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Arcade Video game published 33 years ago: 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 GP - Qualified Rank 80 AMERICA / U.S.A GP - Qualified Rank 60 FRANCE / French GP - Qualified Rank 50 MONACO / Monaco GP - Qualified Rank 40 GERMANY / Germany GP - Qualified Rank 30 SPAIN / Spain GP - Qualified Rank 20 MEXICO / Mexico GP - Qualified Rank 10 JAPAN / Japan GP - Qualified Rank 3 TECHNICAL 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. STAFF Produce: Junji Yarita, Yoshimitsu Kasahra Software: Tohru Sugawara, Hidenori Sasatani, Kenzo Nomura, Eiichi Sato Character: Junji Yarita, Yoshimitsu Kasahara, Seiji Kawakami, Shinobu Iwabuchi, TOshiyuki Nishimura Hardware: Seigo Sakamoto, Masahiro Yamaguchi, Takashi Ohhara Mechanic: Akira Takahashi, Itsuji Yamada, Tohru Hirata, Yukihiro Akiyama, Masaharu Hori Design: Maoko Yoshida, Shibonu Sekiguchi, Kazuo Nakagawa, Takeo Shiraishi, Atsushi Iwaoka Sound - All Direction & Music Arranged: Mar. (Ztt) Sound - Sub Direction: Yack (Ztt) Sound - Software: Naoto Yagishita, Hisayoshi Ogura, Shiro Imaoka, Kazuyuki Ohnui sound - Hardware: Eikichi Takahashi, Tsukasa Nakamura Sound - Electric: Fumio Takeda, Satoru Shimomura, Masatoki Sasaki PORTS CONSOLES: [EU] Microsoft XBOX (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends" [EU] Sony PS2 (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]" [US] Microsoft XBOX (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends" [US] Sony PS2 (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]" [KO] Sony PS2 (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]" [JP] Sony PS2 (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]" COMPUTERS: [EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989) [EU] Amstrad CPC (1989) [EU] Atari ST (1989) [US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1989) [EU] Commodore Amiga (1989) MSX [EU] (1989) [EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends" [US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (nov.10, 2005) "Taito Legends" CONTRIBUTE Edit this entry: https://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=496&o=2
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