Jaguar XJ220

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Jaguar XJ220
Publisher: JVC (US), Sega (EU), Victor Musical Industries (JP)
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥8,800 T-60094
Sega Mega-CD
$49.95[1] T-6406
Sega Mega-CD
£44.99[3] 4602
Sega Mega-CD
?F 4602
Sega Mega-CD
DM 99,-[6] 4602
Sega Mega-CD
?Ptas 4602

Jaguar XJ220 (ジャガーXJ220) is a racing game developed by Core Design for the Sega Mega-CD. Similar to the Lotus series, the majority of the game is centered around one brand of car, in this case, the Jaguar XJ220, which at the time was the fastest supercar available for public purchase (it would be beaten by the McLaren F1 in 1994).


In the game the player races across 12 different countries in a Jaguar XJ220, which can be upgraded and tuned. It also features a track editor.

Core Design only had the rights to use the Jaguar name, but nevertheless includes vehicles by other manufacturers under slightly altered banners, including Ferrino (Ferrari), Bezantti (Bugatti), Sktuck and Felini.


Core Design released Jaguar XJ220 for the Amiga in 1992, but while it shares the same name and a similar concept to the Mega-CD version, the two are very different aesthetically. In addition to full motion video sequences and a CD audio soundtrack, the Mega-CD version uses hardware sprite scaling, more detailed graphics and adds qualifying laps to proceedings, as well as completely overhauling the menus.

On the Amiga, Core used real opponent supercars despite not having a license to do so. They are not referenced in game, but the Porsche 911, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari F40 and Nissan Skyline are all visible, as are advertisements for Computer and Video Games magazine, all of which were removed in the Mega-CD version.

Magazine articles

Main article: Jaguar XJ220/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 049.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #49: "August 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №140, p107/108[7]
73 №141, p52/53[3]
79 №150, p111-113[8]
95 №44, p154/155[9]
60 №6, p76
74 №23, p77
92 №9, p20/21/22/23
52 №9, p46/47
65 №2, p37
90 №16, p31
90 №7, p40-42[4]
60 №34, p55
84 №43, p56/57
72 №20, p58
65 №19, p74-76[10]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
15 reviews

Mega-CD, US
JaguarXJ220 MCD US Box Back.jpgJaguarXJ220 MCD US Box Front.jpg
JaguarXJ220 MCD US Disc.jpg
Jaguarxj220 mcd us manual.pdf
Mega-CD, EU
JaguarXJ220 MCD EU Box Back.jpgJaguarXJ220 MCD EU Box Front.jpg
JaguarXJ220 MCD EU spinecard.jpg
JaguarXJ220 MCD EU Disc.jpg
Mega-CD, JP
JaguarXJ220 MCD JP Box Back.jpgJaguarXJ220 MCD JP Box Front.jpg
JaguarXJ220 MCD JP Spinecard.jpg
Jaguar MCD JP Disc.jpg
JaguarXJ220 MD jp manual.pdf


  1. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 141
  2. File:GamePro US 042.pdf, page 81
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 141.pdf, page 52
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf, page 40
  5. File:SelectRound FR 01.pdf, page 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:SegaMagazine DE 01.pdf, page 16
  7. File:CVG UK 140.pdf, page 107
  8. File:CVG UK 150.pdf, page 112
  9. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 140
  10. File:SegaForce UK 19.pdf, page 74