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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

by Nintendo
Game Boy Advance
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00005B8IX
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,313 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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F-Zero Maximum Velocity is the ultimate futuristic racing challenge. Put your driving skills to the test in a super-charged hovercraft as you speed through the most hair-raising courses in the universe. Race your way to the top of the Grand Prix circuit to unlock hidden tracks and vehicles. Battle up to 3 of your friends with a Link Cable (sold separately). Made in USA.

How about a little frictionless racing? F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, based on the groundbreaking game for the Super NES, puts you in the cockpit of a futuristic hovercraft racer. Using the Game Boy Advance's shoulder buttons to steer, players will slide through curves and around obstacles as they hurtle their high-speed, low-gravity racers across the finish line. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity incorporates never-before-seen tracks and vehicles into the traditional mix of speed pads and jumps. Best of all, up to four Game Boy Advance units can be networked via the separately sold communication cable for head-to-head racing.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great game - let down by multi-player May 4, 2001
The original F-Zero was released way back in 1991 as a SNES Launch title. It featured "Mode 7" which enabled games to pull of a 3D effect.
The game was followed up with a special "Sattelaview" version entitled "F-Zero 2". However, it only included one more class "Ace" and the tracks were not as good as any in the first version.
The latest F-Zero game was released on the Nintendo 64 a couple of years ago and followed the same princible - Fast cars going along space themed tracks. However this version included twists and hills in the tracks, as well as 30 cars on the track and many tracks.
Now Nintendo have released a portable version of F-Zero and it follows the SNES roots more than the Nintendo 64 game.
F-Zero Advance (which will be titles F-Zero : Maximum Velocity for the USA launch) is basically an upgraded version of the SNES title. The game however, features all new tracks, cars, classes and music. It only shares the same graphic style as the SNES version - which I'm sure many people are pleased with. This game is not just a "rehash" and overal it is very playable.
There are three initial Classes - Pawn, Knight & Bishop - with an additional Queen class which is uncovered later in the game. The game also has difficulty modes - Begginer, Standard and Expert - again a further difficulty "Master" can be unlocked later in the game.
The game starts of with four cars and you can uncover a further four by completly certain tasks in the game.
The game uses the GBA techology to full effect - the graphics are very sharp and smooth and once you have got used to the controls you will just be speeding though each track with ease.
The sound is also pretty good - all the music is brand new.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Reveiw of this AWESOME game June 17, 2001
There are many things I like about this game.
1. The graphics are superb. The courses are the same stye as the ones for the Super Nintendo F-Zero, but it runs at a fantasticly smooth and fast framerate like the N64 F-Zero. Great lighting too.
2. Big game. There are 4 circuits with 5 tracks each, plus a championship track and a track for single-pak multiplayer games. There are 10 cars (you have to earn 6 of them) with differences you can really notice.
3. Challenging. I have beaten the first 3 circuits on standard difficulty and am struggling to beat them on expert. Not to brag, but I am a pro at F-Zero Games, and I think this is hard.
4. Replay value. It is very fun to replay the tracks, trying to get a better time, or seeing how you can do with different "cars"
5. Multiplyayer. I havent actually used this yet (none of my friends have a GBA), but I'm sure it will be very fun for people who are already pros at beating computers. I know that there are two ways to play multiplayer. A: with one game pack. You may only play one course with the same "car" for each player and there is no music. B: with a game pack for everyone playing. You have full access to all vehicles and tracks that are unlocked in any one of the games. Up to 4 people can play at once in both modes, and the empty slots may be filled with computers.
6. Sound. I kind of miss the old F-Zero tunes, but the new ones are great too. Much, much better sound quality than any older gameboys.
Overall rating from one to ten: 9.5
If you like racing games and have a GBA then this is a must buy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Playing Advance June 7, 2001
This is one of the best GBA launch titles out there. Even though it is difficult to play, you get used to it easily. The coolest part is that you only need one game pak to play multiplayer but they all need a GBA. Don't hesitate buying this item. If you put it on a big screen, people would think it's a SNES Game. But puting it on GBA it will make there jaws drop! I hope this reveiw was helpful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little awkward, but a great game April 15, 2001
It's like an old friend, but new. F-Zero Maximum Velocity takes the graphics and style of F-Zero for the Super NES but with new tracks and new cars.
However, there are some differences that make the gameplay different. Because of the Game Boy Advance is limited to only two face buttons, the boost control has changed to a more awkward L-R button smash (which is awkward when you're in the middle of a power slide). However, this isn't that big a deal. The game has a much better sense of speed than the Super NES game. (think the feel of F-Zero X on N64). Also, a personal preference, I like that the recharge zones don't have that weird alien spaceship with the pink beams - they're a very neutral blue-green color and you blink during recharge.
The one-cartridge multi-player is a great experience, but there are a lot of limitations. I haven't explored the multi-cartridge multi-player (if there is one. I can't read Japanese). You have no choice in cars (not even colors) or track, so it's kind of repetitive.
However, despite a few short-comings, F-Zero Maximum Velocity is a great game and worth a spot on everyone's list of GBA games.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars F-Zero lives on! May 20, 2001
Well, what can I say - I bought the Game Boy Advance early at an import store and payed the rediculous cost of (price) two months before it came out and saw it on ebay for significantly less. But I needed a game, and the one that I figured would need the least reading (being a Japanese imported game in Japanese) was this racing game. There may be some differences between this and the American version, particullarly in the difficulty. The Japanese game is HARD. After beating the first 3 tournaments made up of 5 races on three different difficulty settings, it finally gives you a new tournament and new cars which aren't incredibly much better than the ones you start with. The (rumored)highest difficulty setting hasn't been reached as far as from people I know because all you get for beating the 4th tourney is another difficulty level. But all in all, this game's graphics and sound really show off the power of the system. I've seen Mario Advance in action, but this game really blows it away. There is a lot of pixelation as things get closer, but that can be expected. Why didn't Nintendo put a 3d chip in their system!! Well, hope you like this game and keep your eyes open for Sonic Advance!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best
This game is somewhat difficult to play on the GBA platform. The graphics are average at best and the controls definitely take some getting used to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ryan Lortie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not As Fun As GP Legend
This game feels like a dollar Store NES game compared to its Sequel F-Zero GP Legend. Theres like 4 cars and the Grand Prix make you race on the same freakin tracks over and over... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by james hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars one of those SERIES....
F Zero is one of those series that is graced with ALL solid entries...

