Tokyo Xtreme Racer

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Tokyo Xtreme Racer
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Genre(s) Racing
Developer(s) Genki
Publisher(s) Crave Entertainment, Jaleco, THQ, Ubisoft, Konami
First releaseShutokō Battle '94: Drift King
Latest releaseShutokou Battle Xtreme

Tokyo Xtreme Racer [lower-alpha 1] is an arcade racing video game series created by Genki and inspired by street racing on the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo. Its first installment, Shutokō Battle '94: Drift King, released in 1994 for the Super Famicom. In 2017, Genki released the latest installment of the series, Shutokou Battle Xtreme, for iOS and Android devices.


While the series was most commonly localized under the name Tokyo Xtreme Racer, when published by Crave Entertainment, other publishers have given certain installments entirely different names, such as Tokyo Highway Battle when published by Jaleco & THQ International; Import Tuner Challenge by Ubisoft; and even Street Supremacy when released by Konami.


Release timeline
1994Shutokō Battle '94
1995Shutokō Battle 2
Highway 2000
1996Tōge Densetsu: Saisoku Battle
Tokyo Highway Battle
Wangan Dead Heat Plus Real Arrange
Shutokō Battle Gaiden
1997Shutokō Battle '97
Shutokō Battle R
1998Kattobi Tune
1999 Tokyo Xtreme Racer
2000 Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2
2001 Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Zero
Shutokō Battle H"
2002Shutokō Battle I
Shutokō Battle EZ
Shutokō Battle (mobile)
2003Shutokō Battle Online
Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift
Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3
Shutokō Battle Online Special Pack
2004 Kaidō Battle 2: Chain Reaction
2005Shutokō Battle Evolution
Tokyo Xtreme Racer Advance
Street Supremacy
Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix
Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2
Shutokō Battle Evolution Plus
2006Shutokō Battle Evolution
Import Tuner Challenge
2011Shutokō Battle (mobile)
2017Shutokō Battle Xtreme (mobile)


The series was originally subtitled "Drift King", after the trademark nickname of street racing and professional racing driver Keiichi Tsuchiya who is featured in the first Shuto Kousoku Trial episodes and endorsed the game with, then team manager, Masaki Bandoh of Bandoh Racing Project.

Sega Saturn spin-offs

During the 1990s Genki produced a highway drift/adult content (omitted in the localization Highway 2000) oriented Shutokou Battle spin-off series for the Sega Saturn, Wangan Dead Heat, and a circuit/tune edition unique episode for the PlayStation, Kattobi Tune, which oriented the Shutokou Battle series through a new direction, leading to the Dreamcast version and its worldwide recognition and distribution. "Kattobi Tune" was compiled under the supervision of Rev Speed, a popular Japanese car tuning magazine and features seven licensed professional tuners, RE Amemiya, Spoon, Mine's, Trial, "RS Yamamoto", Garage Saurus and JUN Auto, appearing years later in Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix and also in the influential Gran Turismo series by Polyphony Digital.

Chronology of Tokyo Xtreme Racer Console Games

Though the entire Shutokou Battle series has been referred to as the "Tokyo Xtreme Racer" series in the west, only a subset of games had an official "Tokyo Xtreme Racer" title attached. The games also received different names in different regions, adding to confusion.

The chronology and regional name variants of "Tokyo Xtreme Racer" console games
Original Japanese TitleYear (JPN)US Title PAL TitleConsoleNote
Shutokō Battle
1999 Tokyo Xtreme Racer Tokyo Highway Challenge DC
Shutokō Battle 2
首都高バトル 2
2000 Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2 Tokyo Highway Challenge 2 DC
Shutokō Battle 0
2001 Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Zero Tokyo Xtreme Racer PS2 PAL region name not to be confused with earlier "Tokyo Xtreme Racer" (1999) in US region on Sega Dreamcast.
Kaidō Battle: Nikko, Haruna, Rokko, Hakone
街道バトル 〜日光・榛名・六甲・箱根〜
2003 (Feb) Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift (2006)Not released. PS2 Kaidō Battle sub-series, 1st entry
Shutokō Battle 01
2003 (July) Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 Not released. PS2
Kaidō Battle 2: Chain Reaction
2004Not released.Kaido Racer (2005) PS2 Kaidō Battle sub-series, 2nd entry
Kaidō: Tōge no Densetsu
KAIDO 峠の伝説
2005 Tokyo Xtreme Racer: Drift 2 (2007)Kaido Racer 2 (2006) PS2 Kaidō Battle sub-series, 3rd entry

Kaidō Battle

Kaidō Battle (街道バトル) is a spin-off series for the PlayStation 2 created by Genki. They are focused on Touge racing and heavily centered on drifting. The franchise currently has three games, with two of them being released in North America under the Tokyo Xtreme Racer banner by Crave Entertainment.

