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WaveRunner is a trademarked name and type of personal water craft (PWC) produced by the Yamaha Motor Company.[1] Unique to the WaveRunner among PWCs is the spout of water that shoots into the air from the rear of the vehicle.[2]

Products in the WaveRunner line include the Yamaha WaveBlaster and Yamaha SuperJet.


The Yamaha Motor Company currently produces four different series of WaveRunners.[3] They are:

  • EX Series
  • VX Series
  • FX Series
  • Performance Race Series
  • SuperJet

Video game[edit]

Developer(s) Sega AM-1
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade
Release 1996
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Cabinet Deluxe
Arcade system Sega Model 2

WaveRunner is a Sega racing arcade game developed and released in 1996. The game was built on the Sega Model 2 arcade hardware. The game is based on the water craft of the same name by Yamaha, which Sega consulted with when making the game.[4]

WaveRunner was designed in a cabinet that resembled an actual WaveRunner model. The game features three courses: "Novice", "Intermediate", and "Expert". Players can do tricks on ramps. Players steer by either turning the handlebars or using their weight to make the WaveRunner model lean in the direction of a turn.[5] Up to four cabinets can be linked together for multiplayer racing.[5]

WaveRunner wasn't ported to any home systems. This game is emulated on the Model 2 Emulator by ELSemi.

A sequel, WaveRunner GP, was released in 2001 and used the NAOMI hardware.


  1. ^ Holland, Catherine J. et al. (2007). Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. Entrepreneur Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-59918-147-9. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ Conley, James (Winter 2005). "Using Brand Identity to Reinforce Market Value: The Competitive Edge" (PDF). Innovation. Industrial Designers Society of America. 24 (4): 17. ISSN 0731-2334. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  3. ^ https://yamahawaverunners.com/
  4. ^ "Coin-Operated". Sega Saturn Magazine. No. 15. Emap International Limited. January 1997. p. 93. 
  5. ^ a b "NG Alphas: Jet Ski Sports". Next Generation. No. 23. Imagine Media. November 1996. pp. 197–8. 

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