Japanese Comic Book ひろなex Features An OutRun DLX

ひろなex or the translation Hirona ex is a Japanese comic that has seen several series.
It features several retro video game references throughout the comic book.
One really cool pic shows an OutRun DLX machine as seen below >

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Source @MiakotCat on Twitter

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OutRun used in General Motors Drink Driving awareness video (Circa 1988)

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During the start up of this blog I had heard about GM making a Drink Driving video that featured OutRun. I had never seen it or been able to locate it online.
Today I managed to find it and watch it so I will post some screen grabs and a link to the video for you all to see.

The video oozes the 1980’s and that OutRun cab looks soooo shiny and new.

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Nice side art!

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Above – this is what driving OutRun looks like when your drunk

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It will look similar to wearing the wrong prescription glasses!!

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Here’s the link below. You will need to start the video at 8 minutes in.

General Motors Drink Driving Video

Yu Suzuki GameWorks Vol.1

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Gameworks volume 1 is a glossy Japanese released hard back book focusing on Yu Suzuki’s game history.

Release during the SEGA Dreamcast era it featured a GD-ROM with 5 of Yu’s classics sprite scalers including a version of OutRun with an unfortunately modified Ferrari.

The book is totally in Japanese so if your not familiar with Japanese the only thing you will get out of it is the game disk and the gorgeous photos and archive pictures.

So let’s take a look at some of the OutRun specific content.

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Below – The book featured a first time release of a drawing of the Standard sit down arcade.

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This was then accurately presented at the 1986 Jamma Show in Japan (Below)

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As you can see below The original drawing seen in the book varies to the production cabinet. The production version dropped the OutRun writing from the base.

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There’s also a nice concept drawing of the what the Deluxe cabinet may of turned out like (Below)

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Think I prefer the final production design.

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There are some nice photos of the machines too and they are in perfect condition.

I picked up this japanese book when it was first released for £70 from a Video Games Importer in the UK.
You can still pick it up now from Specialist import shops or eBay.
The price hasn’t changed too much over the years, you can still grab it from £70 – £100.

Added to the Flyers,Magazines,Books and Promo’s Page.

OutRun appears in Â¥100 The Japanese Arcade Experience Documentary

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Last night I watched the above mentioned gaming documentary based on the Japanese arcade scene, for those who haven’t seen it heres a quick breakdown of what to expect including some small sections of SEGA delights!

The documentary starts off with the Video Game breakthrough of the Japanese company Taito and the effect they had when releasing Space Invaders in Japan. Arcades started popping up everywhere and are still popular today with the likes of dedicated arcades by Taito and SEGA

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The documentary tends to focus on 3 key gaming styles starting with SHUMPS and the progress from Space Invaders to heavy defence and bullet frenzy games by the likes of Cave.

From the SHUMP era things move on to the development of improved Video Game soundtracks and the journey and importance of music / rhythm games and the role they played in keeping arcades fresh and alive.

This section starts off with an interview with SEGA music legend Hiro Kawaguchi who was the main composer of SEGA classics like OutRun, Afterburner and Space Harrier.

Below – Hiro Kawaguchi being interviewed and sections of classic SEGA arcade games that he talks about during the documentary.

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The music / rhythm section is one of my favorite parts of the documentary as it shows the lengths that Japanese gamers go to to be at the top of the leaderboards…and there’s some CRAZY Japanese arcader’s out there!

Below – Taking DDR to a new level of Crazy!!

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Below – Street onlookers are entertained by someone freestyling on drummania.

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The last main component looks at the Beat em’up genre and spends some time looking at fighting games at competition level.

Overall I enjoyed “Â¥100 The Japanese Arcade Experience” The version I watched had no subs so understanding the Japanese interviews was a little challenging.
If you’ve not been to Japan then you may be surprised to see the difference in Japanese culture and how popular arcades still are.
If you’ve been lucky enough to go to Japan like me then it’s a reminder of how great it is to spend time in a country that loves Video Game Arcades so much.
Below are a few photos from my trip.

My Hotel called “Nikko” in Toyohashi, It was attached to a SEGA Arcade as seen below 🙂

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OutRun 2 had just been released so I took a few snaps and spent a few Yen!

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and if you didn’t like OutRun you could always play the game where you take the Labrador for a walk…seemed popular lol

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To go and check out the official page click here —–>. Â¥100 Yen The Japanese Arcade Experience

Japanese OutRun TV Adverts

Found a nice Japanese TV Advert from back in the 80’s for the SEGA Mark III

And below is a MegaDrive Japanese TV Advert

Both have been added and can be found on the Flyers, Mags & Promotional items page.