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Originally an arcade machine, Cruis'n USA was then released for the Nintendo 64. The game asks players to choose from four vehicles to race in a variety of courses throughout the USA —based on real locations, their names are: Golden Gate Park, US 101, LA Freeway, Arizona (easy mode); Beverly Hills, Death Valley, Iowa, Indiana, Appalachia (medium difficulty mode); San Francisco, Redwood Forest, Grand Canyon, Chicago, Washington, D.C. (expert mode). Various pre-race options included are the choice of automatic or manual transmission, various controller configurations, as well as background music selection option.

Players take control of the vehicle from a third-person perspective, and while avoiding various hazards along the way, must beat the clock as well as the CPU-controlled rivals to achieve first place.


Cruis'n USA Nintendo 64 '63 Muscle Car in Arizona trying to hold the third place.
Cruis'n USA Nintendo 64 Some rivals
Cruis'n USA Nintendo 64 La Bomba in US 101
Cruis'n USA Nintendo 64 Crash

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Cruis'n USA Magazine Advertisement
Cruis'n USA Screenshot
Cruis'n USA Screenshot
Cruis'n USA Screenshot

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User Reviews

A port that's not the best Mario Duenaz (32) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Mega Score Mar, 1998 89 out of 100 89
Super Power Jul, 1997 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot Dec 04, 1996 6.1 out of 10 61
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1997 10.5 out of 20 52
64 Extreme Apr, 1997 49 out of 100 49
X64 May, 1998 40 out of 100 40
Nintendojo Dec 02, 1995 4 out of 10 40
Edge Jan, 1997 4 out of 10 40
64 Power / big.N / N Games Mar, 1997 31 out of 100 31
Joypad Apr, 1998 0 out of 10 0


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N64 Changes

In the process of porting the game from arcade to Nintendo 64, a few small things were censored to fit Nintendo's rating system. The Trophy girl at the end of races had a Cruis'n USA top drawn on instead of a bikini. Also, the ending scene of the president in a hot tub with bikini clad women was removed. Finally, the transmission option 'XL Powershaft' was renamed 'XL Power', and the ability to hit and kill animals (like deer) was entirely removed.

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Chris Martin (1204) added Cruis'n USA (Nintendo 64) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by mars_rulez (43849) and gamewarrior (5048)