North American box art
|Designer(s)||Shigeru Miyamoto(producer) Kazunobu Shimizu (director, designer)|
|Released||JPNovember 21, 1990|
NAAugust 13, 1991
EUJune 4, 1992
NANovember 19, 2006
JPDecember 2, 2006
EUDecember 8, 2006
|Genre(s)||Futuristic racing game|
|Ratings||E for Everyone|
|Platform(s)||SNES, Virtual Console|
F-Zero (エフゼロ) is a futuristic racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The game was released in Japan on November 21, 1990, in North America on August 13, 1991, and in Europe on June 4, 1992. The title was downloadable over the Nintendo Power peripheral in Japan and was also released as a demo onto the Nintendo Super System in 1991. F-Zero is the first game of the F-Zero series and was one of the two launch titles for the SNES in Japan, but was accompanied by additional initial titles in North America and Europe. In late 2006, F-Zero became available for the Virtual Console service on the Wii.
Players control fast hovering craft and use their speed-boosting abilities to navigate through the courses as quickly as possible. The game takes place in the year 2560, where multi-billionaires with lethargic lifestyles created a new form of entertainment based on the Formula One races called "F-Zero".
In the Super Smash Flash series
Captain Falcon appears for the first time in F-Zero, although he is never seen in-game and only his vehicle, the Blue Falcon, appears. Captain Falcon himself appears in Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2 as a playable character. All his move are originated from the Super Smash Bros. series. However, because a certain Captain Falcon sprite sheet, many people was questioned if his standard special move was going to be Falcon Gun (with the Falcon Punch relocated as his side special move), which he only used in an eight-paged comic from the F-Zero Instruction Manual, as well, as other non-game F-Zero media. The stage, Sand Ocean, is based on a racing track in this game.