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The Need for Speed: Special Edition

DOS - 1996

Alt names The Need For Speed SE, Road & Track presents: The Need For Speed: Special Edition.
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Racing / Driving
Theme Arcade, Automobile, Street Racing, Vehicle Simulator
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer EA Seattle, Pioneer Productions
Perspectives 1st-Person, Behind view
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.61 / 5 - 105 votes

Description of The Need for Speed: Special Edition

If you haven't played The Need for Speed: Special Edition or want to try this racing / driving video game, download it now for free! Published in 1996 by Electronic Arts, Inc., The Need for Speed: Special Edition (aka The Need For Speed SE, Road & Track presents: The Need For Speed: Special Edition.) is still a popular arcade title amongst retrogamers, with a whopping 4.6/5 rating.

Comments and reviews

pissblast 2020-05-06 0 point

one of the first games i bought for the ps1 , great soundtrack but the game is shockingly bad , like tring to steer a brick , perhaps the DOS version is different ?

Dosdosdosdosdosdosdosdosdosdosdosdos 2020-03-30 0 point

Woud it come on the dos box so i can play it right here on the browser :P ?

HELP! 2020-03-20 1 point

Can you run this on winXP? Please tell me soon.

Nerd 2019-10-05 7 points

This is the only way to get the best version of The Need for Speed, thanks a lot MyAbandonware!

How to play the game on Windows 10, with a desktop shortcut and the manual.

1. Create the folder NFSSE in Windows (C:)

2. Download the ISO version of the game in the bottom of this page. Go to the download folder and transfer the game to the NFSSE folder you created, it will extract it. Go to the NFSSE folder and double-click on the game, it will mount it.

3. Download UniVBE here : . Extract it to the NFSSE folder.

4. Download DosBox and install it.

5. Hit the Windows key and find the DosBox folder, open it and launch DosBox Options. Hit Ctrl+F and search "autoexec". You see this :

# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here."

Add the following lines and it must be looking like :

# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.

mount c c:\NFSSE
mount d f:\ -t cdrom"

Close DosBox Options and save the changes.

6. Launch DosBox. Type "D:", hit enter. Type "INSTALLD.EXE", hit enter.

7. Click on Install. Choose automatic for the sound card, click on Done. Click on Done again, a weird video bug might appear but don't worry. Choose "Custom Install" and choose all options to reduce load time in-game, click on "Done". The game is installed but "Play" doesn't work, don't click on it. Click on "Exit", hit any key, type "exit" and hit enter.

8. Open DosBox Options again. Hit Ctrl+F and search "machine=" . You see this :


Change "svga_s3" by "svga_et4000" . It solves the video problem.

9. Hit Ctrl+F and search "autoexec". Add the following lines, it must looks like this now :

# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.

mount c c:\NFSSE
mount d f:\ -t cdrom

10. Go to Programs in Windows (C:) and find the folder DosBox, open it, find DosBox and send a shortcut to your desktop using right-click. Then right-click on the shortcut to change the logo. You can find the logo in the NFSSE folder.

11. The Need for Speed - Special Edition manual is not available. However, thanks to MyAbandonware, the manual for the original The Need for Speed is available here : .

12. You can now enjoy The Need for Speed as if you had downloaded it from GOG!

sally 2019-08-20 1 point

It has been a while since I have run NFSSE this way but try running it by mounting the whole .iso to a virtual dvd drive.

JOHNNY 2019-04-10 -2 points

Hi may I know if this game is working to windows 10 64bit amd ryzen

general waste 2019-01-14 -2 points

for those complaining about dos box not working. get an old laptop from ebay. smtg like 100-200 mhz processor and 32mb ram. play dos games like a baus

Ali Amir 2018-11-28 -2 points

How do you launch it on Mac? I downloaded the game from ISO version already but I can't launch the game!

cheese 2018-11-01 0 point

thanks so much flakka and thanks to the person who made that youtube video, now I can play NFS :-)

Flakka 2018-10-21 1 point

Man I remember playing this game when I was 5 on a DOS machine..good times.

