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The Best Arcade Racing Games Of All Time

Updated October 6, 2020 1.7k votes 273 voters 14.1k views26 items

List RulesVote 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. Yup, those were the days. Anyway, the best driving arcade games span decades of fun, from the arcade games of the 80s to present day. 

When it comes to old-school racing 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 this list of the best retro arcade driving games below and vote up your favorites.

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  • 1
    OutRun
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    OutRun

    1986

    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2, Sumo Digital

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Daytona USA
    94
    46

    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, New Entertainment R&D Dept., Sega AM2, Genki

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Daytona USA is a racing video game developed by Sega AM2 and released by Sega, with a limited... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Sega Rally Championship

    DeveloperSega AM3, Sonic Team, Sega Rosso

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    OutRun 2
    70
    34

    DeveloperSega AM2, Sumo Digital

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    OutRun 2 is a 2003 racing game released by Sega for the arcades. Although this is the first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Crazy Taxi
    61
    40

    DeveloperSega AM3, Strangelite

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Pole Position

    DeveloperNamco

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Virtua Racing

    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2, Atari Games

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Virtua Racing or V.R. for short, is a Formula One racing arcade game, developed by Sega AM2... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Ridge Racer
    48
    34

    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Ridge Racer is a 1993 racing video game created by Namco. It was initially released on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Cruis'n USA
    60
    50

    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Midway Games

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Super Hang-On

    DeveloperSega 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Hydro Thunder

    DeveloperMidway Games, Eurocom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Racing video game

    Hydro Thunder is a speedboat racing sub-series game, originally an arcade game and later... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Super Sprint
    29
    24

    DeveloperAtari 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing

    DeveloperMidway Games, Atari Games, Climax Entertainment, Climax Group

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing is a video game developed by Atari Games and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Hang-On
    26
    22

    DeveloperSega AM2

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Hang-On is an arcade game released by Sega in 1985. It is the world's first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Spy Hunter
    30
    30

    DeveloperMidway 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Super Off Road

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road is an arcade video game released in 1989 by Leland... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Star Wars Episode I: Racer

    DeveloperLucasArts

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Need for Speed: Underground

    DeveloperEA Black Box

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Need for Speed: Underground is the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series, and was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Forza Horizon 100000000000

    DeveloperPlayground Games

    Genres (Video game)God racing game (MUST TRY)

    Forza Horizon 4 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 6

    DeveloperBandai Namco Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Racing

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  • 21
    R.C. Pro-Am
    19
    26

    DeveloperRare 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Fast and Furious: Super Cars
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  • 23
    Star Wars: Racer Arcade

    DeveloperLucasArts, Sega AM3, Sega Rosso

    Star Wars: Racer Arcade is a 2000 arcade racing game developed by AM5 and LucasArts and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Split Second: Velocity

    DeveloperBlack Rock Studio, Sumo Digital

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Race Driver: Grid

    DeveloperCodemasters

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

    Race Driver: Grid, released in North America as simply Grid, is an addition to the TOCA... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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