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|System(s): Sega System 32|
|Developer: Sega AM3|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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Rad Mobile (ラッドモビール) is a Sega System 32 arcade driving game developed by Sega AM3 and manufactured by Sega. First released to Japanese arcades in February 1991, the game is notable for being the first 32-bit title developed by Sega, and for featuring the first inclusion of Sonic the Hedgehog in any video game (even predating his own, Sonic the Hedgehog, released four months later.)
Rad Mobile deviates slightly from the style of Sega's previous arcade racers; it aims to provide more elements of simulation, using a first-person perspective instead of third. Recurring traffic, police, and primitive weather effects act as obstacles, the latter of which are negated with the use of in-game windscreen wipers and headlights. 14 CPU cars also race as opponents, with players receiving different ending scenarios depending on their rank at the end of the game.
Regardless of its sim-like features, a time limit and only two selectable gears are still used in Rad Mobile, grounding it in the arcade subgenre of racing games. Like OutRun, stages take place across the USA, with the goal being to reach the final destination, New York, before the time limit runs out. This is achieved by avoiding collisions with oncoming obstacles and reaching stage checkpoints, which provide time extensions.
- Stage 1: Los Angeles - Day
- Stage 2: Mojave Desert - Day
- Stage 3: Las Vegas - Night
- Stage 4: Provo - Rain
- Stage 5: Salt Lake City - Day
- Stage 6: Rocky Mountains - Day
- Stage 7: Cheyenne -Thunder Storm
- Stage 8: Lincoln - Night
- Stage 9: Omaha - Day
- Stage 10: Kansas City - Fog
- Stage 11: St. Louis - Night
- Stage 12: Springfield - Rain
- Stage 13: Chicago - Day
- Stage 14: Indianapolis - Night
- Stage 15: Cincinnati - Day
- Stage 16: Columbus - Dusk
- Stage 17: Pittsburgh - Night
- Stage 18: Washington, D.C. - Fog
- Stage 19: Philadelphia - Day
- Stage 20: New York - Day
Some stages, such as Springfield, have multiple routes.
Initially released to the world in the upright and Taikan cabinets typical of a release of its type by that point in February 1991, Rad Mobile would receive two new versions in the following months; Rad Rally, a revised edition that implements stage selection and multiplayer link features, and a limited release for adapted R360 units in Japan.
Rad Mobile features the first appearance Sonic the Hedgehog in any video game (even predating his own, released four months later), swaying from the car's rear-view mirror as a miniature plush. The game's later Sega Saturn port Gale Racer expands this cameo to a number of Sonic-series characters such as Amy and Dr. Eggman.
- Main article: Rad Mobile/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|System 32, US (upright)|
|System 32, US (deluxe)|
|System 32, JP (upright)|
|System 32, JP (deluxe)|
|System 32, DE (upright)|
|System 32, DE (deluxe)|
- Game Machine, "1991-03-01" (JP; 1991-03-01), page 16
- Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 105
- File:RadMobile System32 JP Flyer.pdf, page 2
- https://sbtransr02.wixsite.com/kazuhiko-nagai/my-works-1 (Wayback Machine: 2021-04-10 08:56)
- Sinclair User, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-18), page 54
- User, "Septémvrios 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 93