Lost In Translation/Hang-On

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Hang-On marquee.
Hang-On title.
Hang-On control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1985
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 6.294 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2203 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sega PCM (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.05 Hz
6,144 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 28 ROMs
876,544 bytes (856.00 KiB)
MAME ID hangon

About The Game

Hang-On is a point-to-point, sprite scaling, racing, chase-view arcade video game in which the player takes control of a superbike and must race over 5 twisting circuits, avoiding rival bikers and trying to reach the end of each stage before the time limit expires.

Hang-On's handling and superb graphics were unlike anything seen before in the arcades and, like many Yu Suzuki games that followed, revolutionised the racing genre.

The 5 stages of 'Hang-On' are :

  • Alps
  • Grand Canyon
  • City Night
  • Seaside
  • Circuit


Released in July 1985.

The first in a series of classic racing games designed by the legendary Yu Suzuki and his team (who would go on to create, amongst others, the Out Run series, as well as this game's sequel, Super Hang-On).

This game was the first Sega game to use digitized drums in the music.

There are 2 cabinet versions : a Sit-Down model and a Ride-On model, the later of which was a large, mock-up motorcycle that the player sat on. The Sit-Down model featured a motorcycle handlebar, throttle and break lever. The cabinet also has a simulated tachometer and speedometer. The Ride-On version lets you steer your bike by moving your weight left and right, but didn't feature any of the hydraulics or force feedback that would become the staple of future Sega arcade games.

Don Novak holds the official record for this game on a 'Simulator' cabinet with 40,715,030 points.

Richard Powell holds the official record for this game on a 'Upright' cabinet with 33,923,450 points.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Sega Taikan Game Special - 28XA-198) on 21/12/1987.


  1. Hang-On [Sit-Down model] (1985)
    Hang-On [Ride-On model] (1985)
  2. Hang-On II (1985, Sega SG-1000)
  3. Hang-On Jr. (1985)
  4. Super Hang-On [Mini Ride-On Model] (1987)
    Super Hang-On [Sit-Down model] (1987)
    Super Hang-On [Upright model] (1987)
  5. Limited Edition Hang-On (1991)


Designed By
Yu Suzuki (YU.)
From Hiscore Table
Music By
Hiroshi Miyauchi

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Master System (1985)
Sega Master System (1986, "Hang On & Astro Warrior")
Sega Master System (1986, "Hang On & Safari Hunt")
Sega Dreamcast (2000, "Shenmue")
Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol. 1")
Sega Saturn
MSX (1985)
LCD handheld game (1989) released by Tiger Electronics

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Sega Game Music Vol.2 28XA-108[1] 1987-02-25 Alfa Records CD version.
Sega Taikan Game Special 28XA-198[2] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records CD version.
Beep Special Project - Sega Game Music Sono Sheet N/A[3] 1986-11-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
Sega Game Music Vol.2 ALC-22909[4] 1987-02-25 G.M.O. Records / Alfa Records Cassette version.
Sega Game Music Vol.2 ALR-22909[5] 1987-02-25 G.M.O. Records / Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Sega Game Music Vol.2 SCDC-00052[6] 2000-10-18 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Sega Taikan Game Special ALC-28096[7] 1987-12-21 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Yu-Suzuki produce Hang-On / Space Harrier MJCAX-00001[8] 1997-10-17 Marvelous Entertainment, Inc. CD version.
SUPER HANG-ON 20th Anniversary Collection WM-0570[9] 2007-07-05 Wavemaster Inc. CD version.
GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project N/A[10] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Double vinyl version.

Screen Shot Comparison

Title Screen

Sound Comparison

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "Title" "Main Theme" "Goal Music" "Name Entry" M1 v0.7.8a6


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.