DescriptionFamed 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.
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|Total! (Germany)||Aug, 1998||1 out of 6||100|
|Gaming Age||Sep 19, 2004||96 out of 100||96|
|Consoles Plus||Aug, 1998||92 out of 100||92|
|VicioJuegos.com||Aug 19, 2006||91 out of 100||91|
|IGN||Oct 27, 1998||9.1 out of 10||91|
|Mega Fun||Aug, 1998||84 out of 100||84|
|Game Revolution||Nov 01, 1998||B+||83|
|Nintendo Power Magazine||Sep, 1998||8 out of 10||80|
|GameSpot||Aug 13, 1998||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Power Unlimited||Oct, 1998||5.9 out of 10||59|
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1001 Video GamesThe N64 version of F-Zero X appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Add-onAn 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.
Related Web Sites
- F-Zero X (Official game website - Japanese)
- Wikipedia: F-Zero X (Information about F-Zero X at Wikipedia)