Super Monaco GP

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For the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear versions, see Super Monaco GP (8-bit).

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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:
Arcade (X Board)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
U.S. Gold
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
SMPS Z80
Genre: Racing[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
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
¥6,0006,000 G-4026
Sega Mega Drive
US
1107
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
1107C
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Mega Hit)
$19.9919.99[4]
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1107
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[6][5] 1107
Sega Mega Drive
FI
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
BR
(Red)
043210
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[7] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[7] ?
Atari ST
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[7] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£15.99[7] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES
(Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[7] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£15.99[7] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£10.99[7] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Kixx)
£? ?
IBM PC compatibles
UK
£? ?



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 in the US due to the unauthorised Marlboro cigarette advertisements in the game. An initial complaint was filed when one of Philip Morris's lawyers spotted branding while visiting an arcade in November 1989. The firm demanded that Sega removed what it saw as trademark infringement immediately, citing also that it did not want to be seen advertising to minors. Sega conceded immediately and began the process of removing the advertisements from the game.

Co-chairman of Sega David Rosen issued a statement shortly claiming that the inclusion of "fleeting billboard parodies" was an "innocent attempt to mimic real-life locations and scenery to enhance the realism of game play"[8]. It had been claimed that the in-game banners were sponsored by Philip Morris, something both companies denied. The Marlboro advertisements were also criticised by the US Federal Trade Commission as many arcade users at the time were children[9]

Sega was not alone in plagerising cigarette companies at the time, with Jaleco, Namco and Konami also featuring similar advertisements in their racing games. Sega's own Hang-On had featured "Marbor" advertisements back in 1985, with general council of Sega Kiichi Nishikura citing that the practise was legal under Japanese copyright law. Nishikura's response to anti-smoking group complaints was to pass the blame to US tobacco companies advertising on Japanese television, suggesting also that the billboards scroll by so fast that he didn't think it would have a "serious subconscious effect".

Sega completed the changes and began issuing free conversion kits in March 1990[10], plus a $200 cheque to entice arcade operators into making the change. However takeup was not good enough for Philip Morris, who sued in February 1991 when it emerged many older cabinets were still in active service. By May 1992 the two companies had reached an agreement. Sega would also distance itself from plagerising official Formula One cars and sponsors in the home ports of the game.

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 ahead[11].

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-screen[12].

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 reference[12]. A cartridge version was "discussed" but never made it to market[12].

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits
Source: Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[13]

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 [14]
91 №71, p88/89
94 [15]
90 [16]
Arcade
94
Based on
4 reviews

X Board, US
SuperMonacoGP XBoard US Manual.pdf
Manual
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 [17]
88 [18]
81 [19]
95 [20]
94 [21]
95 [22]
95 [3]
85 №107, [1]
80 [23]
60 №1990-16_17, p18
91 [24]
98 [25]
68 №5, p94
90 [26]
90 №5, p64
94 [27]
93 [28]
93 [29]
87 [30]
95 [31]
73 [32]
91 [33]
92 [34]
100 [35]
100 [36]
90 [37]
85 №18, p68
91 №13, p90/91
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
28 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
Super Monaco GP MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD JP CartTop.jpg
SuperMonacoGP MD JP Cart Back.jpgSuperMonacoGP MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Supermonacogp md jp manual.pdf
Manual
SMGP MD JP pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, US
SuperMonacoGP MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Super Monaco GP MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Monaco GP MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
SMGP MD US pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
SuperMonacoGP MD US Box Classic.jpg
Cover
Super Monaco GP MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
SMGP MD US classic pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, US (Mega Hit Series)
SuperMonacoGP MD US Box Front MHS.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD US Cart MegaHit.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
Super Monaco GP MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
SMGP MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Mega Drive, FI
Super Monaco GP MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
SuperMonacoGP MD FI Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, AU (Horizontal manual)

Mega Drive, AU (Vertical manual)

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)
SuperMonacoGP MD BR Box Alt.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP MD BR Cart Alt.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA
SMGP MD CA cover.jpg
Cover

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
SuperMonacoGP MegaTech Box.jpg
Cover

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 [38]
81 №1, p16
83 №21, p58/59
80 №40, p110
75 4/91
72 №1, p91
60 [39]
67 Vol 5, №6, p77
77
85 [40]
80
85 [41]
90 [42]
89 [43]
96 5/91
78 №5/91, p39
83 [44]
85 №17, p36/37
91 [45]
Commodore Amiga
81
Based on
19 reviews

