Best F-Zero Games Of All Time

The Best F-Zero Games Ranked: Which One Comes Out on Top?

When it comes to the F-Zero series, there’s always been debate over which game is the best. That’s why we’ve decided to ask you, the fans, to vote for your favorite mainline F-Zero game. We’ve excluded a couple of entries that are expansions or variations of existing titles, so we can focus on the core games.

To determine the rankings, we’re relying on your votes. All you have to do is sign in to your Nintendo Life account, click the star icon next to each game, and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. If you’ve already rated these games in the past, we appreciate your input!

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (2001)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nd Cube

Release Date: 11th Jun 2001 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2001 (UK/EU)

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity may be a single-player experience, but its smooth gameplay and challenging tracks make it worth revisiting. With only four cups to compete in, it may not offer as much content as other games in the series, but if you’re a fan of the franchise or enjoy solo play, this is a must-play on the Game Boy.

F-Zero (1991)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release Date: Aug 1991 (USA) / 1992 (UK/EU)

The original F-Zero game laid the foundation for the series, and it still holds up today. While it lacks multiplayer, it’s a thrilling racing experience that feels fast and tight. Whether you play it on the original SNES or through Nintendo Switch Online, it’s a classic that deserves recognition.

F-Zero: GP Legend (2004)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Suzak

Release Date: 20th Sep 2004 (USA) / 4th Jun 2004 (UK/EU)

If you’re looking for a challenge, F-Zero: GP Legend delivers. This handheld entry offers a variety of difficulty tiers and a captivating Grand Prix mode. As you improve your skills, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the intense races and demanding tracks. It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of the F-Zero series.

F-Zero 99 (2023)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 14th Sep 2023 (USA) / 14th Sep 2023 (UK/EU)

F-Zero 99 brings a fresh twist to Captain Falcon’s first game. While it may look similar to the original SNES title, the addition of the -99 style structure enhances the gameplay. The elimination-style battle royale format fits perfectly with F-Zero’s high-speed, adrenaline-pumping races. It’s a brilliant take on the franchise that fans will appreciate.

F-Zero Climax (2004)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 21st Oct 2004 (JPN)

Unfortunately, F-Zero Climax is only available in Japan for GBA owners. However, it’s a solid entry that showcases the developer’s skill in creating handheld racers. With its expansion of GP Legend, this game deserves more recognition outside of Japan.

F-Zero X (1998)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release Date: 27th Oct 1998 (USA) / 6th Nov 1998 (UK/EU)

Available On: NSO + Expansion Pack

The debate between F-Zero X and its GameCube successor continues, but both games are undeniably fantastic. F-Zero X offers a blistering, precise racing experience that requires careful control. It’s a 64-bit masterpiece that still holds up today and offers some of the most intense races in the series.

F-Zero GX (2003)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Amusement Vision

Release Date: 26th Aug 2003 (USA) / 31st Oct 2003 (UK/EU)

If you’re looking for pure, unadulterated racing, F-Zero GX is the game for you. With its story mode and stunning visuals on the GameCube, this entry immerses you in the F-Zero universe. While it may be challenging, the satisfaction of mastering the high-speed tracks is unparalleled. It’s a must-play for any F-Zero fan.

So there you have it, the ranking of the best F-Zero games according to your votes. Keep in mind that these rankings can change based on user ratings, so if you disagree with the results, make sure to rate your favorites. We’d love to hear your thoughts and personal favorites in the comments below!