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F-Zero
エフゼロ
Efu Zero
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Creator: Nintendo EAD
First game: F-Zero (1990)
Latest game: F-Zero Climax (2004)
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F-Zero is a series of futuristic high-speed racing titles developed by Nintendo.

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Overview

Main series

F-Zero was originally released as a launch title for the SNES in 1990. The game utilized the Super Nintendo's "Mode 7" graphics mode to display 2D visuals in a 3D perspective for its racetracks. Two follow-up games were later released for the Satellaview: BS F-Zero Grand Prix was released in four parts between December and January 1997, while BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 was released in two parts in August 1997. The two games include new vehicles and race tracks in addition to the content featured in the original game.

The first full 3D installment in the series, F-Zero X, was released in 1998 for Nintendo 64, which featured additional modes and racers. An add-on pack titled F-Zero X Expansion Kit was released exclusively in Japan in 2000.

In 2001, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity was released as a launch title for the Game Boy Advance. Developed by Nd Cube, the game features gameplay similar to the original SNES F-Zero.

F-Zero GX was released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, developed by Sega subsidiary Amusement Vision. Later in 2003, an arcade counterpart to the game titled F-Zero AX was released, developed by Amusement Vision for the Triforce arcade board. The two games can be connected by using a Nintendo GameCube Memory Card, allowing players to unlock content exclusive to the arcade release in the console game.

Other media

An anime adaptation of the series, F-Zero: GP Legend (F-ZERO ファルコン伝説 Efu Zero Farukon Densetsu), was produced by Ashi Productions and aired in Japan for 51 episodes between October 2003 and September 2004. In North America, the series was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment and aired for fifteen episodes. The series is a reboot of the franchise that stars Rick Wheeler, a police detective who was fatally injured in a chase but was revived in the year 2201, where he works with the Mobile Task Force to stop the Dark Million Organization.

Two games based on the anime were also released, developed by Suzak. F-Zero: GP Legend was released in 2003 in Japan and 2004 internationally. Later, F-Zero Climax was released in 2004 exclusively in Japan. The games are structured largely similarly to the previously released F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.

Other appearances

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Captain Falcon, the pilot of the Blue Falcon, appears as a playable character in every installment. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fire Stingray pilot Samurai Goroh appears as an Assist Trophy. The series also features several stages based on the series: Mute City (based on the F-Zero X incarnation) in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Big Blue in Melee and Brawl, Port Town Aero Dive from F-Zero GX in Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Mute City (based on the original SNES track) in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

In Mario Kart Wii, the Blue Falcon is featured as an unlockable lightweight kart. The Blue Falcon returns in Mario Kart 8 as a kart body included in the first downloadable content pack. Mario Kart 8's downloadable content also features Mute City and Big Blue as race courses.

Nintendo Land features a minigame based on the F-Zero series titled Captain Falcon's Twister Race, in which players use the Wii U GamePad's touch screen to steer the Blue Falcon across the course.

With his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Captain Falcon was given an amiibo figurine, which can be used to unlock special content in games. In Mario Kart 8, players can unlock a Mii racing outfit based on Captain Falcon. Yoshi's Woolly World features a Yoshi pattern based on the character. Finally, using the amiibo in Super Mario Maker (or clearing 100 Mario Challenge) unlocks the Captain Falcon Costume Mario costume.

Games

Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Console
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Main series
F-Zero 1990 1991 1992  ??  ?? Super Nintendo
BS F-Zero Grand Prix 1996 N/A N/A N/A N/A Satellaview
BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 1997 N/A N/A N/A N/A Satellaview
F-Zero X 1998 1998 1998  ??  ?? Nintendo 64
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity 2001 2001 2001  ??  ?? Game Boy Advance
F-Zero GX 2003 2003 2003  ??  ?? Nintendo GameCube
F-Zero AX 2003 2003  ??  ??  ?? Arcade
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GP Legend series
F-Zero: GP Legend 2003 2004 2004  ??  ?? Game Boy Advance
F-Zero Climax 2004 N/A N/A  ??  ?? Game Boy Advance
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Other games
F-Zero X Expansion Kit 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo 64DD
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Cancelled
Zero Racers N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Virtual Boy

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