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Top 10 Racing Games We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

Posted by Darren Calvert

Racing or driving games are sorely underrepresented on the Virtual Console. Why is that we ask? They’ve always been popular with gamers since Pole Position on the Atari 2600. In the vain hope that powers that be at Nintendo ever visit this site for inspiration, here are the driving games which we feel deserve consideration for the Virtual Console.

10. Outrun – Sega Master System
How could a list such as this not feature at least one Outrun game? You might think we’ve gone stalk raving mad opting for the Master System version, but the truth is this is the home conversion that most will have played at the time as the PC Engine (TG16) version never made it out of Japan and by the time the Mega Drive version (which wasn’t that great because it was too easy) finally came out it didn’t have as big of an impact.

The Master System port of Outrun is of course technically limited, but it is as good as you could hope for on the hardware. It provided a stern challenge and kept you going until you could make it to the local arcade at the weekend to play the hydraulic version! A follow-up was made called Outrun 3D which supported the 3D Glasses peripheral which about only ten people in the world actually owned!

9. Exhaust Heat – SNES
After the amazing speed and Mode 7 brilliance of Nintendo's F-Zero, F1 Exhaust Heat came as something of a letdown. When you start, the game is nowhere near as fast or frantic as the aforementioned futuristic racer, and graphically it's not as exciting either - the trackside detail is pretty basic throughout. However, as with many games, first impressions aren't always correct.

Once you've progressed through the first few racers in the career mode, you get access to more powerful engines, better tyres and the all-important 'Go Faster Stripes'. Your car suddenly becomes lightening fast and it's at this point that the game really shows its true colours and you realize that it's a very different beast to F-Zero. The career mode is excellent, and the idea of being able to upgrade your car is great (at the time of release it was actually quite innovative too).

8. Rad Racer – NES
This was really Nintendo’s answer to Outrun back in the days. It’s a crime that it’s not on the Virtual Console by now, but it was developed by Square so I guess we know why! Racing fans didn’t have much choice on the NES really in the early days so this game is undoubtedly going to be remembered fondly by many. Like Outrun you aren’t racing laps here, the idea is to get to the end of the course before the timer runs out. If you reach the checkpoint you get extra time. Perhaps the most memorable impression of this game is the infamous scene in The Wizard, where Lucas Barton (Jimmy's rival) uses a Power Glove to play through the first stage of the game, a feat in itself considering the much noted unreliability of the device!

7. Turbo Esprit - C64
This game is a real home computer gem so we hope that one day the C64 version races on to the Virtual Console. It’s kind of like a very primitive Grand Theft Auto! The game features four free-roaming cities through which the player may drive as they see fit.

Each city features a grid plan of roads, and each is progressively more difficult; the first city contains many six lane motorway-like roads making speeding and dodging traffic easy, whereas the later ones have more two-lane and one-way roads. It really was way ahead of its time and is worth hunting down in one form or another to play today as a slice of retro history.

6. Overtop - Neo Geo
Not many will probably remember this, but as the Neo Geo was so bereft of racing games it would seem a shame to not include it for balance. This is another top-down view racing game, hence the name. It is a follow-up to the rather good Thrash Rally on the Neo Geo, but far better in our opinion. The graphics are superb compared to its predecessor and the playability of this arcade racer is superb too. There is lots of depth to this game and shortcuts to find. This is notoriously expensive to buy now in cart form, so a VC release would be most welcome.

5. Super Sprint – NES
Based on the classic Atari arcade game, this game allowed for up to three players to race each other across a variety of crazy-shaped tracks. The action played out perfectly with the top-down perspective which was so good at the time. The NES conversion was pretty accurate although of course it only allowed for two players.

You could have hours of fun whizzing around these tracks. This game was bettered by Championship Sprint and later on Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road, but this was the beginning of it all so it deserves a spot in the list.

