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SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing - Famitsu live-stream recording

The Sega Ages version of Virtua Racing is the first faithful reproduction of the arcade version. The “Normal Race” and “Grand Prix Race” settings made possible by the arcade circuit board settings can both be configured in the settings. While Normal Race has four-to-five laps, Grand Prix Race is an endurance run of 20 laps. Since your tires wear as you drive, which affects your handling, it is important to determine when to make a pit stop to change your tires in a Grand Prix Race.

Digital Foundry - Virtua Racing: Switch vs Every Console Port vs Model 1 Arcade

Just how faithful is this port?

A very special DF Retro as John Linneman takes a look at the phenomenal new Switch version of Virtua Racing, stacking it up against every console conversion and, of course, the arcade original.

SEGA and M2 reveal the many struggles and challenges of creating SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing

It wasn't nearly as straightforward as expected

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing is now available on the Switch in Japan, and with the launch comes a special interview featuring M2 and Sega. Check out a summary of details from the interview below.

- the idea for this port came about back in the 3D Classics days on the 3DS
- back in those days, M2 wanted to port the Sega 32X version of Virtua Racing, and began looking into the possibility
- the fan voting for the third Sega 3D Classics Collection lead to Turbo OutRun being included instead of Virtua Racing
- the team at M2 continued to test out the possibility of Virtua Racing on 3DS for another 3 months
- once it was officially announced that the 3D Classics line would be ending, work ended
- when SEGA AGES was announced, the team picked the project back up, and this time aimed for the arcade version
- the source code for the arcade version was lost, which meant the game needed to be built from the ground up
- it took quite a long time to bring the project together
- one of the main programmers for Virtua Racing had the arcade data for Virtua Formula, the updated release of Virtua Racing
- this used Virtua Racing as the base, so M2 could utilize it to move forward
- the SEGA AGES release is based on the Deluxe version of Virtua Racing, which used 16:9 widescreen monitors
- this version lacked multiplayer, so it was built back in
- all the polygon models were upgraded into HD by M2, but the backgrounds and 2D sprites were all left untouched
- the Switch version plays at 720p in handheld mode, and 1080p in docked mode, both at 60fps
- draw distance has been improved
- you now have the option to play with up to 8 players total

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing - more footage


Control a 3D formula car, choose from one of three course types, and race in four-to-five lap races with the goal of first place. Additionally, you can switch between four different perspectives during gameplay, from the driver’s view to bird’s-eye view.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing hits Switch in Japan on April 25th, 2019

This one's for the AGES

Sega’s 3D Game Origins Finally Reaches Sega Ages

Control a 3D formula car, choose from one of three course types, and race in four-to-five lap races with the goal of first place. Additionally, you can switch between four different perspectives during gameplay, from the driver’s view to bird’s-eye view.

The First Faithful Reproduction of the Arcade Version

The Sega Ages version of Virtua Racing is the first faithful reproduction of the arcade version. The “Normal Race” and “Grand Prix Race” settings made possible by the arcade circuit board settings can both be configured in the settings. While Normal Race has four-to-five laps, Grand Prix Race is an endurance run of 20 laps. Since your tires wear as you drive, which affects your handling, it is important to determine when to make a pit stop to change your tires in a Grand Prix Race.

Additionally, there are two competitive modes. The first is a two-player online multiplayer race mode. The second is an offline race mode that uses a single Switch unit and supports up to eight players locally. Have everyone bring over their Joy-Cons and resurrect the excitement of being at the arcade.

Additional Sega Ages-Exclusive Features

Replay saving and playback is an additional feature not included in the original arcade version. You can even change the replay camera, including off-course perspectives.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing will launch for the Switch in Japan on April 25th, 2019. The title is priced at 925 Yen.

New screens and official gameplay details for SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing released

This classic is getting some fancy new features

Check out more screens here

SEGA has updated the webpage for SEGA AGES: Virtual Racing with official details and new screens of the upcoming title. While we've already heard some of this info, there are still some new tidbits included. Check out the full translation of the webpage below.

