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    Title: The Mac Rider FAQ
    Author: Natephish (E-Mail: Natephish@aol.com)
    Date: 26 Feb 2001
    Version: 1.1.0
    Copyright:  2001  Natephish@aol.com
    
    
    Version History
    ------------------
    1.0.0 - 26 Feb 2001 - First version.  No changes made.
    1.1.0 - 27 Feb 2001 - Fixed B BUTTON in controls.  Added scoring system and
    		      revised Table of Contents.  Added Game Story.  Added
    		      screen set-up.  Added game tips.  Fixed spelling mistakes.
    
    
    Table of Contents
    ------------------
    I. About Mach Rider
    	a. Game History
    	b. Game Story
    	c. Official Game Information
    	d. Screen set-up
    II. Controls
    III. Scoring System
    	a. Items
    	b. Enemies
    	   b1. Pink Enemies
    	   b2. Green Enemies
               b3. Red Enemies
    	   b4. Blue Enemies
    	   b5. Purple Enemies
    	   b6. Black
    IV. Game Modes
    	a. Fighting Course
    	b. Endurance Course
    	c. Solo Course
    	d. Game Tips
    V. Design Mode
    	a. Fighting Course
    	b. Endurance Course
    	c. Solo Course
    	d. Save
    	e. Load
    	f. Design
               f1. Design Controls
    	g. Reset
    VI. Game Tips
    VII. Copyright, etc.
    VIII. About the author
    
    
    I.  About Mach Rider
    ----------------------
    
    a. Game History
    
    Nintendo released Mach Rider in 1985.  It is a motorcycle game in which you can 	accelerate to an 
    extremely high speed, hence the name mach.  It was one of the few games 	made for NES that 
    featured the "programmable series option."  This allows the user to create their own racetrack and 
    actually race it like a real track.  Other NES games that had this feature are Wrecking Crew and 
    Excitebike.
    
    
    b. Game Story
    
    It's the year 2112. The earth has been invaded by the forces of evil. Battle with the
    invading forces as you race from sector to sector searching for survivors. You are the
    earth's only hope. You are Mach Rider!
    
    
    c. Official Game Information
    
    Genre: Action
    Official Name: Mach Rider
    Release Date: November 21, 1985
    First Release: JP (Japan)
    
    
    d. Screen set-up
    
    The screen during play looks like following:
    
    Score           Energy
    
    Km To Go        Shots (No. of shots left)       Rearview Mirror
    
    
                    Mach Rider
    
    
    
    II. Controls
    --------------
    
           __________________________________
          |                                  |  D-PAD - Left/Right - Turn bike left/right
          |    _                  Nintendo   |          Up/Down - Shift up and down gears (4)
          |  _| |_  SELECT  START  _     _   |  SELECT - Nothing
          | |_ O _|  (**)   (**)  (_)   (_)  |  START - Pauses game
          |   |_|                  B     A   |  A BUTTON - Accelerate
          |__________________________________|  B BUTTON - Shoot Gun
    
    
    **!! NOTE !!**
    Design mode has different controls that are found in the design mode section
    **!! NOTE !!**
    
    
    III. Scoring System
    
    a. Items
    
    "Obstacles" - These will cause Mach Rider to slip
    
    Water           Oil             Tacks
    
    "Hazards" - These will destroy Mach Rider
    
    Rock            Oil Drum        Bomber Ball
    
    
    **!! NOTE !!**
    Oil Drum and Bomber Ball can be destroyed with the machine gun.
    **!! NOTE !!**
    
    
    SCORING:
    * Bomber Ball   1,000 PTS.
    * Oil Drum      300 PTS.
    * Shots         10 PTS. (EACH SHOT)
    
    
    b. Enemies
    
    There are 6 different types of enemies, ranging from a pink enemy that can be
    destroyed with one shot to a black enemy requiring 6 shots to destroy.
    
    Pink    Green   Red     Blue    Purple  Black
    
    Weak -----------------------------------Strong
    
    
    **!! NOTE !!**
    Blocking an enemy means ramming into him from the side and making him crash into
    a "hazard" on the side of the track (such as a barrel or blue rock).
    **!! NOTE !!**
    
    
    b1. Pink Enemies
    
    BLOCKED         400
    DESTROYED       200
    
    
    b2. Green Enemies
    
    BLOCKED       1,000
    DESTROYED       500
    
    
    b3. Red Enemies
    
    BLOCKED	      2,000
    DESTROYED     1,000
    
    
    b4. Blue Enemies
    
    BLOCKED	      4,000
    DESTROYED     2,000
    
    
    b5. Purple Enemies
    
    BLOCKED       9,000
    DESTROYED     3,000
    
    
    b6. Black Enemies
    
    BLOCKED      20,000
    DESTROYED     5,000
    
    
    IV. Game Modes
    -----------------
    a. Fighting Course
    	
    **!! NOTE !!**
    The are 10 tracks, one being the easiest and getting progressively harder from there to number
    10. When you first start there is a box that seems to have a bunch of mixed-up orange lines.  
    Depending on which button, A or B, that you push, you will race in a different course.
    **!! NOTE !!**
    
    In this type of race, there are enemies on the track as you race.  You can shoot them with the B 
    button, but remember, you are limited in the number of shots you can make.  You get points every 
    time you shoot and destroy an enemy, an bomber ball, a blue rock or a oil drum.  Watch out!  If the 
    entire background gets white, it's icy!  You can slip and crash VERY EASILY.
    
