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Kawasaki Superbike Challenge is a motorcycle racing game that uses the same engine as F1. It includes 14 standard-length race tracks, plus the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, available in both training and Championship modes. The game is unlicensed (except by Kawasaki), so all riders and teams are fictional.

The game now has more polygonal roadside objects than F1, and there is still a Turbo mode, allowing for faster racing at the expense of some of the detail. You have the ability to turn on or off weather (during rainy days the graphics are darker and the bike has less traction). The number of laps on each course can be 5, 10 or 15, and there are 4 skill levels. Some changes have been made to how the vehicle handles, to emphasize the switch from cars to bikes.


Kawasaki Superbike Challenge SNES Track selection.
Kawasaki Superbike Challenge SNES Main menu.
Kawasaki Superbike Challenge SNES Setup screen.
Kawasaki Superbike Challenge SNES Title screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Kawasaki Superbikes" -- European Genesis title

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Genesis Apr, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Play Time Genesis Jun, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Mega Force Genesis May, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Mega Fun Genesis May, 1995 70 out of 100 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Oct, 1995 11.5 out of 20 58
Total! (Germany) SNES Mar, 1996 3.75 out of 6 45
Video Games SNES Dec, 1995 32 out of 100 32
Sega-16.com Genesis Mar 08, 2010 3 out of 10 30
FLUX SNES Oct, 1995 D 25


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SNES and Genesis - 2 serious different controls and gameplay differences 2 Freeman (66413)
Sep 18, 2016


Platform differences

  • Genesis version: Left and Right controls - have only 2 keys. It has a smaller render window and lower frame-rate, and drifting slows the bike. The following features are exclusive to the Genesis version: pit-in request key, 1 player turbo mode, 1 player versus computer mode.
  • SNES version: Left and Right controls - have 2 keys to light turn and 2 keys to hard turn, also combo usage supported (hard left + light left, for example). It has a bigger racing wheel and hands animations as well as smoother frame-rate compared to the Genesis version. The following is exclusive to the SNES version: Suzuka 8 hr mode.

Contributed to by Evil Ryu (65738) and Luis Silva (13595)
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