4. Road Rash – Mega Drive
Road Rash was a real breath of fresh air when it first came out. Sure we’d all enjoyed Super Hang-On, but you couldn’t get your own back in that game! All this changed with EA’s Road Rash as you battled other racers with a variety of weapons such as clubs, crowbars, nunchakus, cattle prods and even police batons! The roads were full of traffic to dodge and the tracks also had realistic inclines which set it apart from other racing games of its era. There were a number of follow-ups to this game and a more recent port to the GBA. In many ways this game paved the way for games the Burnout series. Racing and fighting is a winning combo it seems!

3. Micro Machines – NES, Mega Drive, SNES
This was a real innovation at the time. Sure top-down racing games had been done before, but never with such humour. In this great game by Codemasters you get to race the miniature toy cars across different types of terrain found around a house. The Sports Cars race on the desktop, 4x4s in the sandpit, Formula 1 cars on a snooker table, etc. The gameplay was super fast and with multiple players it could get quite brutal as you played nasty tricks on each other to win first place. Later versions of this game on the Mega Drive came with two extra controller ports built into the cart to allow for 4 simultaneous players. This was the ultimate party game for its time.

2. Excitebike 64 - N64
Excitebike 64 is an update to the original Excitebike for the NES (which is on VC). The outrageous jumps and precision timing required in the original have been translated into a modern 3D racing game. If you’ve played Excite Truck on the Wii you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here. In addition to fun of jumps and stunts and excellent track design, this game even boasts a track editor so you can create your own masterpiece to play in the game. This game is quite likely to end up on the VC eventually as it is on the Chinese iQue player, but expect that the original NES game of Excitebike will be hacked out should that ever happen!

1. Super Mario Kart – SNES
This game doesn’t really need any introduction does it? A sickening obvious choice for the number one spot, but we couldn’t have it any other way! This game converted the Super Mario universe into a kart racer flawlessly. 20 brilliantly designed tracks featuring ghost houses, Bowser’s castle and Choco Island and 8 well balanced racers make this the ultimate racing game for the SNES. In one player mode the game runs out of steam eventually, but with two players this game is as good as it ever was.

There are also 5 battle courses too when you fancy a change from racing each other. Whilst it’s follow-up Mario Kart 64 is already on the Virtual Console many fans of the series still think of the original game as the definitive game in the series. This is long overdue to make it to the VC in our opinion!

So what racing games did we miss from our list? Rev your engines and let us know your thoughts below!

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User Comments (107)

fco

#2

fco said:

I want:
Pole Position
Pit Stop
The Great American Cross Country Road Race

...all from the C64.

PoisonRamune

#3

PoisonRamune said:

I'd easily take RC Pro AM over Rad Racer or Super Sprint...
Oh wait, that's a RARE title...

Nicolasd

#4

Nicolasd said:

I'd love to play beetle adventure racing on N64 again... I played that title to death... Unlocked everything that was unlockable in the game... And I'd be glad to start over :-)

dk_xcalibur

#5

dk_xcalibur said:

RC Pro AM belongs on the list despite being made by Rare. It was the best racing game on the NES IMO.

Satans_Therapist

#6

Satans_Therapist said:

I had excitebike 64 (after waiting close to a year for it to come to the uk) and loved this game. There was so much to do in it. Sold it years ago though so would download it instanly if or when it gets released on the vc. Same applies for outrun and snes mariokart. I would like to know however if there is any issues with some snes games coming out on the vc for example games that used mode 7 or the super fx chip. (we still dont have starwing and I would love that game.

WoRMaSTeR

#8

WoRMaSTeR said:

No such list cannot possible be taken seriously without RC Pro AM or the superior sequel for the NES.

