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Continental Circuit Continental Circuit - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Continental Circuit - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Drive a race car throughout different countries.

Continental Circuit was produced by Taito in 1989.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Continental Circuit was produced include: Recordbreaker, Jigoku Meguri, Continental Circus, Kurikinton, Top Shooter, Asuka & Asuka, Battle Shark, Cadash, Cameltry, and Champion Wrestler


Name Continental Circuit
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7388
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Continental Circuit Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Continental Circuit Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Steering: Wheel
  • Shifter: 2-position (low, high)
  • Pedals: 1
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Environmental/Cockpit
Side Art Continental Circuit Side Art Image

Game Introduction

A driving game with a High/Low shift and one pedal no break.

Game Play

This is basically your beat-the-clock type of racing. However, if you get hit by a passing car or track barriers, your car will begin to smoke, meaning you'll have to stop at a nearby pitstop to have your car extinguished. Otherwise, the smoke will develop into fire, which will cause your car to explode, wasting precious time when you start up again. Your car will also explode if you get hit again, after getting hit once.

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The game's title screen reads Continental Circus. This is yet another classic example of a mistranslation from Japanese to English. According to Taito's Japanese game history page, the katakana pronunciation for this title is actually "Continental Circus", but since this racing game has absolutely nothing to do with a circus, the word "Circuit" makes much more sense. All the artwork on the US games were corrected to say "Circuit", yet the original Taito PCBs are labeled "Circus".

Cabinet Information

This game comes in both upright or sit-down models. Some sit-down models may feature shutter-type 3-D glasses hanging above the player's head. To enable this unique feature, make sure you set the DIP switch setting is set to "3-D mode."

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Continental Circuit Census

There are 14,965 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,552 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,380 machines (6,942 unique titles).

Common - There are 45 known instances of this machine owned by Continental Circuit collectors who are active members. Of these, 33 of them are original dedicated machines. 12 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Continental Circuit machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Continental Circuit circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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