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Sega Ages Virtua Racing on Nintendo Switch £8.21 from Nintendo eShop Japan
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Sega Ages Virtua Racing on Nintendo Switch £8.21 from Nintendo eShop Japan

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Posted 7th May
The arcade classic Virtua Racing only seems to be available on the Japanese eShop at this time. Getting it on your Switch is pretty simple and it’s in English too.

To create a Japanese eShop account follow this guide.

gamesradar.com/amp…nt/

Using a credit card or PayPal didn’t work for me so I bought 1000¥ credit from SEAGM for £7.77 (£8.21 after fees)

seagm.com/nin…pan

Apply the code and download the game
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I played this on a 32X and it was the most mind blowing home gaming experience I ever had. I see it so clearly, 25 years later. I walked in on my cousin playing it and stopped dead when I saw it.

It was amazing to see a 3D game of this visual quality on a tv, in a living room. You had to go down the arcade and feed £1 coins into brand new £25,000 arcade cabinets to see anything comparable.

Of course the 3DO was more powerful, but I didn't even see one of those until years later because they were so rare. By then PlayStation had made these games commonplace and it's just taken for granted how far games have come. For me though this was a highly memorable gaming experience.
Those tyres must be very inefficient
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Fantastic, brings back great memories
According to DF, it's a great port.
Chanser07/05/2019 16:42

According to DF, it's a great port.


Yeah I read that too. Although the wheels aren't black enough and the car is more pink than red!
Alipan16 h, 14 m ago

Yeah I read that too. Although the wheels aren't black enough and the car …Yeah I read that too. Although the wheels aren't black enough and the car is more pink than red!


Yet, for some bizarre reason, if you were to change your cars colour to black and then back to red in the pre-race options (where possible), the car will actually go back to the original red colour. Bit of a weird bug.
Edited by: "AndrewRunagall" 8th May
Those tyres must be very inefficient
Chanser41 m ago

According to DF, it's a great port.


Yeah, I think it looks stunning, really impressive, though M2 are known to be good. Just disappointing there are no new tracks and that it's a switch exclusive
Was this available for preorder on the Japanese store?

Its not available for preorder over here so I’m trying to figure out if that means it’s Japan-only permanently...
Edited by: "S_Aran" 7th May
S_Aran07/05/2019 18:22

Was this available for preorder on the Japanese store?Its not available …Was this available for preorder on the Japanese store?Its not available for preorder over here so I’m trying to figure out if that means it’s Japan-only permanently...


No idea.

It'll probably be available at some point, but when is anyone's guess.

No reason not to buy it now.
jaypr07/05/2019 18:28

No idea. It'll probably be available at some point, but when is anyone's …No idea. It'll probably be available at some point, but when is anyone's guess.No reason not to buy it now.


Quick question! How did you manage to pay for it? I tried to do it after the DF article and PayPal doesn't work as it is region specific (probably due to different banking laws) and no debit cards work so I assume you had to use a credit card?
Edited by: "Blitzwing" 7th May
I played this on a 32X and it was the most mind blowing home gaming experience I ever had. I see it so clearly, 25 years later. I walked in on my cousin playing it and stopped dead when I saw it.

It was amazing to see a 3D game of this visual quality on a tv, in a living room. You had to go down the arcade and feed £1 coins into brand new £25,000 arcade cabinets to see anything comparable.

Of course the 3DO was more powerful, but I didn't even see one of those until years later because they were so rare. By then PlayStation had made these games commonplace and it's just taken for granted how far games have come. For me though this was a highly memorable gaming experience.
Blitzwing07/05/2019 18:49

Quick question! How did you manage to pay for it? I tried to do it after …Quick question! How did you manage to pay for it? I tried to do it after the DF article and PayPal doesn't work as it is region specific (probably due to different banking laws) and no debit cards work so I assume you had to use a credit card?


