Super Hang-On

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Super Hang-On
Super hang on arcade flyer.png
North American trade flyer showing sitdown and standup versions of the arcade cabinet.
Developer(s) Sega AM2
Designer(s) Yu Suzuki
Composer(s) Katsuhiro Hayashi
Koichi Namiki
Platform(s) Arcade, Sega Mega Drive, Game Boy Advance, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) Arcade
Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP December 5, 1988
  • NA September 4, 1989
  • EU January, 1991
Sharp X68000
  • JP December, 1989
PlayStation Network
  • JP May 23, 2012
  • NA May 22, 2012
  • EU May 23, 2012
Xbox Live Arcade
  • INT May 23, 2012
Wii Virtual Console
  • JP September 14, 2010
  • INT May 3, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
3D Classics
  • JP March 27, 2013
  • NA November 28, 2013
  • EU November 28, 2013
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Cabinet Upright, sit-down
Arcade system Sega OutRun

Super Hang-On (スーパーハングオン?) is a 1987 motorcycle racing arcade game by Sega, and the sequel to the acclaimed Hang-On. A version of this game, in the full simulated-motorcycle cabinet used by the original Hang-On, was released in 1991 as Limited Edition Hang-On.

It was also released for the Sega Mega Drive, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 in 1989. Super Hang-On was also released for the Sharp X68000 computer in Japan. The game also appeared on several Mega Drive compilations, namely Mega Games I (bundled with the console as Mega Drive Magnum Set), and Sega Genesis Six Pack. The arcade version was released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on September 14, 2010 and later for the other regions on May 3, 2012. A stereoscopic 3D version was released for the Nintendo 3DS eShop in Japan on March 27, 2013 and in North America and Europe on November 28, 2013.


Arcade screenshot

The arcade mode in Super Hang-On is similar to the original Hang-On. However, there is a choice of four tracks to race on which are based on continents, each containing a different amount of stages. Also, should the player reach the normal maximum speed of 280 km/h, a turbo button is enabled. Using this button allows the player to reach an even higher top speed of 324 km/h. Each stage is roughly half the length of a stage in the original Hang-On. Africa is the easiest and shortest out of the four courses (six stages). Asia is the second easiest and is similar in length to the course from the original Hang-On at ten stages long. The Americas is the second to toughest course, containing 14 stages and Europe is the hardest course, being 18 stages long. When the player starts a race, they have their choice of four songs that will play during the race, a feature borrowed from Out Run.[citation needed]

The Sega Mega Drive version of the game included the full arcade game, and an additional original mode, which allowed players to recruit sponsors and earn money to buy enhanced components for their bike.[1] The cover for this version has a bike and rider in the same colors as Shinichi Itoh, who competed in the All-Japan 500 cc Championship on a Rothmans Honda NSR500.

The ZX Spectrum version was as accurate to the arcade as possible on that platform, scoring 10/10 in Sinclair User, and was rated number 27 in the Your Sinclair Official Top 100 Games of All Time.[2]

Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 8/10[3]
Crash 85%[4]
Sinclair User 10/10[5]
Your Sinclair 8/10[6]
MegaTech 89%[7]
ACE 752[8]
Mega 90%[9]
Publication Award
Sinclair User SU Classic
Your Sinclair 27th Best Spectrum Game of all time[10]


The arcade version was released on the Wii's Virtual Console service in Japan on September 14, 2010, and later in North America and Europe on May 3, 2012. Like Shinobi and its omission of any references to Marilyn Monroe, the Virtual Console version of Super Hang-On was slightly altered to avoid any copyright troubles. This includes the replacing of several in-game billboards which used to feature real brand names such as Cibie with similar billboards which mention other Sega games such as OutRun and After Burner.[citation needed]

Another version of the game was released for the Nintendo 3DS via the Nintendo eShop in Japan on March 27, 2013. The game feature stereoscopic 3D and tilt controls which emulate the arcade version. This version was released for North America and Europe on November 28, 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Super Hang On game manual (PAL ed.). Sega. 1989. pp. 10,16,28–38. 
  2. ^ "Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. September 1993. 
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  7. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 6, page 80, June 1992
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  9. ^ Mega rating, issue 9, page 23, Future Publishing, June 1993
  10. ^ Your Sinclair magazine issue 93, Future Publishing, September 1993, page 58

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