Road Fighter

Road Fighter
Road Fighter
Japanese arcade flyer of Road Fighter.
European arcade flyer of Road Fighter.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami Japan
Palcom Software Europe
Platform(s) Arcade, MSX, NES, Virtual Console (MSX version)
Release date(s) 1984
Virtual Console
  • JP November 24, 2009

Road Fighter (ロードファイター?) is a car-based arcade game developed by Konami and released in 1984. It also was the first car racing game from Konami. The goal is to reach the finish line within the stages without running out of time, hitting other cars or running out of fuel (fuel is refilled by hitting a special type of car). The game also spawned two sequels in its time, Midnight Run: Road Fighter 2 in 1995 and Winding Heat in 1996, respectively.


Ports and related releases

UK cover of the NES version of Road Fighter.

The game was later released for the MSX home computer system (1984), and Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan 1985 and Europe 1991, and followed the same format as the original. The game was included on Konami Arcade Classics in 1999 and on Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits for the Nintendo DS. The arcade game was released for i-mode phones in Japan in 2005.

Road Fighter was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs on March 24, 2010.


The first and second levels contain 4 courses, ranging from grassy plains to an over water bridge to a seashore and finally a forest area. In the arcade version, five stages were contained. Pressing the 'A' button raises the player's speed to around 196 Kmph while pressing the 'B' button skyrockets the speed to 400. The player has a limited amount of fuel and can earn more by touching special multi-colored cars. If the player crashes into any other car or slips on occasionally appearing patches of oil, the car will spin out and may crash into the side railings, causing a loss of 5-6 fuel units. The NES version has a total of 6 types of cars, 1 yellow and red, three blue and one truck. Yellow cars will travel along a straight line and occur in large numbers. Red cars are a little less likely to appear, but they will change the lane they are travelling in once to get in the way of the player. Blue cars vary in the way they change their lane. Trucks goes on a straight way, but colliding with them will blow up the player's car.

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Midnight Run: Road Fighter 2

Midnight Run: Road Fighter 2
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami Japan
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation (Japan)
Release date(s) 1995
Genre(s) Racing

Midnight Run: Road Fighter 2 is the sequel to Road Fighter, released in arcades in 1995, and on the PlayStation in 1997. Although different from the 2-D Road Fighter, the scenery is similar to other racing games set in Japan such as Initial D Arcade Stage and Wangan Midnight, except the cars are not licensed. The player also has a unique selection of normal cars and tuned cars.

Car List

Winding Heat

Winding Heat
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) 1996
Genre(s) Racing

Winding Heat is the sequel to Road Fighter and Midnight Run, released in arcades in 1996. This is an improved version of Midnight Run, though it gives you more of the normal or tuned cars, and the rules remain the same. Unlike Midnight Run, it takes place on touge roads.


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