You need to buy an ¥1000 yen Nintendo Japan eShop code then apply that. Credit/debit cards and PayPal won’t work

I bought mine here

seagm.com/nin…pan
The first 10 minutes here :
wowsers, that's expensive! wonder how much Pole Position will cost when they get round to that
Had this a week or so, worth picking up if you're into your classic sega arcade racers. They did a great job aside from the weird colours. If anything I hope it does well to encourage more ports in future.
You can set up a Japanese PayPal account with a UK card - 999 yen is £6.94, then you can have it all on your same account.

A handy guide here - hotukdeals.com/com…008

I forgot about Virtua Racing when I bought Cuphead from it the other day - may have to switch back and get it!
S_Aran2 h, 23 m ago

Was this available for preorder on the Japanese store?Its not available …Was this available for preorder on the Japanese store?Its not available for preorder over here so I’m trying to figure out if that means it’s Japan-only permanently...


There was roughly about 2 months between the Japanese and western releases of previous Sega Ages games, so it will release on the UK eshop eventually. No idea why there's such a long wait for a digital game with English already available, but yeah, it'll get here at some point.
Original cost me about £70 on Mega Drive. Vaguely remember it being a special cartridge with an extra widget in it hence the price
noahsdad3 h, 39 m ago

wowsers, that's expensive! wonder how much Pole Position will cost when …wowsers, that's expensive! wonder how much Pole Position will cost when they get round to that


Totally subjective, of course, but it is worth noting that Japan seems to be the most expensive region for the Sega Ages games - literally the most expensive of 38 countries.

Mexico is typically the cheapest at £3.73, though I never could get that Mexican PayPal working.

Russia is second place on £5.26, a saving of £3 if you’re willing to wait.

eshop-prices.com/gam…ges
vulcanproject07/05/2019 19:02

I played this on a 32X and it was the most mind blowing home gaming …I played this on a 32X and it was the most mind blowing home gaming experience I ever had. I see it so clearly, 25 years later. I walked in on my cousin playing it and stopped dead when I saw it.It was amazing to see a 3D game of this visual quality on a tv, in a living room. You had to go down the arcade and feed £1 coins into brand new £25,000 arcade cabinets to see anything comparable.Of course the 3DO was more powerful, but I didn't even see one of those until years later because they were so rare. By then PlayStation had made these games commonplace and it's just taken for granted how far games have come. For me though this was a highly memorable gaming experience.


I had a 32x on release and not really sure why I didn't get this for it. Instead I ended up paying £70 for it on the mega drive!!! I can only assume it hit the mega drive first? As I can't imagine the 32x version being more than £70. Still have it. Looked great at the time...but think i was pretty terrible at it. Wonder how well the controls hold up now...
Edited by: "bleachedsmiles" 8th May
jaypr17 h, 6 m ago

You need to buy an ¥1000 yen Nintendo Japan eShop code then apply that. …You need to buy an ¥1000 yen Nintendo Japan eShop code then apply that. Credit/debit cards and PayPal won’t workI bought mine here https://www.seagm.com/nintendo-wii-3ds-eshop-prepaid-card-japan


Amazing thanks for that!
bleachedsmiles5 h, 31 m ago

I had a 32x on release and not really sure why I didn't get this for it. …I had a 32x on release and not really sure why I didn't get this for it. Instead I ended up paying £70 for it on the mega drive!!! I can only assume it hit the mega drive first? As I can't imagine the 32x version being more than £70. Still have it. Looked great at the time...but think i was pretty terrible at it. Wonder how well the controls hold up now...


There is another 32x game I remember well simply because the name made me snigger. Even today I laugh because I have a dirty mind. It was a golf game.

'36 Great Holes'

Seriously. Who named this game? Sega let them get away with it!
You don't need to set up a Japanese eshop account just change the location setting of your account on a pc to Japan then takes you to Japanese eshop and purchase. Takes out a level of complication and having to have multiple accounts for every country
Edited by: "matengawhat" 8th May
Can confirm a Japanese PayPal account with a UK card works. Was charged £7.24 with my Tandem card. Great classic game.
Thanks for the heads up on this OP. Used the 'region change' method rather than a new account, but did get my card through SEAGM. Looks like some bargains to be had on there!
Region change and a gift card from seagm worked a treat, thanks
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