OutRun (ARC)

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Platform: Arcade
Year: 1986
Developer: Sega AM2
For other games in the series, see OutRun.

OutRun is a third-person driving game where you drive a Ferrari Testarossa down various roads in a race against time. As you reach the end of a road, you come to a fork where you can merge left for an easier road or right for a harder road. You must avoid other cars on the road and the numerous buildings and structures on the sides of the road. Crashing slows you down and wastes precious time. You can adjust the car's speed by moving between high and low gear.

OutRun was a highly successful game due in part to the beautiful graphics that fly past you at dizzying speed, and the sit-down arcade cabinet shaped like a car which offered force-feedback by moving as you turned sharply and shaking when you crashed. Stand-up cabinets were also made.

The Nintendo 3DS port emulates this version and uses the same music.


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The title graphic.

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The starting line. An iconic scene for racing gamers.

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Throwing up sand along the beach.

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Well that can't be good!

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Speeding under a tunnel of columns.

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The game map.


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OutRun made history by being the first game to let the player pick a radio station to listen to. When you deposit a credit, the game lets you use the steering wheel to choose one of three songs to play in the background. On sit-down cabinets, this music was played in stereo to two speakers behind the head rest.

The music was composed by Hiroshi Kawaguchi, and while there are only four songs, the three main driving songs are quite long. They do have an odd repetition near the end where, rather than repeating the entire track, they only repeat the last bit of each tune.

The song Last Wave exists in two forms, one with the wave sound effects played in the background as heard in the game, and one with just the music.

PCM ROM Data Corruption

When preparing the music for the OutRun 20th: Anniversary Box CD release, it was discovered that one of the PCM ROM chips (opr-10188.71) that contained the sample data for the percussion instruments was shipped corrupted during the arcade game's production run.

Isoda (recording engineer) listened the sound of OutRun before recording, then he noticed that drum sound is very noisy. This is strange, so he checked the board. Then he found one of the ROM is bad (bit6 is always ON). - Hiroshi Kawguchi, (Source)

During the developement of 3D OutRun for the Nintendo 3DS, composer Manabu Namiki and producer Yosuke Okunari also noticed the ROM corruption.

There were a number of things we ran into when doing the sound recreation for Out Run. The first problem was this one bit in the waveform data for one of the PCM ROMs that is always on and the ROM itself was mass manufactured with it that way. In other words, one of the ROMs in the production version of Out Run has corrupted wave data.

- Manabu Namiki

This problem cropped up back when Wavemaster was doing the soundtrack for the 20-year Anniversary Box Edition, and we were recording sounds straight off the arcade board itself. We asked the original composer, Hiro-shishou, to review the data, and there was something “off” about it. The fact that sound being recorded straight from the board was “off” was “off” in and of itself. Anyway, since the sound coming off the arcade board was apparently incorrect, they knew were going to have to re-record it, so we burnt a new ROM with the sound data and recorded off of that. So the issue is fixed in that soundtrack.

- Yosuke Okunari, (Source)

To fix the ROM corruption, Sega actually went back to the original source file, archived on an 8" CP/M formatted floppy disk and burned the data onto a new ROM chip. This data was also used for 3D OutRun on the 3DS.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Splash Wave Hiroshi KawaguchiHiroshi Kawaguchi 6:09
02 Passing Breeze Hiroshi KawaguchiHiroshi Kawaguchi 6:00
03 Magical Sound Shower Hiroshi KawaguchiHiroshi Kawaguchi 6:08
04 Last Wave Hiroshi KawaguchiHiroshi Kawaguchi 1:32
05 Last Wave (No Waves) Hiroshi KawaguchiHiroshi Kawaguchi 1:32



(Source: High Scores, game lacks traditional credits.)

Back when games were made in this era, game credits were usually uncommon, but sometimes the developers would sneak their names in the high scores. "MIY" in the high score list is probably short for Kawaguchi's first family name, Miyauchi.


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OutRun (Soundtrack)



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Game Rip






The VGM rips were logged using MAME and recorded with VGM Input v0.40 in Winamp. A true program rip does not yet exist. Because the game has rather off timing near the ends of the songs, alternate rips were made with different timing.

Audio Devices

OutRun uses a YM2151 (clocked at 4 MHz) for musical melodies and bass, alongside a Sega PCM (clocked at 4 MHz) for drums, sound effects, and voice.


  Japan.svg   Japan
Title: アウト ラン (OutRun)
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-09-20
Publisher: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
OutRun - ARC - USA.jpg
Title: OutRun
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-??-??
Publisher: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
  EU.svg   EU
Title: OutRun
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-??-??
Publisher: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
Title: OutRun
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released: 2014-04-23
Publisher: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Title: OutRun
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released: 2015-12-23
Publisher: Sega Enterprises, Inc.


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OutRun 3-D Platform - SMS.png
Turbo OutRun Platform - ARC.png • Platform - AMI.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - CPC.png • Platform - FMT.png • Platform - ZXS.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - GEN.png
Battle OutRun Platform - SMS.png
OutRun Europa Platform - AMI.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - CPC.png • Platform - GG.png • Platform - SMS.png • Platform - ZXS.png
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OutRunners Platform - ARC.png • Platform - GEN.png
OutRun 2 Platform - ARC.png • Platform - XBOX.png
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OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Platform - PS2.png • Platform - PSP.png • Platform - W32.png • Platform - XBOX.png
OutRun Online Arcade Platform - PS3.png • Platform - X360.png
Notable Songs Magical Sound Shower • Passing Breeze • Splash Wave • Last Wave
Notable Personnel Hiroshi Kawaguchi
Notable Companies Sega