BDPatVCR

#9

BDPatVCR said:

Totally looked over micro machines there ...
i played that as a pc-version, and had quite some fun with it. It's overdue for a wii version!!! It's cute, funny and even "core" gamers would like it if it's action packed

DazzaAdmin

#12

Dazza said:

@WoRMaSTeR - RC Pro AM was considered for the list, but then Lucas whacked me with his Power Glove and demanded I change it to Rad Racer. :-p

sashaboo

#13

sashaboo said:

Outrun and exhaust heat were both really good racing games and i hope they come to th VC soon. however the original S.mario kart is an amazing classic but im not to fussed about it myself.

Waxxy

#16

Waxxy said:

Why the Genesis version of Road Rash? IMO, Road Rash 64 was the pinnacle of the series. 4-player action, multiple game modes and some outrageous hidden features; not to mention some truly huge courses taking advantage of the ability to drive anywhere in the game world from any starting point. With the memory expansion, this even supported high(er) resolution wide-screen! Perfect for a Wii VC release.

Virus

#17

Virus said:

I'm really hoping for Super Mario Kart and Excitebike 64! I can't help but hope Diddy Kong Racing also shows up, despite it being on the DS too now...

Ian_Daemon

#18

Ian_Daemon said:

Personally, I want to see SUPER MARIO KART (SNES) and SAN FRANCISCO RUSH 2049 (Dreamcast).

Tides_of_Chaos

#19

Tides_of_Chaos said:

Is Super Mario Kart similar to Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the GBA? If so, I'm definitely not interested. The controls in that game are way too slippery and it's extremely easy to go off the road and slip. (not to mention the stupid need for coins or else you fail)

Virus

#20

Virus said:

I really enjoy these top 10 lists, and being the annoying one I am, I'd like to suggest to you guys at VC-Reviews that you make another top 10 list that features the games you want to see have a WiiWare sequel. Since WiiWare can revitalize old and "dead" series, I believe that could be a cool list.

Maybe I should somehow post this on WiiWare World. Oh well, there's my opinion.

Kultist

#22

Kultist said:

I agree with RC Pro AM, this game should be there, despite being a RARE game (which means we should probably forget it).
But you forgot the MOST important one : Rock And Roll Racing (SNES), which should at least be right behind Mario Kart and which is sadly another RARE game :(
I also kind of liked the Top Gear series on SNES

BTW, is it me or does today look like a Top 10 list day? :P

Bass_X0

#23

Bass_X0 said:

Super Mario Kart plays much better than Super Circuit. Although if you're too familar with the 3D games then you probably have a hard time adjusting to the controls. I used to do quite well until Mario Kart 64 came out then when I went back to Super, I couldn't play it at all because I instinctively played as if I was playing MK64.

maka

#24

maka said:

Wow, I didn't even think about Turbo Esprit on the c64. This was one of my favorite games on the ZX Spectrum back in the 80s. I may still have the original tape somewhere... Totally ahead of its time...

CorbsAdmin

#26

Corbs said:

Hey a Wizard movie reference. I love that goofy movie. :P

Another great list! I love MicroMachines on the NES. I still dig it out from time to time to play. You hit the nail on the head with Super Mario Kart on the SNES. The original is still the best! :)

Jazzem

#27

Jazzem said:

Super Mario Kart is one of my favourite all time games. Utterly superb and I can't wait for it to go on VC (Even though I have a perfectly working SNES cartridge!)

Rexy

#28

Rexy said:

Super Mario Kart and Micro Machines will be fine additions indeed - fond memories on both (even though one of my cousins had the original cart for the former) and it'll make my day if either come through to the VC. Good comprehensive list :)

Rawk_Hawk

#30

Rawk_Hawk said:

I don't know why Outrun is not on the VC, although I would rather have the Genesis version. Super Monico GP, Ivan Stewarts Off road, Virtua Racing, and Bump and Jump are also overlooked. I like RC Pro-am but that stupid yellow car drove me insane. It was such a cheater therefore it cannot make the top 10.

I agree with Mario Kart as the #1 slot. It is the most innovative racer of all time.

worrybomb

#31

worrybomb said:

Here are some honorable mentions:

Beetle Adventure Racing (N64): One of the most enjoyable racers not only for the Nintendo 64 but during that time period. Still is enjoyable to this day. I hope this makes it to the VC.

