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Out Run

Out Run - Japanese Title

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Name: Out Run
Manufacturer: Sega
Year: 1986
Type: Videogame

Class: Wide Release
Genre: Racing

  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • CRT: Color
Conversion Class: unique
Settings: Out Run Dipswitch Settings

Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 1
Gameplay: Single
Control Panel Layout: Single Player

  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 2-position (low, high)
  • Pedals: 2

Sound: Amplified Stereo (two channel)

Cabinet Styles:

  • Upright/Standard
  • Deluxe/Themed (motion)
  • Environmental/Cockpit
  • Cabaret/Mini
Out Run

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Out Run Description

Out Run was produced by Sega in 1986.

Sega released 534 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Out Run was produced include Action Fighter, Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Alien Syndrome, Body Slam, Dump Matsumoto, Champion Pro Wrestling, Teddy Boy Blues, Space Harrier, Sega Ninja, and Repulse.

You drive a Ferrari Testarossa through various stages each with a checkpoint at the end of the stage that must be reached within the time limit. The player can choose which route to take through the game. The driver also has a choice of three different themes to listen to while driving.

Out Run - KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.79 (19 votes)

 Personal Impressions Score: 3.89

     Overall 'Like': 4.17
     Fun (Social): 3.44
     Fun (Solo): 3.72
     Collector Desire: 3.72 
Technical Impressions Score: 3.84

     Gameplay: 4.28
     Graphics: 4.11
     Originality: 3.61
     Sound/Music: 3.67

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Cabinet Information

There are four different style cabinets a car shaped sitdown which uses a hydraulics system to move the cabinet about during game play with a 25 monitor , a second big sitdown version, with no hydraulics and simpler car and simple left to right movement with a 20 monitor, a deluxe upright with custom plastics, and a mini upright.

Cabinet Style Weights and Measures

Deluxe/Themed (motion)

Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If the Start button is pressed while approaching a checkpoint the following message will be displayed Program by Yu Suzuki 1986 Sep. That this easter egg will not work on all versions of the game, however.


The game can be converted to Turbo Out Run with the relevant upgrade kit.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Out Run Census

There are 9,562 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 7,837 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 127,106 machines (5,650 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 236 known instances of this machine owned by Out Run collectors who are active members. Of these, 208 of them are original dedicated machines, and 28 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 13 active VAPS members with Out Run machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with extra Out Run circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 33 active VAPS members currently looking for Out Run. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Out Run board sets.

This game ranks a 74 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 64 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often wanted, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are NOT necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


The game uses dual 68000 CPUs. The sound CPU is a Yamaha YM2151.


The three of the four soundtracks are called Magical Sound Shower, Passing Breeze and Splash Wave, all of which can be selected at the start of play. The final tune is called Last Wave and it is only played on the highscore board.

The game was converted to the Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore, Atari ST and Amiga computers by US Gold now Eidos in 1987. These home computer versions were supplied with an extra cassette featuring the arcade music.

An Out Run Soundtrack CD was also released.

Out Run was the second Sega release to feature SuperScaler technology - the first was Space Harrier.


Some versions of the game have a suicide battery present on the game board, while others were manufactured without. For more details, check out The Dead Battery Society at httpwww.arcadecollecting.comdeaddead.html


  1. Out Run
  2. Turbo Out Run
  3. Out Runners


  1. Out Run - Schematics  14 Pages, 2.6 MB File.
  2. Upright Illustrated Parts Manual  30 Pages, 2.7 MB File.
  3. OutRun Deluxe Type Owners Manual  70 Pages, 7.7 MB File.
  4. OutRun Standard Type Owners Manual  62 Pages, 1.7 MB File.
  5. Owner's Manual  46 Pages, 4.3 MB File.

Video Clips

    SEGA OutRun Arcade Game Review - Cabaret version - Classic Arcade Racing Game Re

    Sega OUT RUN Arcade Video Game

    Out Run (Arcade)

    Out Run Arcade Retro Danuart

    Out Run (Arcade) [Sega] Retro Danuart

    OutRun (Arcade) Full Completion

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Additional References
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  1. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Out Run Flyer #757    
  2. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Out Run Flyer #2740    
  3. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Out Run Flyer #5937    
  4. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Out Run Flyer #5563    
  5. The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Out Run Flyer #5760    


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