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System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Kevin Pickell
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.9559.95[2][3] 720501
Videogame Rating Council: MA-13
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£44.9944.99[5][6] E278SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
OFLC: Parental Guidance (PG)
Sega Mega Drive

Skitchin' is a Sega Mega Drive game developed and published by Electronic Arts. It is, as its box says, Road Rash but on roller skates. Its name comes from the act of skitching (or "skate-hitching").


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Equipment status and shop

The game is a racing game that puts the player in control of an inline skater competing in a tournament spanning twelve different North American cities. The skater advances to the next race by finishing in fifth place or higher. During a race, the skater must engage in skitching, the act of grabbing a moving vehicle's bumper to gain momentum, to remain competitive with the other contestants. The skater moves with Left and Right, crouches with Down, jumps with Up, and skates with B. The skater can grab a car or motorcycle by holding the D-Pad in the direction of the vehicle and pressing A. The player has a "rear-view mirror" that shows when cars are approaching from behind. Cars may slow down, change lanes, or stop while a skater is skitching on it, though crouching can avoid this. Another skater may skitch onto the same car and attack the player. While skitching, the skater can "slingshot" off the vehicle with B, moving with increased speed for a distance.

The skater can attack neighboring racers with C. Weapons such as chains, crowbars, and baseball bats can be picked up off the road with Down+A and used to attack opponent racers. Traffic cones on the side of the road may indicate a nearby weapon. Some opponents wield weapons, which can be taken and used by the skater if the enemy racer is attacked as they are holding the weapon out to strike. The skater can carry multiple weapons at once and cycle through them with  START +Left or  START +Right to select a weapon. The player can also find Nitro Boosts, which provide a short burst of speed. They are acquired and used the same way as weapons.

The skater can also perform tricks after skating off a ramp if the player presses any button while the skater is midair. The skater automatically lands the trick if the player does not hold any button. When a trick is successfully performed, a trio of judges appear in the lower-left corner of the screen to rank the trick's complexity.

The skater begins the game with $100 and earns more money by winning races, skitching on various cars, performing complex tricks, and knocking down opponents in combat. Each new race requires a fee to enter. Between races, the player can check the status of the skates, wheels, and protective gear, which wear out over time, and can access a shop to purchase new equipment; the shop's merchant declines any purchase that leaves the skater short of the next race's entry fee. Neglecting to replace worn out skates carries the risk of the skater suffering a "blowout" during a race, while crashing with worn out protective gear results in a hospital visit that requires the skater to pay a bill. The player receives a password at the end of a successful race for continuing the game at a later time. With each successful race, cars become faster and more difficult to skitch on and opponents become more aggressive. Skitching on police cars rewards more money than ordinary cars but puts the skater at risk of being apprehended and fined by the police. After some races, the player is offered a bonus course to complete for extra cash; these courses have no opponents, and the objective is to finish within a certain time or complete a certain number of tricks.

The skater has a stamina bar that drains from fighting other races and a health bar that depletes if the skater is hit by cars or falls down. If the stamina bar empties completely, the skater is knocked down. If the health bar empties completely, the skater is retired from the race and must pay a hospital bill. The stamina bar for the nearest opponent is also shown; the opponent is likewise knocked out and retired from the race if his or her stamina bar is emptied. Stamina slowly regenerates over time.

The game has a simultaneous two-player mode using a split-screen as well as an alternating two-player mode where the players take turns. Two players can either race against each other along with other computer-controlled racers or engage in the Head-to-Head mode, in which the two human players are the only competing racers on the track. The Tournament mode allows three to eight human players to compete in a series of two-player head-to-head matches.


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San Diego

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San Francisco

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Los Angeles

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New York

Production credits

  • Programmers: Lance Wall, Daniel Wesley, Lee Ingraham
  • Artists: Tony Lee, Jack Snowden, Cindy Green
  • Tunes and FX: Jeff Dyck
  • Design: Dave Warfield
  • Additional Programming: Kevin Pickell, Ted Sylka, Brian Plank, Mike Kiernan, Brian Krause
  • Additional Art: David Adams, Mike Smith, Suzan Germic
  • Graffiti Artists: Carlos Zelaya, Zack Benwell, Nelson Garcia, Cindy Green
  • Stuntman: Troy Mannering
  • Filming Director: Jack Snowden
  • Original Concept: Dave Ralston
  • Executive Producer: Sam Nelson
  • Producer: Stan Chow
  • Assistant Producer: Wayne Radford
  • Quality Assurance: Lee Patterson, John Santamaria
  • Creative Development: Greg Suarez, Paul Vernon
  • Product Manager: Lisa Higgins
  • Special Thanks To: Ivana Petrak
In-game credits
Skitchin' MD credits.pdf

