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Publisher: Sega, Data East (MD/US)
System(s): Sega System Multi 32, Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Racing

Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 32)
$? ?
Arcade (System 32)
£? ?
Arcade (System 32)
DM ? ?
Arcade (System 32)
$? ?

Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 G-4119
Sega Mega Drive
$69.99[1] T-13096

OutRunners (アウトランナーズ) is a sequel to the 1986 Sega classic OutRun and was developed in 1992 and released in early 1993 for the Sega System Multi 32 arcade platform.


OutRunners follows a similar format to OutRun, in which the player is tasked with driving across the world within a specified amount of time. There are, however, twice as many areas as OutRun in OutRunners, as the world is divided into east and west (selectable after the first stage). Whereas OutRun took place in Europe and Turbo OutRun North America, OutRunners spans the entire globe.

The superior System 32 hardware allow for vastly improved graphics, eight selectable cars (a scrapped plan for the original OutRun) and more music tracks (including those featured in the original OutRun game). It was always distributed as a two player deluxe cabinet (hence the "System Multi 32" name), and it is possible to link two cabinets together to create a four-player racing experience. It was the first OutRun game to allow more than one player to compete at once.

Track Layout

Like the original OutRun, the journey in OutRunners contains many forks in the road, leading to one of ten possible endings. Players all begin at the same location, but are given a choice whether they want to take the eastern or the western routes. Some areas are repeated for both sides, though it is impossible to visit the same location twice in one outing.

Goal Stage Number Goal
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
A Northern Europe Russia F
Germany Germany
B Switzerland China Switzerland China G
France Hawaii Niagara Falls France
C Atlantic Ocean Underwater Tunnel Japan San Francisco Start Grand Canyon Atlantic Ocean Underwater Tunnel Japan H
Mediterranean Sea Pacific Ocean Crossway Bridge South America Mediterranean Sea
D Spain Hong Kong Spain Hong Kong I
Egypt Egypt
E Kenya Australia J


The Mega Drive port of OutRunners is always displayed as a two-player game, but it does have a secret car from Virtua Racing.

Though it was the most popular game for Sega's Multi 32 hardware, unlike its predecessors OutRunners only received one home console port, to the Sega Mega Drive in 1994. In this port, the screen is split horizontally into two in an attempt to mimic the two screens of the System Multi 32 platform. This, along with the reduced graphics quality and scaled back special effects, meant this version of the game is often the subject to harsh criticism. For some reason, Data East published the game in the US; it was not released in Europe.

There are some slight differences between the Japanese and North American versions. Entering LeftRightLeftRightBCA at the title screen of the Japanese Mega Drive version, selecting arcade mode with C and then pressing Left allows the user to play as a secret car, "Virtua Formula", otherwise known as the car from Virtua Racing. This option comes complete with a selection of sound effects and music jingles from the game. Whereas the North American option allows you to input the code (and get a confirmation noise), you cannot drive this car.

There would not be another OutRun game released until 2003, when OutRun 2 was brought to Sega Chihiro hardware.


Main article: OutRunners/Comparisons.

Production credits

Arcade version

Additionally, the name Miyu Tsukamoto is present in the ROMs.

Mega Drive version


Magazine articles

Main article: OutRunners/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 059.pdfEGM US 059.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • VideoGames (US) #66: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[2]
  • EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-19)[3]
  • EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]

EGM US 062.pdfEGM US 062.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]


Physical scans

System 32 version

Arcade, US
OutRunners System32 US Manual.pdf
Arcade, JP
Arcade, DE

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 №153, p97[6]
65 №34, p38[7]
50 №22, p64-66[8]
20 №22, p47
76 №34, p44
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
OutRunners MD US Box.jpg
OutRunners MD US Cart.JPG
Mega Drive, JP
Outrunners md jp cover.jpg
OutRunners MD JP CartTop.jpg
Outrunners md jp cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR



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OutRun series of games
OutRun (1986) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRunners (1992) | OutRun 2 (2003) | OutRun 2 SP (2004) | OutRun 2 SP SDX (2006)
Sega Master System
OutRun (1987) | OutRun 3D (1988) | Battle OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991)
Windows PC
OutRun (1987) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991)
OutRun (1988)
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Turbo OutRun (1989)
LCD handheld game
OutRun (1989) | OutRun F-1 (19xx)
Sega Mega Drive
OutRun (1991) | Turbo OutRun (1992) | OutRun 2019 (1993) | OutRunners (1994) | Arcade Legends OutRun 2019 (200x)
Sega Game Gear
OutRun (1991) | OutRun Europa (1992)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages OutRun (1996)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 13: OutRun (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006) | OutRun 2 SP (2007)
OutRun 2 (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
OutRun Online Arcade (2009)
Nintendo 3DS
3D OutRun (2014)
OutRun Albums
OutRun (1992) | Virtua Racing & OutRunners (1993) | Yu Suzuki Produce OutRun (1997) | Sega Presents OutRun 2: Music Through the Ages (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks: Side B (2005) | OutRun Sound Tracks: Complement (2007) | OutRun 20th Anniversary Box (2007) | OutRun (2016)
OuRun (1987) | OutRun (1988) | Super Monaco GP / Turbo OutRun (1989)