From Sega Retro

Publisher: Sega, NEC PC-8801 Pax Softnica MSX Pony Canyon

Developer: Sega AM2, NEC PC-8801 Pax Softnica

System(s): Sega Hang-On hardware, MSX, Sega Master System, NEC PC-88

ROM Size: Sega Master System 32kB

Genre: Racing

Release Date RRP Code
Arcade World 1985-07[1]  ?
Sega Master System JP 1985-10-20 ¥4,300 C-502
Sega Master System EU 1990 £? 4580
Sega Master System EU (Card) 1987-08 £?  ?
Sega Master System DE (Card) 19xx  ?DM  ?
Sega Master System IT 19xx  ?£  ?
Sega Master System AU (Card) 19xx $? 4080
Sega Master System TW 19xx NT$? K-303
MSX JP 1986 ¥?  ?
NEC PC-8801 JP 1986 ¥?  ?

Hang-On (ハングオン) is a 1985 arcade game developed by Sega AM2. One of Yu Suzuki's designs, Hang-On is notable for being the first full body experience arcade game, as some cabinets were shaped like bikes that the user had to ride on. It was built on the arcade hardware that powered Space Harrier.

The object of the game is similar to OutRun - keep racing until the time runs out while making sure not to hit any other racers or obstacles.

The arcade version of the game includes advertisements for Bridgestone, Shell, Garelli Motorcycles, TAG, John Player Special cigarettes, Forum cigarettes, and for "Marbor cigarettes". The advertising for cigarettes both in Hang-On and the later Super Monaco GP was criticised as these games were also marketed for children. Many re-releases of these games omit these adverts.

Sequels and Re-releases

Hang-On was ported to the Sega Mark III as a launch title (along with Teddy Boy Blues) in Japan. Consequently, it was brought overseas to the Sega Master System and also made available on launch in Europe (where it was distributed on Sega Card with launch Master System consoles in several regions). The Master System Hang-On later became a built-in game and in 1990 was re-released on cartridge, also in Europe.

In North America, the Master System Hang-On was never released on its own, instead being part of Hang-On / Safari Hunt (built into some Master System consoles and also released on cartridge) and later Hang-On / Astro Warrior.

Hang-On was also made available for MSX computers, and was succeeded by Super Hang-On in 1987, which gained wider recognition as it was ported to more systems, including the Sega Mega Drive. A similar game known as Hang-On II was released for the SG-1000.

Hang-On is featured as a mini-game in both Shenmue and Shenmue II. It is also possible to buy a Sega Saturn port of Hang-On in Shenmue under the Sega Ages label - this version was not released in real life, but as similar games such as OutRun and Space Harrier were re-released for the Saturn, it is entirely possible that a version of Hang-On was planned too.

The Hang-On bike is a hidden vehicle in Power Drift. An unlockable gear in Sonic Riders will play the Hang-On theme when used, as will inputting the name "H.O" in the high score table of Daytona USA.


Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Arcade Version

Arcade, US (deluxe)
Arcade, US (upright)
HangOn Arcade US Marquee.jpg
Arcade, US (sit-down)
HangOn Arcade US Marquee.jpg
Arcade, ES

Master System Version

Sega Master System 80 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 5 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 83 №71, p77
Computer & Video Games 80 №77, p121
MicroMania 80 №2/40
Sega Power 80 №23, p57
Sega Pro 78 №3, p47File:Segapro UK 03.pdf
Master System, EU
Card version (4080E)

HangOn SMS EU Card.jpg
Sega Card
Master System, EU
Card version (4080M)

HangOn SMS EU M card.jpg
Sega Card (M)
Master System, EU
Card version (4001K)

HangOn SMS EU K card.jpg
Sega Card (K)
Master System, EU
Cartridge version
HangOn SMS EU cover.jpg
HangOn SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, JP
HangOn SMS JP cover.jpg
HangOn SMS JP Card Back.jpgHang-On SMS JP card.jpg
Master System, DE
Card version

HangOn SMS DE cardback.jpgHangOn SMS DE card.jpg
Master System, IT
Card version

HangOn SMS IT Card Back.jpgHangOn SMS IT Card.jpg
Master System, AU
Card version
HangOn SMS AU cardcover.jpg
Master System, AU
Cartridge version

HangOn SMS AU Cart.jpg
Master System, TW

MSX Version

HangOn MSX JP Box Front.jpg
HangOn MSX JP Cart.jpg

NEC PC-8801 Version

NEC PC-8801, JP

Games in the Hang-On Series
Hang-On (1985) | Hang-On Jr. (1985) | Hang-On II (1985) | Super Hang-On (1987) | GP Rider (1990) | Limited Edition Hang-On (1991) | Hang-On GP (1995) | 3D Super Hang-On (2013)
Hang-On related media
Albums Yu Suzuki Produce Hang On/Space Harrier (1997) | Super Hang-On 20th Anniversary Collection (2007)