Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review – NES

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review by ivaneurope

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge was released for the NES/Famicom worldwide in 1992.


You’re driving for the Ferrari Formula 1 team in a bid to become the next F1 champion. When you start the game you have the option to select 2 options – Qualify and Practice modes. In the Qualify mode you enter your driver name, and also a three letter code which represents your nation. The game doesn’t verify if the code represents a real-life nationality (Like USA or GBR), which means that the player can make up his own nationality. Next you can choose with what type of gearbox will play with – 3 speed or automatic.Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review NES

The calendar itself is based on the 1990 F1 season with the exception that the Spanish GP held at the Circuit de Catalunya instead of Jerez.

When you take on the championship you start your journey by first trying to qualify for the Grand Prix.  In order to do that you have to finish with a time quicker than the set Qualifying Time. If you fail to pass the limit you won’t be allowed to enter the race. However, if you are successful, there is also another quicker lap time you to beat – and if you beat it as well you’ll be awarded with the pole position.

In the actual race there are 6 laps with 3 sectors in each lap. The race is done on the elimination basis – the car that passes the sector line the last in that sector is eliminated. So, yes! If you’re last this means you’re out!

As you advance though the field the difficulty of the drivers in front of you will increase. The last 3 drivers are the hardest – they will always find a way to block your overtaking path and therefor the chance for a collision is greater.Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review

During the race many obstacles may jump-out in front of you – they are mostly cars with that have broken down. If you hit one of these cars you’re out of the race.

The game also includes pitstops. If you feel that the tyres are worn, you can always change them for a new ones. This will cost you a few places, but you can always win them back.


The graphics aren’t what would you expect from an F1 game, but this is due to the NES graphical limitations. The graphical interface is good – at the bottom of the screen there is a panel with a rear-view mirror, a radio and an indicator of which lap you are in and what position you are in, and finally, there is also a track layout indicating where you are and where the top 3 are. The backgrounds are well made for an NES game.



The car sound is not that bad and the skidding sound is well made. But what makes the game IMO is the soundtrack. In Qualify mode (and Practice if you complete Qualify) there are 4 songs with 4 tracks have one of the songs. The music is very catchy and interesting.


The gameplay is not that special – you can even turn at the corners with full speed. One noticeable thing is is the password save feature – if you want to resume your game at later point you can do it when you choose the Qualify mode it has the option to restore your save by entering the password.

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Review


I think this game is better than most Formula based games for the NES. The Qualify mode is a challenging, but more interesting when you make your way from the back of the field.