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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Gba fzeromaximumvelocity.jpg
North American Boxart
Development
Developer(s) ND Cube
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Isshin Shimizu
Producer(s) Hiroshi Yamauchi

Takehiro Izushi
Hitoshi Yamagami

Platform Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS*, Virtual Console
Genre Racing
Modes Single player, multiplayer
Release date(s)
Japan GBA: March 21, 2001
Wii U VC: April 3, 2014
North America GBA: June 11, 2001
Wii U VC: April 17, 2014
Europe GBA: June 22, 2001
Wii U VC: April 17, 2014
Rating(s)
ACB G
CERO A
ESRB E
Installments
Previous Game F-Zero X
Next Game F-Zero GX
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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (F-Zero for Game Boy Advance in Japan) is a futuristic racing game for Game Boy Advance. It allows for competition against simulated opponents or human opponents. The game was released as a launch game for the system, on March 21, 2001 in Japan, June 10, 2001 in North America and across Europe on June 22, 2001. Every Race consists of 5 laps around a race track. The race will end prematurely if the player land outside of the track after a jump, destroys their car by depleting its energy, or completes a race in too low of a rank; all of these conditions necessitate the player using an extra life (if available in the Grand Prix) to try again.

Boost

At the the end of every lap the player is giving one boost. This boost may be used at any time during a game by pressing both shoulder buttons at the same time. A boost will dramatically increase a players speed, but will decrease their ability to turn. A boost used before a jump will make the player jump farther, allowing the player to use a shortcut.

Grand Prix

The Grand Prix is the main single player component of Maximum Velocity. It consists of 4 (1 hidden) series each containing 5 races. The player needs to be in the top 3 at the end of the last lap in order to continue to the next race. If the player is unable to continue, the player will lose a life and can try the race again. If the player runs out of lives, then the game ends, and the player has to start the series from the beginning.

The Queen League is unlocked when Expert is cleared on the Pawn, Knight, and Bishop Leagues. Master mode is unlocked when Expert is cleared on every league.

The Grand Prix are as followed:

# Pawn League Knight League Bishop League Queen League (locked)
1 FZMV Pawn 1.png
Bianca City - Stretch Circuit
FZMV Knight 1.png
Tenth Zone East - Snake Circuit
FZMV Bishop 1.png
Bianca City - Tightrope Circuit
FZMV Queen 1.png
Crater Land - Loop Circuit
2 FZMV Pawn 2.png
Stark Farm - First Circuit
FZMV Knight 2.png
Beacon Port - Crossroad Circuit
FZMV Bishop 2.png
Ancient Mesa - Skating Circuit
FZMV Queen 2.png
Tenth Zone East - Plummet Circuit
3 FZMV Pawn 3.png
Empyrean Colony - Dash Circuit
FZMV Knight 3.png
Synobazz - Explosive Circuit
FZMV Bishop 3.png
Crater Land - Skid Zone Circuit
FZMV Queen 3.png
Empyrean Colony - Twist Circuit
4 FZMV Pawn 4.png
Stark Farm - Second Circuit
FZMV Knight 4.png
Ancient Mesa - Split Circuit
FZMV Bishop 4.png
Cloud Carpet - Icarus Circuit
FZMV Queen 4.png
Fire Field - Land Mine Circuit
5 FZMV Pawn 5.png
Cloud Carpet - Long Jump Circuit
FZMV Knight 5.png
Stark Farm - Third Circuit
FZMV Bishop 5.png
Bianca City - Ultimate Circuit
FZMV Queen 5.png
Fire Field - Warrior Circuit

Training

Training is the practice mode.

Championship

FZMV Synobazz Championship Circuit.png

Championship is another single player component. Player runs special course and compete total time. This special course is not selectable at Multi Cart vs., but can compete with other player by link each player.

Multiplayer

MV can be played in 2 multiplayer modes using the Game Boy Advanced link cable, with one cart, or one cart per player. 2-4 Players can play in both modes.

Characters

This game features new characters and it is the only game without Captain Falcon, Dr. Stewart, Pico, and Samurai Goroh. However, there is a pilot named Kent Akechi, who claims to be the son of Captain Falcon, and his vehicle is the Blue Falcon MK2, which resembles the original. In addition, a vehicle known as the Silver Thunder is built by Dr. Stewart.

Pilots & Vehicles

Pilot Vehicle Unlock Criteria
Megan Hot Violet Available at start
Mickey Marcus Fire Ball Available at start
Jane B. Christie J. B. Crystal Available at start
Nichi Wind Walker Available at start
Lord Cyber Sly Joker Beat Pawn, Knight, and Bishop on Standard class
Alexander O'Neil The Stingray Beat Pawn, Knight, and Bishop on Expert class
Blitz Wagner Silver Thunder Beat Queen on Standard class
Kent Akechi Falcon MK-2 Beat Pawn, Knight, Bishop, or Queen on Master class
Kumiko Fighting Comet Beat Pawn, Knight, Bishop, and Queen on Master class
Professor Yazoo Jr. Jet Vermilion Beat Pawn, Knight, Bishop, and Queen on Master class with every machine
or
Race Synobazz Championship Circuit 255 times
or
Special Password

Single Cart

FZMV Silence Open Circuit.png

In single cart, only one player needs to have a cartridge. The other players will boot off of the link cable network from the player with the cart using the GBA's netboot capability. All players drive a generic car, and the game can only be played on one level, Silence.

Multi Cart

In multi cart, each player needs to have a cartridge to play. This has many advantages over single cart:

  • All players can use any machine in this game unlocked by anyone.
  • Select any course in this game.
  • After race finish, all player's ranking data are mixed and shared ("Mixed ranking" stored each carts).

Re-release

In December 2011, Maximum Velocity was re-released on Nintendo 3DS. This exact port of the game could be downloaded for free if one was a member of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Programme. This release went alongside 9 other Game Boy Advance games, and 10 NES games. Unlike the NES games, this title will not be made available outside of the Ambassador Programme, making the re-release exclusive to 3DS Ambassadors.

On April 3rd, 2014, Maximum Velocity was re-released on the Wii U's Virtual Console in Japan, while on April 17th, it was re-released internationally.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The maximum velocity any machine can reach is 640km/h, and that is with the help of Dash Zones or a successful Rocket Start.
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