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  • Enduro Racer (Sega)


    Enduro Racer (Sega, 1986)


    Enduro Racer is an arcade racer by Sega that is quite similar to Sega’s other arcade racers of the time including Outrun and especially Hang-On. The behind the vehicle third person view and scaling sprites will be very familiar to anyone who has played those other games.

    Enduro Racer is in some ways more limited and in some ways more advanced than those games. Your vehicle is a dirt bike and on one hand, you can perform wheelies and there are jumps to navigate both of which features add a little complexity to the game. On the other hand, there are no branching paths to choose like in Outrun or even multiple course selections like in Hang-On. Overall though, it is a game worth playing if you are a fan of this sort of racer.

    Enduro Racer was released to arcades in 1986 and there were a few home ports as well over the next few years. In 1987 the Sega Master System version was released. In 1988 the Commodore 64 and a few other computer versions came along and in 1989 an Atari ST version was released. Finally, it was re-released for for the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2008.

  • Indy 800 (Atari, 1975)

    Promotional flyer for Atari’s 1975 racing arcade game “Indy 800”

    Indy 800 was a very early (1975) arcade racing game by Atari. It brought a number of innovations, including support for eight players and real RGB color! These are pretty rare today and I don’t think I’ve every seen one in person. It is also difficult to emulate because it does not use a CPU.

    The machine itself was quite large. It was basically a big square with two steering wheels and two sets of pedals on each side. A smaller version was introduced a year or so later later, titled Indy 4. It was basically the same game except that it was smaller and only supported four players.

    As far as home ports, the only one I am aware of is the somewhat simplified Atari 2600 version titled Indy 500 which was one of the original launch titles for the Atari VCS in 1977. However, Indy 800 influenced a number of games to come, including the Sprint series and Super Off Road among others.

  • Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton 

    Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton (generally just referred to as Cotton) is an arcade shooter released in 1991 that defined a new sub-genre (the cute ’em up though I don’t know anybody who actually says that). In 1993 a port was released for the TurboGrafx-CD. This version, particularly the U.S. release, is very rare and demands exorbitant prices on eBay. It was also released on the PlayStation in 1999 but only in Japan. The prices for that one are not much better.

    In Cotton, the player controls a young witch on a broomstick. Fans of arcade shooters, anime and extremely cute games all love this one so I suppose that explains its relative rarity and high demand. As far as shooters go, it is not really exceptional and got mostly average reviews but the uniqueness adds a certain appeal. You would think that the publisher just would have released more of them…

    There was also a much more limited Neo Geo Pocket Color port, available only in Japan and again very expensive. There have been various spinoffs and follow-ups including a sequel (Cotton 2: Magical Night Dreams). Cotton 2 was released for the Sega Saturn but once again it is quite expensive if you are looking to buy it today. It seems like these games would be good Virtual Console candidates given their expense but as of today you’ll have to lay out the cash or look into emulation options.

    The above screen shots are from the 1999 PlayStation release of Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton.

    Release Date: 1991

    Platforms: Arcade, TurboGrafx-CD, Sharp X68000, PlayStation1, Neo Geo pocket color

    Genre: shooter

    Developer: Success

    Darkness has surrounded the fairies world, and with that, the prism that brought joy and life to the land doesn’t work anymore. The fairy queen told Silk, a young fairy, to find some help and get the seven magical candies, Willows, that you need to fix the prism. Silk finds Cotton, a witch who loves Willows, and thanks to that, the fairy is able to trick her into the adventure.