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X Retro Racing Games Everyone Should Try

Retro games have been all the rage in recent years. As we are all fans of the racing sport, sometimes playing them on your favorite gaming device can really fill that need for speed. This is partly due to the saturation with complex AAA games and partly because a generation of gamers are experiencing a strong sense of nostalgia for the games they've played as kids.

This article will review some of the best retro racing games that have stood the test of time. With the introduction of e-sports, retro sports games are also featured on some of the best Bitcoin gambling sites, which allow players to wager on the outcome of these games.


F-Zero is a series of futuristic racing games that came out in 1990. Nintendo developed it, and its initial success has led to the creation of many sequels. The game is known for its futuristic design and original soundtrack, which added to the experience and became popular on its own.

It's also considered one of the most challenging in its genre and time, and some players complain that it's way too difficult. The objective of the F-Zero is simple enough: the players try to beat their opponents in a race that involves obstacles and mines along the way.

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco Grand Prix II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco Grand Prix II is an arcade-style formula game from 1992. At its time, it was considered to be one of the most realistic racing games out there, if not the most realistic one. Ayrton Senna actually assisted the development team from Japan and provided guidance that helped make the game so realistic.

Before every race, Senna also appeared in the game and provided the players with some interesting trivia about the track they were about to race on.

Rock n' Roll Racing

Rock n' Roll Racing isn't a racing game only; instead, it's best described as a vehicular combat game. It was created in 1993 by a studio called Silicon & Synapse, now Blizzard Entertainment. The gameplay has four players competing against each other and A.I. opponents.

The game is also well-known and much-loved for its soundtrack. It weighed heavily on the rock 'n' roll part of its aesthetic and appeal. The soundtrack included some of the best bands of the time, including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Steppenwolf, Rush, and many more. There have also been many sequels and anniversary releases.

R.C. Pro-Am

R.C. Pro-Am is a racing game made by Nintendo in 1988. The game features racing elements, vehicular combat, power-ups, and bonuses the player can pick up throughout the track. Sega then bought it as a somewhat improved remake, and most players know that 1992 version. Both can now be played online and have a cult following among nostalgic fans.

A remastered version was created in 2015 and released for Xbox. It sold over two million copies worldwide, making R.C. Pro-Am is one of the most popular and beloved racing games. It's often featured on the "best games list" by influential publications and gamers.

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super off Road

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super off Road is an arcade racing game released in 1989. There have been several versions of the game since, but they all have the same premise and the basic gameplay focused on off-road racing.

Up to three players compete against each other or the computer in the game, racing around several top-view indoor off-road truck tracks of increasing difficulty. The game's biggest downside was its animation, and some reviewers commented on it when it was first released, but the aesthetic is part of the nostalgic appeal now.

Night Driver

Night Driver is probably the oldest game on our list and the first game of its kind that has gained any traction. It's the earliest racing game played from the first-person perspective. The game was introduced in 1976 by Atari. Inc., which was a giant of the gaming industry at the time.

The player controls a car that drives through the night on a narrow road. The goal of the game is to win a race by finishing it before the car crashes off-road. Night Driver can be played for 50, 75.100, or 150 seconds based on the player's internal settings.

Enduro Racer

Enduro Racer is the first motorcycle racer on our list. It was released by Sega in 1986. After a while, the game was released on other popular gaming systems, including Commodore 64, Atari S.T., and Master Systems. It was the second most played game in the year when it was released, behind only Space Harrier.

Enduro Racer was one of those games that grew to the users over time, and it created a cult following just a few years after it was first released. It found a new audience among retro gamers who first played it in the 1990s.

Top Gear

Top Gear is a racing game made by Nintendo and released in 1992. It's in no way associated with a much beloved T.V. show that was created years later. After a while, Top Gear became a franchise, and many sequels were introduced.

The gameplay is relatively complex as the players need to shift gears, steer the car, and control the "nitro" option, which puts the car in high-speed mode. Top Gear has a password system, meaning players unlock different areas and maps by winning races and gaining points.

Rad Racer

Rad Racer is a somewhat strange addition to our list. Nintendo produced it in 1987 and released it in Japan under a different name. The game was a rip-off of Out Run, which came out simultaneously. Out Run is a unique game because it features a 3D interface requiring a pair of glasses.

The races take place in Transamerica – from the West to the East coast of the U.S., and the player controls the car from the "behind the wheel" perspective. There are eight stages, which are unlocked by winning the previous one.

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter is a racing franchise with many different versions for players to choose from. The first one came in 1984. It was inspired by a James Bond film that came out the same year. The goal of the game is to drive across the road in a futuristic car and win battles with the vehicles coming your way until you get to the end of the track.

Spy Hunter became popular in the U.S. when it was spotted on other popular platforms of the time. Universal Pictures owns the rights to a movie adaption of Spy Hunter, and it was turned into a feature film with Dwayne the Rock Johnson in a starring role.

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge was a racing game created by Amiga, but it also had an Atari S.T. version. The players raced the eponymous car through 32 different races, and the goal was to win all of them. Each track is lap-based and consists of turns of varying degrees and hills and hollows that slow down or speed up the car passing through them. The signs by the road mark the turns.

There were a few sequels after that, but the original version is the one that attracts the most attention from the players who love nostalgic and simple gameplay.

Which games have you tried on our list, and which is your favorite?

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