Stunt Race FX

aka: Wild Trax
Moby ID: 14676
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Thanks to an improved version of the SuperFX Chip, Stunt Race FX was the first racing game for the SNES to feature fully polygonal cars and levels, which made it possible for the game to include gradients and obstacles that could not be realized in earlier, "flat" racing games.

The game features four modes of play: Speed Trax is basically an arcade mode where the player has to qualify for each upcoming race by reaching checkpoints while collecting items to restore his damage- and boost-bar. It is divided into a Novice-, Expert-, and Master class, with each class featuring four unique tracks. In Stunt Trax the player has to complete courses filled with obstacles within a certain time limit while trying to collect as many stars as possible. Battle Trax is a two player mode taking place on special tracks without any CPU-controlled opponents. Finally, Test Run let's the player practice all tracks that have been unlocked.

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  • ワイルドトラックス - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 75% (based on 20 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings with 3 reviews)

handsome racer for its time

The Good
I was a big SNES fan, the megadrive , even though i owned one, lay beneath my bed unused, for me Nintendo were , at that period of video games, the ones with the most imagination, craft and addictive games and this was one of them. Stunt Race FX used the same formular as StarFox (StarWing in the UK) which was the FX chip, which enabled 3-D motion graphics , that were strikingly impressive for the most part. The game itself placed you in control of cute type cars , racing around various tracks that had a lot of craft about them. It played well, the controls were pretty easy once you got used to them. Graphics were excellent but the sound effects and music were quite dull.

The Bad
The sound effects and music were boring to me. Although the game had a cutesy feel to it, i expected better sound.

The Bottom Line
A typical Nintendo crafted video game. Great graphics and gameplay and one , sadly, is forgotten amongst a lot of people but I will remember fondly and would be great for your young kids to play if you still have a SNES lying around somewhere. You will probably be able to download this game via the new console - Nintendo Revolution , next year, which has a twenty year catalouge of games to download via their new online service, prices for downloads to be confirmed.

SNES · by Shaun Cox (2) · 2005

A pretty good racing game

The Good
The graphics were incredibly good for its time. I liked the tracks. Speed Trax was my favorite mode. The play control was very smooth. The physics were very realistic; for instance, if you hit a wall head on, your vehicle would be destroyed instantly. But if you just scrape the wall, you take a little damage. Also the vehicles controlled like their real life counterparts.

The Bad
The later tracks were too hard. Limited replay value. The sound wasn't great. There weren't many textures in the background or foreground. Only the 4-WD handled well; the other vehicles took too long to learn how to drive.

The Bottom Line
This game is not as good as other racing games but still pretty good.

SNES · by gamewarrior (5039) · 2004

The Godfather of 3D Racing.

The Good
In a preliminary and ground-breaking move from the two-dimensional racing-game, a racing title named “Stunt Race FX” explored new possibilities with the use of the 16-bit “FX chip”, (previously made famous by a game about a cunning and furry space-pilot). It’s a truly phenomenal technical achievement, and it’s the beginning of the modern racing game as we know it, but this is the most impressive part: this game came out in 1994! This was an age of sprite-based gaming, where the most three-dimensional titles made use of the Super Nintendo’s famous “Mode 7” graphical engine.

Is there anything else to this game other than its great attention to the three-dimensional concept? Yes, there is actually, and I’ll outline that below...

As the title screen appears, you can automatically tell that this is no hardcore title, and, like most of Shigeru Miyamoto's creations, almost everything in the game has been personified. Long before that silly “Cars” animation film, this game saw the correlation between a cars headlight and a pair of eyes. Yes, each car has a “face” roughly built from the grill and headlights. To say each car has a personality though might be going too far! So, the graphic shown here is like a cartoon title card, each car (Coupe, F-Type, 4WD, 2WD and a “Trailer”) is crammed onto the screen as a pre-cursor of the games light heartedness.

Consistent to other Nintendo releases of the time, racing is arranged in a series of cups, called “classes” in this game. NOVICE, EXPERT (and later MASTER) difficulties are available, and are spread over fifteen courses inclusively. Again, this is a remarkable amount of content for a game of this vintage. On commencement of a race, the three-dimensional track and environment is brought to life in vibrant colour. And, what has become a cliché of today’s games, the camera makes a long sweeping zoom down to the grid. Surprisingly, hitting the SELECT button changes the camera view for the game play.

There are three CPU controlled vehicles in this mode, and each car class is represented. I’m not sure how well the classes are balanced over the various racing environments, but finding your own suitable vehicle is an absolute priority. Like many, many games out there, you’re often trading acceleration for top-speed, or weight for manoeuvrability. The 4WD is promoted as the starting point for all players, and for most of the game it is a sensible choice.

It’s amazing how much has been crammed into each little track. There’s wildlife, sunsets, fish, snow and even a cameo appearance of the Arwing squadron, (they fly-over in the “Night Cruise” course). Further to this, there are even individual track musical themes – it’s an all-round top-shelf production in terms of visual and sonic quality. You would only find this sort of production value in the cousin of this game: Starwing (or “Star Fox” in other regions).

The Bad
So, how does it actually play? Well that’s where the problem is really. There’s usually a mixed view on the playability of this game, with some finding it quite smooth, and others finding it next to impossible to keep of the track barriers. I believe that those looking for a Super Mariokart type experience will not be pleased with this game – there’s just too much difference in the style of racing.

Control of the cars themselves is difficult to get used to, and if you find the steering over-sensitive, using the shoulder buttons to quick-turn will only compound your problems. Frustratingly, it’s not uncommon to hit a wall and be turned right into it, as if the wall has some sort of magnetic properties. Often your car will express the violence of these collisions by shattering apart briefly!

The other difficulty in playing this game is that the frame rate is less than what is required of today’s games. Surely, this is a limitation of the Super Nintendo’s processing power, and cannot be blamed too harshly, but nevertheless it can be difficult to both judge your speed and the distance between you and the horizon. In a way, it’s as if the game is a little too fast for itself, and the slight flickering that occurs is just enough to affect the game play. It’s a shame really, and I can’t help but think how brilliant things would have been if this could have been tightened up somehow. After all, this is something that is taken for granted in modern games.

The Bottom Line
But, after all of that, this game has so much to offer that it’s hard for me to hold these problems against it. The brightly coloured polygon-built graphics are charming and humorous. The music, constantly varying and lively is a treat as well. Plus, there are four modes for players to pick from. It can be seen that this game, although severely out-dated, has an appeal that time cannot touch. Again, this first party product from Nintendo has had the best efforts applied to it, and it’s only the technology of the time that failed to make this game truly sing.

SNES · by So Hai (261) · 2008

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    • January 1995 - named best SNES racing game of 1994

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Game added September 3, 2004. Last modified June 7, 2024.