Rad Racer

a.k.a. Highway Star / ハイウェイスター / 래드레이 서

published by Square / Nintendo in 1987-04-15, developed by Square, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: racing/driving
perspective: 3rd person
player options: single player
languages: eng

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Personal review

"Rad Racer" is as much an OutRun clone for the NES as it can get. You race on eight tracks against a time limit with checkpoints. Each of the tracks has different backgroung graphics, there are three tunes to choose from (which can even be changed while driving) and you can choose your car from either a ferrari sports car or a formula 1 style racing car. The game is fast and all elements are decently implemented, but it also feels monotonous at times. Each stage features only one set of car graphics and the incoming "car waves" reminded me often enough of the old game Enduro.

# 2012-05-29 16:06:37

Official description

This is no ordinary game pak. This is Rad Racer. Nintendo's thrilling 3-D video game. Rad Racer comes action-packed with revolutionary 3-D technology and 3-D glasses (they're free inside) that will have you really believing you're in the middle of a cross country rally race-cruising along at 200 miles per hour!Rad Racer takes you through 8 treacherous race courses including the Los Angeles Nightway, the San Francisco Highway and the Grand Canyon. Choose the Ferrari and you'll enter a Super Machine competition where you'll race against Corvettes and Lamborghinis. Select the F-1 Machine and you'll compete against incredibly fast cars. Whether it's Ferrari or F-1, 3-D or Regular mode, Rad Racer's hair-pin curves, dare-devil turns and realistic action will bring home all the fun and excitement of real rally racing. Think you're up to it? Then drivers start your engines. It's Rad Racer!
# 2013-09-06 15:31:55 - official description

Technical specs

display: raster

Editor note

NES-RC-CAN Rad Racer UPC:0-74299-00988-4, Mattel catalog number:sku:0988, published in Canada
NES-RC-GBR Rad Racer UPC:0-74299-00988-4, Mattel catalog number:sku:0988, published in Great Britain
# 2013-09-06 16:42:41

Authors / Staff


Hironobu Sakaguchi (designer)


Nasir Gebelli (programmer)


Nobuo Uematsu (composer)

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External reviews (8) - average: 72.4% - median: 75%

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Aktueller Software Markt (ASM)de251988-109/1275%
C&VG (Computer & Video Games) 1-84uk811988-077/1070%
C&VG (Computer & Video Games) 85+uk881989-0284/10084%
Génération 4 (1-82)fr61988-1180/10080%
Nintendo Magazine System (UK)uk41993-0180/10080%
Power Playde41988-0375/10075%
Tilt 39-113fr511988-028/2040%

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