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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 Arcade Overtaking.
Rad Racer NES Traffic gets in the way
Rad Racer NES Racing towards San Francisco
Rad Racer Arcade Let's go.

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 (916)
Warning: Imagination Required! NES Kevin Scott (2)
Not the best the NES has to offer. NES Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

PixlBit NES Nov 27, 2013 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Jul 17, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Feb, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Land NES 2003 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Sep, 1988 9.9 out of 12 82
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NES Center NES 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 28, 2002 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Jul, 1988 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers NES May 26, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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F1 Machine

The F1 Machine was a Honda powered Lotus 99T, which was driven by Ayrton Senna, and Satoru Nakajima. With the help of Senna, the car won two Grands Prix, and six other podium finishes in 1987. The Lotus was sponsored by Camel cigarettes, which did not appear in the game to not much surprise.

Power Glove

Rad Racer is also compatible with the Power Glove! To see in action, see the movie The Wizard.


For those who are fans of Homestar Runner, the level 1 theme music in this game (when you're winning) is the theme music given to "Stinkoman", also known as the anime Strong Bad.


In Rad Racer the top speed any car can attain is 255 km/h. In the sequel, the top speed is 255 mph. So technically, the car can go around 100 miles faster in the sequel. Also note on the game's US cover that the picture depicts mph while the game features km/h.


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.

Information also contributed by Alaka, DOS Boot, Scott G, and Robbb
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (10152) and Servo (55779)