DescriptionRad Racer is an arcade style 3-D racing game. The object of the game is to race to the goal within the given time limit. Along each course are several checkpoints which will increase the amount of time you have to reach the final destination. There are eight different stages with increasingly difficult roads, changing weather conditions, and a variety of opponents who tend to get in the way. Included with the game is an optional pair of red-blue 3-D glasses which can be used to give the game an even more 3-D appearance.
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- "Speed Racer" -- Brazilian Falcon Soft title
- "High Way Star" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
- "Highway Star" -- Japanese title
- "ハイウェイスター" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Anaglyph 3-D Support (3-D Glasses)
- Automobile: Ferrari 328
- Nintendo's Sports series
- Rad Racer series
|Classic racer by ... Squaresoft ?||Bregalad (969)|
|Warning: Imagination Required!||Kevin Scott (2)|
|Not the best the NES has to offer.||Asinine (1006)|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Jul 17, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|Nintendo Land||2003||83 out of 100||83|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Sep, 1988||9.9 out of 12||82|
|Retro Game Age||May 31, 2013||8 out of 10||80|
|Retro Game Reviews||Jan 24, 2016||80|
|The Video Game Critic||Mar 28, 2002||B||75|
|Classic-games.net||Nov 04, 2019||7 out of 10||70|
|HonestGamers (Staff reviews only)||May 26, 2013||7 out of 10||70|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Jul, 1988||7 out of 10||70|
|RetroGame Man||Jun 19, 2017||4 out of 10||40|
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F1 MachineThe F1 Machine was a Honda powered Lotus 99T, which was driven by Ayrton Senna, and Satoru Nakajima. With the help of Senna, the car won two Grands Prix, and six other podium finishes in 1987. The Lotus was sponsored by Camel cigarettes, which did not appear in the game to not much surprise.
Power GloveRad Racer is also compatible with the Power Glove! To see in action, see the movie The Wizard.
ReferencesFor those who are fans of Homestar Runner, the level 1 theme music in this game (when you're winning) is the theme music given to "Stinkoman", also known as the anime Strong Bad.
SpeedometerIn Rad Racer the top speed any car can attain is 255 km/h. In the sequel, the top speed is 255 mph. So technically, the car can go around 100 miles faster in the sequel. Also note on the game's US cover that the picture depicts mph while the game features km/h.
TitleThe name Rad Racer was used in North America. In Japan, the game is called Highway Star, a name already used by the music band Deep Purple, and Square could not get Deep Purple's permission to use the name of the game. In the US version when choosing the car you want to use, there is still an HS next to the car that you want to pick.
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Servo (57355) added Rad Racer (NES) on Nov 16, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21110)