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Posted: 09/14/23, 23:58:23
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It's uh... old school F-Zero. With a bunch of players!

I've been doing ok so far. Usually finishing in the top 10, top 20. When I don't explode.
Posted: 09/15/23, 02:31:08
Posted: 09/15/23, 04:29:31
It's fun! I hope they don't pull the plug in a half-year's time a la Mario 35, but for now I think it's a good mix of skill and chaos. The catch-up mechanic is clever.
Posted: 09/15/23, 06:27:49  - Edited by 
 on: 09/15/23, 06:28:09
F-Zero is my Nintendo white whale. I've always wanted to get good at it, but I've never gone all-in! So I've been having a ton of fun with this. And I love the UI.

My initial strategy was to spam the attack button and play the game like bumper cars, which typically landed me in the Top 50. Then I did the practice mode to learn how the game's physics work in a controlled environment, completed all the time trial challenges, and now when I go online, I can treat it like a single player time trial and typically get in the Top 25.

It seems like the essence of F-Zero is learning how to merge fast racing with the vehicular combat mechanics. Any tips for this? I've never understood how to use the spin attack in F-Zero, it's so imprecise. In general, it feels like there's a lot outside of my control when there are 29 other cars on the track, let alone 98.

I love the first day or two of these 99 games being out, where everyone is still figuring out how to play them! This one has much better onboarding than the others, but it still has that awesome live energy.
Posted: 09/15/23, 08:42:50
I love how the game looks and sounds. Would love to see other games from the same era get the same overhaul, like Pilotwings, Super Mario Kart or other, non Mode-7 type games. But then I would want them to be the actual original games, and not any live service horsewank.

I liked Tetris 99 and Super Mario Bros. 35, but despite liking F-Zero a whole lot I'm not enjoying this very much. I think it's just too cramped and chaotic for me.
Posted: 09/15/23, 10:56:19
I actually played a lot of this yesterday. And I had so many 1st places!

...or rather, was in 1st place leading into the end of the races. Where I would subsequently crash out. EVERY TIME.

What can I say, I push it to the limit.

Like the other 99 / 35 games I'll probably get bored of this fast but I do think it is my favorite of the games so far.

@Secret_Tunnel I don't use the attack much at all unless I'm in the middle of a bunch of cars on a straightaway. Otherwise I just seem to screw myself with it.
Posted: 09/15/23, 20:43:09  - Edited by 
 on: 09/15/23, 20:43:54
Has anyone figured out how the leaderboards work yet? It looks like our scores are getting reset every day.
Posted: 09/17/23, 00:38:40
Finally finished a cup without exploding. Almost won my first race too but that last quick 90 degree turns part of Silence f-ed me.

Posted: 09/18/23, 02:12:48  - Edited by 
 on: 09/18/23, 02:14:16
I thought I was pretty decent at F-Zero.

This game is proving that I am definitely NOT decent at F-Zero.
Posted: 09/18/23, 21:11:56
From 2020:

PogueSquadron said:
I'm hoping for F-Zero 99, the ultimate battle Royale death race.
Posted: 09/19/23, 00:03:18
One small gripe, voting on which track to race on... everyone just votes Mute City I. This is Smash Bros Final Destination all over again!
Posted: 09/19/23, 01:18:23
I thought I was terrible at F-Zero.

This game is proving that I definitely am terrible at F-Zero.
Posted: 09/19/23, 01:59:36
I'm having kind of the reverse experience. I'm usually really mediocre at online games! But I'm doing very above average in this one! I guess I did play a TON of the SNES F-Zero back in the days.
Posted: 09/19/23, 03:04:33
Anyone beat the time trials for the three hard tracks yet? The first four were a piece of cake, but I can't for the life of me figure out the harder ones. Silence's corners are nuts.
Posted: 09/20/23, 08:15:50
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