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Super Monaco GP [Deluxe model]

Arcade Video game published 30 years ago by SEGA Enterprises

Super Monaco GP [Deluxe model] screenshot

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Information for the following ROM(s): smgp5

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Super Monaco GP © 1989 Sega.

Super Monaco GP is a F1-based racing game set at the famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit. Before entering the Grand Prix itself, a qualification lap has to be completed. In the event of qualifying, the qualifying time determines the player's position on the starting grid. Players must qualify in under 45 seconds in a shortened version of the Monaco track and failure to qualify results in a game over.

During the race itself there is also a position limit, which starts off as 20th and decreases as the player passes checkpoints along the track, ultimately stopping at 3rd. If the player falls behind the indicated position and does not manage to recover quickly enough, the game ends.

Players can chose to race with one of three different skill/gear settings:
Beginner: Automatic Gears
Intermediate: 4-Speed Manual gears
Professional: 7-Speed Manual Gears

Super Monaco GP was one of the first games to include a rear-view mirror. The game's track differs significantly from its real-life counterpart but includes many of the same features of the genuine 'Circuit de Monaco'.


Super Monaco GP [Deluxe model] is designed to resemble the McLaren GP team, complete with the white and international orange colour scheme. The cabinet also featured a viewing window, situated behind the player's head, that allowed for real-life spectators to watch the player's progress.

Sega X board hardware
Game ID : 0124a / 0125a / 0126 / 0126a

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000 (@ 12.5 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 4 Mhz), Sega (@ 4 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 24576

Players : 1
Control : steering wheel
Buttons : 2


* Select message : 'Select By Steering...'
* Select text : B, A, Super A Class, like on Megadrive
* Qualification : preliminary race

* Select message : 'Push Start Button'
* Select text : B, A, Super A Class, like on Megadrive
* Qualification : preliminary race

Other versions :
* Select message : 'select by Steering'
* Select text : Beginner Intermediate Professional
* Qualification : Qualifying Lap

Versions without billboards (0124a, Rev C 0125a, 0126a) :
* On these versions, Marlbobo, Modil, Hoster's billboards are replaced by Flicky's.
* Ajip, Pibelly billboard's are modified to be unreadable.
* Conan, Henda, Fodo, Flippy, BF billboards are unmodified.
* The billboard after the tunnel is always a Flicky (the Sega game).
* Renamed brands on the billboards :
Marlbobo => Marlboro (you can see Marlboro on the title screen tho)
Ajip => Agip
Conan => Canon
Modil => Mobil
Pibelli, Flippy => Pirelli
Henda => Honda
Fodo => Ford
BF => BP
Hoster's => Foster's

Note : US versions have the 'Winners Don't Use Drugs' screen.


Do not steer through the chicane; just hold a straight line and the game will take your car through it under full acceleration.



Sega Master System (1990)
Sega Mega Drive (1990)
Sega Mega-CD (1992, "Sega Classics Arcade Collection 4-in-1")

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991)
Commodore C64 (1991)
Commodore Amiga (1991)
Amstrad CPC (1991)

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