For those having issues, I used this method to run and install it:

Download the ISO, get Daemon Tools, and DBGL (DosBox Game Launcher, trust me it works better than DosBox alone. It actually works for me whereas if I do DosBox with a different install it won't cooperate and not start at all) I haven't got the videos working, but the game overall works just fine.

Have fun!

Abe 2018-10-17 1 point

When using ISO in DosBox following commands might work.
imgmount d NFS.ISO -t cdrom

cheese 2018-10-06 0 point

None of these work for me. ISO and rip. Dos and Windows. Like another poster said, I installed the DOS version, and I go to run it but gives the dos4gw thingy. I didn't copy the ISO to a CD first, I just used winrar to extract it. Should I have put it on a CD/DVD first instead? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

Gibus Sniper 2018-09-05 0 point

@Giovanni mount your CD/ISO like this:
mount d e:\ -t cdrom
If that doesn't work make sure your NFS ISO is mounted or it will think your running a bootleg game!

Flemmong 2018-05-17 0 point

How many hours I have used back in the 90's on this one!
Soo great to play again!

Giovanni 2018-03-31 -1 point

Hi! Great game, however I think there's a problem: I've downloaded the ISO, the I installed successfully the game. After the end of installation it says to use the command nfs in order to start the game and it works actually. However, as soon as I close DosBox and try to execute nfs it doesn't start, indeed it is stuck at "DOS/4GW Protected Mode Run-time Version 1.97" etc.
Is it a problem of the game or I made something wrong with the installation?

Android78 2018-02-07 1 point

I'm new to the dosbox thing. I've managed to download a few games and do the drag and drop thing. However, I'm desperate to play nfsse. Not sure how to get it to run as a message saying :
Using joystick USB Gamepad with 2 axes, 10 buttons and 0 hat(s)
MAPPER: Loading mapper settings from C:\Users\HPOwner\AppData\Local\DOSBox\
DOSBox switched to max cycles, because of the setting: cycles=auto. If the game runs too fast try a fixed cycles amount in DOSBox's options.
CPU speed: fixed 3300 cycles.
CPU speed: fixed 3630 cycles.

Similar message comes up even without a joybpad plugged in. Any advice would be much appreciated.

A.MANAN 2017-11-28 0 point

Its really a best game for pc ,with best graphics .I enjoyed it very much

ssr 2017-03-22 0 point

It works for me on Mac with boxer. The rip version of SE didn't work when the standard edition did. But with iso the import feature of boxer takes you through the instalation process, and after the installation is complete the game works flawlessly. So i suggest all of you who can't get it to work, try playing around with iso. Thank you! :)

curry 2016-11-10 0 point

Stephen curry the fastest player

Troels 2016-08-21 1 point

Can't get this one to work :(

Asad17 2016-08-05 -4 points

In case an old DOS game isn't working on your modern PC, see the "How To Play" section for instructions! Hope you are happy now! :)

gts250gamer101 2016-07-04 0 point

love this game... retro is great!!!
i wish i could run it on my windows 8.1 laptop, tho...

OZAN 2016-03-25 -1 point


santiago durez 2016-03-24 0 point

yo quiero un juego viejo para que tenga sentido

OZAN 2016-03-11 1 point


PLO 2016-03-11 0 point

i have this game in my old pc collection, I played it a fair amount back in the day and used to think the graphics were pretty good and enjoyed the feeling of driving really fast but now the graphics just seem yukki and dated(because i'am spoiled) it's funny how you can really enjoy a game during a certain time frame and then years later not really be able to get into it like you used to be able to.
also really loved NFS3 on the old PSX console but again I am just too spoiled
by games with better graphics and games that give you more freedom like the
grand theft auto series, but back in the day both games were really good games.

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