Pole Position II

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Pole Position II
Pole Position II Cover.jpg
North American arcade flyer
Developer(s) Namco
Designer(s) Tōru Iwatani
Platform(s) Arcade, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, MS-DOS, Mobile Phone
Release date(s)
  • JP: December 1983
  • NA: 1983
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Upright and environmental
Arcade system Namco Pole Position
CPU 1x ZiLOG Z80 @ 3.072 MHz,
2x Z8002 @ 3.072 MHz,
1x MB8844 @ 256 kHz
Sound 1x Namco WSG @ 48 kHz,
1x Namco 52XX @ 1.536 MHz
Display Horizontal orientation, Raster, 256 x 224 resolution

Pole Position II (Japanese: ポールポジションII Hepburn: Pōru Pojishon Tsū?) is the sequel to racing arcade game Pole Position, released by Namco in 1983. As with its predecessor, Namco licensed this game to Atari, Inc. for US manufacture and distribution, who also released a port of it as the pack-in game for their Atari 7800 Prosystem console.


Gameplay of Pole Position II

The gameplay is the same as in original Pole Position, plus slightly improved graphics, a new opening theme song, and new tracks. In addition to the original Fuji racetrack, there are three others to choose from: Test (resembling Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Seaside (resembling the 1982 United States Grand Prix West circuit in Long Beach), and Suzuka. The cars have a different color scheme, the explosions now show debris, and there are several new billboards. The timer is displayed as "TIME" in the Japanese version (as it was in the original game), and it is displayed as "UNIT" in the American release.

Pole Position II has been re-released as part of various Namco Museum compilations, but the Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit were renamed to Namco Circuit and Wonder Circuit (after Namco's Wonder series of Japanese theme parks) respectively. In Namco Museum Virtual Arcade, they were renamed to Blue and Orange respectively, even though neither track features the colors.

In 2006, Namco Networks released this game on the mobile platform, paying attention to details to keep it authentic to the arcade original.[1][2]


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