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Super Monaco GP

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Super Monaco GP
System(s): Sega X Board, Sega Mega Drive, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Publisher:
Sega, U.S. Gold (home computers)
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Racing































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (X Board)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (X Board)
US
$? ?
Arcade (X Board)
UK
£? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

















Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4026
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1107
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
$? 1107C
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Mega Hit)
$19.99[2]
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99More...[3]No results[4] 1107
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1107
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1107
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1107
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 043210



Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99More...[5] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99More...[5] ?
Atari ST
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99More...[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£15.99More...[5] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99More...[5] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£15.99More...[5] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99More...[5] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
IBM PC compatibles
UK
£? ?



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Super Monaco GP (スーパーモナコGP) is a 1989 arcade racing game by Sega. It is the sequel to Monaco GP, but rather than being a top-down racer it has a first person view. It was originally released for the Sega X Board arcade system.

Gameplay

Super Monaco GP is a Formula One racing game played from a first person perspective, where the objective is to race against other F1 cars around a track in an attempt to reach first place. The game lacks any official licensing from any manufacturers or drivers, though continues to take many design cues from what was happening in the sport in the late 1980s (one exception is the "Sega SG1000 V8" engine, which is named after the Sega SG-1000 video game console).

Despite its name, the arcade Super Monaco GP does not feature any variant of the Circuit de Monaco, (i.e. the "Monaco GP"), instead opting for an original track layout with elements inspired by the famous race course. Also, typical for the era, the game takes a more arcade-style approach, scrapping many of the rules and regulations of the sport and being far more lenient with the physics of the cars.

Flicky is referenced in track advertisements, with the eponymous bird having a cameo at the end of races.

History

Release

Despite its outward appearance, Super Monaco GP did not acquire any Formula One-related licenses or sponsorship deals during production. Cabinet designs and marketing material greatly emphasise the orange and white stylings of team Marlboro McLaren Honda's McLaren MP4/4, one of the dominant cars in Formula One during the late 1980s (driven by Ayrton Senna, who would feature in the game's successor, Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II). Later releases add a touch of blue to the cabinet to create a more unique look.

Sega was sued by Philip Morris due to the unauthorised Marlboro cigarette advertisements in the game, and the company distanced itself from plagerising official Formula One cars in the home ports. The Marlboro advertisements were also criticised as an attempt to market cigarettes to children, as many arcade users at the time were under age.

Legacy

Super Monaco GP was ported to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Mega Drive and ZX Spectrum.

Super Monaco GP was followed by Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II which built upon the previous game.

Versions

Mega Drive version

On the Mega Drive, Super Monaco GP is a much larger game than its arcade counterpart thanks to its highly received "World Championship Mode", in which all sixteen tracks from the 1989 Formula One season are included (albeit far less detailed than the X Board arcade version due to the limitations of the Mega Drive's hardware).

Likewise, sixteen one-driver teams are included, though as with all versions of the game, the names are fictional due to a lack of an official FIA license.

This version of the game has since been included in numerous compilations.

Commodore 64 version

The Commodore 64 version of Super Monaco GP builds on the engine developers Probe Software used for their earlier C64 racing conversion of Special Criminal Investigation. Programmer Grant Harrison stated that having a first person perspective actually made the game run faster, as fewer calculations were needed to draw the road aheadMore...[7].

Sprite limitations are a problem for the Commodore 64 version of the game, so if an opponent car gets too close to the player (and thus needs a bigger sprite), any other on-screen cars will speed up so that they are not rendered on-screenMore...[8].

As the team only had access to a video of the game (and Harrison had only played the arcade once), the Mega Drive version was used as a referenceMore...[8]. A cartridge version was "discussed" but never made it to marketMore...[8].

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits


Commodore 64 version


Magazine articles

Main article: Super Monaco GP/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Super Monaco GP/Promotional material.

Photo gallery

Physical scans

X Board version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 More...[9]
91 №71, p88/89
94 More...[10]
90 More...[11]
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94
Based on
4 reviews

X Board, World (sit-down)
X Board, World (deluxe)
X Board, World (upright)
X Board, World
(sit-down; 2-player)

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 More...[12]
88 More...[13]
81 More...[14]
94 More...[15]
95 More...[16]
95 More...[1]
95 More...[17]
95 №1998, p87
95 №1999, p135
85 №107, [1]
80 No results[18]
60 №1990-16_17, p18
91 More...[19]
98 More...[20]
68 №5, p94
90 No results[21]
90 №5, p64
94 No results[22]
93 No results[23]
93 No results[24]
87 No results[25]
95 More...[26]
73 More...[27]
91 More...[28]
92 More...[29]
100 More...[30]
100 More...[31]
90 More...[32]
85 №18, p68
91 №13, p90/91
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88
Based on
30 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
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Cover
Super Monaco GP MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)

SuperMonacoGP MD US Cart MegaHit.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Super Monaco GP MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD JP CartTop.jpg
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Cart
Supermonacogp md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
SuperMonacoGP MD BR black cover.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Monaco GP MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR (newer)
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Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD BR Cart Alt.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA

Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
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Cover

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 More...[33]
81 №1, p16
83 №21, p58/59
80 №40, p110
75 4/91
72 №1, p91
60 More...[34]
67 Vol 5, №6, p77
77
85 More...[35]
80
85 More...[36]
90 More...[37]
89 More...[38]
96 5/91
78 №5/91, p39
83 More...[39]
85 №17, p36/37
91 More...[40]
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81
Based on
19 reviews

Amiga, UK
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Cover
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Disk
Amiga, UK (Kixx)
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Cover
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Disk
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Manual (Front)
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Manual (Back)

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 More...[37]
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71
Based on
1 review

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

SuperMonacoGP CPC EU Disk.jpg
Disk
Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette; Kixx)
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Cover
SuperMonacoGP CPC UK Cassette Kixx.jpg
Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)

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Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 More...[36]
89 More...[38]
75 №4/91, p15
85 №17, p36/37
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83
Based on
4 reviews

Atari ST, UK

Atari ST, UK (Kixx)

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
30 №9/91, p99
78 More...[41]
75 №27, p28
91 More...[42]
90 More...[40]
91 More...[43]
Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destination
76
Based on
6 reviews

Commodore 64, UK (cassette)

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Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (disk)

Commodore 64, UK (cassette; Kixx)
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Cover
Commodore 64, UK (disk; Kixx)
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Cover
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Disk

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 More...[44]
84 More...[45]
82 More...[46]
Error creating thumbnail: Unable to save thumbnail to destination
80
Based on
3 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

SuperMonacoGP Spectrum EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, UK (Kixx)
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Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 19
  2. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 25
  3. 4.0 4.1 Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 56
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 ACE, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 69
  5. http://mamedb.com/game/smgp
  6. Zzap!64, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
  7. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Zzap!64, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 83
  8. ACE, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-03), page 22
  9. Computer & Video Games, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-16), page 85
  10. Sinclair User, "August 1989" (UK; 1989-07-18), page 75
  11. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 91
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1990" (JP; 1990-08-XX), page 22 (24)
  13. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  14. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 36
  15. Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 114/115 (114)
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "1993 Video Game Buyer's Guide" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
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  25. Player One, "Janvier 1991" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 30/31 (30)
  26. Power Play, "32: 11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 139
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  43. Crash, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-18), page 40
  44. Sinclair User, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-18), page 44
  45. Your Sinclair, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-xx), page 16/17 (16)


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Books: Super Monaco GP (1992)

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