Sega Rally Special Stage
From Sega Retro
|Sega Rally Special Stage|
|System(s): Sega Model 2|
|Developer: Sega AM3, Sega AM5|
|Number of players: 1|
Sega Rally Special Stage (セガラリースペシャルステージ) is a large attraction version of the Sega Model 2 arcade game Sega Rally Championship, developed by Sega AM3 and Sega AM5 for use in Sega's Joypolis venues during the late 1990s.
The attraction mainly consists of three modified Toyota Celica CT-Four cars, with projection canvases fixed in front of their windscreens. Acting as motion simulators to fully immerse riders, the Celica units move on a fixed axis with six directions of movement, the first attraction developed by Sega to do so. Whilst stripped of many other original parts, Sega Rally Special Stage's cars retain their passenger seats, thus making it possible for two people to ride at once for an increased admission price.
Sega Rally Special Stage's gameplay is largely identical to the original Sega Rally, with its obvious draw over the original game being the more advanced surroundings it could now be played in. However, a number of features of the game are removed to suit its new state, most notably the Toyota Celica GT-Four and Lancia Stratos HF cars in a playable capacities, the option to change the viewpoint, and multiplayer link-up.
Sega Rally Special Stage made its public debut in October 1996, as one of the six premier attractions of Shinjuku Joypolis on opening day. It received significant coverage in Sega Magazine, where its construction and development alongside the Shinjuku location itself was documented.
It is not thought Sega Rally Special Stage ever appeared outside of Shinjuku Joypolis, and as such there have been no known units in operation since the venue's August 2000 closure.
Much of technology used in the attraction would go on to be used for Sega Touring Car Championship Special in the following months, and the concept would later be utilised again in its own successor, Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited, in 2007.
- Main article: Sega Rally Special Stage/Magazine articles.