The key to understanding why this partnership is so perfect is that, besides Senna, one of the biggest cultural forces in Brazil in the early ’90s was a game called Top Gear for Super Nintendo.
I’d always known Top Gear was popular in Brazil, but I never understood the extent of that popularity until I happened across a blog on Destructoid by a Brazilian writer named Nior.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that this song is the single most popular element of the entire game and it is to Brazil what Super Mario’s theme is to Japan.
So you understand that Top Gear was very important to Brazil; of course I don’t need to tell you how important Senna was to Brazil.
After all, it was Sega’s Brazilian importer Tectoy that connected Senna with Nintendo’s rival and offered the three-time champ’s likeness to Super Monaco GP II, which released the very same year as Top Gear in 1992.
Top Gear was just a little before my time, but I have fond memories of its Nintendo 64 sequels, Top Gear Rally and Top Gear Overdrive.