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LED Storm (Arcade)

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Title Screen

LED Storm

Also known as: Mad Gear
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Arcade (Capcom Last Duel hardware)
Released internationally: 1989


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
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ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

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

Dev Credit

A small credit 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.

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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.

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Maybe he's made 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 change 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. It says "Mad Gear".

(Translation: divingkataetheweirdo)

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: divingkataetheweirdo)

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 those 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 prototype 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 alternate credits, 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, because every time the car explodes, the player is awarded a single point. So either get through the entire game without exploding (good luck) or make sure the number of explosions is divisible by 10. Simple, right?

Normal Alternate
MadGearCredits1N.png
I ought to club them and eat their bones!
As Mega Man X
MadGearCredits1A.png
I love when they do the ASCII art
That means "And Also", by the by
You're Welcome to the NHK

This additional set of special thanks is only in the alternate credits sequence.


(Source: http://eienken.web.fc2.com/game-tips/madgear-ledstorm/madgear-ledstorm-stage.html)

Revisional Differences

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This title wound up in almost all of the home ports Only used in the X68000 port

The first North American release of the game is called "LED Storm". In Japan and for later North American releases, the game was retitled "Mad Gear". The copyright year was rather conspicuously updated as well.