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Famed SNES racer F-Zero gets a 64-bit 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.

While 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.


F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Baba and his rolling tiger prevail.
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Baba screams like a girl when he plunges off the track.
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Attain crazy speeds of up to 1500km/h!
F-Zero X Nintendo 64 Each character has their own unique fireworks display!

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F-Zero X Concept Art
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Video Games Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 4 out of 4 100
Consoles Plus Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 92 out of 100 92 Nintendo 64 Aug 19, 2006 91 out of 100 91
IGN Nintendo 64 Oct 27, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Play 64 Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Aug, 1998 84 out of 100 84
The Video Game Critic Nintendo 64 Jan 16, 2001 B+ 83
X64 Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Sep, 1998 8 out of 10 80
NintendoWorldReport Wii U Feb 09, 2017 7.5 out of 10 75


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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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