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Virtua Racing is Sega's first ever 3D, polygon-based racing game. The game consists of racing Formula-1-looking cars around a beginner, intermediate, or expert track, competing against a second player or computer drivers. Despite having Formula-1 cars, the game controls are very "arcadey" and players can see the leap they made from here to Daytona.

The Megadrive/Genesis version of Virtua Racing is of note as it is the only game for the system which features the SVP chip (Sega Virtua Processor). The chip is a 3D processor built into each cartridge (the console itself had limited 3D capability) and is very similar to the SNES's SuperFX chips, used in games such as Starfox and Stunt Race FX.


Virtua Racing Nintendo Switch Each player needs to hit start and pick a track, just like with networked cabinets in the arcade.
Virtua Racing Genesis I'll take the low road...
Virtua Racing Nintendo Switch The player isn't just going to be fastest, they're also playing against an aggressive timer. Passing checkpoints gets more time.
Virtua Racing Arcade Joining the race.

Promo Images

Virtua Racing Magazine Advertisement p. 15
Virtua Racing Screenshot
Virtua Racing Screenshot
Virtua Racing Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "バーチャ レーシング" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Unnecessary? Yes Amazing? Also yes. Genesis AkibaTechno (254)

Critic Reviews

Player One Genesis May, 1994 99 out of 100 99
Sega Force Genesis Mar 29, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Genesis May, 1994 9.1 out of 10 91
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Apr, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Genesis Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Retro Gamer Nintendo Switch Aug 19, 2019 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo Central Nintendo Switch Jul 10, 2019 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Chums Nintendo Switch Aug 22, 2019 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Genesis Apr, 1994 80 out of 100 80


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Virtua Racing appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


This game won't work on a model 3 Genesis.

SVP chip

This game caused a quite interesting problem for owners of phones. The SVP chip had a frequency that was so high it was picked up by the phones and they rang like crazy. It was enough to sure cause headaches!


  • Gamefan Magazine
    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - named the Best Genesis Driving/Racing Game of the Year ("Megawards" )
Information also contributed by Big John WV and DANIEL HAWKS !

Related Web Sites

  • Sega's SVP Chip: The Road not Taken? (A feature article on the fansite Sega-16, which discusses the history of the SVP chip and its use in Virtua Racing, as well as the unused potential that the chip offered to Sega. The article also provides a comparison between the SVP, the 32x peripheral, the Sega Saturn, and Nintendo's SuperFX chip (Marc. 17th, 2006).)
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