Gale Racer

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Gale Racer
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (16 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer
Genre: Racing[3][4]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥6,8006,800 GS-9003
Sega Rating: All Ages

Gale Racer (ゲイルレーサー) is a Sega Saturn driving game developed by System Sacom[1][2] and published by Sega. A port of the 1991 Sega System 32 arcade game Rad Mobile, it was released exclusively in Japan in December 1994, and is the first driving game released for the Sega Saturn.


Gale Racer shares similar gameplay to Rad Mobile, with the player driving eastwards across America against rival cars against a strict time limit. There are, however, a number of graphical and technical changes to better suit the Saturn's hardware, and rather than one continuous journey, "areas" are split up by loading screens. There are also 23 rival cars, as opposed to the arcade's 14.

Gale Racer has the player drive a completely different vehicle to Rad Mobile, and renders all the rivals as polygons, rather than resized sprites. Similarly to Rad Mobile, a Sonic the Hedgehog "mascot" hangs from the car's ceiling (resembling his look in Sonic the Hedgehog 3), however others from the Sonic series are available, including the first home sightings of Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel.

However, despite being a port of a then-three-year-old game (for arcade hardware that had been retired), Gale Racer is noticeably scaled back over its arcade counterpart, running at half the frame rate with lower draw distances, and less detailed "textures" for the road and scenery. The breaking up of areas means stage transitions no longer exist, and the road is always the same colour. The physics of the mascot are also simplified, always swinging and rotating at the same rate regardless of what is happening in-game.

There are also no exploding police officers when the player finishes first.

Production credits

In-game credits
Galeracer Saturn JP SSEnding.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Gale Racer/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 Sega Saturn Tsūshin, p7
Sega Saturn
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC-J
Excalibur (CZ) NTSC-J
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-J
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Ultimate Future Games (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn
Based on
11 reviews

Gale Racer

Saturn, JP
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Gale Racer Saturn JP SpineCard.jpg
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RadMobile SS jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
460,380,480 1994-11-09 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9003 V1.000

Track list

1. Data track  
2. Invitation Card (1:05) 
From: Advertise
3. Gale Racer (1:58) 
From: Opening Movie
4. Just the Thing (2:11) 
From: Course 1-1, 6-4
5. On the Horizon (2:49) 
From: Course 1-2, 2-2, 3-3, 5-2, 6-2
6. Midnight Illusion (1:59) 
From: Course 3-2, 4-1, 6-1
7. Mountain Storm (1:56) 
From: Course 2-3
8. Flushing Beat (2:17) 
From: Course 2-1, 3-1, 4-2
9. Darkest Time (1:50) 
From: Course 5-1
10. Radmobile Theme (0:19) 
From: Reslut
11. Battle Attack (1:38) 
From: Course 1-3, 3-4, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3
12. Stillness (1:10) 
From: Mode Select
13. Game Over (0:24) 
From: Continue
14. V.S. End (0:16) 
From: 2Players V.S Ending
15. End In Defeat (1:20) 
From: Bad Ending
16. The Glory (2:03) 
From: True Ending
17. Twilight of the Goddess (1:43) 
From: Staff Roll
Running time: 24:58

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn


Gale Racer

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Music: Rad Mobile Original Soundtrack (2011)

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