VHS Title: Midway Top Gear Rally

PROFILE
Title Midway Top Gear Rally
Description Watch this NOW!
(Because you won't get a clear view when
your windshield's under 4" of mud.)
ISBN / Bar Code number --
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Stereo
Tape Count One (1)
Genre Commercial / Promotionals
Run Time 09:08
Language(s) English
Subtitles --
Closed Captioning --
Rated --
VHS Release 1996
Specification Color
Production / Company Boss Game Studios / Midway / KEMCO / Nintendo
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Copyright © 1997 Boss Game Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. Top Gear Rally is a trademark of Kemco. Distributed by Midway Home Entertainment Inc. under license. Midway is a trademark of Midway Games Inc. Used by permission. Nintendo 64 and the 3-D "N" logo are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc. © 1996 Nintendo of America Inc.
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MIDWAY
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Midway Top Gear Rally promo tape

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VHS Review (Posted on 05-02-2018)

These promo tapes mark a period in time when businesses marketed new deals or new products they have in store. I find it a cheap alternative as opposed to paying tens of thousands of dollars in television advertising. Even though the costs of creating the tapes were still in their bills, it was a unique concept for marketers/promoters. Thanks to the internet, marketing is much easier to do, but also very tough given how many websites there are online.

Think of this as a full, extended commercial that could be fit for TV. You get the voiceover and clips of the game itself. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be those unasked 'jump scares' since you see a long shot of desert land. Then suddenly, you're plunged into the world of Top Gear Rally for the N64. I personally own an N64 but not this game. At a glance, it reminds me of Daytona 500 and Sega Rally Championship for the Sega Saturn. Other than that, it's a racing game but doesn't look too bad. You can check the reviews here on GameFAQs. The game did so well that there's Top Gear Rally 2 released much later. Read the reviews of what video gamers have said about it on GameFAQs as well.

Anyway, a third-party user was kind enough to upload the whole VHS online so here you go:


This is as simple as it gets. Granted, it didn't look like a production but more of a TV commercial which is why the critique of not having credits is forgiven (sans copyright information at the end).

It doesn't stop there: Midway included a video promoting Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero also for the N64! The next ones after are the following: Maximum Force, MACE The Dark Age, Off Road Challenge, [NFL] Blitz and Mortal Kombat 4. Talk about more bang for your buck comp. Midway did themselves a gracious favor marketing all these games on the same tape promoting a new game. Some may say it's a little excessive and pushing their products too much, but I think it's favorable. Why be stuck with just knowing about one game, when you can find out about other games to go with it? Who doesn't want more video games?

There isn't much to say except that THIS is what a promotional VHS video tape should be like—blunt, simple and straight to the point. If I wanted to find out more, then a VHS like this should take ideas from Nintendo of America's promo tape about Donkey Kong EXPOSED, filled with interviews and brief discussions, let alone visiting their website. Each has their own audience and critics, but for me, this is what I envisioned promo tapes should be.

Review the games presented on this tape? We're very curious ourselves, and yes, we will definitely give these games the SHOWSOTROS! treatment. Look for it in the future. Other than that, well done on the tape, Midway!

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VHS Credits


Nintendo Power is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America, Inc.

©1997 Midway Home Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Maximum Force™ ©1997 Atari Games Corporation. All rights reserved.
Developed by Mesa Logic, Inc. MIDWAY is a registered trademark of
Midway Games Inc. MAXIMUM FORCE is a trademark of
Atari Games Corporation. Distributed by Midway Home Entertainment Inc.
under license. Rampage World Tour™ ©1997 Midway Games Inc.
All rights reserved; Designed by Games Refuge Inc.

Mortal Kombat® Mythologies: The Adventures of Sub-Zero™ ©1997
Midway Games Inc. All rights reserved. MIDWAY, MORTAL KOMBAT,
the DRAGON DESIGN, SUB-ZERO and all character names are trademarks
of Midway Games Inc. Distributed by Midway Home Entertainment Inc.
under license.

Mace - The Dark Age™ ©1997 Atari Games Corporation. All rights reserved.
MIDWAY is a registered trademark of Midway Games Inc.
MACE - THE DARK AGE and all character names are trademarks of
Atari Games Corporation. Distributed by Midway Home Entertainment Inc.
under license.