Review: Cruis’n Blast – An Arcade Racing Icon Returns In Spectacular Fashion

A Blast from the past.

Long-time Nintendo fans will know that the Cruis’n series has an interesting history with the company. The original arcade version of the first game, Cruis’n USA, was said to be the first title running on Nintendo’s upcoming Ultra 64 hardware, a claim which ultimately turned out to be a bit of a porky pie.

Its subsequent Nintendo 64 port was generally criticised (a bit unfairly) for not really being up to scratch, but that wasn’t enough to stop sequels Cruis’n World and Cruis’n Exotica making their way to the N64, followed by a GBA spin-off, before the series was quietly mothballed (we don’t talk about Cruis’n on the Wii). Cruis’n Blast is an attempt to resurrect the series, and we’re absolutely delighted that attempt has been made because it’s successful in a way we could never have dreamt would be possible.

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