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F-Zero

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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 Wii U Choosing a vehicle
F-Zero SNES Second level
F-Zero SNES I'm near leader
F-Zero Wii U Getting some air

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 SNES 2000 9.4 out of 10 94
Entertainment Weekly SNES Sep 27, 1991 A- 91
Video Games SNES Mar, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jul 28, 2009 17 out of 20 85
Power Play SNES Mar, 1991 85 out of 100 85
VideoGame SNES Nov, 1991 8 out of 10 80
GameHippo.com Windows Jan 06, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.de Wii Jan 31, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Mag'64 Wii Dec 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Wii Nov 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Windows port = remake (game split?) 2 Terok Nor (19337)
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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Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (9925), Guy Chapman (1744), Kartanym (10766) and Martin Smith (63052)