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Pole Position II
Pole Position II Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) JP Namco
NA Atari
Platform(s) Arcade, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Mobile Phone
Release date(s) 1983, 1987, 1988
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Steering wheel, gear shifter, pedals
Cabinet Standard and Sit-down
Arcade system Namco Pole Position
CPU Z80 @ 3.072 MHz, 2x Z8002 @ 3.072 MHz
Sound Namco, Custom, Samples

Pole Position II is a racing arcade game that was released by Namco in 1983 as the sequel to Pole Position, which was released the previous year. As with the original, Namco licensed Pole Position II to Atari for US manufacture and distribution. Atari also released Pole Position II as the pack-in game for their Atari 7800 Prosystem console.



Gameplay of Pole Position II

There is a new opening theme, and in addition to the original Fuji racetrack, there are three others to choose from: Test (resembling Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Seaside (resembling Long Beach Grand Prix), and Suzuka. The graphics were improved; cars have a different color scheme and explosions show debris. Wheel spin has also been added to the game. One notable difference between the Japanese and U.S. versions is that while the timer is displayed as "TIME" in the Japanese version (as with the previous game), it is displayed as "UNIT" in the U.S. release.


Pole Position II appears in various Namco Museum collections, but presumably due to licensing issues,[citation needed] Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit were renamed Namco Circuit and Wonder Circuit (after Namco's "Wonder" series of Japanese theme parks), respectively. In Namco Museum Virtual Arcade, they were renamed Blue and Orange respectively.

In 2006, Namco Networks released the game on the mobile platform, paying attention to details to keep it authentic to the arcade original.[1][2]


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Pole Position II
Box artwork for Pole Position II.
Developer(s) Namco
Japanese title ポールポジション II
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Arcade, Atari 7800, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, Commodore 64/128, MS-DOS
Players 1
Preceded by Pole Position
Followed by Final Lap
Pole Position II marquee

Pole Position II was more of an update than a true sequel to the original Pole Position. It features three new race tracks - Suzuka, Seaside (which resembles Long Beach), and a test circuit (which resembles Indianapolis). It also contains a slight increase in the amount of colour variation to indicate the difference between tracks. The cars have a different color scheme and the explosions now show debris. The sequel also featured 'striped' roads; a graphical characteristic designed to give the game a greater sensation of speed, and something that would be copied, and used to great effect, many times in the racing games that followed over the following years. Other than these changes, the gameplay is identical to the original.

Like the original arcade, it could be found in a standard cabinet format, or in a sit-down cockpit environment cabinet for heightened realism. As before, Atari was granted the rights by Namco, to distribute the game in North America. Unlike the first game, Atari did not port the game to several systems. A version was developed to showcase the graphical capabilities of the Atari 7800 in 1984, but when the Tramiels purchased Atari, they halted all further development of home consoles in favor of expanding the Atari home computer line.

(When the NES resurrected the American home console market, Atari resumed their plans to launch the Atari 7800, with Pole Position II as the system's pack-in game, but Atari simply failed to compete with Nintendo. It was not due to the age of the technology either; the 7800 was designed in 1984 while the Famicom was designed in 1983.)


Pole Position II tracks.png Image:Pole Position II screen.png
Track selection screen Racing scene

Home Versions

Despite being an improved version of the original, Pole Position II was only released on a couple of systems. It was included as the pack-in game with every Atari 7800, so it is quite common.


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Pole Position II

Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Atari
Atari 7800
Release date Arcade:
1983 (NA)
Atari 7800:
1986 (NA)
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Atari 7800
Platform(s) Arcade
Atari 7800
Input Atari 7800 Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Pole Position II is an arcade game released in 1983. It was ported to the Atari 7800.


Select one of four challenging courses to race your Indy car! Finishing the course before the timer runs out results in extended play. Beware of road hazards and other cars! Colorful landscapes and advertising bill-boards line each of the Fuji, Test, Suzuka, and Seaside race tracks.

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