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This is pretty close to F-zero. There's speed to match the F-zero series. There's amazing tracks with loops, corkscrews, halfpipes, and any other coaster-style track you can imagine. The tracks are set on earth, so there's not any sort of space-themed tracks (as far as I know. I haven't unlocked everything)
The difference between this and F-Zero would be the inclusion of simple car combat sequences. When you get close to another car, it'll show a B button icon. Push the B button and you'll enter a scenario with a horizontal bar and a button you need to press. The object is to press the indicate button as close to the middle as possible. The other car participates in this as well. Whoever's button is closer to the middle wins the combat and will send the competitor car spinning out of control and slows them down.
Otherwise, there's also a VERY fun stunt element here. The tracks have jumps and unbordered parts where you can fly your car into the air and perform tricks using the D-pad. It's very fun and controls well. Performing special tricks and of course doing well in general gives you more fans. Having more fans unlocks more extras.
In many ways. the game is how F-Zero SHOULD be (heresy I know). F-zero is a great game series that is hard to beat. This game stays true to its gameplay, while adding fun and welcome additions to the classic formula. I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up if you are a fan of F-zero. The multiplayer is the only disappointment. With online wireless, this could have given Mario Kart DS serious competition. It's currently the second best DS racer (Mario Kart being the first).