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California Speed has you racing through, of course, California, with a range of different tracks based on the real maps of the state, with short-cuts and branching roads adding choice and variety. Cars include a collection of fast cars, as well as F1 cars and golf-carts, and you can customize your car's paint to suit your style. Split-screen two-player racing is supported.


California Speed Nintendo 64 Track selection San Diego
California Speed Arcade Race starts on Laguna Seca
California Speed Arcade Movie during attract mode
California Speed Arcade Track selection

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All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Mar, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Jan 26, 2002 C+ 58
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Apr, 1999 57 out of 100 57
Video Games Nintendo 64 May, 1999 2 out of 4 50
All Game Guide Nintendo 64 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Apr 21, 1999 4.6 out of 10 46
IGN Nintendo 64 Mar 19, 1999 4.2 out of 10 42
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Apr, 1999 4.75 out of 6 25


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N64 Version's Creepy Text

In the Nintendo 64 version of the game, two of the billboards on the side of the Mojave Desert track display the following message:


I do.

According to developer Morgan Godat, he inserted the message as a placeholder after the artists were told on short notice to create new billboard textures for the N64 port. Godat assumed the nature of the text would make it obvious that it was a placeholder, but he later forgot about it and nobody else replaced it. Due to the two particular billboards it appears on being easily missed, the message slipped past QA. It then seemingly went unnoticed by players for several years, as the first online documentation of it was a screenshot posted on Reddit in 2014.

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