Road Rash 1, 2, or 3 (Mega Drive/Genesis): One of my favorite games on the Sega Genesis. I never played Road Rash 1 but part 2 really hooked me into the game. And I remember when part 3 came out, I saved my allowance just to get that and I was loving every minute of playing it.

Skitchin' (Mega Drive/Genesis): Sure it may not be the perfect game but, to me, it was very enjoyable and definitely was considered an "extreme" game. Two-player mode was ass but it's one of those games where you can watch as your buddy gets wiped out by the car he was holding onto. My favorite weapon was of course the cattle prod. Fans of Road Rash would dig this game. I would love this to come to the VC since there hasn't been another sequel since.

Well those are what I can think of for the moment.

NikeXTC

#32

NikeXTC said:

I'd like to play RC Pro AM, a title I never had but I played a lot on friends' cartridges, and I second MicroMachines (MD's second title especially) and Super Mario Kart.

I'm curious about Uniracers and Stunt Race FX, also...

Bensei

#33

Bensei said:

I really don't understand why Super Mario kart hasn't been released yet, for example a week before Mario Kart Wii.

I'll buy Excite Bike 64 too, because I liked Excite Truck

Shiryu

#34

Shiryu said:

I believe the Wii VC SNES emulator does not support DSP chip emulation. This is the reason why we don't have Mario Kart, Pilotwings, Starfox and other first-party Nintendo titles. Megaman X2 and X3 also have a C4 Capcom DSP chip in the carts., among a few others...

I hope a Wii Firmware update will take care of this, I mean, who wouldn't buy Super Mario Kart!?

Adam

#35

Adam said:

Can't argue with Mario Kart as number 1, but I haven't heard of most of the rest of the list. Uniracers, Extreme G, and Pole Position 1 or 2 would be welcome additions.
I never bothered with Excite Bike 64 because I disliked the original so much, but if it's like Excite Truck, definitely worth a try.

Junichi

#36

Junichi said:

Super Mario Kart took pole position, as expected.

Now how's THAT for a pun?

AlexSays

#37

AlexSays said:

You punned. It's like pwned, but punnier.

Anyway, great list.
I like it when VC-R does these Top 10 things.

Kelvin

#40

Kelvin said:

I would have picked Road Rash 2 over the original, if only because it's a bit more polished, and includes more gameplay options.

I'd also pick Stunt Car Racer for the C64, an absolutely mental game which sees you racing cars on elevated tracks more like roller coasters than a traditional circuit. Wonderful, manic, stuff.

Honourable mentions would go to Power Drift (remember when your driver would swear at the racers he passed?), Super Monaco GP and Lotus Turbo Challenge.

I can't argue with Super Mario Kart though. One of my favourite games of all time, and despite its age, easily my favourite of the series. I love the purity of the concept and gameplay, something I feel has been lost over the years with all the additions and tweaks. My perfect Kart would have exactly the same gameplay as the original, coupled with the multiplayer options of the newer games. As such, the Gameboy Advance port is almost perfection for me. If Nintendo surprised us with an online-capable version of the original game on VC, I'd be happier than Mr Happy of Happytown!

William

#41

William said:

As much as I adore SMK, I have just bought Mario Kart Wii (after so long-it was sold out EVERYWHERE!), so I am not desprete for the super nintendo version just yet (I can wait a few more months!)

I may like to try exitebike and micro machines however

Ragnor

#43

Ragnor said:

Stunt Car Racer?

I'm reminded of some game on a guy's PC way backwhen I was 6/7 where you could make tracks from all kinds of crazy things, with loops, ice, floating platforms and the like. I had more fun making the tracks than racing them

I had Super Monaco GP on my SMS and thought it sucked :p

KeeperBvK

#44

KeeperBvK said:

Errr, how does SMK have 5 battle mode stages? I just played it with a friend right before seeing this list and I can tell there are only 4.

