SEGA recently released its port of Virtua Racing to the Japanese Switch eShop as part of the growing SEGA AGES collection of retro games. This port is special as its a remake based on the original code of the arcade version, which first launched all the way back on the Model 1 cabinet in 1992. The developers at M2 went ahead and increased the resolution to 1080p, bumped the framerate to 60 FPS, and introduced a few new gameplay features. All of this has led to an overall enhanced package that offers the closest experience to the original arcade version of any of the other home console ports.
Speaking of which, Virtua Racing has been brought over to a lot of platforms prior to its Switch outing: the Genesis, 32X, Saturn, PS2, and an obscure mobile phone all got conversions in the past. So, how exactly does the Switch version stack up to them? Digital Foundry took a deep dive in the latest episode of its DF Retro series which provides a small look at Virtua Racing’s long history and technical analysis of each version, including the Switch edition:
Clocking in at nearly a half hour, this is more of a mini-documentary than anything, but quite an interesting watch if you’re a fan of classic racing games such as Virtua Racing.
For whatever reason, SEGA is still totally hushed about announcing when the game will be coming to the North American and European eShops. Hopefully, the release is sooner rather than later.