Continental Circus

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The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp. [Japan]

 
DESCRIPTION
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Continental Circus © 1987 Taito.


Continental Circus is a Formula One racing game in which the player races over a number of International Grand Prix circuits, trying to complete each lap before the time limit expires. The game features Pit-stops and dynamic weather; the latter in the form of rain.

If the player's car is hit by either a rival car or strikes a trackside barrier, the car will be damaged and begin to smoke. The player must 'pit' at the earliest opportunity to get the car repaired, otherwise the fire will spread and the car will eventually explode. Should the player's car have a second collision before the Pit-stop is reached, the car to explode, wasting precious time before a replacement car appears.

Continental Circus' Grand Prix tracks are as follows :
brazil BRAZIL / Brazil GP - Qualified Rank 80
america AMERICA / U.S.A GP - Qualified Rank 60
france FRANCE / French GP - Qualified Rank 50
monaco MONACO / Monaco GP - Qualified Rank 40
germany GERMANY / Germany GP - Qualified Rank 30
spain SPAIN / Spain GP - Qualified Rank 20
mexico MEXICO / Mexico GP - Qualified Rank 10
japan JAPAN / Japan GP - Qualified Rank 3
TECHNICAL
PICTURE :
1
Continental Circus machine
Click to enlarge (members only)
Taito Z System hardware
Board Number : K1100351A
Prom Stickers : B33

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 1
Control : Steering wheel
Buttons : 8
TRIVIA
Even if titlescreen says 1987, Continental Circus was released in March 1988 in Japan.

Like Nintendo's 1981 classic, "Donkey Kong", Continental Circus was the victim of a mistake during the translation from Japanese to English. The game was originally to be called 'Continental Circuits'. All the artwork on the US games was later corrected to say 'Continental Circuit' but the original Taito PCBs are clearly labeled with the epithet, 'Circus'. Note : F1 is often called the 'F1 circus' because it is like a big circus that travels to different cities across different continents.

Continental Circus was unique at the time in that certain cabinets came supplied with a '3D visor', through which the player viewed the action. The visor, similar in outward appearance to the one used in Atari's "Battlezone", produced a simple but effective 3D effect. This effect could be disabled by the arcade operator via the dip switch settings.

This game was released outside US 2 years later (in 1989).

The race car driven by the player is the 1987 Camel-sponsored Honda/Lotus 99T Formula 1 car as driven by Ayrton Senna (1960-1994) and Satoru Nakajima. Sponsor names such as 'Camel' and 'DeLonghi' are misspelled deliberately to prevent copyright infringement under Japanese law.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Kyukyoku Tiger : G.S.M. Taito 2 - D28B0008) on November 21, 1988.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Fast Start : Hold Speed Low+Accelerator, tires will smoke.
PORTS

Consoles:


Microsoft XBOX europe (October 14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (October 14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (October 25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (October 25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
Sony PlayStation 2 korea (July 18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (January 25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649 (TCPS-10178)]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (June 26, 2008) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Eternal Hits] [Model SLPM-55017]"

Computers:


Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1989)
Amstrad CPC europe (1989)
Atari ST europe (1989)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1989)
Commodore Amiga europe (1989)
MSX europe (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (October 14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (November 10, 2005) "Taito Legends"
SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

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