    SCORING: 10 PTS. FOR EACH PROGRESSIVE SECOND OF TRAVEL
    
    
    b. Endurance Course
    
    The endurance course is the same as a solo course, except there are now enemies.  For an explanation 
    of a solo course, please see below.
    
    SCORING: 10 PTS. FOR EACH PROGRESSIVE SECOND OF TRAVEL
    
    
    c. Solo Course
    
    In a solo course you have a certain distance to cover in a certain amount of time.  In the first 
    level, you must travel 22Km in 250 seconds.  If you meet the requirement, you will have to travel 
    farther but in more time.  You are awarded points for speed, shots, and things you blow up (such as 
    barrels or bomber balls).  Watch for icy conditions (when the background becomes all white).
    
    SCORING: 10 PTS. FOR EACH PROGRESSIVE SECOND OF TRAVEL
    
    
    V. Design Mode
    -----------------
    
    This is where you can design your own racetrack.  This is the way the design menu looks:
    
    Fighting Course
    Endurance Course
    Solo Course
    Save
    Load
    Design
    Reset
    
    a. Fighting Course - The exact same as the original fighting course except that your own created 
    track can be used.
    
    
    b. Endurance Course -  The exact same as the original fighting course except that your own created 
    track can be used.
    
    
    c. Solo Course - The exact same as the original solo course except that you can use your own created 
    track.
    
    
    d. Save - This feature should theoretically save your created track to be saved again at a later 
    date, but it doesn't work and just freezes the game.
    
    
    e. Load - This should load your saved track, but again, it only freezes the game and does nothing.
    
    
    f. Design - This is where you can design your own track.  You can then race on your own track.  Keep 
    in mind that the game randomly places obstacles (oil spills and water spots) all over the place, you 
    have no control over that.
    
    
    **!! NOTE !!**
    The track must stretch from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen or you will 
    not be able to race on it.
    **!! NOTE !!**
    
    
    f1. Design Controls
           __________________________________
          |                                  |  D-PAD - Left/Right - Move cursor left/right
          |    _                  Nintendo   |          Up/Down - Move cursor up and down
          |  _| |_  SELECT  START  _     _   |  SELECT - Exits to Design Menu
          | |_ O _|  (**)   (**)  (_)   (_)  |  START - Nothing?
          |   |_|                  B     A   |  A BUTTON - Places course piece on track map
          |__________________________________|  B BUTTON - Hold to move cursor to piece of track
    						       that you want to place on the track map
    
    g. Reset - Goes back to the Main Menu while still saving the track you created.
    
    
    
    VI. Game Tips
    
    * If you skid on water, oil or tacks, you can bring your bike back to an upright
    position by counter-steering. (Use the Control Pad to turn in the opposite
    direction.)
    
    * When the course changes to ice (white), it becomes slippery, and
    counter-steering will not be effective.
    
    * The machine gun can fire a total of 80 shots by pressing the B button. (At
    each press of the button, 2 shots are fired, so 40 discharges are possible.)
    
    * When the enemy is destroyed by being "BLOCKED" into a Hazard, bullets will
    be replenished. (not to exceed 254 bullets.)
    
    * If Mach Rider collides with the enemy at low speed, he will crash.
    
    * There is no brake for Mach Rider, so skillfully downshift and use the engine
    to slow your speed.
    
    * When accelerating, shift into high speed quickly by carefully matching the
    timing of the shifts from 1st through 4th gear (press the Control Pad once for
    each shift while pressing the A button continuously). This will enable you to
    quickly go to high speed.
    
    * If the speed decreases to the point of stopping, you cannot accelerate quickly
    to high speed if you remain in 4th gear. Downshift to a lower gear and accelerate
    up again.
    
    * If you drive onto the course shoulder, your speed will decrease.
    
    * If you hit one of the oil drums along the shoulder of the course at high speed,
    you will crash.
    
    * If you crash, the new Mach Rider will automatically start out in 1st gear.
    
    
    VII. Copyright
    ---------------
    Listen, I made it so please just give me credit for it.  Feel free to print and use it for fun, or 
    for a little help, but don't sell it!  It's not worth anything anyway.  Please do not take this file 
    off of the GameFAQs.com server, thanks!
    
     2001 Natephish (Natephish@aol.com)
    **!! DO NOT TAKE OFF OF GAMEFAQS.COM SERVER !!**
                 **!! DO NOT SELL !!**
    
    
    VIII. About The Author
    ----------------------
    Pseudonym: Natephish
    E-Mail: Natephish@aol.com
    Age: 15
    Why did I do it?: There were no FAQs on Mach Rider, I was bored, I bought the game for 99 at FunCo 
    Land and I decided to have a little fun with it.
    
    Have Questions?  Suggestions?  Problems?  PMS?
    Well, e-mail me at Natephish@aol.com for help with any of the first 3 problems.
    
     2001 Natephish (Natephish@aol.com)