Dorifto! Initial D Arcade Game Has Real (Moving) Cars

Old-school JDM goodness from real cars you can’t crash.

Tokyo is a wonderful, bizarre place, and it’s crawling with our most prized automotive fantasies. Driving a Nineties Japanese Domestic Market-spec sports car on the country’s winding mountain roads is one of those dreams. For the last few years, Sega—yes, they still exist, you Dreamcast ditchers—has run a driving simulator with real cars clamped to hydraulic stilts.

On the first floor of Sega’s Joypolis, a arcade/theme park/crepe shop on Tokyo Bay, there are three cars from the cult manga and video game series Initial D. Each is decked out to exacting anime specification: The yellow third-gen Mazda RX-7, white Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and a blue Subaru Impreza WRX STI. (The latter, a Type R Version V. Not that we’re nerds). Screens fill the windshield, while the steering wheel and pedals are the very definition of “drive by wire.”

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The video below is three years old, we know, and it shows the old Stage 4 Initial D game. But the Joypolis Stage still looks to be open, and for 600 Yen (five bucks), what could be better than hopping in a right-hand drive RX-7 and pretending to beat the tofu delivery boy next to you? It’s what you’ll need to do next time you’re in town.