Amiga, UK
SuperMonacoGP Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Disk.jpg
Disk
Amiga, UK (Kixx)
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Front Edge Top Kixx.jpg
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Back Kixx.jpgSuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Front Edge Left Kixx.jpgSuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Front Kixx.jpgSuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Front Edge Right Kixx.jpg
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Box Front Edge Bottom Kixx.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Disk Kixx.jpg
Disk
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Manual Front Kixx.jpg
Manual (Front)
SuperMonacoGP Amiga UK Manual Back Kixx.jpg
Manual (Back)

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Joystick (FR)
71
[46]
Amstrad CPC
71
Based on
1 review
Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

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

SuperMonacoGP CPC ES Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 [41]
89 [43]
75 №4/91, p15
85 №17, p36/37
Atari ST
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 [47]
75 №27, p28
91 [48]
90 [45]
91 [49]
Commodore 64
76
Based on
6 reviews

Commodore 64, UK (cassette)

SuperMonacoGP C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
Commodore 64, UK (disk)

Commodore 64, UK (cassette; Kixx)
SuperMonacoGP C64 UK Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
Commodore 64, UK (disk; Kixx)
SuperMonacoGP C64 UK Box Back Disk Kixx.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperMonacoGP C64 UK Box Front Disk Kixx.jpg
Cover
SuperMonacoGP C64 UK Disk Kixx.jpg
Disk

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Crash (UK)
74
[50]
Sinclair User (UK)
84
[51]
Your Sinclair (UK)
82
[52]
ZX Spectrum
80
Based on
3 reviews
ZX Spectrum, UK

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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Arcade
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
3720kB
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 90f9bab3
MD5 c53dbf0f7172556d08a37cc590bddf8a
SHA-1 631b72e27b394ae6b5a1188dfa980333fc675379
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge REV00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b1823595
MD5 ded2b235f625424f353c13c4d3a2cf89
SHA-1 ed6f80546a7847bf06cf4a62b34d1c3b989e4d3e
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge REV01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 be91b28a
MD5 7c343c0b33f8af9f4719ead8cee7b201
SHA-1 1e49a449367f0ec7ba0331b7b0d074f796e48d58
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge REV02
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 725018ee
MD5 0948aa1acc9f21a966b052a8ee385884
SHA-1 1947d41598daa3880ecb826303abae2accd1857f
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge (US) REV03

References

  1. File:Super Monaco GP MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 19
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mean Machines, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 56
  5. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 25
  6. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 ACE, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-08), page 69
  7. File:SuperMonacoGP US Statement 1990-01-12.png
  8. ACE, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-08), page 8
  9. File:SuperMonacoGP US Letter ConversionKit 1990-03-15.pdf
  10. Zzap!64, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
  11. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Zzap!64, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 83
  12. File:Sega TV Game Genga Gallery.pdf, page 117
  13. ACE, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-03), page 22
  14. Computer & Video Games, "September 1989" (UK; 1989-08-16), page 85
  15. Sinclair User, "August 1989" (UK; 1989-07-18), page 75
  16. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 91
  17. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1990" (JP; 1990-08-XX), page 22 (24)
  18. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  19. ', "" (; 1991-01-04), page 568.2-4 (2)
  20. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 36
  21. Computer & Video Games, "October 1990" (UK; 1990-09-16), page 114/115 (114)
  22. Games-X, "Preview Issue" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 17
  23. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 90 (82)
  24. Joystick, "Octobre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 110
  25. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 65
  26. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 80
  27. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 39
  28. Mean Machines, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 54-56 (54)
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 127
  30. Player One, "Janvier 1991" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 30/31 (30)
  31. Power Play, "11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 139
  32. Raze, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-09-27), page 62
  33. Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 24/25 (24)
  34. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  35. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 98/99 (98)
  36. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 30
  37. ACE, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-08), page 68/69 (68)
  38. Amiga Power, "June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-23), page 103
  39. CU Amiga, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-xx), page 48/49 (48)
  40. 41.0 41.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-16), page 24/25 (24)
  41. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 162/163 (162)
  42. 43.0 43.1 The One, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-28), page 72-73 (72)
  43. Raze, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-02-28), page 28/29 (28)
  44. 45.0 45.1 Zzap!64, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 8/9 (8)
  45. Joystick, "Avril 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 162
  46. Commodore Format, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-21), page 60/61 (60)
  47. Your Commodore, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-22), page 12-14 (12)
  48. Zzap!, "Marzo 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 22-24 (22)
  49. Crash, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-18), page 40
  50. Sinclair User, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-18), page 44
  51. Your Sinclair, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-04-xx), page 16
  52. http://mamedb.com/game/smgp


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