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Mach Rider is a motorcycle combat game set in a post-apocalyptic future. Players, represented by Mach Rider, must make their way across ten sectors to reach the city before it gets taken over by the enemy. Aggressive drivers try to force players off the road; obstacles, such as rocks, and the road's many turns also can cause players to veer off course. If destroyed, Mach Rider will reform himself so that he can continue.

There are three different play modes in Mach Rider.

On the Fighting Course, there are two paths to choose from. The goal must be reached while shooting down enemies or forcing them off the road; more points are rewarded by bumping off enemies. Unlimited lives are available for the first stage, but remaining courses must be finished in three lives or less.

On the Endurance and Solo Courses, there is a certain distance that must be gone before the time runs out. Enemies are on the Endurance Course, but the Solo course is devoid of enemies.

There is also a level editor (similar to the one in Excitebike) that allows creation of Endurance Course tracks, which are erased once the NES is turned off.


Mach Rider NES Title screen
Mach Rider NES Crash!
Mach Rider NES Course design
Mach Rider NES Racing down the road

Promo Images

Mach Rider Screenshot
Mach Rider Screenshot
Mach Rider Screenshot
Mach Rider Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "マッハライダー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Tilt Dec, 1987 18 out of 20 90
Génération 4 1987 80 out of 100 80 Aug, 2012 B 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 636 out of 1000 64
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
VideoGame Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1989 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Sep, 1988 42 out of 100 42
Retro Game Reviews Jul 16, 2018 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30


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Level Editor

In the original Famicom version, it is possible to save level designs through use of the Famicom Data Recorder peripheral, which saves game data to audio cassettes. However, this peripheral was only released in Japan, so non-Japanese players couldn't save their designs, despite the game's manual saying that the save and load functions "have been programmed in for potential product developments." The Virtual Console versions finally allowed all players to save their level designs.
Silvanus (85) added Mach Rider (NES) on Aug 04, 2005
Other platforms contributed by GTramp (64984), Michael Cassidy (21144), Freeman (60327) and gamewarrior (5048)