F-Zero

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Arcade
...
5.0
Wii U
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4.9
Wii
84
4.3
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Description

F-Zero is a futuristic racing game, set in the year 2560. The player chooses one of the four available hovercars and then can race with other hovercars in one of the gameplay modes - "Practice" or "Grand Prix".

In "Practice" mode, the player chooses one track where he competes with one other hovercar to win the race (or there can be no rival at all, if you so wish). In "Grand Prix", the player must complete a series of races with several competitors. Each race consists of five laps.

The hovercar has a limited Power meter, which represents the machine's health and decreases when the hovercar collides with the track boundaries and other players. If power runs out, the hovercar explodes and the player loses the race. There are repair areas near the start line, which restore power to the player's hovercar if he drives into them. The tracks contain many more or less dangerous traps, such as icefields or landmines.

Completing a lap awards the player a "Super Jet" which can be activated at any time to give a short speed boost. The hovercar can keep up to three Super Jets and use them when necessary.

Completing a lap also gives points, which give the player a life when enough are accumulated. The player can lose a life in the Grand Prix mode if his hovercar explodes, if his hovercar somehow falls out of the track or if he ends up too far behind the other racers.

Screenshots

F-Zero SNES You'll receive a S-JET (Turbo) in each lap completed. This is the exact moment where you earn one...
F-Zero Wii U Powering up
F-Zero SNES Golden Fox seen from a different angle (Front).
F-Zero Wii U Each car has its own unique stats

Alternate Titles

  • "エフゼロ, Efu Zero" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Futurist racing SNES NeoJ (428)
Need For Speed SNES Big C (49)

Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 19, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Freaks 365 SNES 2000 9.4 out of 10 94
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 20, 2006 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mean Machines SNES Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Mag'64 Wii Dec 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Wii Nov 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80
IGN Wii Jan 26, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
IMPLANTgames SNES Jun 08, 2009 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 14, 1999 D 25

Forums

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Windows port = remake (game split?) 2 Terok Nor (21383)
Sep 21, 2012

Trivia

References

If you observe carefully, it's possible to see some blank (and a lot of grey too...) letters behind the official car (a flying vehicle responsible for recharging its power meter), where is written something as "PIT-TIP" (but the P letter of the word TIP is inverted!). To see this, open an official car captured screenshot (an emulator is recommended) with any image editor and use the zoom-in effect (if available) in the middle square area with black and yellow lines: you will be capable of identify these words with a lot of attention.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #69 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
Information also contributed by Big John WV

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