OutRun 2019

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OutRun 2019
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (US, Europe), SIMS (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS Z80 (banked)
Genre: Racing[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 (9,064)8,800e[2] T-44033
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[4] 1118
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1118-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[6][5] 1118-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
AS

OutRun 2019 (アウトラン 2019) is a Sega Mega Drive driving game developed by Hertz. A futuristic entry in the OutRun series featuring science-fiction elements and courses, it was first published in Japan by SIMS in March 1993[1], and was brought to the United States and Europe the following month by Sega. A notable departure from previous games in the series in both tone and gameplay, OutRun 2019 received lukewarm reception by contemporary critics, but has since seen a slight critical re-evaluation as an experimental and passionate take on Sega's popular driving franchise.

Gameplay

OutRun 2019 is a driving game that plays similarly to the original OutRun but with a futuristic setting and various additions such as jumps, bridges, and tunnels. The game is a race against a time limit in a rocket-boosted car across four different stages around the world. The player gains more time at each checkpoint. Like the original OutRun, there is a fork in the road before each checkpoint. The player can choose between two different routes, each in a different exotic locale. There can also be multiple paths within a single route. Most routes split into two routes at their ends, but a few routes instead end with either a goal or a convergence with another route. Some routes contain elevated roads that can be accessed by jumping off a ramp.

The car is steered with Left and Right, accelerates with B, and brakes with A. If the player chooses the manual transmission option, the car shifts between low and high gear with C. The car starts in low gear at the beginning of the race or after crashing. The game uses a boosting mechanic similar to Turbo OutRun. A power gauge in the car's HUD increases as the car gains speed. When the rainbow-colored band is full, a white band begins to fill over it. When the white band is full, the car's rocket engages and the car launches into a high-speed boost. The car's booster rocket is useful for accelerating through straightaways but cannot negotiate narrower turns. The white band does not fill when the car is in low gear when using the manual transmission. Tapping the brake or letting off the accelerator clears the white band and ends the boost if engaged.

Other cars appear on the road but are merely obstacles and not competitors. Hitting an obstacle at high speed or flying into water or a pit crashes the car, but it reappears on the road after a moment, costing the player only time. Off-road terrain causes the car to decelerate. The player is retired from the race if time runs out.

Stages

All four stages are available to select from the start of the game. The ending unlocks after completing the fourth stage, regardless of which other stages have been completed.

Metropolis

Metropolis

OutRun 2019, Stage 1 Route.png


Map
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-2.png


City Dam
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-4.png


New York
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-1.png


Tokyo
 Crossroads 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-3 End.png


Goal
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-3.png


Factory
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-5.png


Street Lights
 

Temples and Ruins

Temples and Ruins

OutRun 2019, Stage 2 Route.png


Map
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-2.png


Western Dunes
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-5.png


Pyramids
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-1.png


Oasis
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-4.png


Temple of Poseidon
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-3 End.png


Goal
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-3.png


Forest Zone
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 2-6.png


Angkor Wat
 

Around the World

Around the World

OutRun 2019, Stage 3 Route.png


Map
  

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-4.png


Mountains
   
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-2.png


Stockholm
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-7.png


Donaw River
  

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-1.png


Sicily
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-5.png


Matterhorn
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-9.png


Hong Kong

OutRun 2019, Stage 1-3 End.png


Goal
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-3.png


Acid Rainforest
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-8.png


Mediterranean Sea
  
  

OutRun 2019, Stage 3-6.png


South Pole
   

Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset

OutRun 2019, Stage 4 Route.png


Map
    

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-6.png


Submerged City
  
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-2.png


Factory
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-4.png


Future Buildings
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-9.png


Night View
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-1.png


Yugoslavia
 Crossroads 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-7.png


Horizon City
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4 End.png


Goal
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-3.png


Great Wall
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-5.png


Sunset City
 

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-10.png


Dome City
 
    

OutRun 2019, Stage 4-8.png


Sunset
  

History

Development

OutRun 2019 was initially just an OutRun-like game for the Mega-CD under the working title of Cyber Road. It was soon moved to the Mega Drive and renamed Junker's High (also known as Junker Spy), until SIMS were granted the rights to use the OutRun brand. The change of name came quite late - advertising for Junker's High was already being printed in Japan prior to the switch.

A near-final prototype ROM of Junker's High has since leaked on the internet, showing that Hertz/SIMS had planned on including save memory in the game to store replays and high scores over time. Saving was removed in the final version of OutRun 2019, perhaps for budgeting purposes.

Legacy

Radica Games re-released the game as Play TV Legends OutRun 2019, part of the Play TV Legends series in 2005. This version is notable for its steering wheel controller.

Versions

The maximum speed of the car varies depending on the version of the game. The maximum speed is 341 km/h (211.89 mph) in the Japanese version of the game, 682 km/h (423.77 mph) in the European version, and 682 mph (1097.57 km/h) on the US version.

