Retro Review: “F-Zero X” Speeds to Switch

Throughout the lifecycle of the Nintendo 64, numerous racing games saw release on the console. While many of them have gone on to become beloved classics to this day, one in particular has made a long-awaited return via the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack: “F-Zero X.” First seeing release in the year 1998, this sequel to the original 1991 “F-Zero” for the Super Nintendo is another welcome addition to Nintendo 64 Online. 

Building on what was done in the original game, this title used the N64 hardware to reach a then-unprecedented graphical framerate of 60 frames per second, which still stands as an impressive visual feat today. Captain Falcon and the other racers in the game can reach speeds in their vehicles in excess of 1,000 kilometers per hour (about 621.4 miles per hour).

The sense of speed, combined with a variety of elaborate track designs marks a test of skill that easily makes for one of the best racing games on the N64 – well worth its inclusion in the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

One word of advice to new players – the game is no cakewalk, even on lower difficulty settings for the grand prix modes. That said, any player who wants a challenge, along with fans of previous releases of the game, should feel right at home. Though the series hasn’t seen a new installment released since the era of the Gamecube and Game Boy Advance, it still remains a fan favorite, and is well worth playing for those who have the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.

With more Nintendo 64 titles coming in the near future, “F-Zero X” remains an engaging “high-speed race across the galaxy.” Even after more than 20 years.

PLATFORM: Nintendo 64 Online for Switch
Available on Nintendo 64 Online for Nintendo
Switch Online Expansion Pack
ESRB Rating: E

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