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Winning Run is a racing arcade video game, released by Namco in 1988. It was the first game to use the Namco System 21 arcade hardware. The music was composed by Hiroyuki Kawada.[1]

It was housed in a movable (silver, orange) cabinet. In traditional NAMCO racer genre of the time it the player had a choice of game modes to play: Easy Drive (Automatic Transmission and slower game play) Technical Drive (Manual Transmission and faster game play) The game also featured a Dunlop "style" tire bridge over the track but instead said "NAMCO" on it.

The music had similarities to Namco's Final Lap using the short jingles when the race started.


Upon release, the game became a major success in Japan, where it topped the arcade rankings in 1989.[2][3]


Winning Run inspired the home computer game Formula 1 3D, developed by Simulmondo in 1990 for the Atari ST, Amiga, PC and Commodore 64 home computers.[4]