Production credits

  • Car Stunts: Y.Koba
  • Location Supervisor: K.Kato, K.Maz
  • Course Director: K.Naka
  • Special Visual Effects Director: Y.Koba
  • Based on Characters Created by: K.Maz
  • Visual Director: B.T.S
  • Designed by: Wasio, M.Taisi, M.Toma
  • Animation Supervisor: K.Maz
  • Opening Design: M.Taisi
  • Ending Design: M.Toma
  • Title Script: Wasio
  • Sound Effects by: K.Kato
  • Music by: Sako
  • "Hot Fire"
    • Composed and Performed by: Techno Network
    • Produced by: Katsu Yamashita
  • "Feel the Beat"
    • Composed and Performed by: Dual Noise
    • Produced by: Hilltop Glory
  • "Running Pleasure"
    • Composed and Performed by: Hyper Sonic Gang
    • Produced by: Sungreen Hytes
  • "Steal into the Night"
    • Composed and Performed by: Systematic of Rhythm
    • Produced by: Poncho Koganei
  • "Relight My Fire"
    • Composed and Performed by: Hi-NRG
    • Produced by: Tb.Lib
  • "Victorious"
    • Composed and Performed by: Mainstream
    • Produced by: Twinkle Star
  • Graphic Designer: M.Nagashima
  • Publicity Manager: CBX1000
  • Public Relations by: Sinop
  • Director of Photography: B.T.S
  • Directed by: K.Maz
  • Executive Producer: Machida
  • Unit Planner and Coordinator: K.Maz
  • Programmed by: Y.Koba
  • Printed by: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
1993 SIMS Co., Ltd.
Source:
In-game credits[7]

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: OutRun 2019/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

JunkersHigh MD JP Flyer.jpg
JP flyer
Suuri lelukirja FI 1993 Sega.jpg
FI advert (1993)
Logo-pdf.svg
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-03: "March 1992" (1992-02-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-06: "June 1992" (1992-05-08)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-08: "August 1992" (1992-07-08)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-10: "October 1992" (1992-09-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-03: "March 1993" (1993-02-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
38
Sega Mega Drive
38
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[10]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
58
[11]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
50
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
47
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
58
[15]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
50
[16]
GameFan (US)
74
[17]
Game Mania (UK)
68
[18]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
48
[4]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
30
[19]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
50
[20]
Joypad (FR) PAL
67
[21]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
65
[22]
Mega (UK) PAL
45
[23]
Mega Force (FR)
74
[24]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
33
[25]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
59
[26]
Marukatsu Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
71
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
66
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
36
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[30]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
29
[31]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
52
[32]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
67
[33]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
70
[34]
Supergame (BR)
73
[35]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
73
[36]
Sega Mega Drive
57
Based on
28 reviews

OutRun 2019

Mega Drive, JP
OutRun 2019 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
OutRun2019 MD JP CartTop.jpg
OutRun2019 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Outrun2019 md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
OutRun 2019 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
OutRun 2019 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Outrun 2019 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
OutRun 2019 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
OutRun2019 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Outrun 2019 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
OutRun2019 MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, AU
OutRun2019 MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, Asia
OutRun2019 MD AS Box.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e32e17e2
MD5 402a6b80a138eefc426b27c24d4aa3f5
SHA-1 d4a9f1992d69d849f7d4d770a1f4f665a5352c78
1MB 1993-02 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5cb3536a
MD5 df66b228101eeb987734fe9f547cefb5
SHA-1 f1a26bd827e9a674cf1dde74dc2c36f61c827c76
1MB 1993-03 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0eac7440
MD5 f9e6d205c1a4d8b8e8f9ede5d4de9677
SHA-1 3b26b50f4194408cccd3fb9484ac83b97e94e67f
1MB 1993-03 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 23534949
MD5 021d5ec551553eabca22eb2b3291e4b6
SHA-1 81a9b6d29878b4e9313a887b5349c12846b9d77f
1MB Junker's High Page
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 73022c67
MD5 d39b5933c1ab96200a10eb79f170217b
SHA-1 d7ff581e0d236e1711f6569b12158c6748668e62
1MB EPROM cartridge Junker's High Page

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  2. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-08), page 5
  3. Sega Visions, "February/March 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 100
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 52
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 45
  6. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 80
  7. File:Outrun 2019 MD credits.pdf
  8. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1992" (JP; 1992-06-08), page 10
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1992" (JP; 1992-08-08), page 12
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 166
  11. Aktueller Software Markt, "Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-13), page 54
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1993" (JP; 1993-03-08), page 21
  13. Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 114
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 150
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  16. Famitsu, "1993-04-02" (JP; 1993-03-19), page 1
  17. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 5: April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  18. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
  19. GamesMaster, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-19), page 87
  20. Hippon Super, "April 1993" (JP; 1993-03-04), page 45
  21. Joypad, "Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 72
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 56
  23. Mega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 44
  24. Mega Force, "Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 102
  25. Mega Fun, "06/93" (DE; 1993-05-19), page 31
  26. MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 52
  27. Marukatsu Mega Drive, "November 1992" (JP; 1992-10-XX), page 108
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 84
  29. Sega Power, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 36
  30. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 62
  31. Sega Zone, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 30
  32. Sega Force, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 100
  33. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  34. Sonic the Comic, "24th July 1993" (UK; 1993-07-24), page 12
  35. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 18
  36. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 131


OutRun 2019

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Prereleases:



OutRun series of games
Arcade
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)
MSX
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)
i-mode 503i
OutRun (2001)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 13: OutRun (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006) | OutRun 2 SP (2007)
Xbox
OutRun 2 (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
OutRun Online Arcade (2009)
Nintendo 3DS
3D OutRun (2014)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages OutRun (2018)
OutRun-related media
Music
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) | Sega Ages OutRun: Music Collection (2019)
Film
OutRun (1987) | OutRun (1988) | Super Monaco GP / Turbo OutRun (1989)