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Super Monaco GP (スーパーモナコGP) is a Formula One racing simulation video game released by Sega, originally as a Sega X Board arcade game in 1989,[1] followed by ports for multiple video game consoles and home computers in the early 1990s. It is the sequel to the 1979 arcade game Monaco GP.

Super Monaco GP
Super Monaco GP Coverart.png
Japanese cover art
Developer(s)Sega
Publisher(s)Sega (arcade & consoles)
U.S. Gold (computers)
Designer(s)Kaki
Platform(s)Arcade, Genesis/Mega Drive, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Master System, ZX Spectrum
ReleaseArcade
May 19, 1989 (X Board)[1]
1990 (Mega-Tech)[2]
Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP: August 9, 1990
  • NA: September 1990
  • EU: January 4, 1991
Master System
Game Gear
  • JP: October 6, 1990
  • EU: April 26, 1991
  • NA: April 26, 1991
AMI, ST, C64, CPC, ZX
Genre(s)First-person racing
Racing simulation[4][5][6]
Mode(s)Single-player
Arcade systemSega X Board,
Sega Mega-Tech

The arcade game consists mostly of one race: the Grand Prix of Monaco (though represented by a totally different track, albeit with the same features of the real-life Circuit de Monaco). The player chooses a transmission type before qualifying, and must complete the shortened track within 45 seconds to race; if they fail to do so, the game ends (in the home versions, if the player fails to qualify, they start the race in last position).

In the race itself, there is also a position limit, which starts on 20th (15th in the home versions) and decreases as the player bypasses checkpoints along the track, ultimately stopping on 3rd. If the player falls behind the indicated position and does not manage to recover fast enough or crashes, it is game over.

The game was one of the first games to include a rear-view mirror along with Winning Run.

The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version of Super Monaco GP adds a World Championship mode. In the World Championship mode, the goal is to win a season of races, and then go on to defend the title. The circuits are modeled on the ones used in the 1989 Formula One season, with background scenery similar to the real-world circuit venues, though without the wealth of details the Arcade version had. This Mega Drive/Genesis version was also released in arcades for the Sega Mega-Tech system board in 1990.[2]

Gameplay (Genesis version)Edit

The world championship mode starts with a relatively slow car in the Minarae (the game's equivalent of Team Minardi). Drivers are able to name other drivers as rivals, and if a driver's rival defeats him in two consecutive races, the loser's team will offer a seat to the winner. Should the winner accept the seat, the loser will be fired from his team and take an open seat with another team which is usually ranked lower than the team the loser was fired from. This allows good drivers to get into teams with better cars, but also can punish drivers including the player for being poor drivers.

The goal is to win the F1 World Title by earning more driver's points than all other drivers. Once the player has won a season for the first time they are given the opportunity to join Madonna (the game's equivalent of McLaren), the game's best team. At the start of the title defense year, the player is then challenged by a new rival, G. Ceara, who is seemingly impossible to beat in the first two races. If the player loses the first two races of the defending season to Ceara, he is dropped by team Madonna and goes to Team Dardan (the game's equivalent of BMS Scuderia Italia-Dallara) . The challenge is then to get back to the top and win the second season, or if G. Ceara is defeated, to retain the Championship in the Madonna car. Once two championship seasons are won, the player beats the game.

ReceptionEdit

The arcade version was a critical and commercial success in Japanese arcades. On Famicom Tsūshin's arcade earnings chart, it was number-two in August 1989, just below Namco's 3D polygon racing game Winning Run. In September 1989, Super Monaco GP became number-one, overtaking Winning Run.[7] Super Monaco GP remained number-one in October 1989, above Sega's arcade version of puzzle game Tetris at number-two.[8] In Europe, the arcade version of Super Monaco GP was highly acclaimed by reviewers.[4][5][6][9] It came second place on Computer and Video Games magazine's list of the top arcade games of 1989.[10]

The Mega Drive/Genesis version was also highly acclaimed. On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored it a 34 out of 40.[11] It garnered an at-the-time unprecedented 10–10–9–9 rating from Electronic Gaming Monthly's Review Crew[12][13] and a 93% from Mean Machines.[14]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Scores
ARC MD/GEN SMS GG AMI C64 ST CPC ZX
GameRankings 88%[15]
Review scores
Publication Scores
ARC MD/GEN SMS GG AMI C64 ST CPC ZX
ACE      [9] 590/1000[16] 871/1000[17]
Amiga Action 91%[18]
Commodore User 91%[6] 85%[19]
Computer and
Video Games
94%[4] 95%[20] 92%[21] 85%[22] 83%[23]
Datormagazin 90%[24]
Electronic Gaming
Monthly
38/40[12]
Famicom Tsūshin 34/40[11]
Joystick 98%[25] 75%[26] 90%[27] 71%[27]
Mean Machines 93%[14]
Mean Machines
Sega
87%[28] 79%[29] 58%[29]
Mega 90%[30]
MegaTech 94%[31]
Player One 95%[32] 90%[33]
Raze 91%[34] 87%[34] 83%[35]
Sega Power 10/10[36] 74%[37] 6/10[38]
Sega Pro 90%[39] 69%[39] 65%[39]
Sinclair User 9/10[5] 84%[40]
Your Sinclair 82%[41]
Zero 91%[42] 88%[43] 85%[44] 85%[45]
Zzap!64 91%[46] 90%[47]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Sega Mega-Tech Hardware (Sega)". System16.com. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  3. ^ "Genesis Does it All". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 14. EGM Media, LLC. September 1990. p. 61.
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  7. ^ Famicom Tsūshin, issue 19 (September 15, 1989)
  8. ^ Famicom Tsūshin, issue 22 (October 27, 1989)
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  10. ^ https://archive.org/stream/cvg-magazine-098/CVG_098_Jan_1990#page/n7/mode/2up
  11. ^ a b 30 Point Plus: スーパーモナコGP. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.335. Pg.30. 12–19 May 1995.
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  25. ^ Joystick, issue 9, p. 110
  26. ^ Joystick, issue 11, p. 134
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  30. ^ Mega, issue 21, p. 65
  31. ^ MegaTech, issue 1, p. 80
  32. ^ Player One, issue 5, pp. 30-31
  33. ^ Player One, issue 2, pp. 34-35
  34. ^ a b Raze, issue 1, p. 62
  35. ^ Raze, issue 6, pp. 28-29
  36. ^ Sega Power, issue 23, p. 54
  37. ^ S: The Sega Magazine, issue 10, pp. 18-19
  38. ^ Sega Power, issue 23, p. 61
  39. ^ a b c Sega Pro, issue 6, p. 30
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  42. ^ Zero, issue 13, pp. 90-91
  43. ^ Zero, issue 19, p. 91
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