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F-Zero X (Nintendo 64)

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Description

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.

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F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Attain crazy speeds of up to 1500km/h!
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Dont mess with Bio-Rex!
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Baba screams like a girl when he plunges off the track.
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 More tunnel action

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The Press Says

IGN Oct 27, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Nintendo Land 2003 91 out of 100 91
Game Play 64 Sep, 1998 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Revolution Nov 01, 1998 B+ 83
Nintendo Power Magazine Sep, 1998 8 out of 10 80
X64 Sep, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 09, 1998 16 out of 20 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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Trivia

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.

Add-on

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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