you can't go wrong with a game that bears the name 'F ZERO'..... Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Video Game History
3.0 out of 5 stars Super game, fantastic graphics, poor turning, few hovercars
This game is sooo cool for several reasons:1.The graphics are cool and exactly the same as the super nes version.2. Read more
Published on August 18, 2007 by Shawn R. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars My first GBA game
This was my first GBA game and I was stunned by the amazing graphics this game featured. It has the best control set-up out of any GameBoy game I've ever played. Read more
Published on December 19, 2004 by Cumulonimbus Harpe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good launch game brought down by a poor soundtrack.
While I still play this more than most of my Game Boy Advance games it is a little disappointing.Yeah yeah yeah the speed is excellent and its pretty fun but thats about it. Read more
Published on June 21, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars F Zero the good and the bad.
Well after about 3 years of waiting the sequel to F Zero X is finally here.Now that I think about it this game was like a tasty little appetizer to F Zero GX which is a game that... Read more
Published on June 17, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars decent racing game
this game is a good racing game compared to super mario super circuit. This is mainly because u hav better control and u can get more speed and not go as slow as a turtle. Read more
Published on June 12, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent game.Not too hard not too easy. A-
At first this game was pretty hard for me.It was a little too fast at first and I wasnt used to the tracks but after a while it became sort of a breeze and I got to the last level... Read more
Published on January 2, 2004 by Jan Parmelee
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game but the second cups are extremely difficult.
The first cup is a lot of fun.The speed is great the graphics are in the classic F Zero style and its easy to complete.The second and third cups beware. Read more
Published on December 29, 2003 by Jan Parmelee
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