Test Drive II was originally released for home computers in 1989, with the Mega Drive and Super NES console conversions arriving three years later in 1992. Both console versions run at a faster frame rate with more colourful graphics, though sound effects are lacking in comparison to the Amiga version, and neither console ports offer all the features obtainable by using the game's many computer expansion disks.
The Mega Drive version is the more accurate of the two 16-bit console ports, with the Super NES deviating from the original design in terms of track layouts and scenery. However, the Super NES version has a noticeable performance advantage over all other versions, although this might be achieved by its decision to render fewer objects on screen at any one time. The Mega Drive version is also the only version to have in-game music.
Developed by: Distinctive Software Inc. Burnaby,B.C.
The Duel - TEST DRIVE II was programmed by: Brad Gour, Chris Taylor, Richard Kiss
Artwork: David Gibbs, Jackie Ritchie, Ian Verchere
Sound and Music: Alistair Hirst, Russell Shiffer
Produced by: Pam Levins, Brad Gour
Original Version of The Duel: Test Drive II designed and developed by Distinctive Software Inc.
Software Libraries copyright (c) 1992 Distinctive Software Inc.
All other software and materials copyright (c) 1992 Accolade, Inc.
Source: In-game credits
Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)