Games: Over Drivin’ Nissan Skyline Memorial

February 5, 2015 in games

Back in the 80s I played was a game called Test Drive that allowed you to drive a Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach, Lotus Esprit, Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette C4 (the order is my pick order from 1987). Shortly afterwards it was was succeeded by Test Drive 2 which only had the Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo and the Porsche 959 and Test Drive 3 followed quickly. Then it became silent for a while as the company who created Test Drive created a fantastic game called Stunts. The only game to be considered a successor in the years after was The Need For Speed by Electronic Arts. It basically had the same feeling as Test Drive 1 including the police persuits and Test Drive 2 and featured again a set of “affordable cars” including the Toyota Supra JZA80, the Acura/Honda NSX and the Mazda RX-7 FD.
Over Drivin' Nissan Skyline Memorial
This game got really high scores from the magazines and became an instant bestseller and successors were made in big quantities. The NFS series also sold in Japan as the Over Drivin’ series. Of course the game quickly adapted to the Japanese taste and in 1996 the Over Drivin’ Nissan GT-R was released which included Nissan-only cars (more on this one in a later post). This series also included a special edition called Over Drivin’ Skyline Memorial which basically is the same as the original The Need For Speed game but this time it contained the full Nissan Skyline range up till 1997:

  • Nissan Skyline GT S50-B
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-EX KHGC211
  • Nissan Skyline RS Turbo C KDR30
  • Nissan Skyline GTS-X HR31
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
  • Nissan R390

I remember playing this game a lot around 2001 or 2002 on my emulator (I did not own a NTSC capable Playstation) and had great fun with it!

The nice thing is that earlier this week IKnowSkyline posted all the video footage of all Skylines in the game in one single video: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Nissan copied the Toyota RV-1?

June 28, 2012 in WTF

In 1971 at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota revealed the Toyota RV-1:
Toyota RV-1 in 1971
It clearly is based upon the (back then) new Celica TA22 and got is rear extended with the gullwing windows.

At the same time the bumper, engine hood and headlights look a bit familiar: Read the rest of this entry →

Japanese Rustoseums (part thirtyseven)

June 7, 2012 in rustoseums

Now imagine you are about to enter a town called Koyaguchi Nogami and you see some car wrecks hidden in the foliage:
Japanese Rustoseums Nissan Skyline KPGC110

You get a bit closer and see this: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: GT-R and flares

March 12, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

In the early 70s you needed two things to be BIG in Japan: flared jeans and flared Skyline!
Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC110
As this picture was taken on a sulky day in June 1980 we’ll forgive this guy for not wearing flared jeans. ;)

Found at Minkara

Christmas: Tomica Limited 1/64 scale Carina GT-R

December 15, 2011 in christmas

A few days I go I already posted about winning the tail lights and the very same day I received a package from Japan (from a different AY source) containing a set of Soarer Z10 centercaps, Carina mudflaps, Carina brochure and this little yellow 1/64 scale Toyota Carina GT-R:
Tomica Limited Vintage Neo 1/64 scale Carina AA63 GT-R
I got it for a bargain price and did not expect much from it until I read this posting last week and was very impressed by it.

I compared it against the Hotwheels Skyline KPGC110 GT-R I bought some last week and I was shocked by the difference in quality! See also this picture: Read the rest of this entry →