F1 Circus MD

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F1 Circus MD
F1 Circus MD.jpg
Developer(s) Micronics[1] (Mega Drive)
Publisher(s) Nihon Bussan[1][2]
Series F1 Circus
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive[1]
PC Engine[3] (as F1 Circus '91)
Release date(s) Mega Drive:
  • JP December 20, 1991[1]
PC Engine:
Genre(s) Formula One racing[1]
Mode(s) Single-player (career, training, time trial)

F1 Circus MD (エフワン サーカス エムディ?)[5] is a multiplatform video game that was released for the Sega Mega Drive[1] in addition to the PC Engine version of the game - which was released under the title F1 Circus '91 (エフワンサーカス'91?).[3]

This game uses the vehicles and the basic regulations of the Formula One circuit. The "Circus" part of the title is actually a mistranslation of the word Circuit. While loosely based on the 1991 Formula One season, the game uses drivers and racing teams with similar names to the officially licensed counterparts of that era. Team Lotus is considered to be the official co-sponsor of this video game along with its publisher Nichibutsu.


A crowd is watching as a Formula One driver is making some practice laps in preparation for the 1991 United States Grand Prix.

Players must try to either win as many races as possible or achieve a podium finish. Every new Grand Prix at worldly destinations like the Canadian Grand Prix and the Japanese Grand Prix requires the player to learn new skills and new turns. The racing action consists of open wheel vehicles capable of going more than 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) on the long straight portions of the track. However, players must qualify (through the practice mode) for every race. Failing to qualify will force the player to repeat the qualification process until he manages to make the starting lineup (unlike real life).

Career mode only permits racers to race up to eight seasons; retirement is mandatory after the eighth season.[3] Players can practice on any course freely through the Practice mode while special courses are used to teach the fundamentals of Formula One racing in Training mode.[3]


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  2. ^ "Publisher information". Retrobase. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d "TurboGrafx-16 release information". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Release information (TurboGrafx-16 version)". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Publisher information". Project 2612. Retrieved 2009-03-18.