The latest addition to the growing SEGA AGES retro game collection on Switch is Virtua Racing, and it will make its debut on the hybrid system in just a matter of days. However, its near release will be enjoyed by Japanese eShop account holders first.
SEGA has announced that Virtua Racing will hit the JP Switch eShop on April 25, 2019 for 925 Yen ($8.27 USD). There’s no word as to when it will release in other territories just yet. Though, you can take advantage of the Switch’s region-free capabilities and simply make a Japanese Switch account if you want to download this early.
This new SEGA Ages port of Virtua Racing is described as being the “The First Faithful Reproduction of the Arcade Version”. It features three course types and has both a “Normal Race” mode and “Grand Prix Race” mode. Normal races are four to five laps, where has the GP race is a whopping 20 laps. Virtua Racing also features tire wear, which will cause the handling of the car to change the longer you race.
Players will also be able to challenge each other both online and locally. In local matches, up to eight players can compete in split-screen mode. Another new feature is the ability to save replays and change the camera perspective when playing them back.
Here’s the press release:
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.