Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road (NES)

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Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road
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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Rare Coin-It, Inc.
For other games in the series, see Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road.

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road is a conversion of the arcade game of the same name by Leland. The player names their driver and must race against three other opponents, with the goal to finish first. All tracks in the game fit into one screen, and the game uses a bird's-eye view. The player can use turbos to try and outrun their opponents. They can also collect additional nitros on the track that appear, as well as randomly-appearing money bags, which can be used to buy upgrades for the player's vehicle after each race.

The NES version took advantage of the Fourscore adapter, in which up to four players can play simultaneously against each other. Interesting, as the original arcade only allowed three human players; as one of the AI opponents as Ivan "Ironman" Stewart.

The game's "sister" title, Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat (NES) was also made by the same team.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Entering a name.

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Choosing a country.

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The first race.

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The winner's circle.

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Buying upgrades at Ironman's Speed Shop.

Music

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road features the arcade version's soundtrack. Because of the limitations of the NES, the music had to be scaled down considerably, but other than that is a mostly note-for-note arrangement. According to Wise, for Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road, he received sheet music transcriptions of the arcade game's score. He had to painstakingly write the music in assembly using hexadecimal numbers for notation, similar to how many other composers wrote music on the NES.

Wise said of the game:

The Arcade has such a great score. I did it by ear originally - although I got one '1' note wrong - so they sent me the score. That's when I learned all about 'blue' notes in a blues scale.

The NTSC version of the recording starts with a 1. When the PAL version is recorded, it will start with a 2.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:36
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102 Race Start Sam PowellDavid Wise 0:05
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103 Fandango Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:22
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104 Sidewinder Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:11
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105 Wipeout Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:09
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106 Big Dukes Sam PowellDavid Wise 0:58
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107 Blaster Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:11
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108 Cliffhanger Sam PowellDavid Wise 1:42
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109 Huevos Grande Sam PowellDavid Wise 0:54
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110 Hurricane Gulch Sam PowellDavid Wise 0:58
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111 Race End David WiseDavid Wise 0:02
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112 The Star-Spangled Banner John Stafford SmithDavid Wise 0:06
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113 Il Canto degli Italiani Michele NovaroDavid Wise 0:06
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114 Deutschlandlied Joseph HaydnDavid Wise 0:05
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115 God Save the Queen TraditionalDavid Wise 0:06
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116 La Marseillaise Claude Joseph Rouget de LisleDavid Wise 0:06
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117 Kimigayo Yoshiisa Oku, Akimori HayashiDavid Wise 0:04
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118 O Canada Calixa LavalléeDavid Wise 0:06
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119 Advance Australia Fair Peter Dodds McCormickDavid Wise 0:05
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Credits

(Sources: Arcade, verification from David Wise; Game lacks credits.)

The original arcade game's credits can be accessed simply by waiting through the title demos. However, the NES version of the game does not contain credits. Not surprising, due to Rare having a no-credits policy to prevent staff poaching. While the NES version's staff did sneak their names into the high scores, David Wise isn't among them. We have contacted Wise, who verified that he worked on the NES version of the game. Wise also stated that Rare's NES sound driver was first programmed by Chris Stamper, and later Mark Betteridge.

Game Rip

Format

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Audio Devices

The game uses the 2A03 of the NES, and uses the second version of Rare's sound driver programmed by Mark Betteridge, which was expanded upon Chris Stamper's original version of the sound driver.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-04-??
Publisher: Tradewest
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-03-14
Publisher: Tradewest

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