This is one of the first prototypes I featured on SNES Central. John Weidman, aka The Dumper, was well known for being able to dump SNES games that conventional copiers were unable to, such as SA-1 games. He sent me a few things back in the day (I think circa 2003), including pictures of a this rare SA-1 prototype of SD F1 Grand Prix. Here is some information he gave me:
These are scans of a SNES SA1 proto board I own. The game it is a proto for is SD F1 Grand Prix. I have seen many SNES prototypes for sale but I have only ever seen one SA1 proto for sale and this is it. I'd say this is very rare.
A ROM image of the prototype made its way into ROM sets, and I assume that it is a dump of this cart by Weidman. However, I don't know this for certain. As far as I can tell, it doesn't differ that much from the final game. They have disabled the "time attack" mode in this sample. Deep delving into this game is a bit difficult at the moment, since the sample does not work in SNES9x.
Here is what this screen says:
この カセットは はんばい そくしんよう です。
"This cassette is for sales promotion use."
この カセットを むだんで かいへん ふくせい することは ほうりつで きんし されています。
"Reproduction of this cassette without permission is prohibited by law."
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