Information for the following ROM(s): polepos2a polepos2b
Pole Position II © 1983 Atari, Incorporated.
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|Pole Position II was released in December 1983 in the USA by Atari, under license from Namco. |
Approximately 2,400 units were produced by Atari.
In this American version :
* There is an extra dip switch setting (Speed Unit) that allows the user to toggle between using the English system and the metric system to measure the speed of the player's car (as shown on the upper-right corner during game play). The Japanese version does not have this dip and uses the metric system only.
* At the start of the game in the Fuji and Suzuka tracks, a gray unmarked blimp carries the white banner across the screen. In the Test and Seaside tracks, a biplane carries the banner instead of the blimp on both Japanese and American versions.
* The messages on the banners are now displayed in red letters (in a same font as in the world version of the original Pole Position game) with a blue outline.
* There are now billboards for '7-Eleven', 'Tang', and 'Dentyne' on all tracks.
* The Test and Suzuka tracks feature a spectator bridge (with spectators watching the race from the bridge) instead of the Japanese version's 'Dunlop Formula SP' arch.
* When the player completes a lap, the sign above the cars at the Start/Finish line says 'Goal' in the Atari version. (In the American version of the original Pole Position, the sign said 'Fuji' when the player completed a lap).
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