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Initial D Arcade Stage is an arcade racing series based on the Initial D anime series published by SEGA. In the United States, the games series is simply known as Initial D.

Premise[]

Based on the popular anime and manga series, the main objective is to race against different characters through various mountain passes featured in the series. The game has 5 licensed Japanese manufacturers to choose from such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Subaru. Using the optional magnetic card system, players can save a customized car as well as their progress for future sessions; otherwise, their game progress is deleted. Players can continue growth with their cards on another Initial D cabinet on the same version. However, the card must be renewed every 50 plays. After each race or time attack, a replay is added to show the player's progress on the mode they did. On a linked cabinet, players can get the opportunity to race each other as it would have a feel to the anime series. Also on the linked cabinet, if the player races or does a time attack, the other cabinet basically shows the race live.

Resuming from another version is subject to the following conditions:

  • There is no backward compatibility (i.e., a version 2 card cannot be used on a version 1 machine)
  • Upgrading the card to a more recent machine is permanent.
  • When upgrading from one version to another, remaining plays will be carried over, and 50 plays will be credited to the card.

Game Versions[]

As of April 2020, there are 12 games in the series; 9 for arcades and 3 for home consoles. Only the first four arcade stage games received English localisations in Europe and America, while every game has received an export version for the rest of the Asian market, these are a majority in English.

Initial D Arcade Stage (2001)

Initial D Arcade Stage Ver.2 (2002) & Initial D Special Stage (2003) (PS2)

Initial D Arcade Stage Ver.3 (2004) & Initial D Street Stage (2006) (PSP)

Initial D Arcade Stage 4 (2007)/Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Kai(2008) & Initial D Extreme Stage (2008) (PS3)

Initial D Arcade Stage 5 (2009)

Initial D Arcade Stage 6 AA (2011)

Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AAX (2012)

Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity (2014)

Initial D Arcade Stage Zero (2017) & Initial D Arcade Stage Zero Ver.2 (2019)

Game modes[]

Legend of the Streets[]

In the main story mode, players race against different opponents from the series across several courses. Opponents increase in difficulty as the player progresses throughout the game. In the English versions of the games their names are the same as in the Tokyopop manga, with character who didn't receive a nickname being given one. This is likely due to name length limits, as the players name can only be 6 characters.

Time Attack[]

Players attempt to set a fastest time on a course of their choosing.

Bunta Challenge[]

The player races against Bunta Fujiwara. Each time Bunta is defeated through each course gives the player a level and difficulty increases. Starting with Arcade Stage Ver. 3, the player loses 1000 points upon defeat. Regardless of the result, the ending will still roll if you win or lose to Bunta. It is first featured in Arcade Stage 3. It wasnt featured in Arcade Stage 4 and didn't return until Arcade Stage 7 AAX.

Bunta's car differs across levels.

Online Battle[]

Introduced in Arcade Stage 4, this mode allowed players to race against other users around the world.

Racer's Event[]

Introduced in Arcade Stage 5. Only two modes are included in the game, such as online battle and time attack.

Tag Battle[]

Introduced in Arcade Stage 6 AA, this mode allows two players in the same location to team up and racer other users. One player drives uphill and the other downhill against two other players. Matches are made based on past racing results, pitting drivers with similar levels against each other. When there is a difference in the level with your tag partner, the stronger driver will match with another stronger driver and a weaker driver with a weaker driver. The team with the highest score wins the battle.

Project Kanto's Fastest/Operation Kanto[]

First introduced in Arcade Stage 7 AAX, this mode is similar to tag battle mode, where players race against the rival characters based in the manga from Gunma to the Kanagawa area. In races against Project D's Double Aces, courses are random.

