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CREATED JUN.03.2013
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MARTIN NIELSEN
VR POWERBOAT RACING
... IN THE WORKS, BUT MAGIC NEVER HAPPEND!
DEVELOPER TerragGlyph Interactive Studios
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GAME TYPE
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MULTIPLAYER TYPE
ROM SIZE UNKNOWN
COMPLETENESS 0%

As if Sea-Doo Hyrdocross wasn't enough water action for Vatical Entertainment, they none the less had another water racer on the drawing board, this one being coded by TerraGlyph.

If you like powerboats but hate sunburns, there's finally a solution for your woes. Hop on in and race a high-performance speedboat against friends or computer opponents in this detailed trip to the lake. VR SPORTS POWERBOAT RACING features several modes, including: Arcade mode, in which you take on opponents in various locales and earn points to sneak into more advanced events; Shoot-Out, a quick-fix, five-lap race against an opponent; Time Trial, which challenges you to beat your best times; and Challenge, in which you take on a ghost racer. There's also a Practice mode, where you can perfect all of those tight turns, flips, and twists before you enter the heat of battle.

Some of the highly detailed 3D environments in the game include New York, Nevada, Japan, Norway, England, Australia, Monaco, the Amazon, and Russia. The graphics are as lush as the play is intuitive, and the game sports one of the most intense two-player games in any racing title. If VR SPORTS POWERBOAT RACING were any more real, you'd have to tap the water out of your ears after playing.

In September 2000 VR Powerboat Racing no longer had a confirmed release date by Vatical. "VR Powerboat has been postponed until an unknown date," a company representative told IGN. Later in February 2001 the news broke that Powerboat would never see the light of day.

IGN wrote...

According to company representatives, VR Powerboat has yet to begin production so even under the best case scenario the product would not be available until sometime next year. However, after carefully reviewing the state of the Nintendo 64 market, Vatical has decided not to pursue the game.

This sadly means that VR Powerboar Racing never existed for the Nintendo64. If you'd like to give the game a go, a Playstation version (of course) exists.

A Gameboy Color version was also in the works, but was canned as well.

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