Lost In Translation/Power Drift

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Power Drift
Power Drift marquee.
No screen shot.
Power Drift control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1988
1 Button(s)
Main CPU (3x) 68000 (@ 12.500 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.027 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 4.027 MHz)
Sega PCM (@ 4.027 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
24,576 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 52 ROMs
7,143,424 bytes (6.81 MiB)
MAME ID pdrift · pdrifta · pdriftj

About The Game

Power Drift is a chase-view racing arcade video game where you race against eleven other drivers over any one of five abstract and hugely demanding courses.

The game's 25 stages (separated into five different races, only ONE of which can be played per game) are constructed of undulating, tilting, roller coaster-esque tracks; featuring jumps, drops and chicanes. On most of the stages, it's possible to 'fall off' the higher sections of the track, crashing to the ground below and losing valuable seconds.

Power Drift's superb roller coaster effect was enhanced further with the introduction of a 'tilting axis'; as the player steers left and right, the screen display mirrors the controller's movements and tilts on its axis, in a similar fashion to another Sega game, "After Burner".

Power Drift was yet another visually superb 3-D "sprite-scaling" racing game from Sega and, having already perfected the racing genre with 1986's "Out Run" and the "Hang-On" series; the company charged Yu Suzuki and his team to take the arcade racer in a wholly new direction.


Also released as "Power Drift [Deluxe Sit-Down model]".

Pony Canyon/Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Power Drift & Mega Drive: G.S.M. Sega 2 - D28B0010) on 08/12/1988.

Tips and tricks

  • The game's difficulty level is determined by the type of car the player chooses to race with. The RED car (with bigger wheels) sets the difficulty level at 'easy', the BLUE car at 'normal', the ORANGE car at 'hard' and GRAY car at 'hardest'.
  • Press the START button while playing for a rear view. One thing to note is that Power Drift's gear change (from low to high, such as at the start of a race or after a crash) should be implemented much quicker than in other arcade racers.

Extra Bonus Stages

Finishing in first place on all tracks of courses B and D will allow players to race a special track using the bike from Sega's classic 1985 racer, "Hang-On".

Finish first on all five tracks of any given group (A to E) and players will get to race a special track using the jet from "After Burner".


Designed By
Yu Suzuki (YU.)
Music & Sounds
Hiroshi Miyauchi

(from hiscore table)


Cabinet and Artwork


NEC PC-Engine (1990)
Sega Saturn (1998, "Sega Ages : Power Drift")
Sega Dreamcast (2001, "Yu Suzuki Gameworks Vol.1")
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Amstrad CPC (1989)
Commodore C64 (1989)
Commodore Amiga ("Power Drift", 1989, Activision)
Atari ST (1989)
PC [MS-DOS, 5.25"] (1989)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Yu-Suzuki produce Power Drift MJCAX-00011[1] 1998-01-21 Marvelous Entertainment, Inc. CD version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00014[2] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Power Drift & Mega Drive -G.S.M. SEGA 2- D28B-0010[3] 1988-12-28 Pony Canyon Inc. CD version.
Mega Selection II -G.S.M. SEGA- PCCB-00077[4] 1991-12-15 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Legend of Game Music 2 ~Platinum Box~ SCDC-00473~82[5] 2006-01-18 Scitron Digital Contents 8 CD version.
Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ SCDC-00312[6] 2003-11-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 SVWC-7092~4[7] 2001-10-24 SME Visual Works 3 CD version.
Power Drift & Mega Drive -G.S.M. SEGA 2- 25P5-0010[8] 1988-12-28 Pony Canyon Inc. Cassette version.
S.S.T. Band Live! PCVP-10405[9] 1990-11-21 Pony Canyon Released on VHS.
S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ SDDV-00035[10] 2006-09-20 Happinet Corporation Released on DVD.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[11] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Power Drift & Mega Drive -G.S.M. SEGA 2- DC-0016[12] 1989-01-01 Pony Canyon, Scitron CD version.
Power Drift E20H-1003[13] 1988-11-21 Pony Canyon CD-Video version.
Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito SRIN-1063[14] 2009-09-02 SuperSweep CD version.
Mega Selection -G.S.M. SEGA- PCTB-00003[15] 1989-12-15 Pony Canyon Cassette version.

External Links


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.