Sega Launches New Arcade Racing Game

Did you love playing arcade racing games back in the 80s and 90s? It is not as easy to play them now, of course, given the scarcity of arcades, although you can get a custom arcade machine with racing games pre-loaded. Sega is tipping its toe back in the market, though, with an arcade racing gaming that promises the thrills of yesteryear.

It's called Sega World Drivers Championship and is based on the 1990s classic Sega Super GT. It has some modern features, such as being able to save your profile on the machine and race with other players nearby, but it also as a fantastically retro look and feel.

The one big problem is that it currently appears the game will only be available in Japan.

So, we decided to have a look at some of the best racing games of the 1980s, some of which you can still play today.

Top Arcade Racing Games of the 1980s

Rally-X – Rally-X is an overhead racing game released in the US in 1981. You drive a blue car in a scrolling maze to collect flags which are scattered in random locations. There are red cars chasing you while you do this and you die when any of them hit you. The game was made by Namco and was the first arcade game it ever made that had background music. A new version of the game, called New Rally-X, had better graphics and was slightly easier to play.

Pole Position – Pole Position is another racing game of the early 1980s and it too was made by Namco. It was released in 1982 and was the highest grossing arcade game in the US the following year. Pole Position was so popular there was even a TV cartoon based on the game. In Pole Position, you drive a Formula 1 racing car on the Fuji race track. After a one lap qualifier, you race seven other cars in the main race. It was the first game to feature a real-life racing track.

Turbo – Sega launched Turbo in 1981 and it was one of the most popular games of that year. It was also one of the first rear-view racing games. You drive a car that looks like a racing car, but you drive in varying road and weather conditions. You must race the clock and you die if another car crashes into you.

You can still play some of these games, including Rally-X and many other classic titles from the 1980s, on our classic arcade machines. Check out the range today.