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Version: 1.0 | Updated: 07/23/09

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Supercross 3D for Atari Jaguar FAQ

by BHodges

Version  1.0
Created  07/23/09

This document Copyright 2009 by Brian Hodges.  It may not be placed on any
web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. 

Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is 
strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.

All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
respective trademark and copyright holders.

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Table of Contents

I.     Introduction
II.    Getting Started
         A.  Practice
         B.  Race
         C.  Tournament
         D.  Load Game
         E.  Options
         F.  Memory Clear
III.   Basic Gameplay
         A.  Controls
         B.  Turbo Boost
         C.  Staying on Track
         D.  Basic Strategies
IV.    Game Modes
         A.  Practice
         B.  Race
         C.  Tournament
V.     Tuning Your Bike
         A.  Gears
         B.  Shocks
         C.  Tires
VI.    Tracks
         A.  San Jose
         B.  Anaheim
         C.  San Diego
         D.  Dallas
         E.  Houston
         F.  Tampa
         G.  Daytona Beach
         H.  Orlando
         I.  Atlanta
         J.  Charlotte
         K.  Indianapolis
         L.  Pontiac
         M.  Minneapolis
         N.  Seattle
VII.   My Best Times
VIII.  Game Review
IX.    Version History
X.     Contact Information

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I.     Introduction

This is a FAQ for the Atari Jaguar game Supercross 3D.  It contains a list of
controls, information on how to play, tips, and a mini-review.

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II.    Getting Started

Press any button on the Title Screen to bring up the Main Menu:

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A.  Practice

Begin a practice session.  See the Game Modes section for more info.

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B.  Race

Begin a single race.  See the Game Modes section for more info.

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C.  Tournament

Begin a new Tournament.  See the Game Modes section for more info.

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D.  Load Game

Load a previously saved Tournament.

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E.  Options

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Replays

Toggle the instant replays on/off.  I STRONGLY recommend turning this off.

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Skill Level

Change the skill level of the CPU bikers.  The skill levels in order from
easiest to hardest are Rookie, Rad, Pro, Tuff, and Ace.

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In Game Music

Toggle the in game music on/off.  Turning the music off seems to help the
frame rate a bit.

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Controls

Change the functions of the fire buttons.

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Exit

Exit the Options Menu.

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F.  Memory Clear

To clear the cartridge's memory, hold down *, #, and Option while on the Main
Menu.  If you did it correctly, you will get a confirmation message.

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III.   Basic Gameplay

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A.  Controls

Note:  These are the default controls, you can change the functions of the
       fire buttons in the Options Menu.

Joypad Left/Right       Turn bike
Joypad Down             Turbo boost
A Button                Brake
B Button                Throttle
C Button                Trick
Numpad 1-5              Replay crashes
Pause                   Pauses the game
Option (while paused)   Brings up the option menu.


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B.  Turbo Boost

Your bike is equipped with a turbo boost.  Press down on the joypad to activate
it.  Using your turbo boost before a jump will cause you to get more air.  

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C.  Staying on Track

Staying on the track is vital to winning races.  Straying from the main track
at all will result in a crash.  Making sure your bike is lined up with the
track BEFORE hitting jumps is key to staying on the track!

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D.  Basic Strategies

-  Try turning off instant replays and in game music to increase the frame rate
   a bit.

-  Having your bike configured properly for bike is key to success!

-  Be sure to run a few practice laps before each race to get a feel for the
   track.

-  In Tournament Mode, save after each race.  If you have a bad race, you can
   always reset and try again.

-  Hit your Turbo Boost before a "rumble strip" (those sections of track with
   small ridges).  If you time it right, you'll jump over the entire section!

-  Try to get out in front as soon as possible.  Not only will this keep you
   from getting knocked around by other bikes, but the frame rate will improve.

-  PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

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IV.    Game Modes

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A.  Practice

On the Select Rider screen you can change your rider's name, colors, 
nationality, and team name (none of these appear to affect performance).  You 
will then be taken to the Map Screen.  On the Map Screen you can choose which
of the 14 tracks to race on.

Before starting your Practice session, you have the option of tuning your bike
(see the Tuning Your Bike section for more info).  Choose Practice to run a
couple of practice laps or Map to return to the Map Screen.

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B.  Race

On the Select Rider screen you can change your rider's name, colors, 
nationality, and team name (none of these appear to affect performance).  You 
will then be taken to the Map Screen.  On the Map Screen you can choose which
of the 14 tracks to race on.

Before starting your session, you have the option of tuning your bike (see the
Tuning Your Bike section for more info).  Choose Practice to run a couple of 
practice laps, Race to start the race, or Map to return to the Map Screen.

