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Screenshot of the start of a Novice race
|Arcade system||Namco System 22|
|CPU||1x Motorola 68EC020 @ 24.576 MHz,
2x Texas Instruments TMS32025 @ 49.152 MHz,
1x Motorola M37710 @ 16.384 MHz
|Sound||1x C352 @ 16.384 MHz|
|Display||Horizontal orientation, Raster, 640 x 480 resolution, 32768 palette colors|
Alpine Racer (アルペンレーサー Arupen Rēsā?) is a three-dimensional, Alpine skiing arcade game which was released by Namco in 1994; it features downhill and gate racing with three courses and two play modes (Race and Time Attack). The player stands on a set of ski-like foot stands while holding onto two bars for stability to play.
In 1996, Namco released a sequel named Alpine Racer 2 (which also ran on their System 22 hardware); the game featured three new selectable skiers, and allowed two players to play it simultaneously when two single-player cabinets were linked together. Five years later in 2001, they released another sequel named Alpine Racer 3 (which was ported to the PlayStation 2 in the following year) - and eight years after that in 2009, they released a remake of the original for iPhone and iPod Touch (the game was also ported to the Zeebo in the same year). Finally, in 2013, Bandai Namco Games (as they were known by then) released a third sequel to the game named Super Alpine Racer.
A critic for Next Generation praised the texture-mapped graphics with their numerous details and most especially the unique and realistic method of control, and scored the game five out of five stars, due to "its atypical approach and its success in execution" in their October 1995 issue; Alpine Racer also won the award for "Best New Equipment", at the 1995 Amusement and Music Operators Association Expo.