Looney Tunes: By A Hare [Arcade – Cancelled?]

Looney Tunes: By A Hare [Arcade – Cancelled?]

Looney Tunes: By A Hare is a side scrolling racing game featuring Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, that was developed by Sega of Japan for arcades and shown at Jamma 1993 (Amusement Machine Show). After this show the game vanished and as far as we know if was never officially released to the public.

As wrote to us by Sam:

“Next to nothing is known about this title, and the only images available are from old gaming magazine scans. No video footage either and no available ROM. What’s been described for the game is that it would’ve been a side-scrolling 3-player racing game where players choose from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig while Taz the Tasmanian Devil is always CPU controlled while other Looney Tunes characters can interfere with the race.”

It seems Looney Tunes: By A Hare was developed for Sega System 32, the same hardware used for such games as Sonic The Hedgehog Arcade and Combat. Other websites (Lost Media Wiki, Arcade Museum, Sega Retro, Undumped Wiki) featured this lost game in their archives, but for now there is still no evidence it was ever released.

As wrote on X-Cult:

“The races take place on land, in water, or other planets as well as other types of terrain. Several familiar characters show up in the background and may interfere with or try to slow the players down. Some of these include Sylvester chasing Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, and Elmer Fudd. The player moves as fast as the run button is pressed so that there are no unfair advantages. The game has high quality graphics, and the characters’ movements are taken directly from the cartoons. This description can be found in the May 1993 issue of GamePro Magazine on page 16.”

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5 thoughts on “Looney Tunes: By A Hare [Arcade – Cancelled?]

  1. TLO

    Some cool pics + infos, like: This game was released by Sega of Japan in May of 1993, but was never manufactured for the US market. It made its debut at the 1993 JAMMA Arcade Show in Japan.

  2. TLO

    There are also a description out there, maybe correct.
    “Players select either Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck or Porky Pig and then race against the Taz-manian Devil, each other and the clock while trying to reach the finish line. The marathons take place on land, in the water or on distant planets. Beware of the other ‘Tunes characters that try to impede your progress along the way. ”
    Also for sure on the mag scan.

    1. TheRealSeymour2

      The more info the better! So far I’ve seen other retro gaming magazines mention the title, but without any additional screenshots :(. I guarantee more screenshots will be found eventually though, and according to Joypad magazine Issue #19 it was present at the 1993 AOU Show. As far as sites that list specs for the game go, such as it possibly being System 32 based, I wonder if those are just rough guesses or if someone owns the cabinet.

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