Ricardo91

#46

Ricardo91 said:

Pretty good list, Dazza. Excitebike 64 ans SMK are no brainers, and I kind of expected out run. But....What about RC pro-am and Cruis'n exotica? :(

Wow. 3 top ten lists in one day? You guys just got list-crazy, huh?

edit: Yeah! we need top gear too!

Mipsymoodle

#47

Mipsymoodle said:

u make a good point...
why hasnt super mario kart been added yet? they shouldve had it even before mario kart 64
its weird actually

timp29

#49

timp29 said:

@dx_xcalibur: im with you mate! I was thinking rc pro-am will be on here for sure.
Sadly, nintendo is not the best system for racers (outside of the mario kart series) as this title would (only in my opinion!) go to sony with wipeouts and colin mcrae's, need for speeds

Edit: @Mixer52: OMG ROAD RASH!!!! I played #1 on the 3do and that was one of the most challenging and intence racing games ever. However, smashing police officers off their bikes with iron bars and chains is probably not in line with nintendo's cute and fuzzy policy lol. Road rash on the 3do was great, had heaps of soundgarden playing to the cutscene videos etc.

Also, while talking 3do, Crash & Burn was a fantastic racer where it was just as advantageous to destroy and kill enemy cars as it was to win outright. Good fun, but sadly not an option for the VC lol.

timp29

#52

timp29 said:

Was rock n roll racing a blizzard game? Edit: someone mentioned Rare :/
I would like to see:
1. Road Rash
2. Super Mario Kart
3. Excite Bike 64 (never played it, but loved the original)
4. RC Pro-am

GO THE LISTS!!! This is great. What kind of a list would goldenye belong to? You can't really do a FPS list, because none of the systems before the N64 really featured that kind of shooter.

StarDust4Ever

#53

StarDust4Ever said:

I would like to see BS Mario Excite Bike (SNES satella view download). It was Japan only, but it is so cool because you can play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad (even Wario as an unlockable character). Plays simular to Excite bike NES, but the graphics are wayy better :D

Another good racing game (in my opinion) is Ivan Stewart's "Super Off Road". The arcade version had three players (fun memories!). The SNES version is better than the NES version, but the NES version could be played by four people!

Andrew

#54

Andrew said:

Up until a couple of months ago, Super Mario Kart was the only game in the series I had yet to own. Upon playing it, I was a little let down. It's still a great game, but it didn't live up (in my opinion) to the hype that I had heard about it for all these years. I still believe that Mario Kart DS is the best game in the series.

Also, Road Rash is fantastic. My vote would have gone to Road Rash II, as I found it better than the original. I would LOVE for that game to be released.

Nobarai

#55

Nobarai said:

Bass is right. The list is surprisingly free of Stunt Race FX, you could go ahead and replace F1-ROC (Exhaust Heat) with it.
Excitebike 64 is really fun, I'll get it when it comes out. Super Mario Kart, best racing game of all time would be another name for it. All-in-all, great list! :) Racing games are my favorite, and SMK is probably in my top 5 list.
@ Mr. Cheez: Crus'n Exotica for the N64 was teribble! Why do you want it? The arcade version is waaaaaaaaay better.

Terra

#56

Terra said:

I would really love to see the N64 Formula 1 games on here from Paradigm Entertainment. They were great. The other two, not so much. F1 Pole Position 64 was rubbish and that other one was as well.

WoRMaSTeR

#57

WoRMaSTeR said:

@Dazza - Ok now I understand, if the power glove was somehow involved everyone knows you get random result with it. :)

@Andrew - Sadly I have to agree, I find it totally impossible to play the SNES version after millions of hours of N64, DS and now Wii version of Mario Kart. It really isn't that playable anymore. It was the shiznitz when it came out - but that alone does not justify why we should want it to be released now.

mummydaddy

#58

mummydaddy said:

"Snake takes a weak third, Tarquin is in another time-zone" blasts the voiceover, bringing a smile to anyones place as you feel happy with yourself for winning by half a lap. Rock n roll racing was excellent with its decent rock tunes like Smoke on the water and paranoia, a game well worth downloading and only behind the grandaddy that is SMK.

