Final Lap © 1987 Namco, Limited.
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|Final Lap was released in December 1987.|
Licensed to Atari Games for US distribution (May 1988). 650 standard & 500 Upright units were produced by Atari.
In 1990, Philip Morris, the tobacco conglomerate, filed a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement against Namco because this game featured a Marlboro billboard, which was found on the real-life Suzuka and Monaco tracks. Philip Morris was under investigation at the time for his role in the increase in pre-teen smoking and the appearance of one of his brands in games aimed towards children and teens did not help the company's already tarnished image. Namco was forced to pay a settlement.
Final Lap is the first multi-player, multi-cabinet networked arcade racing game. Multiple cabinets can be connected to allow up to 8 players to join in the same race.
The upright game only has one pedal; releasing it readily decelerates the vehicle.
Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Video Game Graffiti Vol.4 - VDR-5282) on 08/03/1989.
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