SD F-1 Grand Prix
|SD F-1 Grand Prix|
|Series||F1 Grand Prix|
SD F-1 Grand Prix (ＳＤ Ｆ－１グランプリ?, "Super Deformed F-1 Grand Prix") is a Japan-exclusive video game based on the F1 Grand Prix series. This video game spin-off was developed for the Super Famicom by Video System.
The player gets to control cute and cuddly cartoon animals (with the dog resembling Mika Häkkinen, the bird representing Damon Hill, and the wolf portraying Michael Schumacher) in cutesy race tracks inspired by real life Formula One race tracks in a parallel universe.
An exception to this rule would be the U.S. oval track (that looks like Daytona International Speedway sans the spectator booths and a lane for pit stops). There is a Crash Race mode which is similar to the race tracks on Super Mario Kart, a GP Racing mode where you get to race all the tracks one-at-a-time for points in order to get a gold, silver, or bronze trophy, and a Time Trial mode where the player gets to race against the clock. No option to restart a race exist in the GP Racing mode; neither does a game over screen. This is similar to modern racing games where games continue regardless of what position that the player finishes in.
A duo of Japanese race reporters (assuming them to be the caricatures of the then-current Fuji Television announcers) perform the play-by-play of the race in both written and spoken Japanese to the tune of J-pop instrumental music.
The prototype version of SD F-1 Grand Prix is different from the final version in terms of its internal components. There is a CIC lockout chip that can be altered so that Super Famicoms in PAL countries can operate the game.