Rawk_Hawk

#61

Rawk_Hawk said:

@ Rangor
The Genesis version of Super Monico GP was much better with great graphics and music. It had the balance of racing sim and arcade. The voice overs were terrible to the point it was amusing. The sequel Super Monico 2 was also very good, but almost identical to the first.

Nigle Mansel racing for SNES could be added to this list as well. It was solid racing sim.
I would also like the VC to land the Road Rash series.

Wiinze

#62

Wiinze said:

I know, it's definitely unlikely, but I'd love to play one more time with Jaguar XJ220 (published by Core Design on Amiga).

diablos79

#64

diablos79 said:

i had jaguar xj220 on the mega-cd. i hope the amiga version was better cos the one i had was terrible.

Mike1

#66

Mike1 said:

You are right about one thing, Nintendo would try everything to remove the original Excitebike from Excitebike 64 so it does cut into the Excitebike VC version sales.

MrPoo6321

#68

MrPoo6321 said:

Hey, where's Top Gear for the SNES? I used to play that game for hours and hours to no end.

Quimby

#70

Quimby said:

Does anyone remember Street Racers on the SNES? It was a 'innovative' (read: crap) take on Mario Kart where you got powerups (depending on which kart you picked - for instance there was the red barron who drove a plane that flew when powered up) while you raced and had a bizzare soccer mode. (You play soccer in carts!?!). The game sucked, but it's heart was in the right place. I played it for ages.... and then returned it to the rental store. :-)

Rawk_Hawk

#71

Rawk_Hawk said:

What about Cobra Triangle for the NES? It had racing elements as well as action stages. It was also one of the wackiest games on the NES. Oh to bad Rare made it

lordbowser

#72

lordbowser said:

What about Battle Cars. It was pretty fun and it wasn't made by Rare so its possible for it to hit the VC.

Rexy

#73

Rexy said:

@Quimby: I remember Street Racer, similarly renting the Mega Drive version. I'm with you though, the Soccer mode was just insane XD

juiceisloose

#75

juiceisloose said:

What about Super Off Road for the NES? That game was the best! Love the horn sound...oh the memories.

Bass_X0

#76

Bass_X0 said:

I thought Street Racer was supposed to be a great game due to the hype it was getting but I wasn't too impressed by it. The graphics are way too flat and the perspective didn't really give you a good view of the road. Super Mario Kart still looked better even though they were both mode 7 racing games.

ToneDeath

#77

ToneDeath said:

Road Rash 2, RC Pro AM 2, Top Gear Rally, World Driver Championship, Ridge Racer 64, Micro Machines, F1 World Grand Prix 2, Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer, Diddy Kong Racing, Beetle Adventure Racing...

elbo21

#78

elbo21 said:

Why isn't Diddy Kong Racing on your list? It's better than half the games you've picked.

Draygone

#79

Draygone said:

Interesting lists. Though, I might've spread their releases out a little more. Look forward to another list the next week, instead of having them all at once and having to wait even longer for another good list or whatever. But, that's just me. And for all I know, there's other lists at the ready in upcoming weeks.

Do we really expect games with classic games built in (like Exitebike in Exitebike 64 and Wrecking Crew in Wrecking Crew '98) to have the classics ripped out? I mean, they were supposed to be pretty important bonuses, originally. Sure, the original games are readily available, now, but it'd be dumb for Nintendo to go through the effort of taking out one thing but not the effort to put in new stuff in VC games. Besides, these classics have been out for a while now. Would it really hurt that much if the updates had the classic versions left intact? If anything, being able to get the classic and update versions in one package would encourage me to get the newer game than if it was standalone.