  • Game Design: Dave Warfield
  • Original Concept: Dave Ralston
  • Programming: Lance Wall, Dan Wesley, Lee Ingraham
  • Art: Tony Lee, Jack Snowden, Cindy Green
  • Additional Programming: Kevin Pickell, Ted Sylka, Brian Plank, Mike Kiernan, Brain Krause
  • Additional Art: David Adams, Mike Smith, Susan Germic
  • Sound and Music: Jeff Dyck
  • Executive Producer: Sam Nelson
  • Producer: Stanley Chow
  • Assistant Producer: Wayne Radford
  • Technical Director: Tim Brengle
  • Creative Development: Greg Suarez, Paul Vernon
  • Filming Director: Jock Snowden
  • Product Manager: Lisa Higgins
  • Package Design: Zimmerman Crowe
  • Package Art Direction: Nancy Fong
  • Documentation: Andrea Smith
  • Documentation Layout: Corey Higgins
  • Product Testing: Russell Byrd
  • Quality Assurance: Lee Patterson, John Santamaria, Bill Scheppler, Stewart Putney
  • Special thanks to: Ivana Petrak, Carlos Zelaya, Zack Benwell, Nelson Garcia, Troy Mannering
US manual
Skitchin MD US Manual.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Skitchin'/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #18: "April 1994" (1994-02-28)
Print advert in Gamestar (AU) #1: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

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Gamestar (AU) PAL
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Max Overload! (UK) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
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Mega Action (UK)
Mega Force (FR)
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Mega Power (UK) PAL
MegaTech (UK) PAL
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Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE) PAL
Power Up! (UK)
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
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Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
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Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, SE rental (HENT orange)
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Mega Drive, AU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

Main article: Skitchin'/Technical information.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 4 April 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 58
  2. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 30
  3. 3.0 3.1 VideoGames, "April 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 64
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-15), page 122
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mean Machines Sega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-28), page 64
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mega Action, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 19
  7. File:Skitchin' MD credits.pdf
  8. File:Skitchin MD US Manual.pdf, page 7
  9. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 84
  10. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 5 May 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 76
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 210
  12. Aktueller Software Markt, "Juli 1994" (DE; 1994-06-06), page 53
  13. Consoles +, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 146
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 189
  15. Computer & Video Games, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-15), page 77
  16. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "April 1994" (US; 1994-03-22), page 56
  17. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "June 1994" (US; 1994-05-24), page 78
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 36
  19. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 358
  20. GamePro, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 28
  21. Gamers, "März/April 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 50
  22. GamesMaster, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-17), page 44
  23. Gamestar, "June 1994" (AU; 1994-xx-xx), page 64
  24. Hyper, "March 1994" (AU; 1994-xx-xx), page 34
  25. Joypad, "Février 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 104
  26. Joypad, "3/1994" (HU; 1994-xx-xx), page 15
  27. Max Overload!, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-22), page 36
  28. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 48
  29. Mega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-17), page 30
  30. Mega Force, "Février 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 110
  31. Mega Fun, "03/94" (DE; 1994-02-23), page 107
  32. Mega Power, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-17), page 66
  33. MegaTech, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-20), page 19
  34. Megazone, "March 1994" (AU; 1994-02-23), page 30
  35. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 86
  36. Play Time, "4/94" (DE; 1994-03-09), page 158
  37. Power Up!, "Saturday, May 14, 1994" (UK; 1994-05-14), page 1
  38. Sega Magazin, "März 1994" (DE; 1994-02-16), page 30
  39. Sega Magazine, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 102
  40. Sega Power, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-03), page 52
  41. Sega Pro, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-01-27), page 76
  42. Sega Zone, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-27), page 48
  43. Sega Force, "5/94" (SE; 1994-08-10), page 16
  44. Sonic the Comic, "May 27th 1994" (UK; 1994-05-14), page 10
  45. Super Juegos, "Abril 1994" (ES; 1994-0x-xx), page 66
  46. Todo Sega, "Mayo 1994" (ES; 1994-0x-xx), page 66
  47. Tricks, "2/95" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 16
  48. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 164
  49. Video Games, "5/94" (DE; 1994-04-27), page 102


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