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F-Zero is a futuristic racing video game franchise originally created by Nintendo EAD (formerly Research & Development Team 4) and has been continually published by Nintendo although the company has let outside development houses work on some installments.[1] The series premiered in Japan on November 21, 1990 with F-Zero (エフゼロ?), which later was released in the North American (August 13, 1991) and PAL (June 4, 1992) regions. An original installment has appeared on nearly every succeeding Nintendo video game console and handheld with the exception of the Game Boy Color, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Excluding Japan, the series usually has landed on a video game system once in its lifetime. F-Zero: GP Legend marks the first time the franchise has hit a gaming system twice in its lifetime in the United States.[2] Currently the series includes eight released video games, a television series, and video game soundtracks released on audio CDs. F-Zero and F-Zero X were re-released for the Virtual Console service through software emulation.

Gameplay consists of racing in futuristic hovercrafts and using their speed-boosting abilities to navigate through the courses as quickly as possible in settings like the recurring Mute City, Big Blue and Port Town.The first game was labeled as an influential video game that created the futuristic racing sub-genre[3][4] as well as inspired the creation of numerous racing games such as Daytona USA and the Wipeout series.[5][6] The series casually centers around the F-Zero racer Captain Falcon and his talented racing and bounty hunting abilities as well as his encounters with the other F-Zero characters.[7][8]

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Video games


Original release dates:[9]
JP November 21, 1990
NA August 13, 1991
EU June 4, 1992
System release:
1990 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
2006 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
BS F-Zero Grand Prix
BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2

Original release dates:[12][13]
JP 1996 - 1997
System release:
1996 / 1997 – Super Family Computer
Notes:

Cancellation date:
1996[14]
Proposed system release:
Virtual Boy[15]

Original release dates:[16][17][18]
JP July 14, 1998
NA October 26, 1998
EU November 6, 1998
System release:
1998 – Nintendo 64
2004 – iQue Player
2007 – Wii (Virtual Console emulation)
Notes:
  • The North American release of F-Zero X suffered from a three month delay due to Nintendo of America's former release policy of spacing the release of first-party games out evenly.[19][20]
  • 100th game released on the European Virtual Console.[21]
  • A sequel of F-Zero, which greatly expands upon the number of playable vehicles and was the first 3D F-Zero game.[22]
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

Original release dates:[23][24][25]
JP March 21, 2001
NA June 11, 2001
EU June 22, 2001
System release:
2001 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as F-Zero (エフゼロ?).[26]
  • Direct sequel to F-Zero which occurs twenty-five years subsequent to the events in it.[27]

Original release dates:[28][29]
JP July 2003
NA September 2003
System release:
2003 – Triforce
Notes:
  • Triforce counterpart of F-Zero GX for use in the Arcades.[30]
  • First announced Triforce game from Namco, Nintendo, and Sega's business alliance.[31]

Original release dates:[32][33][34]
JP July 25, 2003
NA August 25, 2003
EU October 31, 2003
System release:
2003 – Nintendo GameCube
Notes:
  • Originally scheduled for May 2003 in Japan and June 2003 in North America, the title was delayed by two months.[35][36]
  • Sequel of F-Zero X, events take place one year after the aforementioned game.[37]
F-Zero: GP Legend

Original release dates:[38][39][40]
JP November 28, 2003
EU June 4, 2004
NA September 20, 2004
System release:
2003 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu (エフゼロ ファルコン伝説?, lit. "F-Zero: Legend of Falcon")[39]
  • Set in the year 2201, the title is influenced by the anime featuring characters and concepts seen there.[41]

Original release dates:[42]
JP October 21, 2004
System release:
2004 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Is influenced by the anime and features characters and similar scenarios previously seen there.[41]

Expansions


April 21, 2000[43]Nintendo 64DD
Notes:
  • The very first add-on disk for the disk drive attachment of the Nintendo 64.[44]

Other media

Title Release date Media type
F-Zero: …そしてスピードの神へ February 1992[45] Fantasy novel
Notes:
F-Zero: GP Legend October 7, 2003[47] Series of anime episodes
Notes:
  • A series of fifty-one animated episodes created by Ashi Productions based on the F-Zero franchise.[48][49]
  • Released in North America by 4Kids Entertainment in 2004, then later canceled.
  • A video game under the same title was released based on the show[49] featuring the same characters and art style.[50]

Soundtracks

Title Release date Length Label
F-Zero March 25, 1992[51] 51:46[51] Tokuma Japan Communications
Notes:
F-Zero X Original Soundtrack September 18, 1998[53] 52:46[53] Pony Canyon
F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition January 27, 1999[54] 36:43[54] Player's Planet and Media Factory
F-Zero Blue Falcon Ending Theme - Resolution December 3, 2003[55] 18:52[56] NEC Interchannel
Notes:
F-Zero Legend of Falcon Opening Theme: The Meaning of Truth December 3, 2003[57] 17:39[58] NEC Interchannel
Notes:
  • Features the introductory theme of TV Tokyo's F-Zero anime.[57]
F-Zero GX/AX Original Soundtrack July 22, 2004[59] 2:25:15 Scitron Digital Content
Notes:

Notes

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