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Romset and name:
contcircj Continental Circus (Japan)
Short name:
Continental Circus
Manufacturer:
Taito Corporation
Year:
Genre:
Driving
Category:
Driving / Race (chase view)
Serie:
-
Driver source:
taito/taito_z.cpp
Language:
Japanese
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Only one supported (solo)
Input:
Dial, Paddle, Pedal
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
Cockpit, Upright
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Average user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
-
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
320x224@60.055992 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Motorola MC68000, Zilog Z80
Audio
Sound:
3 channels
Audio chips:
Speaker, Volume Filter, YM2610 OPNB
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.148u1 released on feb-11 2013
Last release:
Mame 0.248 released on sep-28 2022
Clone of:
contcirc Continental Circus (World)
Bios:
Not required
Use rom of:
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Use sample of:
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Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
Dump:
GOOD
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
IMPERFECT
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Imperfect
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Supported
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  • Arcade Video game published 34 years ago:

    Continental Circus © 1988 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 will 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 the title screen 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 the US a year 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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