Nigel Mansell's World Championship
Start your engines, Grand Prix fans! Nigel Mansell's World Championship by Gametek is one of the hottest and most realistic racing games available for the Super NES. Unlike the vicarious, joyride-style SNES racer Top Gear, Mansell is an accurate Formula One simulation. Eye-pop- ping graphics, incredible game play, responsive controls, loads of options, plus actual international racetracks earn this game the pole position. So grab the controls and take this baby for a spin!
Almost every aspect of this game is as big a winner as its celebrity namesake, who in 1992 became the first driver to win nine Grand Prix races in one season. In the game, you race solo against 11 other world-class contestants on 16 real F-l racetracks. Each track is meticulously recreated and each presents unique challenges.
Races range from four to nine laps, with pit stops interspersed throughout each track. The weather conditions include sun and showers. You can either qualify for the pole position, or dive in as the last car and race to the top. The only major feature missing from this game is a two-player option.
A/V Burns Up the Track
Mansell fills the screen with gorgeous, highly detailed race environments. The action is viewed from the driver's ground-level perspective. The forward-scrolling graphics are silky smooth, creating a believable sense of speed and motion, especially in turns and tunnels. Opponents' cars are easily discernible and scale just as smoothly as the background graphics.
While the sharp background pix aren't quite as eye-popping as those found in Kemco's Top Gear, the large, on-screen prompters are better than its competitor. An overhead map, speedometer, gear indicator, tachometer, and a lap-time meter are easily visible without impeding the visual impact of the game.
The sounds are ever}' bit as good as the graphics. You can hear cars roar up behind you, and you can identify your RPMs based on the accurate whine of your engine.
- Make safe turns by releasing the gas and moving to the inside lane as you approach.
- It's OK to go off the track to slow down instead of releasing the gas or braking.
- In sharp turns, tap the gas button to maintain speed without spinning out. Use your brakes as a last resort.
A bevy of options enables you to customize your car. You select the size of the airfoil, type of tires, and a transmission, which impact your performance tremendously. Nigel himself conducts a personal one-lap run-through of any course, with track tips and honest (sometimes brutal) comments about your performance.
- It's better to pit early if you're within the top five positions. You can then blow by the lead cars when they pit in later laps.
- Soft wheels are best for cornering, but they wear out faster than other tires. The shallow airfoil has less drag and better acceleration but poor cornering. A high gear ratio offers slower acceleration, but the highest top speed.
Go Speed Racer! Go!
The game play and controls are top-notch. Manual transmissions have always been a nightmare in race games, but these work extremely well with the L and R buttons on the SNES controller. The on-screen action responds smoothly to your controls. The challenge is tough, but if you apply real driving tactics then you should be able to qualify every time. Keep in mind, though, that the difficulty does increase if you choose the manual transmission.
Nigel Mansell's World Championship is a well-crafted, realistic, challenging, and, most importantly, entertaining racing simulation. Top programming went into all aspects of this game, and it shows. The only drawback is that it's limited to one player, but you'll have plenty of fun anyway. See you at the finish line!
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- Manufacturer: GameTek
- Machine: GameBoy
- Theme: Driving
- No. of Levels: 16
For Formula One racing at its best, Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing by GameTek for the GameBoy is definitely worth a try. Select from one of 16 world circuit race courses. You must first complete the preliminary requirements: a tune-up, angle of the airfoil, and transmission type. Then race one lap for the best time to qualify for a pole position. Once on the starting grid, put your pedal to the metal!
Some themes were never really intended for GameBoy, and racing is definitely one of them! Trying to get the road to scroll fluidly can't really be done on this portable system. However, there are several tracks to try, and the detailed options are also helpful, but when it comes down to the actual racing, this game falls behind.
Racing games really never offer anything new or exciting, but this is one of the better portable racing games on the market. There are tons of tracks to race on, near perfect control, and even decent graphics! Of course, there is some blurring but not enough to distract you. This is a very good portable racing game!
I didn't expect too much from a GB driving game but, what you get is better than the average cart. The game is loaded with tons of options and with sixteen race tracks to choose from you'll keep busy. The obvious problems are blurring and the tiny bit of the track you see because of your oversized car.
A racing game takes a lot of detail to maintain your attention and on GameBoy that's very hard to do. This is a good attempt but lacks the feel of the road. Still, it has several tracks and options to help it along. As a portable, it's decent but if you had your choice, you might grab something else for a long trip.
A totally hot new racing cart is coming this way from the folks at Gametek. Based on one of the best F-1 car drivers, this game puts you behind the wheel of a Renault F-1 engine SFX. Race on F-1 circuit, and choose from several weather conditions to have a new game each time. Your opponents are professional racers, who will ensure that you'll have a real challenge on your hands.
The graphics are done very well. Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing may just be a winner like the name from which it's licensed. It sounds good, and the top-notch controls simulate being on the road at breakneck speeds. For a real good time of racing pick this cart up. You'll be surprised.
Nigel's Just Normal on the NES
Having conquered the SNES, Nigel now cruises onto the NES. Unfortunately, due to the limits of the 8-bit engine, Nigel doesn't shift to top gear in player satisfaction.
- Keep your distance as you pass opponents. Even when out of view, they can brush you as you pass.
- It's crucial to use your brakes in the NES Nigel. Coasting into turns isn't as effective as in the 16-bit versions.
The NES version features options similar to its SNES cousin, including Nigel's private driving lessons and a first-person perspec-tive. However, as expected, everything is noticeably simplified. The tracks are not as complex, the car is a little sluggish, and the animations are not as fluid. Plus, the awkward placement of on-screen prompters along the bottom of the screen makes it difficult to track your position or check your speed.
If you've never gone 16-bit racing, then 8-bit Nigel might provide a couple of thrills. It's a decent NES experience, just not a world champion.
Ranking high in any starting lineup, the Genesis version of Nigel Mansell's World Championship drives onto the track in style. However, compared with the acclaimed SNES version (see August '93, page 108), this Genesis racer fails to take the checkered flag. While both games are excellent racing games with great graphics and options, the Genesis doesn't convey the same stimulating experience its SNES co-driver does.
ProTip: Instead of braking on tight curves, slow down by riding the red and white bumpers.
The biggest difference is the switch from the SNES's first- person, in-the-cockpit perspective to a third-person, behind-the-car view. This reduces the game's impact, and likens it to other Genesis racing games already available. The background details, the forward-scrolling animation, and the presentation of on-screen prompters are also not as effectively rendered as they are on the SNES.
Not that the Genesis Mansell is a total wreck. Its options 16 international tracks, car-customizing features, and advice from Nigel -- are identical to its acclaimed SNES predecessor, keeping it a contender. While it's similar to other Genesis racers, it's still better than most. Unfortunately, it doesn't earn the pole position.