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Jet Grind Radio’s 16th Anniversary Post

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Jet Set Radio (ジェットセットラジオ Jetto Setto Rajio), titled Jet Grind Radio in North America, is an action game developed by the Sega studio Smilebit. It was published by Sega for the Dreamcast on June 29, 2000 in Japan, October 30, 2000 in North America, and November 24, 2000 in Europe. The player controls one of a gang of youths who roam the streets of Tokyo-to, rollerblading and spraying graffiti while evading the authorities. It was one of the first games to use cel-shaded visuals, giving it a “flat”, cartoon-like appearance.

A version by Vicarious Visions was released by THQ for Game Boy Advance on June 26, 2003 in North America and February 20, 2004 in Europe. A sequel, Jet Set Radio Future, was released in 2002 for the Xbox. A high-definition port by Blit Software was released for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Windows in September 2012.

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Visual style

Jet Set Radio was one of the first games to feature cel-shaded graphics, with exaggerated shapes, thick lines, and flat, bright colors. According to Vice, “The whole world feels like it could be scrawled on a wall somewhere, reeking of spray paint fumes.”

Plot

Professor K, DJ of the Jet Set Radio pirate radio station, broadcasts to gangs of youths who roam the streets of Tokyo-to, rollerblading and spraying graffiti.

One skater, Beat, forms a new gang, the GGs, with skaters Gum and Tab. They compete with rival gangs for turf: the all-female Love Shockers in the shopping districts of Shibuya-to; the cyborg Noise Tanks in Benten, an entertainment district; and the kaiju Poison Jam in the Kogane dockyard. The authorities, led by Captain Onishima, mount a counter-offensive, deploying riot police, tanks, and helicopters.

The GGs are joined by skaters Combo and Cube, who explain that their hometown, Grind City, has been overtaken by the Rokkaku, a sinister conglomerate. The GGs confront the Rokkaku CEO, Goji Rokkaku, atop the Rokkaku building, a giant turntable. Goji has recovered The Devil’s Contract, a vinyl record which reportedly has the power to summon demons, which he plans to use to conquer the world. The GGs tag him with graffiti and he falls to his death.

Freedom is returned to the streets of Tokyo-to. Combo reveals that the The Devil’s Contract was simply “an old indie record” with no demonic powers, and that wealth had driven Goji to insanity.

Soundtrack

No. Title Artist Length
1. “Funky Radio” B.B. Rights
2. “Mischievous Boy” Castle Logical
3. “Dunny Boy Williamson Show” (Japanese version only) Deavid Soul
4. “Miller Ball Breakers” Deavid Soul
5. “On the Bowl (A. Fargus Remix)” Deavid Soul
6. “Up-Set Attack” Deavid Soul
7. “Yappie Feet” (Dreamcast version only) Deavid Soul
8. “Yellow Bream” F-Fields
9. “Magical Girl” Guitar Vader
10. “Super Brothers” Guitar Vader
11. “Grace and Glory” Hideki Naganuma
12. “Humming the Bassline” Hideki Naganuma
13. “Let Mom Sleep” Hideki Naganuma
14. “Moody’s Shuffle” Hideki Naganuma
15. “Rock It On” Hideki Naganuma
16. “Sneakman” Hideki Naganuma
17. “Sweet Soul Brother” Hideki Naganuma
18. “That’s Enough” Hideki Naganuma
19. “OK House” Idol Taxi
20. “‘Bout the City” Reps
21. “Everybody Jump Around” Richard Jacques
22. “Electric Tooth Brush” Toronto
23. “Just Got Wicked” (North American version only) Cold
24. “Recipe for the Perfect Afro” (PAL version only) Feature Cast
25. “Improvise” (North American and PAL versions only) Jurassic 5
26. “Patrol Knob” (North American and PAL versions only) Mix Master Mike
27. “Many Styles” (PAL version only) O.B. One
28. “Slow” (North American version only) Professional Murder Music
29. “Dragula (Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare Mix)” (North American version only) Rob Zombie
30. “Funky Plucker” (PAL version only) Semi Detached

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