Speaking of Exitebike 64, Nintendo, PLEASE do something about games that made use of the controller pak! In Exitebike 64, you could only store one custom track on the cartridge, whereas the controller paks allowed for as many custom tracks as you had controller paks. It'd be a real shame (and make me less likely to get it) if Exitebike didn't allow for storing multiple courses on the Wii's memory or some such device.

To those wishing for Diddy Kong Racing, the fact that it's also available on DS won't necessarily prevent it from happening on VC. Look at Super Mario 64.

And @Quimby
Excitebike 64 had a soccer mode, too. :P

Zyzzybalubah

#80

Zyzzybalubah said:

You forgot TopGear! I couldn't put that game down for a looooooong time. But only the first one, the sequel was weird.

worrybomb

#81

worrybomb said:

<i>Would it really hurt that much if the updates had the classic versions left intact?</i>

Actually yeah it can. If you've noticed, Excitebike for the NES has climbed back up the "Popular Titles" listing (in NA, at least). So it's selling and it's probably one reason why Excitebike 64 won't be released any time soon. I could be wrong about this but I wouldn't leave the original game intact if the standalone original game still is selling. Like I said, I could be wrong.

Eltigro

#82

Eltigro said:

I agree with others about RC Pro Am, that was a really fun game. I didn't particularly care for Diddy Kong Racing.

I'm happy I still have the SNES cartridge of Mario Kart.

Ricardo91

#83

Ricardo91 said:

@Nobarai. I assumed that the N64 version of CE was on par w/ the arcade version, as I did not play the N64 version. :P I also assumed that it was at least better than Cruisn' USA. Exactly how bad is it?

Adroitone

#84

Adroitone said:

Well I'm glad many people are saying Top Gear because I doggone sure was going to mention that one :D. Also, it's nice to see Beetle Adventure Racing (my favorite racer of all time) and Stunt Race FX. Even World Championship Racing is mention, I thought everyone forgot about that game. Having said all that, I did not see anyone mention San Francisco Rush. I'm extremely surprise no one mentioned that one. Also, what about Extreme G?

Nobarai

#85

Nobarai said:

The N64 version of the game was panned for it's poor graphics, lack of unlockables and lack of variouis modes to play on (you got single race, race throught all the tracks Exotica mode and multiplayer). While I can deal with the graphics, and I liked some of the zany cars they cut out, and having played the game, it is way too easy, mainly because in Exotica mode, you have unlimited continues, whereas at the arcade where I can play an actual Cruis'n Exotica arcade machine, the service guys have the difficulty cranked up there, and am limited by the amount of quarters I have, and the common sense to ask myself if I really want to put another quarter in just to get 3rd on the next track.
In summary: Cruis'n Exotica is faithful to the arcade game, too faithful, and for it, it wacks off some things that made the game good.

Ricardo91

#86

Ricardo91 said:

Ah, I gotcha. It seems way too limited. Cruisn' World FTW, then! :D

btw, how can an arcade port that's very faithful to the source material lose what makes it good? The statemant just seems like an oxymoron, don't you think?

Rexy

#87

Rexy said:

@Draygone, comment #79: I appreciate the argument concerning the status for Diddy Kong Racing, but even if it did have a DS release, the inclusion of Banjo and Conker would actually fuel tension between Rare, Nintendo and Microsoft if it should make its way to the VC. Cruel, I know, but it's the most likely scenario to happen :(

strenny

#88

strenny said:

Outlander - great SNES title. Not exactly a racing game, but would love to see it on VC! I agree that Top Gear deserves a place on the list as well as Rock n' Roll Racing!

Terra

#89

Terra said:

Diddy Kong Racing would be wonderful on here. I have the N64 and DS versions so i wouldn't care if it didn't appear on here. I know a lot of others would but the whole Rare issue strikes again.. I Hate this and a lot of others do as well. At least (For me) I have over half of Rare's N64 lot.

