World Grand Prix (video game)

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World Grand Prix
Developer(s) Sega
Platform(s) Sega Master System
Release date(s)
  • JP September 21, 1986
  • NA 1986
  • EU 1986
Genre(s) Formula One racing
Mode(s) Single-player

World Grand Prix (ザ・サーキット?, "The Circuit") is a 1986 Sega Master System video game. During the course of the game, the player uses a Formula One style car. He or she has to drive the car as quickly as possible while navigating through turns and other vehicles on the road. A formal scoring system is not used; players are not ranked by position unlike most racing games. This kind of timekeeping would not be used in a subsequent video game until the Nintendo Family Computer release of Taito Grand Prix: Eikou heno License the following year.[citation needed]


The absence of an authentic Formula One license made it difficult to research the actual Formula One machines of that time; players had to use generic two speed manual transmission machines. While using the regular tracks, the player must either match or beat the target time in order to move to the next level. Otherwise, a game over message will appear without revealing the final score of the game. Getting lower than the target time will score points that will lead to upgrades for his or her vehicle. All races are one lap only regardless of whether the track was custom built or previously designed.[citation needed]

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