Head out on the highway with Arcade Archives’ Burnin’ Rubber

Out of the way, I’m a motorist

Retro publishers are getting in gear for this week’s addition to the Arcade Archives collection. Data East’s buggy-bumping Burnin’ Rubber is now available to download on Nintendo Switch.

Released in Japanese arcades back in 1982, Burnin’ Rubber was one of numerous top-down racers vying for the quarters of the coin-op crowd back in the golden age of gaming. Players engage in high-speed races against a pack of copy-paste competitors, ramming their opposition off-road while utilising the buggy’s leap ability (Yeah, sure, why not?) to get out of sticky situations.

Burnin’ Rubber would eventually arrive in the west, where it would ported to the NES, Intellivision and other home platforms under its better-known title of Bump ‘n’ Jump. You can check out the game in action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Janet.

Burnin’ Rubber is available to download now on Nintendo Switch, priced at around $8.

Chris Moyse
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