Monaco GP is an arcade racing game released by Sega in 1979. The game was released in three cabinet styles, a vertical upright cabinet, a cocktail table and sit-down 'deluxe' cabinet. A sequel, Pro Monaco GP, was released in 1980, and was later followed by Super Monaco GP and Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II. Monaco GP was ported to the SG-1000 in 1983.
All of the scoring information appears on various LEDs located on the cabinet, including the player's score, the high score table, and the timer (Turbo, an arcade game released by Sega two-years later, presents scores in a similar style; the timer is presented on-screen). The main objective of the game, like many racing games made at the time, is to try to beat the clock. The attract mode consists solely of a static image of the track with cars passing by with the message 'Game Over' flashing at the top, and the message 'Deposit Coin' at the bottom.
The game does not have a CPU; it was the final game (not counting the updated version) made by Sega to use TTL-based discrete logic circuits (thus it is not currently supported by processor-based game emulators such as MAME). Images such as the cars and 'game over' message are stored in small custom ROM chips. Sound effects, such as the cars' engines, a siren, and the sound of wheels slipping on the pavement, are generated by operational amplifiers and other analog circuitry.
In 2003, Sega made a remake for the PlayStation 2, as a part of Sega Ages 2500 collection.
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This version of Monaco GP was designed for the Sega SG-1000, which was first 8-bit Sega video game console manufactured
in the years 1983 - 1985. It was launched on the same day as much more successful NES console and with exceptions, it was sold only in Japan.
The unit price of SG-1000 was 15,000 yen, the same price as for NES. Console was not very successful and after 2 years was withdrawn from the market.
More information about Sega SG-1000 can be found
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.