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Title Screen

World Circuit Series

Also known as: F-1 Spirit (JP), The Spirit of F-1 (EU), Konami Racing (Konami GB Collection Vol. 1)
Developer: Konami
Publishers: Konami (JP), Ultra Games (US), Palcom Software (EU)
Platform: Game Boy
Released in JP: February 28, 1991
Released in US: March 1992
Released in EU: 1992


RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


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Regional Differences

Publisher Logos

Since the game featured different publishers in US and Europe, the Konami logo was changed appropriately. All logos before the title screen were removed from the Collection rereleases.

Title Screen

The title screens were changed based on the game's names in the respective regions it was released in.

One interesting note is that the Japanese version has "PRESS START" immediately on the title screen and the player can just enter the game immediately. However, the original US/European versions don't display it until after the engine drive-by sound effect plays, so the player has to wait until after it displays before starting the game.

Japan (Original) US Europe (Original) Japan (Collection) Europe (Collection)
F-1 Spirit (Game Boy, JP) Title.png World Circuit Series (Game Boy, US) Title.png Spirit of F-1 (Game Boy, EU) Title.png KGBCVol1 SGB-JP Konami Racing Title.png KGBCVol1 GBC-EU Konami Racing Title.png

Name Input

The Japanese releases have input for katakana as well as romaji characters. The original US/European release removes the kana characters but rearranges the remaining Latin characters to fill up the space left behind. While the Japanese Collection version still has the same input screen, the European Collection removes the kana but this time does not rearrange the Latin characters and only lazily moves up the remaining characters instead.

Additionally, "NAME INPUT" was changed to "ENTER YOUR NAME" in the original US/European release but was reverted for the European Collection.

Japan (Original) US/Europe (Original) Japan (Collection) Europe (Collection)
F-1 Spirit (Game Boy, JP) Name Input.png World Circuit Series (Game Boy, US) Name Input.png KGBCVol1 SGB-JP Konami Racing Name Input.png KGBCVol1 GBC-EU Konami Racing Name Input.png

Menu Options

Game Select

"TEST RUN", "SPOT ENTRY" and "FULL ENTRY" were changed to "PRACTICE RACE", "SINGLE RACE" and "SERIES CIRCUIT" respectively in the US and European versions. The Collection version reverts this back to the original Japanese menu names.

Japan (Original) US/Europe (Original) Japan (Collection) Europe (Collection)
F-1 Spirit (Game Boy, JP) Main Menu.png World Circuit Series (Game Boy, US) Main Menu.png KGBCVol1 SGB-JP Konami Racing Main Menu.png KGBCVol1 GBC-EU Konami Racing Main Menu.png

Car Select

Pit Stop Menu

Course Names

Some of the names of the courses available have been changed in the US and European versions. The "San Marino" course also has an extra space inserted as a typo fix. Interestingly enough, the European version also differs from the US version rather than being the exact same, albeit only changing the name of one course from "Berlin" to "Hockenheim".

The Collection version released in both Japan and Europe axes all of the course names in favor of plainly naming them "Course A", "Course B", etc.

Japan USA Europe Collection
TOKYO SYDNEY SYDNEY COURSE A
NISHINIHON LONDON LONDON COURSE B
KOBE BERLIN HOCKENHEIM COURSE C
FUJI FUJI FUJI COURSE D
SUGO BRUSSELS BRUSSELS COURSE E
TSUKUBA ROME ROME COURSE F
NAGATA PARIS PARIS COURSE G
PORTISLAND CHICAGO CHICAGO COURSE H
OTSUKA MONTREAL MONTREAL COURSE I
SUZUKA SUZUKA SUZUKA COURSE J
U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A. COURSE K
BRAZIL BRAZIL BRAZIL COURSE L
SANMARINO SAN MARINO SAN MARINO COURSE M
MONACO MONACO MONACO COURSE N
CANADA CANADA CANADA COURSE O
MEXICO MEXICO MEXICO COURSE P
FRANCE FRANCE FRANCE COURSE Q
BRITAIN BRITAIN BRITAIN COURSE R
GERMANY GERMANY GERMANY COURSE S
HUNGARY HUNGARY HUNGARY COURSE T
BELGIUM BELGIUM BELGIUM COURSE U
ITALY ITALY ITALY COURSE V
PORTUGAL PORTUGAL PORTUGAL COURSE W
SPAIN SPAIN SPAIN COURSE X
AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA COURSE Y

Revisional Differences

The Konami GB Collection Vol. 1 rerelease changes the names of circuits and car models in the game to pseudonyms, i.e. the F-1 and Formula 1 names are removed.

Original Rerelease
F-1 Spirit (Game Boy, JP) Main Menu.png KGBCVol1 GBC-EU Konami Racing Main Menu.png

Multiplayer

Additionally, the ability to play multiplayer against 2 players or 4 players has been removed in the Collection version.