F-Zero X is a racing video game for the Nintendo 64, and a sequel to the SNES classic video game F-Zero. It was first released on July 14, 1998 in Japan.


As with the original, the game takes place at a futuristic setting where players race in various courses at high-speed gameplay. Gaining manual boost would be enabled upon completing the second lap, where the "Power" meter would turn green. But using the boost would decrease power, essentially costing health. Contact with other racers and hitting walls would cause damage.

Few changes have occurred in the gameplay of F-Zero X. Unlike in F-ZERO where there were four racers present, there are now thirty racers at once. Pressing the B button gives the player a boost, and R and L buttons to ram into racers and do a spin attack. After selecting a racer, there is now an option to adjust bewteen acceleration and speed.


There are many different modes in F-Zero X. There is GP race, where you compete in tournaments; Practice, where you race around a course with other racers; Time Trial: where you have to beat times in three laps; Deathmatch, where you have to bring your opponents health down to 0 by ramming them and VS, a multiplayer mode.


# Jack Cup Queen Cup King Cup Joker Cup *DD-1 Cup *DD-2 Cup
1 Mute City 1 Sector α Fire Field Rainbow Road Silence 3 Mute City 4
2 Silence Red Canyon Silence 2 Devil's Forest 3 Sand Ocean 3 Space Plant 2
3 Sand Ocean Devil's Forest 2 Sector β Space Plant Devil's Forest 4 Port Town 4
4 Devil's Forest Mute City 2 Red Canyon 2 Sand Ocean 2 Port Town 3 Fire Field 2
5 Big Blue Big Blue 2 White Land 2 Port Town 2 Devil's Forest 5 White Land 3
6 Port Town White Land Mute City 3 Big Hand Big Blue 3 Big Foot


# Returning Pilots New Pilots
1 Captain Falcon Antonio Guster Billy Dr. Clash Jack Levin Kate Alen Octoman Super Arrow
2 Dr. Stewart Mrs. Arrow Bio Rex Draq James McCloud Leon Roger Buster Zoda
3 Pico Baba Black Shadow Mr. EAD Jody Summer Michael Chain Silver Neelsen

Samurai Goroh

Beastman Blood Falcon Gomar & Shioh John Tanaka Mighty Gazelle The Skull


The game was first released in Japan on July 14, 1998, then on September 30, 1998 in North America, and Europe on November 6, 1998.

In 2007, the game was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console service. It later re-released on the Wii U's Virtual Console service from November 2016.

It will be included as part of the Nintendo 64 library of games via Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion Pack service from March 11, 2022.


Critics generally praised F-Zero X for its fast gameplay, abundance of courses and vehicles, track design, and maintaining a high framerate. However, the game has been widely criticized for its lack of graphical detail. In 2010, the game was included as one of the titles in the book 1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die. Its predecessor is F-Zero for the SNES and it's successor is F-Zero GX for the GameCube.

Overall, critical reception of F-Zero X was positive; the game has an aggregate average of 86.93% based on 15 reviews at Game Rankings, and a metascore of 85 at Metacritic. Critics generally praised F-Zero X for its fast gameplay, abundance of courses and vehicles, keeping a high framerate with up to thirty racers on screen at the same time, and track design.

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 86.93%
Metacritic 85/100
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 8 of 10
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9, 9, 9, 9 of 10
GamePro 4.5 of 5
GameSpot 7.5 of 10
IGN 9.1 of 10
The Electroinic Playground 8.5 of 1


  • In the Virtual Console release, the weight and speed of the vehicles are in metric (kilograms and kilometers, respectively). There is no way to change to imperial.
  • This game was the 100th Virtual Console game in North America.
  • The original name for F-Zero X was going to be F-Zero 64.
  • Rainbow Road in the Joker Cup is the same one from Mario Kart 64.
  • Racer James McCloud is in reference to a character in Nintendo's Star Fox series.
  • GameSpot has said that F-Zero X is the first game to run at 60 fps.

    F-Zero X Rainbow Road Circuit.

  • Press "L" and "R" on the character setting screen will allow you to adjust the main color of your vehicle.
  • Pressing any of the "C" buttons on the character setting screen will rotate the vehicle in different directions.

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