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Speed Race (スピードレース) is a series of racing video games developed and published by Taito, released for arcades and home video game consoles. The first game in the series, Speed Race, was released in November 1974 and ran on Taito Discrete Logic arcade hardware, and was designed by Tomohiro Nishikado, who would later create Space Invaders. Nine games in the series have been released since, the latest of which being Automobili Lamborghini: Super Speed Race 64, released on May 29, 1998 for the Nintendo 64 and being a localized version of the North American game Automobili Lamborghini, developed by Titus Software.

Speed Race
Developer(s)Taito
Publisher(s)Taito
Platform(s)Arcade, Nintendo 64
First releaseSpeed Race
1974
Latest releaseAutomobili Lamborghini: Super Speed Race 64
1998

The original Speed Race is credited for being the first video game to feature a scrolling background as well as the first Japanese video game to be released in North America, where it was released by Midway Games under the name Wheels, going on to sell over 7,000 arcade units in North America.[1][2] The arcade cabinet used a racing wheel controller as opposed to a volume dial like most games around that time period, as well as an accelerator pedal and gas shift lever. Tomohiro Nishikado has since stated that Speed Race is his favorite work.[3]

GamesEdit

Title Details
Speed Race

Original release date(s):[4]
November 1974
Release years by system:
1974 - Arcade
Notes:
  • Released in North America by Midway Games as Wheels.
  • Credited as one of the earliest racing games and the first video game to feature scrolling.


Speed Race Deluxe

Original release date(s):[5]
August 1975
Release years by system:
1975 - Arcade
Notes:
  • Released in North America by Midway Games as Wheels II.


Speed Race Twin

Original release date(s):[6]
April 1976
Release years by system:
1976 - Arcade


Super Speed Race

Original release date(s):[7]
December 1977
Release years by system:
1977 - Arcade
Notes:

Released in November 1979 in North America by Midway Games.


Super Speed Race V

Original release date(s):[8]
May 1978
Release years by system:
1978 - Arcade


T. T. Speed Race CL

Original release date(s):[9]
June 1978
Release years by system:
1978 - Arcade
Notes:
  • A cocktail table-top version of the original game.


Speed Race CL-5

Original release date(s):[10]
1980
Release years by system:
1980 - Arcade


Super Speed Race GP V

Original release date(s):[11]
March 1980
Release years by system:
1980 - Arcade


Super Speed Race Jr.

Original release date(s):[12]
June 1985
Release years by system:
1985 - Arcade


Automobili Lamborghini: Super Speed Race 64

Original release date(s):[13]
May 29, 1998
Release years by system:
1998 - Nintendo 64
Notes:


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wheels arcade video game by Midway Mfg. (1975)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  2. ^ Smith, Keith (30 August 2012). "The Golden Age Arcade Historian: What Was The Best-Selling U.S. Arcade Video Game Prior to Space Invaders?". Allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview: "Space Invaders" creator Tomohiro Nishikado". USA Today. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Speed Race arcade video game by Taito (1974)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Speed Race Deluxe arcade video game by Taito (1975)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Speed Race Twin arcade video game by Taito (1976)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Super Speed Race arcade video game by Midway Mfg. (1979)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Super Speed Race V arcade video game by Taito (1978)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  9. ^ "T.T Speed Race arcade video game by Taito (1978)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Speed Race CL-5". Arcade-museum.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Super Speed Race GP V arcade video game by Taito (1980)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Super Speed Race Jr. arcade video game by Taito (1985)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  13. ^ retroplace. "Automobili Lamborghini: Super Speed Race 64 - Nintendo 64". retroplace.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Automobili Lamborghini: Super Speed Race 64 - Nintendo N64 - Games Database". Gamesdatabase.org. Retrieved 18 January 2019.