An original Sega Super Hang-On arcade machine from the 1980s
This is an original Sega Super Hang-On arcade machine from the 1980s, anyone who frequented arcades when the game was released will remember pumping coins into these things with reckless abandon.
Many of us spent hours playing this game as we strived for the holy grail – a top ten score that would ensure your name endures in 80s 8-bit arcade games.
For those who have never played Super Hang-On the game is relatively simpleyou step into the saddle of a replica superbike and physically tilt it to spin the bike on screen as you race through simple circuits in Africa, Asia, America and Europe.
The motorcycle in the game was based on the Rothmans Honda NSR500 driven by Shinichi Itoh, which raced in the All-Japan 500cc championship in the 1908s.
Video above: This short features half an hour of Super Hang-On footage from the arcade version.
Super Hang-On was often set up in arcades next to (or near) the game Out Run, an equally iconic Japanese racing game in which the player piloted a Ferrari Testarossa through various situations, always trying to beat the clock and to have more time behind the wheel under the gaze of your friends.
In 1987 Sega Super Hang-On was released in arcade cabinet form and PC form for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64.
The game was an almost immediate success, the ride-on cabinet became Japan’s second highest-grossing vertical/cockpit arcade game of the year, finishing just below Out Run.
In the years that followed, Sega Super Hang-On was released on Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, Sharp X68000 and DOS. Today it can be played on almost any computer thanks to the magic of emulators.
This game has always been hugely popular in arcades, thanks to the fact that it allowed kids (and some adults) to jump off a superbike and live out their race track dreams.
The Sega Super Hang-On arcade machine you see here is offered for sale by Mecum, it was built by Sega Enterprises in Japan and it is unknown if it is in working order.
If it’s not working, the good news is that there is an entire online community of enthusiasts dedicated to restoring these 1970s and 1980s arcade games and keeping them working.
If you want to know more about this arcade cabinet or make an offer you can visit the list here.
Images courtesy of Mecum
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