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LED Storm (Arcade)

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Title Screen

LED Storm

Also known as: Mad Gear (JP/later US)
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Arcade (Capcom Last Duel hardware)
Released in JP: February 1989[1]
Released in US: 1989? (LED Storm), March 1989[1] (Mad Gear)

CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

To do:
Document the prototype, which is VERY different from both the final and location test versions.

LED Storm is not about surviving a hail of laser fire. It's more of a Bump 'n' Jump-type racing game with bigger sprites and powerups.

And pits. Lots of pits.


Version Differences
Ever wondered why all the home ports feel like a completely different game?

Dev Credit

A small credit is in the audio CPU at 0x0000D:

Prog. Saka

Unused Graphics

Used Unused
Smoke, frozen in time like so much frozen smoke Don't smoke kids, unless you want to look cool

The characters in the game's attract mode all have multiple frames of animation, but only Mohikan actually uses them. The rest are static images.

Used Unused
I'm not making a Metal Gear joke here Ssssmug ssssnake

Snake is Fred's rival. Oh, Fred is the protagonist, by the way, not that you get to see him outside of this cast roll.

Used Unused
Maybe he's mad because his mom named him Hougan Or maybe he's just a dick

Hougan has a case of the road rage. Maybe it's the striped shirt.

Used Unused
He was actually going to a ski resort and got really, really lost Too bad he can't wiggle his eyebrows Who is this mysterious man? Taken shortly before filming on Junior started

"Arnold", who is clearly not based on any actor living or dead, has the most animation frames of anyone besides Fred. The shades are actually a separate sprite. Note that the third unused frame uses an incorrect gray color for the border.

Used Unused
Did I imply that Hougan was a stupid name? I take it back Maybe it's best that they changed this design. Yeesh

Vebroag's unused frame uses a very different character design! Some of the graphics were overwritten, but you get the gist of it.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Gear
Just a little unused subtitle that says "Mad Gear".

(Translation: CounterDiving)

You said a mouthful
An unused graphic that says "Ultra-Magnetic Swift Attack". Doesn't really apply to anything in the game, but it sounds rad as hell.

(Translation: CounterDiving)

Capcom hadn't yet decided to stick shops in every one of their arcade games
An unused dollar sign graphic is in the game's CHR ROM bank. There's technically a cash prize at the end of the game, but it's really just a point bonus.

TCRF Cares♥
It's a frosty mug of beer! Don't drink and drive, kids.

How many times must point bonuses be unused? When will people LEARN
Unused graphics for the bonus point balloons, which always give 10,000 points in the finished game.

Don't worry, this game doesn't have a Wanted Level. I think Round and round and round it goes, where it stops? Over a cliff, probably
A simple yellow road barrier. These appeared in the location test version LED Storm Rally 2011 with a different design, and it looks like they were going to keep them in the game but ultimately decided not to.

I call road hax
An unused falling animation for the cars found in the two desert levels. Even if you force those cars over a pit, they'll just keep on driving as if they're on solid ground.

Jump jump Slide slide
The yellow race cars have animations for jumping and driving on a slant which were probably meant to be used in the Thunder Road stage. They're always upright in the final version.

Alternate Credits

To see these, the player has to complete the second loop of the game and have the last digit of their score be 0. This is harder than it seems, as every time the car explodes the player is awarded 1 point. So either get through the entire game without exploding (good luck) or make sure your number of explosions is divisible by 10. Simple, right?

Normal Alternate
I ought to club them and eat their bones!
As Mega Man X
I love when they do the ASCII art
That means "And Also", by the by

An additional set of special thanks is only in the alternate credits sequence:

You're Welcome to the NHK
(Source: http://eienken.web.fc2.com/game-tips/madgear-ledstorm/madgear-ledstorm-stage.html)

Revisional Differences

Original US Japan/Later US
This title wound up in almost all of the home ports Only used in the X68000 port

The first US release was LED Storm. In Japan and for later American releases, the game was retitled Mad Gear, with the title logo receiving a fancy new backdrop and Japanese subtitle to go along with it. If you look closely, you'll notice that LED Storm's title screen is surrounded by a weird off-black color, this was fixed in Mad Gear. The copyright year was rather conspicuously updated as well, now using the game's regular font as opposed to a unique one due to Capcom apparently not being bothered to draw a 9.