F-ZERO is 30 years old today.
Nintendo’s famous science fiction racing series made its debut at the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan on November 21, 1990. It was a huge success and produced multiple sequels.
I was a big fan of SNES’s F-ZERO (a year and a half later!). I was amazed at the speed and visuals of the SNES Mode 7 technology. F-ZERO felt 3D in an era when video games were only considered these 2D experiences.
The last complete F-ZERO game was F-ZERO Climax, the title of the Japan-only Game Boy Advance, released in 2004 more than 10 years ago.
Since then, F-ZERO has only made cameo appearances through mini-games on the Wii U party compilation Nintendo Land and Mario Kart 8 DLC tracks.
F-ZERO was announced as one of the release titles of the Super Nintendo “Nintendo Switch Online” collection, and was released in September 2019.
I don’t feel like Nintendo is reviving F-ZERO with Nintendo Switch’s efforts, but I hope it proves wrong. I think the very fast F-ZERO on the platform, with fully competitive multiplayer, is very exciting.
Until that perhaps mythical day, I have memories of F-ZERO at SNES. Time to remember …