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In the first of three released games for Super NES, players can choose among 4 different cars, each one with different attributes (maximum speed, fuel consumption, boost power and tire grip) to face 32 challenging courses situated in several places around the world as Brazil, USA, France, Japan etc.

In more longer tracks, players will find a Pit Stop section, where they can enter to replenish the fuel meter (total or partially). The game has a split-screen display for 1 or 2 players. In 1-Player mode, you'll dispute the races against the computer, that has a slightly bigger speed than yours, helping to give a lot more of competitiveness. A password system was included, being possible to stop a current game and resume it later.

Through the game, players will find several obstacles scattered by the courses, like rows of iron plates or even lots of stones. In order to qualify for the next circuit, it's required to complete it at least in the 5th position, or else the game is over.


Top Gear SNES Title screen.
Top Gear SNES When a high-speed crash occurs, the pilot will say something: a lot more of fun in the game.
Top Gear SNES If the computer (or one of 2 players) goes to the pits, put a nitro to increase the distance between both!
Top Gear SNES After each race, the best 10 times (and its respective points) are displayed in this screen.

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Top Gear Magazine Advertisement
Top Gear Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Top Racer" -- Japanese Title
  • "Top Gear 1" -- Informal Name
  • "トップレーサー" -- Japanese spelling

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N-Force SNES Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
N-Force SNES Jan, 1993 87 out of 100 87
1UP! SNES Feb 16, 2019 87 out of 100 87
GamePro (US) SNES May, 1992 4 out of 5 80
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games SNES May, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Power Play SNES Jun, 1992 72 out of 100 72


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On 4th November 1993, Kemco America Inc. wanted to register the Top Gear trademark for videogames relating to or depicting vehicles. The British Broadcasting Corporation opposed this, because they had been broadcasting a television programme under the same name since 1977. The process and the verdict in favour of the BBC in 1999 can be read here.
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