Please note that you can Tune Up your bike before each heat, but are only 
allowed to Practice BEFORE your first one!

After choosing Race, you'll begin Heat A.  The top three finishers move on to
the Semi-Finals.  If you didn't qualify, you'll run a Last Chance Heat.  The
top two finishers will then move on to the Semi-Finals.  If you don't qualify
here, then you're done for that race.  In the Semi-Finals, the top three racers
qualify for the Finals.  If you didn't make it, there will be a Last Chance
Heat.  The top two finishers will then move on to the Finals.

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C.  Tournament

On the Select Rider screen you can change your rider's name, colors, 
nationality, and team name (none of these appear to affect performance).  You 
will then be taken to the Map Screen.  On the Map Screen you can choose to
save your game (Save), start the race (Go) or return to the Main Menu (Exit).

Before starting your session, you have the option of tuning your bike (see the
Tuning Your Bike section for more info).  Choose Practice to run a couple of 
practice laps, Race to start the race, or Map to return to the Map Screen.

Please note that you can Tune Up your bike before each heat, but are only 
allowed to Practice BEFORE your first one!

After choosing Race, you'll begin Heat A.  The top three finishers move on to
the Semi-Finals.  If you didn't qualify, you'll run a Last Chance Heat.  The
top two finishers will then move on to the Semi-Finals.  If you don't qualify
here, then you're done for that race.  In the Semi-Finals, the top three racers
qualify for the Finals.  If you didn't make it, there will be a Last Chance
Heat.  The top two finishers will then move on to the Finals.  You are 
awarded points based on your performance:

1st Place    20 points
2nd Place    17 points
3rd Place    15 points
4th Place    13 points
5th Place    11 points
6th Place    10 points
7th Place     9 points
8th Place     8 points

After you've finished a race, you'll be taken back to the Map Screen.

At the end of the Tournament, the racer with the most points is crowned
Tournament Champion.

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V.     Tuning Your Bike

Note:  Check the Tracks section for my recommended configurations.

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A.  Gears

This allows you to customize your engine.  High gives you good acceleration but
poor top speed.  Intermediate is a balance between acceleration and top speed,
and Low gives you great top speed at the cost of poor acceleration.

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B.  Shocks

Shocks will soften the landing after jumps.  You can set your shocks to either
Soft, Medium, or Hard.  Harder shocks are better for courses with a lot of 
large ramps.  You have the option of setting the front and back shocks to 
different settings if you wish.

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C.  Tires

Tires determines your bike's grip, having the correct tires for a track will
make turning a LOT easier.  You can set your tires to Hard, Medium, or Soft.
The best setup depends on each track's individual surface conditions.  Like
the shocks, you have the option of having different tires on the front and 
back if you so desire.

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VI.    Tracks

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A.  San Jose

 ___________________________________________________________
|Surface:  Hard            |Best Time:  19:30  K. Knott     |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Hard    Front Tire:  Medium   |
|              Back Shocks:   Hard    Back Tire:   Medium   |
|___________________________________________________________|

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B.  Anaheim

 ___________________________________________________________
|Surface:  Hard            |Best Time:  23.32  C. Brunning  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Hard    Front Tire:  Medium   |
|              Back Shocks:   Hard    Back Tire:   Medium   |
|___________________________________________________________|

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C.  San Diego

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|Surface:  Hard            |Best Time:  28.54  I. Metcalfe  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Hard    Front Tire:  Medium   |
|              Back Shocks:   Hard    Back Tire:   Medium   |
|___________________________________________________________|

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D.  Dallas

 ___________________________________________________________
|Surface:  Medium          |Best Time:  20.18  H. Roscoe    |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Medium  Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Medium  Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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E.  Houston

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|Surface:  Hard            |Best Time:  22.57  D. Anderson  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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F.  Tampa

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|Surface:  Medium          |Best Time:  18.82  N. Armitt    |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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G.  Daytona Beach

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|Surface:  Medium          |Best Time:  33.97  F. Thomason  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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H.  Orlando

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|Surface:  Soft            |Best Time:  21.00  S. Gibbons   |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Soft     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Soft     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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I.  Atlanta

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|Surface:  Soft            |Best Time:  24.51  W. Golder    |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Soft     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Soft     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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J.  Charlotte

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|Surface:  Medium          |Best Time:  27.98  C. Brunning  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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K.  Indianapolis

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|Surface:  Medium          |Best Time:  21.56  V. Conway    |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Hard     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Hard     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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L.  Pontiac

