Cruis'n USA is an arcade racing game
originally released in 1994. It was developed by Midway Games
and published and distributed by Nintendo. It is the first game
in the Cruis'n series and features locations around the United States.
Although Cruis'n USA was advertised as running on Ultra 64 hardware (based on the Nintendo 64's hardware), it was actually implemented on the Midway V-unit hardware. The hardware consisted of a TMS32031 CPU clocked at 50 MHz, an ADSP-2115 DSP clocked at 10 MHz for sound and a custom 3D chip that could render perspective-correct but unfiltered quads at a high resolution (512 x 400 pixels).
Along with Killer Instinct Gold, it was planned as a launch title for the Nintendo 64. Neither game
made it out for Nintendo 64's launch, however, primarily because the arcade versions of both games
were done on hardware that was very different and somewhat more powerful than the console. Cruis'n USA, although impressive in arcades in 1994, got panned in 1996 when it was finally released on the Nintendo 64 because the port was less polished than the arcade version and its technology had already been surpassed by other games
It was released on Wii's Virtual Console in Europe on March 28, 2008, making it the first third party developed Nintendo 64 game
to be released on the service. It became available on the Virtual Console in North America on March 31, 2008.
Like in most racing games
, players race down one-way courses consisting of streets vaguely based on real-life locations. While racing, they do their best to avoid various road hazards such as oncoming traffic and construction. Players chose between seven different cars to race with. As in most racing games
, the car can simulate either an automatic or manual transmission. Automatic increases the speed of gear shifts, while players using the manual transmission must switch during races. Players who reach first place move on to the next track, like in most racing games
. Unlike most racing games
, there is the option to change the music by pressing the music button. Cruis'n USA's car handling is also very twitchy when compared to other N64 racing games
. Whenever you finish the game
, you unlock either a new vehicle or a new color.
The cars in the game
are given fictitious names as the developers did not get licenses to use their actual names. The following are the names of cars in the game
, and their real-life names.
'63 Muscle Car: Chevrolet Corvette (C2)
La Bomba: De Luxe Ford
Devastator IV: Mitsubishi Eclipse (Modified)
Italia P69: Ferrari Testarossa
ATV: Jeep Wrangler
School Bus: GMC B-Series
Police Car: Chevrolet Caprice
Pick-Up Truck: Chevrolet C-10
Big Truck: Kenworth T600
Minivan: Dodge Caravan
Car: Ford Mustang (first generation)
Cruis'n USA Big Bus: MCI MC-9
Fire Truck: Seagrave M