F1 Race (FC)

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F1 Race
F1 Race - FC.jpg
Platform: Famicom
Year: 1984
Developer: HAL Laboratory
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F1 Race is a racing game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo, and was only released in Japan in 1984.

You play as an Formula 1 racing machine and your goal is to get to the goal before the time runs out. You can choose between three skill levels, with the only major difference being the time limit. There are ten tracks, and after the tenth track is completed, the game loops until you lose. It does this by lowering the time limit in each loop considerably, meaning even one slowdown or crash means there's no chance of winning. Even though there are other F1 machines on the road, there is no position, and you only need to worry about getting to the next checkpoint in time. There is also no two-player feature, which would have added a bit of replay value to the game.

While the game was never released outside of Japan, it is completely in English. The game also got unofficial re-releases, including where you race with UFOs, Boats and Bicycles.

The game was later ported to the Game Boy under the name "F-1 Race", which was available not only in Japan, but also Europe and the United States. It also supported 4 players. HAL also made another game from the same engine, Mach Rider.


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The title screen.

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About to play the first track.

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Racing on the first track.

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Since this is an early Famicom title, there's barely any music. The addition of in-game music would have been nice, but you don't even get that, you only get sounds.

Hideki did a great job with the music. Because it's such an early title, there are no staff credits. Hideki was the only composer who worked at HAL Laboratory at the time. Plus, the game Gall Force: Eternal Story's in-game music sounds identical. The instruction manual does not have credits either.

Another source of proof that Hideki worked on the music is the high score list in Mach Rider (VS). Not only that, but both games even share the same sound effects.

Hideki went on to compose the music for the infamous Mach Rider (NES).


# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen TraditionalHiroaki Suga 0:27
02 Get Ready Hideki KanazashiHiroaki Suga 0:04
03 Game Over Hideki KanazashiHiroaki Suga 0:10


(Source: High Scores in Mach Rider (VS), same sound effects, verification from staff; Game lacks credits.)

Because this is an early game, credits were uncommon in Famicom games at the time. We have received verification from a staff member at HAL that Hideki composed the music.

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F1 Race - FC.jpg
Title: F1レース (F1 Race)
Platform: NES
Released: 1984-11-02
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.