WaveRunner

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WaveRunner is a trademarked name and type of personal water craft (PWC) produced by the Yamaha Motor Company. [1] Unique to the WaveRunner among PWCs is the spout of water that shoots into the air from the rear of the vehicle, a visual brand identifier that exists as a trademark of Yamaha. [2]

Yamaha Motor Company Limited is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, and other motorized products. The company was established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation, and is headquartered in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. The company conducts development, production and marketing operations through 109 consolidated subsidiaries as of 2012.

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Products in the WaveRunner line include the Yamaha WaveBlaster and Yamaha SuperJet.

The WaveBlaster is a personal water craft (PWC) made by Yamaha Motor Corporation. Part of their WaveRunner line of watercraft, the Yamaha WaveBlaster 700 made its debut in 1993. Although technically a runabout style PWC the blaster is more closely related to the SuperJet.

Yamaha SuperJet

The SuperJet is a stand-up type personal watercraft (PWC) made by Yamaha Motor Corporation. Part of Yamaha's WaveRunner line of watercraft, it was introduced in 1990 and has become one of the most successful stand-up personal watercraft ever made. All SuperJets, including the engine, are hand-built in Japan. Credit for the design is given to Clayton Jacobson II.

Models

The Yamaha Motor Company currently produces four different series of WaveRunners. [3] They are:

History

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Video game

WaveRunner
Developer(s) Sega AM-1
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade
Release1996
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Cabinet Deluxe
Arcade system Sega Model 2

WaveRunner is a Sega racing arcade game developed and released in 1996. The game was built on the Sega Model 2 arcade hardware. The game is based on the water craft of the same name by Yamaha, which Sega consulted with when making the game. [5]

Sega Japanese video game developer and publisher and subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings

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Arcade game Coin-operated entertainment machine

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WaveRunner was designed in a cabinet that resembled an actual WaveRunner model. The game features three courses: "Novice", "Intermediate", and "Expert". Players can do tricks on ramps. Players steer by either turning the handlebars or using their weight to make the WaveRunner model lean in the direction of a turn. [6] Up to four cabinets can be linked together for multiplayer racing. [6]

WaveRunner wasn't ported to any home systems. This game is emulated on the Model 2 Emulator by ELSemi.

A sequel, WaveRunner GP, was released in 2001 and used the NAOMI hardware and was available on standard cabinet and deluxe cabinet, which is the same cabinet as the first game. However, The standard cabinet was actually a cabinet of Arctic Thunder, which released by Midway a year earlier in 2000.

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