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F-Zero X

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F-Zero X
F-ZERO X (エフゼロ エックス)
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Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 64
Category: Racing
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: F-Zero
Successor: F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Release dates
N. America: October 26, 1998
Japan: July 14, 1998
Europe: November 6, 1998
USK: 0
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F-Zero X is a 3D futuristic racing game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998. The game is a follow-up to the original F-Zero, featuring the same characters and many of the same tracks while also implementing brand new ones.

In 2000, an expansion for this game titled F-Zero X Expansion Kit was released for the Nintendo 64DD, used in conjunction with this game to unlock new features and content. The expansion was only released in Japan.



It's you against 29 other machines competing for the title of F-Zero X Champion. You're racing at speeds ov over 1,000 km/h high above the atmosphere. YOur competition comes from every corner of the galaxy and won't shed a tear at the thought of smashing you to smithereens or running you off the track. With four-player simultaneous gameplay and the Rumble Pak accessory, you have the fastest racing game on the N64© system.

  • Up to four-player simultaneous racing!
  • Five game modes, four difficulty levels and 30 tracks!
  • Choose from 30 customizable machines!
  • Compatible with Rumble Pak accessory!

Nintendo website (Wii)

Choose from 30 different hover-car racers, including updated versions of the Blue Falcon and other vehicles from the original F-Zero, and get ready to play one of the fastest racers ever! Race to the finish line on tracks that twist and turn through the air. However, you will have to avoid the other 29 cars on the track or else face the consequences! If you're in a competitive mood, try to win a Grand Prix Cup, get the fastest lap time in a Time Trial, or destroy the competition in a Death Race. You can also challenge three friends in the Versus mode. With five separate play modes, hidden vehicles and courses, and an excellent sound track, F-Zero X still represents one of the best racing titles to date!


F-Zero X is a high-speed racing game in which players race against 29 opponents at once. After selecting a game mode, the player is able to select their vehicle from the 30 total (unlocked by clearing the GP Race cups on each difficu.lty), each one with unique stats, and after selecting a vehicle the player can adjust their vehicle's speed-to-acceleration ratio. There are five Grand Prix cups in the game: The Jack, Queen, and King Cups from the previous game, the Joker Cup, and the X Cup (consisting of 6 randomly generated courses). Each cup can also be played on one of four difficulties: Novice, Standard, Expert, and Master.

During races, the player must maintain their machine's energy bar while trying to win, since if the machine is damaged too much or the player falls off the course then they lose a life and must restart the race. On the second lap, the player is given access to their boost, which in this game can be used continuously but drains their machine's health meter. Like in the original, tracks in this game also feature panels that restore the machine's energy. Players can also attack other vehicles by spinning into them in order to destroy them, eliminating them from the race.

Three other modes are also available. The first is Time Attack, in which the player must complete a course in the fastest time. The second is Death Race, a continuous race in which the goal is to defeat every other opponent in the fastest time. The final mode is VS Battle, in which up to four players can play in a race simultaneously. A practice option is also available.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 64 Game Pak
Digital download (Wii, Wii U)
Download size: Wii: 228 blocks
Wii U: 32 MB
Supported features: Rumble Pak
Input / compatible controllers: N64: Nintendo 64 Controller
Wii: Classic Controller, Nintendo GameCube Controller
Wii U: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Classic Controller

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
F-Zero X Wii (Virtual Console) NA: June 25, 2007
JP: May 29, 2007
EU: June 15, 2007
AUS: June 15, 2007
A direct port of the original game available as a download on the Wii Shop Channel.
F-Zero X Wii U (Virtual Console) JP: November 2, 2016
EU: November 3, 2016
NA: January 12, 2017
A direct port of the original game available as a download on the Wii U Nintendo eShop, with added Virtual Console emulator features. Note that the European release of the game is the North American NTSC release.

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