F-Zero X

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Famed SNES racer F-Zero got this N64 update. Gameplay remains essentially unchanged, race in a futuristic racing tournament on tracks levitated miles up in the air, against a selection of devious opponents.

Where the original had 4 cars to choose from and race against, F-Zero X has no fewer than 30 vehicles all with their own unique strengths and weaknesses, a choice of colours, and customisable power/acceleration ratios for each track. At the beginning you are limited to choosing from 6 cars and 3 tournaments (each featuring 6 tracks each), but in true Nintendo fashion, more cars and tracks are unlocked as you progress through the game. As well as the cups, you can also race in time trial mode, against a 'ghost car' recording of your best previous lap, a lá Mario Kart 64.

Gone are the entirely flat tracks of the original, having been replaced with tracks that twist, turn, loop, rotate and basically contort into the most crazy shapes you could imagine. One unique feature amongst almost all other racing games is the "X" tournament, where courses are totally randomly generated each time you start.

One of the most important changes to the format is the inclusion of multiplayer support for up to 4 players. The various combat moves are especially important against aggressive human play.

This game has a rock soundtrack, which I believe is the first game soundtrack ever to feature the bestial grunting found only in death metal music.


F-Zero X Nintendo 64 The intro screen.
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Success is mine at last!
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 The death race mode, where you've simply gotta beat all the other cars down.
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Baba screams like a girl when he plunges off the track.

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Consoles Plus Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Nintendo Land Nintendo 64 2003 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Nintendo 64 Nov, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 15, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamestyle Wii Aug 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 15, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Jan 16, 2001 B+ 83
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

The N64 version of F-Zero X appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


An expansion pack was made available in Japan for the 64DD add-on which features 12 more tracks (divided in two tournaments) a car and track editor and additional features like an extended soundtrack.

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