Virtua Racing Deluxe

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Virtua Racing Deluxe
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Racing[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
JP
¥8,8008,800 GM-5001
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega 32X
US
$69.9969.99[3] 84601
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega 32X
EU
84601-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega 32X
UK
£59.9959.99[4][5] 84601-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega 32X
AU
$99.9599.95[6]
OFLC: G
Sega 32X
BR
152020
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega 32X
AS

Virtua Racing Deluxe (バーチャレーシング デラックス) is an enhanced port of Virtua Racing, released as a launch title for the Sega 32X in North America and Europe in late 1994.

Much of its team was comprised of developers who had produced the port of Virtua Racing to the Sega Mega Drive. However, the visuals in Virtua Racing Deluxe are far more accurate and some music was rearranged. Naofumi Hataya also composed several new tracks for the game, in some cases replacing original themes.

Gameplay

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Car and track selection

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Two-player split screen

Virtua Racing Deluxe is a racing game that plays similarly to its 1992 arcade counterpart. The car is steered with Left and Right, accelerates with B, and brakes with A. If equipped with a manual transmission, Up upshifts and Down downshifts.

The standard mode has the player race five laps against fifteen computer-controlled opponents on any of five different tracks. Each track is broken into multiple timed segments, and the player is given more time for passing a checkpoint marker (80 seconds on Easy, 75 seconds on Normal, and 70 seconds on Hard). The player is retired from the race if time runs out.

There is a Time Attack mode where the player can race on any of the tracks without any opponents. In this mode, there is no time limit. The player can choose to race 5, 10, 15, or 20 laps.

The game supports two-player competitive play with a split screen. Each player can select a handicap, which affects the handling of the car. Like the Time Attack mode, players can choose to race 5, 10, 15, or 20 laps.

The car can take damage from crashes, which eventually impairs its performance. The player can take a pit stop to repair the vehicle. The pit is located at the starting point of the track. The countdown timer pauses when the player is in the pit and adds ten seconds when the player starts moving again, though the player can still be passed by other racers while in the pit. The Bay Bridge and Highland courses do not have a pit, and it is also absent in two-player mode.

Cars

In contrast to the arcade original, Virtua Racing Deluxe gives the player a choice between three cars, each with different speed and handling characteristics.

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Formula Car
A single-seat, open-wheel race car, similar to those used in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500. This is the same car that is available in the arcade version of the game.
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Stock Car
A race car resembling a production car, similar to those used in NASCAR.
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Prototype Car
A sports prototype race car, similar to those used in Le Mans and the FIA WEC.

Views

The player can switch between four different perspectives at any point during the race. Using a three button control pad, the C button cycles through each of the views. With a six button control pad, each view has its own button (like the original arcade game).

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View 1 (X)

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View 2 (C)

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View 3 (Y)

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View 4 (Z)

Tracks

Virtua Racing Deluxe includes the three tracks from the arcade Virtua Racing, plus two exclusive tracks.

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Big Forest
Big Forest is a wide course through a forest with mountains and an amusement park.

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Bay Bridge
Bay Bridge is a narrow track that passes over a suspension bridge and through a tunnel.

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Acropolis
Acropolis is a narrow track through a valley with a difficult hairpin turn.

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Highland
Highland is a mountainous track with buildings and trees as scenery.

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Sand Park
Sand Park is a desert track with rock formations.

Versions

Virtua Racing Deluxe operates at around 20FPS during gameplay, which is two-thirds of the frame rate of the arcade game, which targets 30FPS (though more than the Mega Drive conversion's 15FPS).

In order to speed up processing time, the collision detection has been pared back. In the arcade version, driving into a palm tree causes the car to stop and coconuts to fall, while on the 32X the car clips straight through. Likewise road signs which would be pushed out of the way by the player's car in the arcade have no collision detection on the 32X.

Production credits

V.R. Deluxe Production Staff
Source:
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Racing Deluxe/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES print advert
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NL flyer
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Print advert in Freak (IL) #78 (1999-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №38
100 №57, p84
86 [7]
93 №24, p54-55
97 [8]
80 [9]
Sega 32X
92
Based on
6 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
75
[10]
CD Consoles (FR)
32
[11]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
93
[12]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
90
[13]
Edge (UK)
80
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[15]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
95
[16]
Game Players (US)
86
[17]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[18]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
90
[19]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
88
[20]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[21]
Joypad (FR) PAL
91
[22]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
90
[23]
Mega (UK) PAL
90
[24]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
93
[25]
Mega Fun (DE)
90
[26]
Micro Kid's Multimédia (FR)
50
[27]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
93
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
90
[29]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
50
[30]
Player One (FR)
97
[31]
Play Time (DE) PAL
90
[32]
Score (CZ)
90
[33]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
90
[34]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
94
[35]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[37]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
89
[38]
Video Games (DE) PAL
82
[39]
VideoGames (US)
90
[40]
Sega 32X
84
Based on
31 reviews

