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Rad Racer

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Rad Racer is an arcade style 3-D racing game. The object of the game is to race to the goal within the given time limit. Along each course are several checkpoints which will increase the amount of time you have to reach the final destination. There are eight different stages with increasingly difficult roads, changing weather conditions, and a variety of opponents who tend to get in the way. Included with the game is an optional pair of red-blue 3-D glasses which can be used to give the game an even more 3-D appearance.


Rad Racer NES Select a car to race in
Rad Racer Arcade Using turbo.
Rad Racer Arcade Crashed.
Rad Racer NES Racing in the Grand Canyon

Alternate Titles

  • "Speed Racer" -- Brazilian title
  • "High Way Star" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Highway Star" -- Japanese title
  • "ハイウェイスター" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Classic racer by ... Squaresoft ? NES Bregalad (914)
Warning: Imagination Required! NES Kevin Scott (2)
Not the best the NES has to offer. NES Pixelspeech (943)

The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Jul 17, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Land NES 2003 83 out of 100 83
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 28, 2002 B 75
Power Play NES Mar, 1988 7.5 out of 10 75
NES Center NES 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
HonestGamers NES May 26, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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The name Rad Racer was used in North America. In Japan, the game is called Highway Star, a name already used by the music band Deep Purple, and Square could not get Deep Purple's permission to use the name of the game. In the US version when choosing the car you want to use, there is still an HS next to the car that you want to pick.
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (4461) and Servo (55897)