Sega’s 3D Game Origins Finally Reaches Sega Ages

Control a 3D formula car, choose from one of three course types, and race in four-to-five lap races with the goal of first place. Additionally, you can switch between four different perspectives during gameplay, from the driver’s view to bird’s-eye view.

The First Faithful Reproduction of the Arcade Version

The Sega Ages version of Virtua Racing is the first faithful reproduction of the arcade version. The “Normal Race” and “Grand Prix Race” settings made possible by the arcade circuit board settings can both be configured in the settings. While Normal Race has four-to-five laps, Grand Prix Race is an endurance run of 20 laps. Since your tires wear as you drive, which affects your handling, it is important to determine when to make a pit stop to change your tires in a Grand Prix Race.

Additionally, there are two competitive modes. The first is a two-player online multiplayer race mode. The second is an offline race mode that uses a single Switch unit and supports up to eight players locally. Have everyone bring over their Joy-Cons and resurrect the excitement of being at the arcade.

Additional Sega Ages-Exclusive Features

Replay saving and playback is an additional feature not included in the original arcade version. You can even change the replay camera, including off-course perspectives.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing to include one-vs-one online, local multiplayer for up to eight players

All the fun of the arcade, minus the weirdos and grime

SEGA Ages: Virtua Racing is coming to the Switch this Spring in Japan, and it's going to have some extra features. The biggest addition comes in terms of multiplayer features. Not only will the game have one-on-one online races, it'll also allow for eight-player local split-screen.

With online races, you'll be able to see how your opponent is doing via a picture-in-picture feature. With local multiplayer, you can set races for five laps or twenty-laps. SEGA even showcased how local multiplayer matches will be displayed on one TV. The images below depict five player and eight player matches.


SEGA comments on fans requesting Dreamcast titles for SEGA AGES, shares insight into the Virtua Racing port

SEGA recently held a poll to see which titles fans wanted to see as part of the lineup. That list was absolutely dominated by Dreamcast titles, with Jet Set Radio taking the top spot. At TGS 2018, SEGA AGES producer Kagasei Shimomura talked about the poll results, as well as SEGA's plans moving forward.

- Jet Set Radio coming first doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll get a port
- that said, Shimomura wants to meet fans expectations
- Jet Set Radio composer Hideki Naganuma called for fans to vote for the game in the poll, which might have helped
- M2 president Naoki Horii essentially said he’d “do his best” when it comes to the possibility of Dreamcast ports

Mr. Horii also took some time to share a side-story about Virtua Racing. The team was trying to bring that title over to the 3DS, which never happened. They actually started from scratch to bring the game over, as the source code had gone missing. Since then, the source code has been found, and is involved with the SEGA AGES port on Switch.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing - another batch of screens

Check out more screens here

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing, in all of its chunky polygonal glory. It's definitely a sight to behold. I love the look of it, as it brings me right back to the arcade days. I can remember seeing this in the arcade and being blown away by the graphics, thinking things could never look any better. I think I was just a tad wrong about that.

SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing announced for Switch, SEGA reveals recent SEGA AGES poll results

SEGA has announced yet another title for their SEGA AGES lineup. The latest announcement was for SEGA AGES: Virtua Racing, but a release date was not shared.

SEGA also took some time to reveal the most wanted SEGA AGES titles as voted on by fans via Twitter. Fans didn't pull any punches, as some heavy-hitters top the list.

1. Jet Set Radio series
2. Shenmue (I & II)
3. Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG
4. Virtua Fighter series
5. Shining series
6. Panzer Dragoon series
7. Sakura Wars series
8. Puyo Puyo series
9. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On series
10. Burning Ranger
11. Skies of Arcadia
12. NiGHTS into dreams…
13. Golden Axe series
14. Mushiking: The King of Beetles series
15. Phantasy Star Online
16. Space Channel 5 series
17. Out Run series
18. Sonic Adventure 1, 2
19. Daytona USA series
20. SpikeOut series
21. Die Hard Arcade series
22. Sonic 3 & Knuckles
23. Virtua Racing
24. Fantasy Zone series
25. Dragon Force series
26. Sega Rally series
27. Phantasy Star (old) series
28. Guardian Heroes
29. Out Run 2 (including SP)
30. Wing War