Famicom Grand Prix - F1 Race [Model FSC-FRGE]
Emulated in MAME !
[CONSOLE] Nintendo Famicom Disk.
Famicom Grand Prix - F1 Race © 1987 Nintendo Company, Limited.
F-1 Race is a top-down Formula-1 racing game by Nintendo. Several play modes are available and the competition mode is certainly the most entertaining. The player starts with 50 credits of money and must first purchase a Formula 1 car. The players then needs to pick a level (from one to four) and compete in his first race. The car's controls are simple - one button gets the player to drive in Low-speed and the second in Hi-Speed. Because cars are never fast enough, a Turbo can be triggered at hi-speed by pressing the Up direction on the control pad. However, it should be used sensibly and three gauges at the bottom of the screen indicate how many are still available. The Body, Tire and Gas indicators also slowly decrease and are linked to the player's actions. If dangerously low, these will dramatically reduce the car's control and behavior effectiveness. The only way to refill them is to stop at the pit located right before the finish line. Once the race is over, the first finishers are awarded with money and get ready for another, more difficult, race. The game offers other modes such as training or time attack. The title screen also gives access to the Service Data, which was a way to access Nintendo's official Tournament (see the info section for more information).
F1 Race was released on October 30, 1987 in Japan for 3500 Yen.
Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race was part of a large contest organized by Nintendo in Japan. The winning prize of the F-1 Grand Prix Tournament was a yellow version of the Super Mario Game & Watch (picture on the left) and the game's documentation mentions that only 10,000 copies are supposed to exist. It also says that the contest was opened from October 30th,1987 to December 15th,1987. The winning prize came in a special box with instructions and a letter addressed to the lucky winner. The game itself came in a yellow plastic case in the shape of Diskun, the official Nintendo's DiskCard mascot at the time.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com