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Mega Drive: Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

I still remember when I saw the Super Monaco GP (first) for the first time. I was in a store with my parents and there was a TV on with the Mega Drive on display. And the game was Super Monaco GP. At the time, if memory serves me, I still had the Atari 2600, or by the Master System I had spent, then the graphics Super Monaco GP very impressed and I was several minutes looking at that TV.

After that I went through the Master System, rented several times Super Monaco GP, which is quite different from the Mega Drive version, but with some interesting differences, as the possibility to choose the car engine and other adjustments. It was not an easy game, earlier lost two races and took the game over. But over time I managed to win races and win the championship, completing the game.

When I won my first Sega Genesis (just like this one), one of the first games I rented was the Super Monaco GP do Mega Drive. The game was pirated and rental weirdo, had opening, only appeared the Sega logo to all blurred beyond recognition (I do not know what the pirates of those who thought it was enough to disappear with the logo softwarehouse original that was okay) and then already appeared on screen with the race car and the “Press Start Button”, A swimsuit girl, without music, only a static image. But outside these details, the rest of the game was all there and you could have fun.

At the time I was a fan of Formula 1, not missed a grand prize and as every Brazilian, except either retarded against, I was the Ayrton Senna fan. The announcement of the second game of the series Super Monaco GP now let me anxious, further with the announcement that Ayrton Senna was participating in the development, the game would circuits designed for it, tips, digitized voice and everything.

When the Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II finally arrived at the video store I frequented, I was naturally among the first to hire it. Coming home was to place the cartridge into the console and… big disappointment. Just saw the message: “This cartridge was developed for use outside North and South America (except Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay). It cannot be used with hardware units for sale within these areas”, because the game was one of the first to the regional lock on software. The cartridge of the rental was Japanese and my American console, then nothing done. 馃檨

Luckily I have a cousin who had the Mega Drive Japanese, then exchanged Island for the weekend and I could play Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II. This quickly became one of my favorites on the Mega Drive. But it was only in 1994, after going through Super Nintendo and once the My second Mega Drive, it was the III Tec Toy, is that I managed to win the Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II, which I keep to this day, as seen in the photos below. Miraculously the battery, used to power the memory where the games are saved, still works, after 21 years! I just put the cartridge into the console and are still there saved games from my childhood.

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Com o meu pr贸prio cartucho finalmente eu podia salvar meus jogos e ningu茅m iria alugar o cartucho no meio da semana e apagar tudo s贸 pra eu ter que jogar de novo 馃檪 Assim eu completei o campeonato no modo Master em primeiro, I got my place at McLaren, ops… Madonna. And at the time ran a rumor on the games magazines that had to finish the game 8 times to see the real ending. This may be applied to the first Super Monaco GP. Just in case I won the championship 8 times and… did not have any different end. But the end was pretty cool anyway, with claims being presented with a number of scanned photos of Ayrton Senna and Formula 1. In addition to the championship, that is a true copy of the Formula Campenato 1 from 1991, with all circuits, there is still the way “Senna GP” in which we run on three tracks: one that is the path of the rider himself cart贸dromo on your farm, and two designed by Senna. Winning three races, won the super license.

Some people do not like the soundtrack Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II, but I like. The screen that appears at the end of the races has two versions, the sporty version for when you were among the first, and the sad version for when you have not been very well. The same applies to the entry in the pits, a more buzzing music when you are in a weak team, and a more serious music when you are in a top team. Digitized voices are also cool, sampling and low, clear, to fit the cartridges without taking up a lot of memory, but at least “Congratulations!” I could tell it was the voice of Senna same.

As racing simulator is clear that the Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II does not pass the test of time. The scheme to stay on the inside in all curves, which tangenciar, is totally surreal. It is likely that Senna has noticed this, clear, but Sega probably failed to implement the correct physical, limited to do the simplest modifications suggested by the pilot, as not to reduce the car's speed when the tire touches to half zebra. Indeed, in all racing games of the season the best option for curves was to stay within the side. The first game I saw more correctly implement the physical was the Formula One Grand Prix (World Circuit) no PC.

So today, if you want a true simulator, better stick with the F1 series. But play Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II is still fun. The possibility to choose a rival, beat it, and win the job on his staff is very interesting. Lacked some details, as the license to use the real names of drivers and teams, teammates instead of a pilot only by staff, cars with real colors during the race, etc. In my early teens, I even send a letter with suggestions for Tec Toy send to Sega Super Monaco GP to the III, but I think my ideas ignored. 馃檪

And to close the Article, I leave here's a little video of Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II:

The video was captured by Elgato - Game Capture HD60. I played in my Sega Genesis with the aid of Mega Everdrive, only by the practicality, because my original cartridge is still fully functional. The optimal definition Full HD is due to the Framemeister XRGB Mini and the SCART RGB cable for Mega Drive 1 / Sega Genesis 1 / Mega Drive 2 by Tec Toy with Stereo Audio (Pack-a-Punched!).

Update (05/11/2015): Adding a little video showing the cartridge Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II:

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