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Arcade racing

Genre
Arcade racing games aim to capture the fun, speed, and thrills of racing by emphasizing accessibility over realistic physics. These games use more forgiving handling physics than sim racing games' lifelike simulations and often feature single-player campaigns and casual multiplayer modes.

The genre gets its name from the earliest days of video gaming, with early examples like Speedway and Speed Race operating in video arcades in coin-operated cabinets with physical steering wheels. This arcade racer style was popularized by series such as OutRun [アウトラン] and Sega Rally, and the most successful franchises eventually made their way to home consoles.

Despite the shift to home consoles and PC, the "arcade" moniker stuck as a signifier of racers with less realistic physics, especially with the advent of sim racing games. The genre proved immensely popular away from video arcades, with series such as Need for Speed, Burnout, and Ridge Racer [リッジレーサー] releasing to critical acclaim and selling millions of copies. The genre also gave way to kart racers, trick-racing games, and "simcades," each with their own spin on the base formula but keeping the focus on accessibility and thrills.
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Games 853

Title / Release date
  • 1972 1972 Arcade racing
  • 3.00
    1
    1974 may 1974 Top-down racing Arcade racing
  • 1975 1975 Arcade racing
  • 2.00
    2
    1976 28 jan 1976 Motorcycle Trick-racing
  • 1.55
    5
    1976 02 nov 1976 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 3.16
    2
    1977 mar 1977 Arcade racing Advergame
  • 1.00
    1
    1977 jun 1977 Arcade racing
  • 1977 sep 1977 Arcade racing
  • 1.88
    17
    2
    1977 11 sep 1977 Arcade racing Racing
  • 2.13
    22
    1977 11 sep 1977 Obstacle course Arcade racing
  • 2.96
    4
    1
    1979 nov 1979 Arcade racing
  • 1979 nov 1979 Arcade racing
  • 1.37
    4
    1980 apr 1980 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 1.75
    2
    1981 jul 1981 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 2.68
    7
    1
    Turbo [ターボ]
    1981 oct 1981 Arcade racing
  • 1.72
    10
    1982 mar 1982 Top-down racing Arcade racing
  • 2.76
    93
    2
    1982 jul 1982 Arcade racing
  • 2.31
    11
    1983 1983 Arcade racing
  • 3.20
    38
    2
    1983 01 feb 1983 Racing Arcade racing
  • 2.16
    18
    1
    1983 jun 1983 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 1.25
    2
    1984 feb 1984 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 1.75
    2
    1984 jul 1984 Arcade racing Motorcycle
  • 1.00
    1
    1984 aug 1984 Off-road Arcade racing
  • 2.50
    2
    1984 sep 1984 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 2.81
    343
    3
    1984 30 nov 1984 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 2.33
    29
    Road Fighter [ロードファイター]
    1984 dec 1984 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 1.75
    2
    1985 jun 1985 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 1.50
    1
    1985 jun 1985 Top-down racing Arcade racing
  • 2.92
    3
    1985 jul 1985 Arcade racing Off-road
  • 2.78
    39
    1
    1985 jul 1985 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 2.50
    2
    1
    1985 oct 1985 Arcade racing
  • 2.29
    45
    2
    Mach Rider [マッハライダー]
    1985 21 nov 1985 Arcade racing Post-apocalyptic
  • 1.75
    2
    1986 jan 1986 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 2.39
    15
    1986 apr 1986 Arcade racing Top-down racing
  • 1.50
    2
    1986 jul 1986 Top-down racing Arcade racing
  • 3.98
    1
    1986 sep 1986 Arcade racing
  • 3.41
    230
    1
    1986 20 sep 1986 Arcade racing Arcade
  • 2.76
    5
    1986 20 sep 1986 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 3.09
    62
    1987 1987 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 2.41
    10
    1987 1987 Racing Driving
  • 3.28
    13
    1987 mar 1987 Vehicular combat Arcade racing
  • 2.83
    11
    Enduro Racer [エンデューロレーサー]
    1987 18 may 1987 Motorcycle Racing
  • 2.75
    2
    1987 jul 1987 Arcade racing
  • 2.64
    39
    1
    1987 07 aug 1987 Arcade racing
  • 2.50
    1
    1987 sep 1987 Arcade racing
  • 2.50
    3
    1987 oct 1987 Arcade racing
  • 1987 dec 1987 Arcade racing
  • 2.86
    66
    1988 1988 Vehicular combat Arcade racing
  • 2.48
    9
    1
    Rally Bike [ダッシュ野郎]
    1988 1988 Motorcycle Arcade racing
  • 1.25
    2
    1988 apr 1988 Arcade racing
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