Cruis'n Blast Revives A Dormant Racing Series

Get ready to backflip your car over the finish line.

Gamers who grew up in the heyday of the arcade era—or who had a Nintendo 64 hooked up to their home television—will likely remember the Cruis’n series of racing games. If you’re among these gamers you’re in luck, as a fresh injection of nostalgia is coming down the line thanks to the newly announced Cruis’n Blast.

The Cruis’n series began way back in 1994 with the launch of the Cruis’n USA arcade game. Cruis’n USA was later ported to the Nintendo 64 console in 1998 and its popularity on both platforms eventually led it to spawn three sequels: Cruis’n World (released for arcades in 1996 and Nintendo 64 in 1998), Cruis’n Exotica (released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000), and Cruis’n Velocity (released for the Game Boy Color in 2001).

There was also the poorly-received 2007 Wii title Cruis’n, but that was just a port of the 2004 The Fast and the Furious arcade game without the licensed F&F elements. As you can see in the above trailer, Cruis’n Blast aims to recapture the goofy atmosphere that made the original Cruis’n games so memorable, complete with over-the-top music, crazy car stunts, and jarringly bright visuals.

The game is expected to start showing up in various Dave & Buster’s locations around the country, though there’s no word yet on whether it will eventually make its way to home consoles as well.

For more recent LevelCamp news coverage be sure to check out our looks at five subtle yet appreciated changes to Skyrim Special Edition and how Modern Warfare Remastered will have 20 prestige levels.

Nate Hohl

Nate Hohl got his start in the video games journalism industry shortly after graduating college and since then he has come to find enjoyment in critiquing various forms of media (games, movies, books, etc.) and seeing how they affect our ever-developing idea of culture. If you'd like to contact him, you can do so via his email address,, or his admittedly oft-neglected Twitter account @NateHohl.

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