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Super Monaco GP
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Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Kaki
Platform(s) Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Sega Master System, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1989
Genre(s) Racing / Driving
Mode(s) 1st-Person Perspective
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
Media 8 Megabit
System requirements Game controller
Input methods 1 Player

Super Monaco GP is an arcade-style Formula One racing sim released in arcades and multiple platforms by Sega Corporation in 1989. It is a sequel to the arcade game Monaco GP.

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 simply chooses a transmission type, qualifies, and race. The player must qualify in under 45 seconds in the shortened track in order to actually race. If he fails, the game ends (though, in the home versions, even if the player fails to qualify, he still starts off the race at the last position). When in the race itself, there is also a position limit, which starts off 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, a game over happens.

The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis 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.

The Genesis version was highly acclaimed, garnering an at-the-time-unprecedented 10-10-9-9 rating from Electronic Gaming Monthly's Review Crew[1][2] and a 93% from Mean Machines.[3]

Sega was sued by Philip Morris over the arcade game among others because the unauthorized presence of the Marlboro trademark in the game, where it appeared on the real life tracks, was seen as compromising their policy against advertising to children and young people.[4][5]


World Championship Mode

The world championship mode starts with a relatively slow car in the team Minarae. By challenging other drivers, the player can move to a better team and car, and ultimately win the F1 World Title. Once the player has won a season for the first time they are given the opportunity to join Madonna - the game's best and most glamorous team. At the start of the title defense year, the player is challenged by a new rival, G. Ceara, who is nearly 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 the inferior Dardan team. The challenge is then to get back to the top and win the second season or if having defeated G.Ceara your challenge is to retain the Championship in the Madonna car. Once two championship seasons are won, the player beats the game.

There are sixteen cars and teams in the game. Challenging rivals and progressing to better teams is ultimately the core of the game's career mode.


In order, the 16 rounds of the season are:


All the teams within the game are based on the teams of the 1989/1990 season and the game also tried (in both seasons) to put the drivers onto teams they have raced in their career. The real-life counterparts are shown in the table. The listed drivers correspond to the first races in the game's first season.

Class A
Driver Nation Based Upon Constructor Based Upon Nation
A. Asselin France Alain Prost Madonna McLaren United Kingdom
F. Elssler Austria Gerhard Berger Firenze Ferrari Italy
G. Alberti Italy Riccardo Patrese Millions Williams United Kingdom
A. Picos Brazil Nelson Piquet Bestowal Benetton Italy
Class B
Driver Nation Based Upon Constructor Based Upon Nation
J. Herbin France Jean Alesi Blanche Brabham United Kingdom
M. Hamano Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrant Tyrrell United Kingdom
E. Pacheco Spain Luis Perez Sala Losel Lotus United Kingdom
G. Turner United Kingdom Johnny Herbert May March United Kingdom
Class C
Driver Nation Based Upon Constructor Based Upon Nation
B. Miller United States Eddie Cheever Bullets Arrows United Kingdom
E. Bellini Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dardan Dallara Italy
M. Moreau France René Arnoux Linden Ligier France
You Your Country N/A Minarae Minardi Italy
Class D
Driver Nation Based Upon Constructor Based Upon Nation
R. Cotman United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Rigel Rial Germany
E. Tornio Finland JJ Lehto Comet Coloni Italy
C. Tegner Sweden Stefan Johansson Orchis Onyx United Kingdom
P. Klinger Germany Bernd Schneider Zeroforce Zakspeed Germany
Special Driver
Driver Nation Based Upon Constructor Based Upon Nation
G. Ceara Brazil Ayrton Senna Bullets Arrows United Kingdom


The engines for each constructor was also based on real life counterparts as shown below:

Engine Based Upon Constructor(s)
Palm 190 V10 Honda RA109A 3.5 V10 Madonna
Firenze 99 V12 Ferrari 035/5 3.5 V12 Firenze
Dick MD V10 Renault RS1 3.5 V10 Millions
Vapor DNPQ V8 Ford HBA4 3.5 V8 Bestowal, Losel, Dardan
Delta 103 V10 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 Blanche
Lizzie 24 V8 Ford DFR 3.5 V8 Tyrant, Bullets, Comet
Sega SG1000 V8 N/A Minarae
Lorry 32 V8 Judd CV 3.5 V8 May, Linden, Rigel, Zeroforce
Misfire 50 V8 Yamaha OX88 3.5 V8 Orchis

Additional information

  • Season 1: If you defeat A. Asselin (Madonna) with your Minarae, he will be placed into the Linden. Minarae will take M. Moreau and he gets all championship points gained by Asselin so far.
  • Season 1: If you defeat J. Herbin (Blanche) with your Minarae, rechallenge Minarae (which meanwhile hired R. Cotman) and rejoin your former team, then Linden will replace M. Moreau with G. Ceara.
  • Season 2: It is possible to defeat G. Ceara and keep your Madonna car.
  • R. Cotman advances to the next better team every 2 races automatically. This streak ends after he joined Tyrant.
  • The flagman gets airborne if you try to overrun him.
  • Arcade Mode: When crossing the finishline in race 2 press A, B and C simultaneously. The driver will hold his head instead of the trophy in his hands.

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