F1 Challenge

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F1 Challenge
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor: Virgin Interactive Entertainment (US)
Licensor: FOCA
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (10 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer Joystick
Genre: Driving[1], Racing[2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 GS-9035
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
MK-81206
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81206-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81206-50
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
PT
STJSE0145
Sega Saturn
PL
199zł199
Sega Saturn
AU
FFOR01SSC
OFLC: G

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F1 Challenge, known as F-1 Live Information (F-1ライブインフォメーション) in Japan and often printed as F-1 Challenge, is a Sega Saturn racing game developed by Bell. Published in Japan in November 1995 by Sega, it was later published in North America in September 1996 by Virgin Interactive Entertainment. The game is based on the 1995 Formula One World Championship.

Gameplay

The game is only licensed by the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA), not the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), meaning only a small subset of courses are available. Additionally, while every major vehicle manufacturer is represented in-game through computer-controlled cars, players only have access to five.

Cars

Benetton B195 (Michael Schumacher)
Williams FW17 (Damon Hill)
Ferrari 412 T2 (Jean Alesi)
Tyrrell 023 (Ukyo Katayama)
Tyrrell had a poor season in 1995, finishing 9th in the constructor's championship, however its car did have a Japanese engine and driver, which may explain its inclusion in this Japanese-made video game.
McLaren MP4/10 (Mika Häkkinen)

Courses

Hockenheim
Suzuka Circuit
Monte Carlo
Neo City Novice
Neo City Advanced
Neo City Expert

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English F1 Challenge F1 Challenge
English (US) F1 Challenge F1 Challenge
Japanese F-1ライブインフォメーション F-1 Live Information

Screenshot

Main article: F1 Challenge/Comparisons.

Production credits

Japanese version

Source:
In-game credits


Other version

Magazine articles

Main article: F1 Challenge/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #85: "August 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-11: "November 1995" (1995-10-07)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
87
[8]
Consoles + (FR) NTSC
87
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
82
[10]
Digitiser (UK)
53
[11]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[12]
Fun Generation (DE)
50
[13]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
60
[14]
GamePro (UK)
68
[15]
Joypad (FR) PAL
80
[16]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
62
[17]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
69
[18]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
84
[19]
Player One (FR)
92
[20]
Saturn+ (UK) NTSC-J
88
[21]
Sega Magazin (DE)
80
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
79
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
90
[24]
Świat Gier Komputerowych (PL)
70
[25]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
80
[26]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
80
[27]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
77
[28]
Strana Igr (RU)
60
[29]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
40
[30]
Sega Saturn
74
Based on
23 reviews

F1 Challenge

Saturn, JP
F1Challenge Saturn JP Box Back.jpgF1Challenge Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1Challenge Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
F1Challenge Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, US
F1Challenge Saturn US Box Back.jpgF1Challenge Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
F1Challenge US disc.jpg
Disc
F1challenge sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
F1Challenge Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
F1Challenge Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, DE
F1Challenge Saturn DE cover.jpg
Cover
F1Challenge Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
F1Challenge Saturn AU back.jpgNospine.pngF1Challenge Saturn AU cover.jpg
Cover
F1Challenge Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
432,175,296 CD-ROM (EU) MK81206-50 V0.950
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
412,886,544 1995-10-09 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9035 V1.009

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. File:F1Challenge Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. http://www.sega-saturn.com/saturn/software/f1challenge.htm (Wayback Machine: 1996-12-15 06:15)
  4. Sega Saturn Magazine, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-24), page 10
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 141
  6. Next Generation, "October 1996" (US; 1996-09-17), page 119
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 171
  8. Consoles +, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 158
  9. Consoles +, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 98
  10. Computer & Video Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-10), page 40
  11. Digitiser (UK) (1996-03-01)
  12. Famitsu, "1995-11-10,17" (JP; 1995-10-27), page 1
  13. Fun Generation, "01/96" (DE; 1995-xx-xx), page 68
  14. GamePro, "August 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 80
  15. GamePro, "May 1996" (UK; 1996-04-xx), page 26
  16. Joypad, "Février 1996" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 51
  17. MAN!AC, "01/96" (DE; 1995-12-06), page 42
  18. Mega Fun, "12/95" (DE; 1995-11-21), page 86
  19. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-xx), page 76
  20. Player One, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 82
  21. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 52
  22. Sega Magazin, "April 1996" (DE; 1996-03-13), page 32
  23. Sega Power, "March 1996" (UK; 1996-01-18), page 40
  24. Sega Pro, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-11-30), page 38
  25. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-15), page 80
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13
  28. Sega Saturn Magazine, "November 1995" (JP; 1995-10-07), page 197
  29. Strana Igr, "Dekabr 1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 91
  30. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 25


Officially licensed Formula One games for Sega systems
Arcade
F1 Super Lap (1993) | F1 World Grand Prix (1998)
Sega Mega Drive
Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu F1 Super License (1992) | F1 (1993) | Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing (1993) | F1: World Championship Edition (1995)
Sega Master System
F1 (1993)
Sega Game Gear
F1 (1993) | F1: World Championship Edition (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
F1 Circus CD (1994) | Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit (1994)
Sega Saturn
F1 Challenge (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
F1 World Grand Prix (1999) | F1 World Grand Prix II (2000) | F1 Racing Championship (2001)