Super Hang-On

From Sega Retro

For Western home computer versions see Super Hang-On (home computers)


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Super Hang-On
System(s): Sega Hang-On hardware, Sega OutRun hardware, Mega-Tech System, Sega Mega Drive, Sharp X68000
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: pre-SMPS Z80
Genre: Action (JP Mega Drive box), Racing[1]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code

Sega Mega Drive
¥6,0006,000 G-4011
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
¥? ?

Wii Virtual Console
Wii Virtual Console
Wii Virtual Console

Super Hang-On (スーパーハングオン) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Sega AM2 and the successor to Hang-On. It was built on the Sega Hang-On hardware that powered Space Harrier. Versions of the arcade game also ran on the Sega OutRun hardware and Mega-Tech System.


Being a successor to Hang-On, the objective and controls of the game are the same. To race passing checkpoints and not letting the time run out while avoiding other racers or going off track.

The main difference in gameplay is that the player has 4 tracks to race on, each one having a different number of checkpoints, but in total, each stage is roughly half the length of a stage in the original Hang-On. Africa is the easiest and shortest out of the four courses (6 stages). Asia is the second easiest and is similar in length to the course from the original Hang-On at 10 stages long. The Americas is the second to toughest course, containing 14 stages and Europe is the hardest course, being 18 stages long.

When the player starts a race, they have their choice of 4 songs that will play during the race, a feature borrowed from OutRun.


Main article: Super Hang-On/Achievements.



The most common version of Super Hang-On is the Sega Mega Drive version released in 1989. This version was released early on in the console's lifespan and appeared in several Mega Drive compilations namely Mega Games I, Mega Games 6, Mega Games 6 Vol. 2, Mega Games 10 and 6-Pak. A near perfect port of the game was released for the Sharp X68000 computer in Japan in the same year.

Super Hang-On also appeared as part of Sega Smash Pack 2 for PCs and Sega Arcade Gallery for the Game Boy Advance. More recently, the arcade version has been released as part of Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co..

Super Hang-On was altered and released as a full deluxe simulated-motorcycle cabinet later as Limited Edition Hang-On in 1991.


While often thought to be a very close conversion, the Mega Drive version of Super Hang-On makes a number of cutbacks, with fewer opponents on-screen at any one time, each sharing fewer animations (for example, there are eight visible riders on the starting grid of the arcade version, while on the Mega drive there are only six). The Mega Drive version also features less scenery and operates at a slower frame rate (which is decreased further when too many objects are on-screen at once).

As with most conversions of super scaler games to home systems of the day, a lack of native sprite scaling means that for most ports of the game, sprites of differing sizes are substituted in where necessary. This leads to a choppier experience than the arcade version.

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Super Hang-On/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


Mega Drive print advert in GamePro (US) #10: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)


Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)


Arcade version

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Arcade version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №45, p86/87[18]
Based on
1 review

Arcade, US (mini ride-on)
Arcade, US (upright)
SuperHangOn Arcade US Manual Upright.pdf
Arcade, EU
Arcade, JP

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №1990-02, p70[19]
63 №, p85[20]
95 №2, p84/85
89 №4, p35[21]
96 №100, p92/93[22]
68 №87, [1]
90 №5, p58/59[23]
72 №5, p94
90 №9, p22
89 №1, p64
89 №1, p80[24]
80 №18, p92
86 №1, p82-84[25]
89 №1, p127[26]
81 №2, p54[4]
72 №2/90, p67[27]
74 №3, p66[3]
85 №12, p18/19
100 №23, p54
89 №6, p30[28]
82 №18, p68
79 №8, p24[29]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
23 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SuperHangOn MD US Box.jpg
Super Hang On MD US Cart.jpg
Superhangon md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
SuperHangOn MD EU Box.jpg
Super Hang On MD EU Cart.jpg
Super Hang-On MD EU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Superhangon md jp cover.jpg
SuperHangOn MD JP CartTop.jpg
Superhangon md jp cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR (cardboard)
SuperHangOn MD BR cb cover.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
SuperHangOn MD BR cover.jpg
Mega Drive, BR (newer)
SuperHangOn MD BR red cover.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Sharp X68000 version

Sharp X68000, JP
SuperHangOn X68000 JP Box.png

External links


  1. (Wayback Machine)
  2. File:VG&CE US 11.pdf, page 108
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 03.pdf, page 66
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:PlayerOne FR 002.pdf, page 54
  5. 5.0 5.1
  6. 6.0 6.1 (Wayback Machine: 2012-05-07 23:05)
  7. 7.0 7.1 (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-21 22:18)
  8. (Wayback Machine: 2018-03-10 23:36)
  9. (Wayback Machine: 2010-09-14 14:27)
  10. 10.0 10.1 (Wayback Machine: 2012-08-02 23:06)
  11. 11.0 11.1
  12. 12.0 12.1 PlayStation Store (ko-kr; HP0177-NPHB00255_00-SUPERHANGONPSNAS) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:21)
  13. 13.0 13.1 PlayStation Store (fr-fr; EP0177-NPEB00412_00-SUPERHANGONPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:20)
  14. 14.0 14.1 PlayStation Store (en-gb; EP0177-NPEB00412_00-SUPERHANGONPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:18)
  15. 15.0 15.1 PlayStation Store (en-au; EP0177-NPEB00412_00-SUPERHANGONPSNEU) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:18)
  16. 16.0 16.1 PlayStation Store (en-tw; HP0177-NPHB00255_00-SUPERHANGONPSNAS) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:21)
  18. File:CommodoreUser UK 45.pdf, page 86
  19. File:BeepMD_JP_1990-02.pdf, page 72
  20. File:SSM_JP_19950901_1995-09.pdf, page 87
  21. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 35
  22. File:CVG UK 100.pdf, page 92
  23. File:Joystick FR 005.pdf, page 58
  24. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 80
  25. File:MeanMachines UK 01.pdf, page 82
  26. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 127
  27. File:PowerPlay DE 023.pdf, page 67
  28. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 30
  29. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 24

Games in the Hang-On Series
Hang-On (1985) | Hang-On Jr. (1985) | Hang-On II (1985) | Super Hang-On (home computers) (1987) | GP Rider (Master System | Game Gear) (1990) | Limited Edition Hang-On (1991) | Hang-On GP (1995) | 3D Super Hang-On (2013)
Hang-On related media
Yu Suzuki Produce Hang On/Space Harrier (1997) | Super Hang-On 20th Anniversary Collection (2007) | Super Hang-On (2015)