Characters[]

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Shun Aiba - - - - - - - - - - - x
Aikawa - - - x x - - - - - x -
Nobuhiko Akiyama - x x x x - - - - x x -
Wataru Akiyama x x x x x x x x x x x x
Fake Project D - - - - - - - x x x x -
Bunta Fujiwara x x x x x x x x x x x x
Takumi Fujiwara x x x x x x x x x x x x
Takumi Fujiwara (Young) - - - - - - - - x - - -
Go Hojo - - - - - - - - x x x -
Rin Hojo - - - - - - - - x x x -
Kozo Hoshino - - - - - x x x x x x -
Ichijo x x x x - - x - - x -
Ryuji Ikeda - - - - - - - - x x x -
Koichiro Iketani x x x x x x x x x x x x
Shinji Inui - - - - - - - - - x x -
Seiji Iwaki x x x x x x x x x x x x
Kyoko Iwase - x x x x x x x x x x x
Dr. Toshiya Joshima - - - - - x x x x x x -
Atsuro Kawai - - x x x - - - - - x x
Kenji x x x x x x x x x x x x
Kobayakawa - - - - - - - x x x x -
Kai Kogashiwa x x x x x x x x x x x x
Miki - x - x - - - - - - x x
Hideo Minagawa - - - - - - - x x x x -
Kenta Nakamura - x x x x x x x x x x x
Takeshi Nakazato x x x x x x x x x x x x
Daiki Ninomiya x x x x x x x x x x x x
Hiroya Okuyama - - - - - - - - x x x -
Satoshi Omiya - - - - - - - x x x x -
Kanata Rivington - - - - - - - - - - - x
Smiley Sakai x x x x x x x x x x x x
Sakamoto x x x x x - - x - x x -
Mako Sato x x x x x x x x x x x x
Sayuki x x x x x x x x x x x x
Shingo Shoji x x x x x x x x x x x x
Kyoichi Sudo x x x x x x x x x x x x
Toru Suetsugu - x x x x - - - - x x x
Tomoyuki Tachi x x x x x - - x x x x x
Keisuke Takahashi x x x x x x x x x x x x
Ryosuke Takahashi x x x x x x x x x x x x
Itsuki Takeuchi x x x x x x x x x x x x
Tsukamoto - - x - - - - - - - - -
Two Guys From Tokyo - x x x x x x x x x x x

Car List[]

As of April 2020, there are 59 cars in the series.

Honda[]

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Civic SiR-II (EG6) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Civic Type R (EK9) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Integra Type R (DC2) x x x x x x x x x x x x
NSX (NA1) - - - - - - - - - x x x
S2000 (AP1) x x x x x x x x x x x x

Mazda[]

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Eunos Roadster (NA6CE) - x x x x x x x x x x x
Roadster RS (NB8C) x x x x x - - x x x x x
SAVANNA RX-7 ∞ III (FC3S) x x x x x x x x x x x x
ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S) x x x x x x x x x x x x
RX-7 Type RS (FD3S) - - - - - - - x x x x x
RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD3S) x x x x x - - - - - - -
RX-8 Type S (SE3P) - - - x x x x x x x x x

Mitsubishi[]

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Lancer Evolution III GSR (CE9A) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Lancer Evolution IV RS (CN9A) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Lancer Evolution V RS (CP9A) - - - x x - - - - - x x
Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinen Edition (CP9A) - - - x x - - - - - x x
Lancer Evolution VII GSR (CT9A) x x x x x - - x x x x x
Lancer Evolution IX GSR (CT9A) - - - - - x x x x x x x
Lancer Evolution X GSR (CZ4A) - - - - - - - - x x x x

Nissan[]

1 2 Special 3 Street 4 Extreme 5 6AA 7AAX 8∞ 0
180SX Type X (RPS13) x x x x x - - - - - - -
180SX Type II (RPS13) - - - - - x x x x x x x
Fairlady Z (Z33) - - - - - - - - x x x x
GT-R (R35) - - - - - - - - x x - -
GT-R Nismo (R35) - - - - - - - - - - x x
SilEighty (RPS13) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Silvia K's (S13) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Silvia K's Aero (S14) x x x x x - - - - - - -
Silvia Q's (S14) - - x - x x x x x x x x
Silvia Spec-R (S15) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Skyline 25GT Turbo (ER34) - - x x x - - - - - x x
Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (BNR32) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (BNR34) x x x x x - - - - - - -
Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nür (BNR34) - - - - - x x x x x x x

Subaru[]

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BRZ S (ZC6) - - - - - - - - - - x x
Impreza WRX STi Coupe Type R Version V (GC8F) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Impreza WRX STi Sedan Type R Version VI (GC8G) x x x x x - - - - - - -
Impreza WRX STi (GDBA) x x x x x - - - - x x x
Impreza WRX STi (GDBF) - - - - - x x x x x x x
WRX STI S207 NBR Challenge Package (VAB) - - - - - - - - - - - x

