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Arcade Racer Joystick

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Fast facts on the Arcade Racer Joystick
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Saturn
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 HSS-0115
Sega Saturn
JP ("Shin")
¥5,800 HSS-0141
Sega Saturn
US
$79.99[1][2] MK-80107
Sega Saturn
UK
£?
Sega Saturn
FR
?F
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ?
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas
Sega Saturn
AU
$129.95[4] ?


The Arcade Racer Joystick, called the Racing Controller (レーシングコントローラー) in Japan, is a racing wheel style controller for the Sega Saturn.

Hardware

As opposed to many digital controllers at the time, the Arcade Racer is analog in nature, allowing for smoother control than a standard Sega Saturn D-Pad. Whereas digital controllers rely on values assigned to on/off switches (like light switches, they react in steps), analog controllers respond in a smoother arc (like dimmer switches).

The Arcade Racer was designed primarily for racing games such as Virtua Racing, Daytona USA or Sega Rally Championship. Its height and angle can be adjusted by the user. The seven face buttons are positioned on the face of the wheel, and the Up and Down directions are redesigned into paddles on each side of the wheel which resemble semi-automatic transmission paddle shifters (or a "flappy paddle gearbox"). These paddles are digital, not analog, unlike the wheel itself. The Arcade Racer does not have L or R buttons, so games designed for it cannot use those buttons.

The Arcade Racer is supported by most driving games released for the Sega Saturn (in North America it was mandatory that racing games supported the peripheralMedia:DevelopMental US 0309.pdf[5]). There are a few, such as Impact Racing or Road Rash, that do not support it, however, perhaps because they need the additional buttons that the Arcade Racer is missing. Most games that do support the Arcade Racer will also work in analog mode on the Sega Mission Stick and 3D Control Pad, but a few, including Virtua Racing and Hang-On GP, require the Arcade Racer for analog play.

From a design perspective, the Arcade Racer Joystick is one of the oldest Saturn controllers, so much so that it originally started life as a Sega Mega Drive wheel. Known as the Sega Wheel it was originally set to debut with Virtua Racing in late 1994[6], but in the end no official wheels were released for Sega's earlier console.

List of supported games

note: Please expand or fix this list as needed. This list may use Japanese names instead of Western ones.

Gallery

Physical scans

Saturn, US
ArcadeRacer Saturn US Box Top.jpg
ArcadeRacer Saturn US Box Back.jpgArcadeRacer Saturn US Box Spine.jpgSaturn 80107 box.jpgArcadeRacer Saturn US Box Spine2.jpg
ArcadeRacer Saturn US Box Bottom.jpg
Cover
Saturn, EU
ArcadeRacer Saturn EU Box Back.jpgArcadeRacer Saturn EU Box Spine.jpgSaturn MK-80304 box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, JP (grey)
Saturn HSS-0115 box-2.jpgNospine.pngSaturn HSS-0115 box-1.jpg
Cover
RacingControllerSaturnJPManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP (white)
Saturn HSS-0141 box-2.jpgNospine.pngSaturn HSS-0141 box-1.jpg
Cover

Magazine articles

Main article: Arcade Racer Joystick/Magazine articles.

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 074.pdf, page 120
  2. Press release: 1995-10-30: Sega unleashes exclusive lineup of arcade hits for Sega Saturn
  3. File:CVG UK 165.pdf, page 34
  4. File:Hyper AU 022.pdf, page 22
  5. File:DevelopMental US 0309.pdf, page 4
  6. File:EGM US 059.pdf, page 16
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