The series, like the main Shutokou Battle games, includes licensed cars and authentic Japanese mountain roads as courses. In Conquest Mode, the player competes during the day in drift contests, earning more points for holding a drift longer or for a quick combination of drifts, but earns no points if the player bumps against the wall or a guard rail. Doing this, the player earns money to buy new cars and modifications. Daytime racing also features racing for sponsors, which includes a kind of racing challenge determined by the sponsor. Beating a sponsor challenge earns the player a sponsor. Sponsors give the player better parts and extra bonuses for winning drift contests.

At night, the player can challenge rivals in the parking lot, and race them in a vein similar to Shutokō Battle/Tokyo Xtreme Racer: the first one to have their life bar depleted loses; however, the first racer to cross the finish line will win the race. Through the night, the player will face the "Tricksters", a type of mini-bosses in the course. After all the Tricksters have been beaten, the main boss of the course (called the "Slasher") will challenge the player through an in-game BBS system. After the Slasher has been beaten, the player may advance to the next stage. The final boss in the last course is called the "Emotional King."

The story unfolds in Kaido Battle when Hiroki Koukami challenges and defeat all Slashers, including Motoya Iwasaki, the Speed King from Shutokou Battle, until he challenges Hamagaki, the Kaido President & 1st Emotional King in his yellow Pantera GTS at Irohazaka. By doing so, Koukami becomes the new Emotional King, while Hamagaki becomes a Trickster.

In Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction, Tatsu Zoushigaya arrives at the age of just 18. Like Koukami, he beats all Slashers and eventually Koukami himself in his Lancer Evolution 3 at Aso, Hamagaki in his Genki S2000 Turbo, as well as the secret rival Ground Zero Kazioka in his Skyline GT-R. But since he was defeated, Koukami moves away to Hokkaido and the Kaido Circuit spirals into chaos.

To fix it, in Kaido: Tōge no Densetsu, Zoushigaya becomes the Miracles Summit and now drives a black Subaru Impreza Prototype Rally Car and Kyoichi Imaizumi, Zao's Slasher, becomes the Absolute Emperor and drives a white Renault Clio V6 Phase 2. These drivers are now the fastest on the Kaido Circuit. Meanwhile, the 13 Devils from Tokyo led by Iwasaki come to the Kaido Circuit and have the intention to conquer it. In order to protect the circuit from the Devils, they create another team: The Kingdom Twelve. At the beginning, their leader's identity is unknown.

This time, the hero is also unknown and is able to beat everyone, even Imaizumi and Zoushigaya. By beating them, he is able to defeat the members of the Kingdom Twelve & the 13 Devils. By e-mails, the Kingdom Twelve's leader's identity is known after he beats Timberslash: Hamagaki. After beating him and Iwasaki, the hero battles Koukami and beats him. And after these events, the truth is revealed: Hamagaki was still angry since he lost his title as the Emotional King.

Thus, in Kaido Battle 2: Chain Reaction, he challenged every rival and eventually challenged Koukami again at Aso. But Koukami won again, making Hamagaki angrier than ever. Eventually, since Iwasaki became depressed, Hamagaki cajoled him to race into the Kaido Circuit, but by doing so, he manipulated him, and lies to everyone saying that his team protects the Circuit from the Devils, while the Devils didn't know his real goal: to found the fastest Rally Team and Highway Team.

Games in the Kaidō Battle sub-series


The D1 Grand Prix drifting championship inspired the new series Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix, released in 2005 and remembering the 1997 drift circuit based Shutokou Battle Gaiden and the continuation of the "Shutokou Battle circuit + RPG" concept introduced in Kattobi Tune, [1] a genre close to the Zero4 Champ series by Media Rings.

The first and only episode has the tagline "C1 Grand Prix", which is a double reference to the D1 GP and the Route C1, the latter being the Inner Circular Route of the Shuto Expressway and the circuit for most episodes of the Shutokō Battle series.

List of All Games in Shutokō Battle Series


09/18: Shutokō Battle Neo (Genki Mobile, EZweb Mobile)


See also


  1. Known in Japan as Shutokou Battle (Japanese: 首都高バトル) and in Europe as Tokyo Highway Challenge

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