 ___________________________________________________________
|Surface:  Soft            |Best Time:  21.77  A. Bodin     |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Soft     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Soft     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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M.  Minneapolis

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|Surface:  Soft            |Best Time:  19.07  D. Campbell  |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Soft     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Soft     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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N.  Seattle

 ___________________________________________________________
|Surface:  Soft            |Best Time:  36.78  H. Roscoe    |
|__________________________|________________________________|
|           My Recommended Bike Configuration               |
|___________________________________________________________|
|Gears:  High  Front Shocks:  Soft    Front Tire:  Soft     |
|              Back Shocks:   Soft    Back Tire:   Soft     |
|___________________________________________________________|

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VII.   My Best Times

Here are my best times for each track.  These times were achieved in Practice
using my recommended bike configuration for that particular track.

Note:  A asterisk denotes a time faster than the default best time.

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|Track           |My Best Time   |
|________________|_______________| 
|San Jose        |18.96*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Anaheim         |24.51          |
|----------------|---------------|
|San Diego       |27.96*         |
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|Dallas          |20.63          |
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|Houston         |21.91*         |
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|Tampa           |17.68*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Daytona Beach   |34.48          |
|----------------|---------------|
|Orlando         |20.88*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Atlanta         |24.01*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Charlotte       |27.28*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Indianapolis    |20.71*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Pontiac         |21.29*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Minneapolis     |18.86*         |
|----------------|---------------|
|Seattle         |36.38*         |
|________________________________|

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VIII.  Game Review

Supercross 3D.  In the decade and a half since its release, this game has
become synonymous with the debacle known as the Atari Jaguar.  Both the game
and the console itself have been the subject of criticism and ridicule, even
fans of the Jaguar are quick to label this game as "shovelware".  But is this
deserved?

As you probably gathered from the title, Supercross 3D is a 3D motorcycle
racing game.  There are 14 different tracks and before each race you are given
the option of customizing your engine, shocks, and tires and even running some
practice laps to test out your ride.  There is a tournament mode where you race
a full schedule of all 14 tracks and the game gives you the option of saving
your progress after each race.  Sounds great, right?

Let's talk about the graphics.  If you have seen screenshots of this game in
magazines or online, you may think that it looks pretty good for a Jaguar game.
Apparently that was the idea!  According to rumors, the suits decided to force
the game programmers to add texture maps to everything, which literally makes
the game look good on paper, but not in reality.  This game has the absolute
WORST frame rate of any console game I have ever played!  To give you an idea,
try installing Doom 3 on a laptop and then maxing out the graphics settings,
yeah it's EXACTLY like that!

The game itself is very unforgiving.  If you stray from the main path at all,
you'll crash.  The frame rate doesn't help here either.  The game has a steep
learning curve and even racing game veterans will have to practice for a while
to get the hang of it.

Supercross 3D feels incomplete, like it was rushed out the door to make as much
money as possible while the Jaguar was still on the market.  Even simple things
like displaying the current lap time and multiplayer are missing here.  The
instruction booklet is a joke, it only has 10 pages for each language.  Two of
these are "filler" and the last is just the credits, so really that leaves you
with 7 pages of information, most of which is useless.  They don't even mention
the fact that your bike has a turbo boost!

I tried to go into this with an open mind.  Like most gamers, I was really
turned off by the frame rate and constant crashing (at least 10 my first lap!).
In order to write this FAQ, I spent several days playing this game, testing out
different bike configurations on each track, participating in the various race
modes, etc.  And you want to know something crazy?  This game actually started
to grow on me!  After a lot of practice, I was able to easily finish races
without a single crash.  A properly configured bike turns out to be a LOT
easier to control, making gameplay more enjoyable.

So what's the final verdict?  Well, IF you can get past the poor frame rate
and IF you are willing to put in a lot of practice, then this game should keep
you entertained for a weekend or so.  Of course, those are some big ifs, but I
strongly encourage all Jaguar owners to give this game a try.


Pros

+  You have the ability to customize your bike.
+  Game saves progress and best times.
+  Mainly due to the game's notoriety, copies are usually cheap.

Cons

-  Worst frame rate of any console game I have ever played.
-  Very unforgiving, stray from the main track at all and you'll crash.
-  No multiplayer.
-  Tracks all look the exact same.
-  Game saves the TEAM name instead of the PLAYER'S name for best times.
-  Even the instruction booklet is terrible.

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IX.    Version History

1.0   07/23/09   Completed FAQ.

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X.     Contact Information

You can contact me at Bhodges080@aol.com

I would appreciate hearing what you thought of this guide and any thoughts
you have for improving it.  Be sure to let me know if I have missed anything.

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