Lost In Translation/Rad Mobile

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Rad Mobile
No screen shot.
Rad Mobile control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1991
2 Button(s)
Main CPU V60 (@ 16.108 MHz)
Z80 (@ 8.054 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
(2x) YM3438 (@ 8.054 MHz)
RF5C68 (@ 12.500 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
416 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
16,384 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 20 ROMs
13,402,112 bytes (12.78 MiB)
MAME ID radm · radmu

About The Game

Rad Mobile is an arcade video racing game.

Another in the long line of ground-breaking racing games from Sega, Rad Mobile is a twenty stage race across America; starting in Los Angeles and finishing in New York. With the game's release, Sega yet again introduced new game-play elements to the genre, primarily in the form of dynamic weather effects. Sega's 1989 racer, "Turbo Out Run", also included limited weather effects, but they were far less prominent as a game-play feature and a good deal less impressive than they are here.

Another Sega innovation is that many of Rad Mobile's stages have banked corners; with the car's cockpit view tilting to match the driving surface. Some stages also have police patrols, and players must either avoid or outrun the police cars or risk being pulled over. Being pulled over will result in a loss of valuable seconds.

In addition to the tight time limit, rival drivers (represented as red cars) and heavy, two-way traffic, players now had to contend with heavy rain, thick fog and darkness. Windscreen wipers and headlights had to be manually switched on by the player which, together with the first-person in-car view, gave a more realistic and interactive feel to standard but undeniably superb racing action.


Rad Mobile was Sega's first 32bit arcade game.

Sega's legendary game mascot, "Sonic The Hedgehog", is shown in this game dangling from the player's rear view mirror. This is actually the first time Sonic ever appeared in a video game.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Formula : G.S.M. Sega 5 - PCCB-00059) on 21/04/1991.

A Rad Mobile unit appears in the 1992 movie 'Encino Man'.


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

Tips and tricks

Rad Mobile's stages and relative driving conditions are as follows :

Stage Location Conditions Police Patrol Cars
1 Los Angeles Day No
2 Mojave Desert Day No
3 Las Vegas Night No
4 Provo Rain Yes
5 Salt Lake City Day No
6 Rocky Mountains Day No
7 Cheyenne Thunder Storm Yes
8 Lincoln Night No
9 Omaha Day No
10 Kansas City Fog Yes
11 St. Louis Night No
12 Springfield Rain No
13 Chicago Day No
14 Indianapolis Night No
15 Cincinnati Day Yes
16 Columbus Dusk No
17 Pittsburgh Night No
18 Washington Fog Yes
19 Philadelphia Day No
20 New York Day No

The two-lane, oncoming traffic levels, such as the Rocky Mountains, are easier than they appear. Rather than trying to pass cars on the left and risk a head-on collision, pass them on the right. This is particularly good advice for the Rocky Mountains stage as it's possible to fall over the cliff edge that is situated on the left-hand side of the course.

There are at least two endings to this game depending on what place the player finishes in and whether or not he or she used any short cuts. The best ending is achieved by finishing in first place without using any shortcuts.


  1. Rad Mobile (1990)
  2. Rad Rally (1991)

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Saturn (1994, "Gale Racer")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Formula -G.S.M. SEGA 5- PCCB-00059[1] 1991-04-21 Pony Canyon Inc. 2 CD version.
Back in the S.S.T. Band!! ~The Very Best~ SCDC-00312[2] 2003-11-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ SDDV-00035[3] 2006-09-20 Happinet Corporation Released on DVD.


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The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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