Review by Valentino da Legend

Reviewed: 06/17/01 | Updated: 06/17/01

Defy Gravity

Nintendo fast and furious racer hits its new handheld wonder, the GameBoy Advance. One of there flagship racing series, F-Zero, has had many appearances on several consoles.

F-Zero, and F-Zero 2, a sequel that slipped past the public, both appeared on Nintendo's 16-bit wonder, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo had no way to express the way they wanted the amazing speed to be felt with this game, but to use the rarely used Mode 7 chip, the chip that allowed the 3-D effect on a 16-bit system. Smooth graphics, vigorous speed, and detailed sprites made the original F-Zero a hot title at its time. Nintendo pushed the series further with a sleeping sequel, F-Zero 2.

F-Zero made its third appearance on Nintendo's 64-bit machine in the form of F-Zero X. 3-D environments, 3-D car models, and faster speed than ever made this a wonderful, and very challenging improvement for the F-Zero series.

Now it was time for another appearance. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity is Nintendo's forth game to enter the series, making the exception to the 64-DD expansion pack in Japan. This game was available at the launch of Nintendo's next generation handheld system, the GameBoy Advance.

Not only was F-Zero: Maximum Velocity a brand new 16-bit game, but it also packed what the F-Zero series was famous for, challenging races with a tremendous amout of speed. Not only is the game challenging, but it is also said to be the hardest in the series yet, even harder than F-Zero X, which is known to cause a lot of torment to its fans.

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity is set 25 years after the original F-Zero. But, it still carries some of its most famous racers, including Captain Falcon.

The secrets in this game take a lot of skill and mental patience to unlock. If you have the abilities and the time to play this game, you could unlock a whole new mode, another difficulty level, a whole other series with new tracks, and 6 whole new racers that aren't clones of the original 4.

There is a few downsides to the game though that you may want to try to work out. The frustration the game will put you through if your craft blows up on the final lap, right before you cross the finish line, on the Queen series, in Master mode, with this being the race you can unlock the ultimate Jet Vermilion, you may just want to throw your GameBoy Advance at the wall. Also, unlocking Jet Vermilion won't be an easy task, you will have to work hard, and spend countless hours one way or the other trying to complete this game.

With a ton of replay value, and just the exhilarating rush this game gives to you, there is no reason not to own this game for your new handheld.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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