Video Game / Tokyo Xtreme Racer

A series of racing games by Genki, known also in Japan as Shutokou Battle and dating to the SNES days, although few of the earlier games made it to the United States. It got more notice when the Sega Dreamcast versions came stateside. (Genki also developed the first Wangan Midnight arcade game, its console ports, and also a stand-alone game for the PlayStation 3.)

The main feature of the game is its free roaming environment (not introduced until the first Dreamcast game) and the "SP" system, in which both your car and the opponent's car have life bars that go down when either car is ahead or hits a wall/civilian traffic.

List of the games in the series (note that localized releases are listed by their English titles):
  • Drift King Shutokou Battle '94 (Super Famicom, Japan-only)
  • Drift King Shutokou Battle 2 (Super Famicom, Japan-only)
  • Highway 2000 (Saturn, known as Wangan Dead Heat in Japan)
  • Tokyo Highway Battle (PlayStation, known as Shutokou Battle: Drift King in Japan)
  • Shutokou Battle '97 (Saturn, Japan-only)
  • Shutokou Battle R (PlayStation, Japan-only)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer (Dreamcast)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2 (Dreamcast)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer Zero (PlayStation 2)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 (PlayStation 2)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift (PlayStation 2, part of spinoff series Kaido Battle)
  • Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2 (PlayStation 2, also part of Kaido Battle)
  • Street Supremacy (PSP, known as Shutokou Battle: Edge of Control in Japan)
  • Import Tuner Challenge (Xbox 360, known as Shutokou Battle X in Japan)

The Tokyo Xtreme Racer series contains examples of the following:

