Family Circuit (FC)

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Family Circuit
Family Circuit - FC.jpg
Platform: Famicom
Year: 1988
Developer: Game Studio
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Family Circuit was one of the first games created by Masanobu Endoh's division of Namco, Game Studio. It's basically just an overhead drag racing game. You can customize your car's colors and buy upgrades, but it suffers repetitive gameplay. However, you can save your game which helps. The game spawned two sequels. The first one was really just a re-release of this game called Family Circuit '91, and the game was later ported to the SNES as Super Family Circuit. Unfortunately, none of Game Studio's games ever came to the USA, so the game's pretty much just an unknown title.

Family Circuit '91 is a slightly improved version of the original. It has new improved menus that are in English, so possibly a USA or Europe release was planned.


Family Circuit - FC - Title Screen.png

The title screen.

Family Circuit - FC - Menu.png

The main menu.

Family Circuit - FC - Gameplay 1.png

Playing the first race.

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Since this game is an early title, there's not too much to expect in sound quality. The race theme is quite unique because it's a little longer than most NES songs at the time, but the rest of the music is pretty much just short loops. Fortunately, Game Studio put credits in their Famicom games unlike Namco. This game's credits are in Japanese hiragana and katakana, though Family Circuit '91's credits are in English. Nobuyuki Ohnogi wrote six pieces of music to go along with the game, and they are pretty catchy tunes, though they can get annoying very fast because of their short length. The race music is tolerable though. For some unknown reason, the in-game BGM was removed in Family Circuit '91. Though it is unknown how Nobuyuki created the music, Namco usually developed their games on HP computers, so he probably just used that. He also created the game's music engine. The Super Famicom version uses all but 2 of the same songs remixed by Nobuyuki himself.

The names of the tracks come from the Famicom Music DVD.


# TitleJapanese filename ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title BGMタイトルBGM Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 0:30
02 Select Menuメニューセレクト Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 1:10
03 Race BGMレースBGM Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 3:02
04 Victory BGM優勝BGM Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 0:48
05 2nd-3rd Place BGM2~3位BGM Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 0:49
06 Staff Rollスタッフロール Nobuyuki OhnogiNobuyuki Ohnogi 1:10


  • Ripper: Mk-II, Gil_Galad
  • Recorder: Doommaster1994
  • Game Credits: (Family Circuit)
    • おんがく: (Music) Nobuyuki Ohnogi credited as おおのぎ のぶゆき
    • サウンドプログラム: (Sound Program) Nobuyuki Ohnogi credited as おおのぎ のぶゆき
  • Game Credits: (Family Circuit '91)

(Source: Family Circuit, Family Circuit '91)

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  Japan.svg   Japan
Family Circuit - FC.jpg
Title: ファミリーサーキット (Family Circuit)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1988-01-06
Publisher: Namcot, Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
Family Circuit '91 - FC.jpg
Title: ファミリーサーキット ’91 (Family Circuit)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1991-07-19
Publisher: Namcot, Ltd.