but have not beaten it.


  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: NES

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


  • It's disappointing that there is only ever a single type of car on the road at any given time.
  • 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.
  • There is really noticeable sprite flickering on other cars when you near them.
  • The 3D doesn't work.


  • 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.


Box Art





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)


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


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