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Road Fighter (NES)

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Title Screen

Road Fighter

Developer: Konami
Publishers: Konami (JP), Palcom Software (EU)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: July 11, 1985
Released in EU: June 18, 1992


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Road Fighter is a very simple port of the arcade game of the same name. Europe got this game after 7 years with just a small update. America, however, got nothing instead. Poor USA...

Unused Graphics

RFNES unused car0.png RFNES unused car1.png RFNES unused car2.png

There are a set of unused cars left among other sprites graphics.

RFNES truck open0.png RFNES truck open1.png

Two frames of animation of the truck doors are opened.

RFNES barrel0.png RFNES barrel1.png

There are two incomplete sprites of barrel animation for more road obstacles. There are no barrels on the road in the final game.

RFNES smallblob.png

Probably a sewer hatch sprite, but maybe the barrel from the top side as the road obstacle. Both this one and the above obstacles probably appear too small for the game, compared to the used oil puddles and holes.

RFNES blob nice.png RFNES blob 100.png RFNES blob excl.png

Various blobs, probably intended to be used at the checkpoints according to results.

Build Dates

An ID string listing the build version and date can be found at the end of the European PRG ROM:

MSTR910502

A similar ID can be found in many other Konami games.

"MSTR" means it's the "master" version of the game, and the numbers represent the date. So, this build was compiled on May 2, 1991.

A different string can be found at the beginning of the PRG ROM, in the Japanese version:

RC801.1.0.850328

indicating the version number and compile date. (Version 1.0, compiled on March 28, 1985.)

Regional Differences

Title screens

The European version has a bigger logo than the Japanese version, as well as a much longer copyright statement. Because of this, the options were moved to a separate screen.

Japan Europe
Road Fighter (J) -!--0.png Road Fighter (Europe) 001.png Road Fighter (Europe) 002.png

In the Japanese version, the car accelerates to 196km/h in first gear. In the European version, the car accelerates to 224km/h.

Japan Europe
64-in-1 (J) -p1- 001.png Road Fighter (Europe) 003.png

In the Japanese version, if the fuel ratio is less than 10%, it becomes dark red. In European version, the ratio turns blue.

Japan Europe
64-in-1 (J) -p1- 002.png Road Fighter (Europe) 004.png