Suzuki[]

1 2 Special 3 Street 4 Extreme 5 6AA 7AAX 8∞ 0
Cappuccino (EA11R) - x x x x x x x x x x x

Toyota[]

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Altezza RS200 Z Edition (SXE10) - x x x x x x x x x x x
Celica GT-Four (ST205) - x - x x - - - - - x x
Corolla Levin SR (AE85) - x x x x x x x x x x x
Corolla Levin GT-APEX (AE86) x x x x x x x x x x x x
FT86 G Sports Concept - - - - - - - - x - - -
86 GT (ZN6) - - - - - - - - - x x x
MR2 G-Limited (SW20) x x x x x x x x x x x x
MR-S S-Edition (ZZW30) x x x x x - - x x x x x
Prius S Touring Selection (ZVW30) - - - - - - - - x x x x
Supra RZ (JZA80) - - - - - - - x x x x x
Sprinter Trueno 2door GT-APEX (AE86) - - - - - - - - - x x x
Sprinter Trueno 3door GT-APEX (AE86) x x x x x x x x x x x x

Complete Car[]

1 2 Special 3 Street 4 Extreme 5 6AA 7AAX 8∞ 0
Fujita Engineering RX-7 Demon King (FD3S) - - - - - - - - - - - x
Honda NSX-R GT (NA2) - - - - - - - - - x x x
Honda Twincam Monster Civic Type R (EK9) - - - - - - - - - x x x
J's Racing S2000 Demon King (AP1) - - - - - - - - - - - x
Mazdaspeed Roadster C-Spec (NA8C) - - - - - - - - - x x x
MCR Skyline GT-R Demon King (BNR34) - - - - - - - - - - - x
MFG Nissan GT-R Nismo Shun Aiba Specification (R35) - - - - - - - - - - - x
MFG Toyota 86 GT Kanata Katagiri Specification (ZN6) - - - - - - - - - - - x
Power House Amuse S2000 GT1 (AP1) - - - - - - - - - x x x
RE Amemiya Genki-7 (FD3S) - - - - - - - - - x x x
Top Secret Super G-Force Supra (JZA80) - - - - - - - - - x x x

Courses[]

As of April 2020, there are 24 mountain pass courses in the series.

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Myogi x x x x x x x x x x x x
Usui x x x x x - - - x x x x
Akina x x x x x x x x x x x x
Happogahara x x x x x - x x x x x x
Akagi - x x x x x x x x x x x
Irohazaka - x x x x x x x x x x x
Shin - Myogi - - x x - - - - - - - -
Shin - Usui - - x x - - - - - - - -
Shomaru - - x x x - - - - - - -
Momiji Line - - x x - - - - - - x x
Enna Skyline - - x x - - - - - - - -
Akina (Snow) - - - x - - - - x x x x
Tsuchisaka - - - x x - - - - x x x
Lake Akina - - - - - x x x x x x x
Tsukuba - - - - - x x x x x x x
Nagao - - - - - - - x x x x x
Tsubaki Line - - - - - - - - x x x x
Sadamine - - - - - - - - x x x x
Nanamagari - - - - - - - - - x x x
Tsuchisaka (Snow) - - - - - - - - - x - -
Tsukuba (Snow) - - - - - - - - - x -
Hakone - - - - - - - - - - x x
Gunsai Touge - - - - - - - - - - - x
Odawara Pikes Peak - - - - - - - - - - - x

Navigation[]

Initial D Games
Arcade Arcade StageArcade Stage 2Arcade Stage 3Arcade Stage 4Arcade Stage 5Arcade Stage 6 AAArcade Stage 7 AAXArcade Stage 8 InfinityArcade Stage ZeroThe ArcadePachislot Initial D
Nintendo Initial D GaidenInitial D Another StageInitial D EX (Unreleased) • Initial D: Perfect Shift Online
Sega Initial D: Koudou Saisoku Densetsu
PlayStation Initial DRyosuke Takahashi's Fastest Typing-theoryInitial D Special StageInitial D Street StageInitial D Extreme Stage
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