Vic Viper (cancelled arcade racing game; 1995)

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) article for the game.

Status: Lost

At the 1995 Japan Amusement Machine and Marketing Association (JAMMA) tradeshow, Konami unveiled a racing game spin-off of their Gradius series, titled Vic Viper (named after the player's ship from the Gradius games). The game was very akin to racing games like Wipeout and F-Zero, and was planned for release in 1996.[1]

Status

The game, despite getting a positive reception from magazines, was never released as it was believed it would not be a success due to other, more popular racing games at the time, including Sega's Daytona USA and Namco's Ridge Racer. The game was about 40% complete by the time it was cancelled.[2] Interestingly, the game's soundtrack was released in September 2011 as part of the Konami Shooting Collection album, which featured over 100 tracks from other Konami shooting games, including several Gradius games.[3]

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