Virtua Racing Deluxe

32X, JP
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Cover
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VirtuaRacingDeluxe 32X JP Cart Back.jpgVirtuaRacingDeluxe 32X JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Vrdeluxe 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual
32X, US
VirtuaRacingDeluxe 32XUSCoverBack.jpgVirtuaRacingDeluxe 32XUSCover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Vrdeluxe 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
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Cover
Virtua Racing 32X EU Cart.jpg
Cart
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Manual
32X, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
32X, PT

32X, AU
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Cover
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Cart
32X, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Vrdeluxe 32x br manual.pdf
Manual
32X, Asia
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 7896b62e
MD5 72b1ad0f949f68da7d0a6339ecd51a3f
SHA-1 18dfdeb50780c2623e60a6587d7ed701a1cf81f1
3MB Cartridge (US)
Sega 32X
CRC32 0908e888
MD5 08cae0a96d9ee07001c6e1c247d407c6
SHA-1 1c64e80eb164ca8d6c6587a55ad60385ba1daf27
3MB Cartridge (JP)
Sega 32X
CRC32 27f14b5f
MD5 c30a6430b1a7e819bd2dde63a41d4d57
SHA-1 bb26ddde26cd07191d872e8a76a170ca3326f781
3MB Cartridge (EU)
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32 99f38344
MD5 a5efb294179bc3bdc6515383bcdeb63d
SHA-1 88b3ef2bb0ccba25f3f83f218ca090e1a89512fe
1994-09-05 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32 86a318de
MD5 9e7b5d7e83ae5f25421a44e14d6140bf
SHA-1 b1385111a39795bf2ea57ab50a4feb479d7e502d
1994-08-29 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32 6ebb3eda
MD5 c07a68331b846d1614954554c0414f86
SHA-1 d4e996fd7fb26919017d1056d0de608a34f05184
1994-08-22 Page

References

  1. File:Vrdeluxe 32x jp frontcover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/32x/soft.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-06-19 13:31)
  3. GamePro, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 66
  4. Computer & Video Games, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-15), page 78
  5. Sega Magazine, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 74
  6. File:SegaMegazone AU 49.pdf, page 40
  7. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 44-45 (46)
  8. Sega Force, "2/95" (SE; 1995-04-19), page 12-13 (12)
  9. Ultimate Future Games, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-01), page 88-89 (78)
  10. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1995" (JP; 1994-12-08), page 26
  11. CD Consoles, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 132
  12. Computer & Video Games, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 132
  13. Computer + Video Giochi, "Dicembre 1994" (IT; 1994-xx-xx), page 44
  14. Edge, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-24), page 88
  15. Famitsu, "1994-12-23" (JP; 1994-12-09), page 1
  16. GameFan, "Volume 2, Issue 12: December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 27
  17. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 12 December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 46
  18. GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 70
  19. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 4, episode 8" (1994-11-08, 24:00) (+10:24)
  20. Games World: The Magazine, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-xx), page 15
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1994" (ES; 1994-xx-xx), page 102
  22. Joypad, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 98
  23. MAN!AC, "01/95" (DE; 1994-12-07), page 50
  24. Mega, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-30), page 28
  25. Mega Force, "Megadrive 32X elle est là!" (FR; 1994-12-02), page 26
  26. Mega Fun, "01/95" (DE; 1994-12-21), page 30
  27. Micro Kid's Multimédia, "Février 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 56
  28. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1994" (ES; 1994-xx-xx), page 23
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-30), page 68
  30. Next Generation, "Premiere Issue 1995" (US; 1994-12-08), page 99
  31. Player One, "Décembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 62
  32. Play Time, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-04), page 101
  33. Score, "Leden 1995" (CZ; 1995-01-01), page 39
  34. Sega Magazine, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-11-15), page 74
  35. Sega Power, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-17), page 46
  36. Sega Pro, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-01), page 44
  37. Sega Pro, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-02-28), page 25
  38. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84
  39. Video Games, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 92
  40. VideoGames, "December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 140


Virtua Racing Deluxe

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Prereleases:
Sega 32X
Prototypes: 1994-08-22 | 08-29 | 09-05
Virtua Racing series of games
Arcade
Virtua Racing (1992) | Virtua Formula (1993)
Sega Mega Drive
Virtua Racing (1994)
Sega 32X
Virtua Racing Deluxe (1994)
Sega Saturn
Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8: Virtua Racing FlatOut (2004)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages Virtua Racing (2019)
Virtua Racing related media
Music
Virtua Racing & OutRunners (1993) | Yu Suzuki Produce G-LOC/R360/Virtua Racing (1998)
Book
Virtua Racing: Official Racing Guide (1994) | Virtua Racing Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (199x)