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Full Title F-Zero
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
System Super NES, Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date Super NES
JP November 21, 1990
US August 15, 1991
EU June 4, 1992
Wii Virtual Console
US November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
Wii U Virtual Console
US/EU February 20, 2013
JP April 27, 2013
Genre Racing
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

F-Zero is a futuristic racing game for the Super NES which became the original title of the F-Zero series. It was considered impressive at the time, especially for its use of Mode 7, which allowed the game to simulate 3D environments.



The game is set in the year 2560. Man has extended his reach far beyond Earth and intergalactic trade has begun. The trade is a booming business, but the rich tycoons needed some excitement in their lives. So, they began a dangerous, high speed racing circuit based on the old F-1 races called F-Zero.


As in most racing games, the object of F-Zero is to reach the end of the track before your opponents. However, in this game the player has to avoid land mines, magnets, and other obstacles that can damage the racer.

The game contains 15 tracks divided into 3 leagues. There are initially three difficulties to choose from: Beginner, Immediate, and Expert. A fourth difficulty, Master, is unlocked upon completing the Expert Grand Prix.


F-Zero would spawn a series of games that continues to this day. It also introduced some of the characters who would continue to reappear game after game, including Captain Falcon, Samurai Goroh, Pico, and Dr. Stewart.


The first planned sequel to F-Zero was Zero Racers for the Virtual Boy. Like so many games for the system, Zero Racers was canceled when the Virtual Boy failed.

In Japan, a sequel called BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 was released. It contained only five tracks and played very much like the original F-Zero.

The first sequel of make it to America and Europe was F-Zero X for the Nintendo 64.

Ports and Rereleases

  • In Japan, there was a competition version of the game called BS F-Zero Grand Prix. This version had an extra track and let players play against each other via Satellaview.
  • The game was rereleased on the Wii's Virtual Console. A demo version was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an unlockable Masterpiece.
  • In 2013, it was released for the Wii U as part of the Wii U Virtual Console. In America and Europe, it was made available at a heavily discounted price before the Virtual Console officially launched as part of the Virtual Console Trial Campaign.

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