F-1 Race

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F-1 Race
F-1 Race
Game Boy cover art
Developer(s) HAL Laboratory (NES)
Nintendo R&D1 (Game Boy)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Hideki Kanazashi (NES)
Ryoji Yoshitomi (Game Boy)
Platform(s) Family Computer
Game Boy
Release date(s) Family Computer:
  • JP November 2, 1984
Game Boy:
  • JP November 9, 1990
  • NA February 3, 1991
  • EU October 10, 1991
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (1-4 players)

F-1 Race (F1レース F1 Rēsu?) is a racing video game released in 1984 for the Family Computer in Japan. A version was released in 1990 for the Game Boy in Japan and in 1991 in Europe and North America, which included the Four Player Adapter for four player gameplay.


The game features racing in one of two Formula One cars around a variety of tracks near world capitals and landmarks. In the Family Computer version of the game, the cars come in three colors: red, light orange, and dark blue.[1]

Gameplay is similar to that of Namco's Pole Position. Finishing in first, second, or third results in a podium finish; players must win on each track to advance to the next. Vehicles in the game have a generic two-speed manual transmission governing their speed (with a "LOW" setting and a "HI" setting).[2] There are ten tracks in the race; the game repeats itself after the conclusion of the tenth circuit.[2] Three difficult levels help beginners to adjust to the artificial intelligence on "skill level 1" while novices get some extra challenge on "skill level 2" and experts get the ultimate challenge on "skill level 3.[2]" A strict time limit forces players to finish races without mistakes in order to progress to a more complicated race track.

Several Nintendo characters appear at the end of race circuits for the Game Boy version: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, Link, Samus, Pit and Donkey Kong. The game resulted in a Grand Prix series sequel, featuring Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race and Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally.[citation needed] Similar to the original, both games were never released outside Japan.

Clones or hacks[edit]

F-1 Race has been cloned on many Famiclone consoles like the N-Joypad Plug and Play console. Clones of the game are listed below: (This may not a complete list.)

  1. Ufo Race: Cars replaced with UFOs and changed graphics and music.
  2. Boat Race: Cars replaced with boats and graphics are changed but sound is normal.
  3. Bicycle Race: Cars replaced with bicycles with all graphics and sound effects are changed.
  4. Car Race: The name is changed, but the rest is unchanged.


GamesRadar ranked it the 49th best game available on the Game Boy and/or Game Boy Color. The staff called it a "first-class racing game" and praised its wide appeal to racing fans.[3]


  1. ^ Images of F-1 Race for the Family Computer at Retro Game Zone
  2. ^ a b c Basic game summary at Xrea
  3. ^ "Best Game Boy games of all time". GamesRadar. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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