I have Goldeneye 007, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Jet Force Gemini and Donkey Kong 64.

Out of these, Goldeneye is unlikely due to the supposed attempted port to the XLBA, The Banjo games would be unlikely due to Banjo Kazooie appearing on XLBA and the sequel could easily follow. Diddy Kong Racing, Like Rexy said, would be complicated by the inclusion of Banjo and Conker. So, it seems that Donkey Kong 64 would be the only choice from those, aside from Jet Force Gemini, although again, that would probably be well suited as an XLBA title.

Blast Corps, Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct Gold, Mickey's Speedway USA and Conker's Bad Fur Day are the only ones i don't have and i doubt most that the MS USA and CBFD will appear on here, if any Rare games do, mainly due to licensing stuff with the former game and the fact that the latter was remade for Xbox. Perfect Dark would probably be more likely for XLBA, due to PDZ. Blast Corps and Killer Instinct Gold would seem most likely contenders on the VC.

That has been my (Poor) Anaylsis of the status of Rare games on the VC.

Zeroagean

#91

Zeroagean said:

i know one that should come out but it was probably not that popular and if it is already out then i didn't know but i think the game
Diddy Kong Racing would be a very cool game to come out in VC

Wiinze

#94

Wiinze said:

@diablos79 (comment #64):
uhm, although the MegaCD version had bigger sprites than the Amiga version, It actually looks so crappy. The Amiga version had much detailed graphics, a good speed feeling and a awesome in-game music (almost better than the cd recorded tracks of the Sega CD). I liked it very much.

ACK

#96

ACK said:

Super Mario Kart is the obvious top choice (though Excitebike 64 gives it a run for its money); however, Rock N' Roll Racing, Top Gear 2000, and Beetle Adventure Racing are probably my three most anticipated VC racers. Still, great games all around.

Cally

#97

Cally said:

Like someone else said, Beetle Adventure Racing! Funny enough, Rad Racer is the first (or second?) game developed by Sakaguchi, whose third game was Final Fantasy, the rest is history. :)

bobuido

#98

bobuido said:

Wait a minute... I loved the Micromachines series and that all started with the NES version. I can't help but notice you've managed to leave out the best game in the series! Micromachines 64! God I loved that game. I played it with my friends almost as much as Goldeneye and Perfect Dark! Fine have MK as 1st but 2nd place should definitely be reserved for MM64. ;)

Super_Sonic

#102

Super_Sonic said:

Call me crazy but I want to get Crusin USA which is now on the Virtual Console no matter what other people say!
I also want Crusin World to apper in the Virtual Console!
Beacause of possible Wi-Fi I'll consider Super Mario Kart as a most wanted racing game.
Diddy Kong Racing would be very nice.
(Microsoft you ruined Rare and the chance for Goldeneye 007 to come to the Virtual Console!)

Big_A2

#103

Big_A2 said:

Goldeneye 007 would never come even if Rare was a first party Nintendo developer, the James Bond lisence would be too expensive. Sane goes with the Ducktales.

Btw, we NEED Super Mario Kart.

dfalco

#104

dfalco said:

raceing games are my all time best geren of games this isa easy list for me
10 rad racer
9 excitebike 64
8 wipeout 64
7exust heat
6star wars racer
5micro machines
4diddy kong racing
3 speed way n64
2extream g
mario kart snes

spectre0618

#107

spectre0618 said:

10.) Mario Kart (SNES)

9.) Test Drive 2 (SNES)

8.) Blast Corps (N64)

7.) Stunt Race FX

6.) Crusin' World (N64)

5.) Star Wars Racer (N64)

4.) Top Gear Rally (N64)

3.) Top Gear 2 (SNES)

2.) Rad Racer (NES)

1.) Road Rash 64 (N64)

I was astounded to see that Road Rash 64 and Top Gear series werent really mentioned lol

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