This superb conversion of Sega‘s Virtua Racing arcade game required the 32X add-on peripheral for the Megadrive/Genesis and was first released in 1994. Called Virtua Racing Deluxe, it had features that were exclusive to this version, and it also had remarkable use of 3D polygonal graphics that were outstanding for the time.
Virtua Racing Deluxe was developed by Sega AM2 (aka Sega AM Research & Development No. 2), the same team who developed the actual arcade game itself, so this conversion was always going to be flagship title for the 32X.
The game performs very closely to the arcade original, which is amazing in itself, but also includes two extra cars (the “Stock” and the “Prototype”), as well as two new tracks that were not in the original (“Highland” and “Sand Park”). Additionally, Virtua Racing Deluxe also features a split-screen two-player mode for multiplayer racing.
For the time, and on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Virtua Racing Deluxe must rank as one of the best games ever released for the system. It is graphically stunning, as well as great fun to play. Of course you had to buy a 32X to play it on original hardware, but nowadays most emulators will run it with no problems. Definitely a game to play if you’re a fan of racing games.