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The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time 

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Updated May 8, 2020 1.1k votes 225 voters 11.8k views 27 items

List Rules Vote up the best arcade racing games that you spent all your coins and tokens on.

Racing video games are always fun, but racing arcade games? Now that's some serious entertainment—especially when it comes to being a kid in the arcade. Sure, there's a long list of classic arcade games, but there's something about being 10 years old and having the ability to go 120 mph through the streets of San Francisco that brings a real thrill—in a tricked-out sports car nonetheless. Those were the days. Anyway, the best racing arcade games span decades of fun, from the arcade games of the 80s to present day. 

When it comes to the best racing arcade games, not many can beat the classics like Cruis'n USA and Ridge Racer. However, we can all enjoy the updated graphics and features in newer racing games like Split/Second: Velocity and Need for Speed: Underground. Then you have more specialty games like Star Wars: Racer Arcade and the early motorcycle racer Hang-On. Simply put, there's a range of popular arcade racing games. But which one is the very best?

Check out the list of the best arcade racing games below and vote up your favorites. If you don't see a classic game you love on the list, feel free to add it. 

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Daytona USA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (AM R&D Dept. #2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Daytona USA is a racing video game developed by Sega AM2 and released by Sega, with a limited release in 1993 followed by a full release in 1994. Considered one of the highest grossing arcade ...more
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OutRun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1986 (AM R&D Dept. #2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Out Run is an arcade game released by Sega in 1986. It was designed by Yu Suzuki and developed by Sega AM2. The game was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best-selling video ...more
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Sega Rally Championship ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1995 (Sega AM3)

Genres (Video game): Sports game, Racing video game

Sega Rally Championship is a 1994 arcade racing game developed by AM5 on the Sega Model 2 board. It was ported over to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and PC in 1997. The unique selling point of Sega ...more
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OutRun 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Sega AM2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

OutRun 2 is a 2003 racing game released by Sega for the arcades. Although this is the first "official" sequel to Out Run, it is the fourth title in the OutRun series.
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Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Sega AM3)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game

Crazy Taxi is an open world racing video game developed by Kenji Kanno and his team at Hitmaker and published by Sega. It is the first game in the Crazy Taxi series. The game was first released ...more
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Cruis'n USA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (WMS Industries Inc.)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game

Cruis'n USA is an arcade racing game originally released in 1994. It was developed by Midway Games and published and distributed by Nintendo. It is the first game in the Cruis'n series and ...more
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Virtua Racing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (AM R&D Dept. #2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Virtua Racing or V.R. for short, is a Formula One racing arcade game, developed by Sega AM2 and released in October 1992. Virtua Racing was initially a proof-of-concept application for ...more

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Ridge Racer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Ridge Racer is a 1993 racing video game created by Namco. It was initially released on the Namco System 22 arcade system board, and was later ported to the PlayStation console. It is the first ...more
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Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1982 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Simulation video game, Sports game, Racing video game

Pole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed to Atari, Inc. for US manufacture and distribution, running on the Namco Pole Position arcade system ...more

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Hydro Thunder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game

Hydro Thunder is a speedboat racing sub-series game, originally an arcade game and later released for the Sega Dreamcast as a launch title in 1999. It was also released for PlayStation and ...more

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Super Off Road is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road is an arcade video game released in 1989 by Leland Corporation. The game was endorsed by professional off road racer Ivan Stewart. Virgin Games produced ...more
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San Francisco Rush: Extr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing is a video game developed by Atari Games and published by Midway Games. This game was first released in arcades in 1996 and was ported to Nintendo 64 in 1997 ...more
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Super Hang-On is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1987 (Sega AM2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Super Hang-On is a 1987 motorcycle racing arcade game by Sega, and the sequel to the acclaimed Hang-On. A version of this game, in the full simulated-motorcycle cabinet used by the original ...more
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Wangan Midnight Maximum ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
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Genres (Video game): Racing

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Hang-On is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1985 (Sega AM2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Hang-On is an arcade game released by Sega in 1985. It is the world's first full-body-experience video game. In the game, the player controls a motorcycle against time and other ...more
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Super Sprint is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1986 (Atari Games)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Super Sprint is a 1986 arcade game by Atari Games. The player drives a Formula One-like car on a circuit that is viewed from above.
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Forza Horizon 4 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
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Genres (Video game): God racing game (MUST TRY)

Forza Horizon 4 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on 2 October 2018 on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows after ...more

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Star Wars Episode I: Rac... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (LucasArts)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a racing video game based on the pod race featured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As of 2011, the game holds the Guinness record as the best-selling ...more
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My ass collector is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
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Genres (Video game): collectors game

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Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1983 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game, Vehicular combat game

Spy Hunter is a 1983 arcade game developed and released by Bally Midway. It has also been ported to various home computers and video game systems. As a cabinet-style arcade game, Spy Hunter was ...more

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Need for Speed: Undergro... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (EA Black Box)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Need for Speed: Underground is the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series, and was developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts in 2003. Underground completely rebooted ...more
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Star Wars: Racer Arcade ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 2000 (LucasArts)
Star Wars: Racer Arcade is a 2000 arcade racing game developed by AM5 and LucasArts and released by Sega. It is based on the podracing sequences in the 1999 film, Star Wars Episode I: The ...more
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R.C. Pro-Am is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 1988 (Rare Ltd)

Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Racing video game, Vehicular combat game

R.C. Pro-Am is a racing video game developed by UK-based company Rare. It was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Nintendo at North America in 1987, and then in Europe on April 15 ...more

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Split Second: Velocity ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
Released: 2010 (Black Rock Studio)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game, Vehicular combat game

Split/Second, released in the UK as Split/Second: Velocity, is an arcade racing video game developed by Black Rock Studio and published by Disney Interactive Studios for Microsoft Windows, ...more
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Fast and Furious: Super ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arcade Racing Games of All Time
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