Rad Mobile

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Rad Mobile
System(s): Sega System 32
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Genre: Racing

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 32)
JP
¥1,580,000[1] ?
Arcade (System 32)
US
$? ?
Arcade (System 32)
UK
£? ?
Arcade (System 32)
DE
? ?



























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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.)

Gameplay

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.

Stages

  • 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.

History

Release

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.

Legacy

Rad Mobile was later updated and released as Gale Racer for the Sega Saturn in December 1994. This version makes a few changes, and was not released outside of Japan.

Production credits

Source:
Internal ROM text[4]


Magazine articles

Main article: Rad Mobile/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

RadMobile System32 JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
JP flyer
RadMobile System32 DE Flyer.jpg
DE flyer (upright cabinet)
RadMobile System32 DE Flyer Deluxe.jpg
DE flyer (deluxe cabinet)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Sinclair User (UK)
74
[5]
User (GR)
92
[6]
Arcade (System 32)
83
Based on
2 reviews

Rad Mobile

System 32, US (upright)
System 32, US (deluxe)
System 32, JP (upright)
System 32, JP (deluxe)
System 32, DE (upright)
System 32, DE (deluxe)

References