Cruis'n is an arcade racing game franchise owned by Nintendo. Originally created and developed by Eugene Jarvis and Midway Games, the series has also been ported to and released on a number of home consoles.
The Cruis'n series began with the arcade release of Cruis'n USA in 1994, developed by Midway Games, and later saw release for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. The game was followed upon by two sequels: Cruis'n World and Cruis'n Exotica, both originally released for arcades before seeing a home console port for Nintendo 64 (and in the case of Exotica, another version for Game Boy Color).
Following Cruis'n Exotica, new installments in the series were only released for Nintendo's home devices and primarily handled by Midway. Cruis'n Velocity was released for the Game Boy Advance in November 2001 in North America, and in February 2002 in Europe. The game is a pseudo-3D racing game developed by Graphic State. In 2007, Midway would release Cruis'n for the Wii. Developed by Just Games Interactive, the game is a port of Raw Thrills' The Fast and the Furious arcade game originally released in 2004, removing any references to the film as Midway had lost the film license partway through development.
Cruis'n Blast, a new arcade title in the series, was released in January 2017. Originally released in a test run during the spring 2016 as Cruis'n Adventure and a second time during the summer as Cruis'n Red Line, the proper release of the game was announced in September 2016. The game was developed by Raw Thrills, who had obtained the license from Nintendo.
Games published by Nintendo
|Game||JP release||NA release||EU release||AUS release||KOR release||Platform|
|Cruis'n USA||N/A||1994||1997||N/A||N/A||Arcade / Nintendo 64|
|Cruis'n World||N/A||1996||1998||N/A||N/A||Arcade / Nintendo 64|
Third party games
Cruis'n Exotica (1999)
Released for arcades, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Color in 1999 (arcades)/late 2000 (Nintendo 64/Game Boy Color). It features similar gameplay but with the addition of a save feature involving a PIN system.
Cruis'n Velocity (2001)
Released for the Game Boy Advance on November 30, 2001 (North America), February 8, 2002 (Europe) with altered mechanics.
Cruis'n (Wii) (2007)
Originally intended as a port of a 2004 Fast and Furious video game, the name was changed to include it as part of the Cruis'n series after licensing issues. Released in North America on November 27, 2007, Australia on February 14, 2008 and Europe on March 27, 2008.
Cruis'n Blast (2016, arcades)
Arcade Cruis'n title by Raw Thrills. The Cruis'n name was licensed to them by Nintendo. It includes new features such as improved graphics and a "BLAST" turbo boost mode.
- Nintendo licenses out new Cruis'n arcade game: Cruis'n Adventure. Gamasutra (May 6, 2016). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- Cruis’n returns in a new arcade racing game. Polygon (August 25, 2016). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- New Details On Cruis’n Blast by Raw Thrills & Nintendo. Arcade Heroes (September 30, 2016). Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- Nintendo Everything