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In a game reminiscent of both Road Fighter and Rally Bike, the player takes control of a motorcyclist who's in a race to be the first to traverse the United States from the west to the east coast, starting in Los Angeles and ending up in New York City.

Gameplay consists of the player dodging cars and other roadway hazards on their way to the next checkpoint. Players can either accelerate or hit the brakes on their motorcycle so they can avoid getting into an accident. Accidents cause the player to lose fuel and running out of fuel can end the game. So players must keep an eye out on the fuel gauge, which can be refilled by fuel barrels littered throughout each stage. Each car the player passes betters their ranks which increases their score.


MotoRace USA NES Points are determined in what place the player finished in
MotoRace USA NES Players can't go off the road or they'll crash
MotoRace USA Arcade Chicago
MotoRace USA NES Bonus points are scattered throughout this stage

Promo Images

MotoRace USA Screenshot
MotoRace USA Screenshot
MotoRace USA Screenshot
MotoRace USA Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Zippy Race" -- Japanese title
  • "Traverse USA" -- European arcade title
  • "ジッピーレース" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic SG-1000 Mar 09, 2016 C- 42


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Arcade version

Zippy Race was, originally, released in the arcades. A DIP switch allowed the operator to change the title screen from Zippy Race to Traverse USA and back. The game was licensed to Williams and released in US arcades as MotoRace USA.

Famicom cartridge

The Famicom cartridge contains an LED that lights up when the cart is inserted into the Famicom and the Famicom is switched on.
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