  • A God Am I: Not a villain per-se, but some high-level bosses consider themselves as this, but more literal examples go to God's Estuary in TXR3 as well as God Shift Bunta in Drift 2.
  • Amazon Brigade: You may encounter some of this in every game, most notably the Cupid Arrows team.
  • Badass Driver: Racers on the BBS will claim that you are this when you beat them.
  • Boss Game: Kaido Battle series as well as Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix.
    • Also applies to Drift King titles where Keiichi Tsuchiya is the Big Bad of these games.
  • Boss Bonanza: Some bosses in TXR3, and Phantom Nine in Import Tuner Challenge.
  • Boss Rush: In later parts of every Shutokou Battle games, especially against Nagoya bosses in TXR 3.
  • Cap: On your speed; TXR0 caps you at 430 km/h / 267 mph, and TXR3 to 370 km/h / 230 mph.
  • Captain Ersatz: In any game that does not feature licensed cars, the game will have cars that resemble those cars with minor differences.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Import Tuner Challenge, after the player buys their first car, they're immediately challenged to a race by a dark blue Nissan Skyline 350GT coupe with the license plate "EMPEROR" on it. Defeating this opponent leads to a short cutscene where the driver, a Mr. Iwasaki, who welcomes the player to the Tokyo highway racing scene, and asks if they're aiming to challenge the Speed King. Players from the previous games may get the hint earlier, but later on, Iwasaki is revealed to be Motoya Iwasaki, the Speed King himself.
  • Creator Cameo: Kaido President in Drift series happens to be Hamagaki himself, who in real life is the founder of Genki.
  • Cultural Translation: The North American version converts all measurements to U.S. measurements, even though the game is set in Japan. Also see the Race Lift example below.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: How many racers in the Drift series react on the BBS if you defeat a Slasher (turf boss).
  • Diegetic Interface:
    • Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix featured on the player's HUD replications of their currently driven car's gauges, or if they replaced the car's gauge cluster with a STACK data acquisition cluster, a replication of said cluster on their HUD.
    • Import Tuner Challenge went all the way and featured impressively detailed interiors for the time. Even custom cars got unique interior designs.
  • The Dreaded: A few racers are this in some of there bios, but the Quirky Mini Boss Squad really take the cake.
  • Dual Boss: Starting from Drift till Import Tuner Challenge, you will see some of them, whenever it's two members of a team, or two bosses appear in a same time.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Some games have an "easy" life meter option in which you only lose SP for trailing (as opposed to losing SP for trailing as well as hitting stuff). However, using this option reduces the amount of currency won from battles.
  • Four Is Death: In the first TXR game, there are two racing teams whose name starts in "Four" (Four Devas and Four Devils), consisting of four members each. In TXR0 and Import Tuner Challenge, the number for the final boss is "400", connecting the number "4" to the unlucky and demonic number.
  • Fragile Speedster: The lightweight Kei cars (i.e. the Suzuki Cappuccino, Honda Beat, and Mazda AZ-1) fall under this trope in the Drift series.
  • Game-Breaking Bug / Unwinnable by Mistake: Due to an error involving converting currency, one opponent in Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 requires you to have more money than is permitted. And she's one of the 599 opponents you need to defeat to challenge the Giant Space Flea from Nowhere Final Boss. As a result of this hard lesson learned, every subsequent localization of any Shutokou Battle / Kaido Battle game leaves the currency as is.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The final boss in TXR3, and Twenty Masters in Drift 2.
  • Guide Dang It: Many of the requirements to summon and/or be able to challenge "Wanderer" opponents. In TXR3, some of the opponents' requirements are hinted at in their profiles, but for many others, as well as those in other games, you may as well hit up a guide.
  • Heroic RROD: In TXR3, driving for too long without stopping occasionally in the parking areas results in drastically reduced engine performance (from water and oil temps overheating). Driving for too long in a single night will also wear down your tires and make the car less responsive to steering inputs, and have less grip overall.
  • Hold the Line: Races in the Kaido Battle series and Street Supremacy have defined finishing points, making it possible for the player to win by simply crossing the finish line first if they are unable to drain their opponents' SP gauge in time before they are unable to hold the opponent back any longer.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: The Shutokou Battle games have in-game clocks that are tied to the system clock and are used for some events, such as Wanderers that only appear at a particular time. However, this is subverted due to...
  • Infinity+1 Sword: The Dodge Viper GTS (renamed Type-VGTS due to lack of licensing) in Zero, the Ford GT and MCR R34 in TXR3 and the Honda NSX in Drift 2. They are both incredibly fast and can win races with relative ease, but they are some of the most expensive cars in their respective game.
  • Infinity–1 Sword: The Nissan Skyline GT-Rs in both TXR3 and Drift 2 falls under this category as they can be tuned to go very fast, very stable- even in wet and snow conditions, and isn't as expensive as many other cars with comparable performance.
  • Japanese Ranguage: At least in Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2, you can apply a stripe to your car. Among the options such as "Stripe", "Brush" and "Wild", there is a "Frame" option. Every single stripe in the option looks like a Flame stripe.
  • Joke Character: The Isuzu Vehicross in TXR3, along with the Daihatsu Midget II and Honda Fit in TXRD and TXRD2.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The Suzuki Cappuccino in TXR3 starts off with pitiful performance, however, the Magikarp Power kicks in when you accumulate enough miles on the car to do a Rotary engine swap on it. Then, it just dominates the C1 loops in Tokyo.
  • Life Meter: This is a central game mechanic within the series, with many games foregoing the genre-traditional "beat your opponent to a finish line" objective. Both opponents begin with a bar known as an "SP Meter", and the trailing player will lose SP over time, the rate at which they lose SP increasing the further they are behind. Hitting something will also cause the SP Meter to drop. The first player to run out of SP loses, even if they are in the lead.
  • Meaningful Name: The "EMPEROR" vanity plate on Iwasaki's Skyline coupe in Import Tuner Challenge. Emperor is a direct translation of his street name in the Japanese versions of the series, Jintei. In all but two English localization of the series, his street name is Speed King, with TXR3 leaving the name untranslated, and ITC reversing it to "King Speed".

Alternative Title(s): Tokyo Highway Battle, Shutokou Battle