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Pico
GX Pico.png
Pico, as seen in F-Zero GX/AX.
Games
Machine name Wild Goose
Age 124
Gender Male
First game F-Zero (1990)
Appearance(s) F-Zero
F-Zero X
F-Zero GX
F-Zero AX
F-Zero: GP Legend
F-Zero Climax
F-Zero: GP Legend
Japanese voice actor Kenichi Mochizuki (2003-2004)[1]
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Pico (ピコ Piko?) is a character in Nintendo's F-Zero series of video games. The character first appeared in the instruction manual for the original F-Zero, published in 1990.[2] It was not until F-Zero X that he actually appeared in-game. Though the character's vehicle can be used in the F-Zero series, Pico himself was never actually playable. The character's only appearance outside of Nintendo games was on the anime F-Zero: GP Legend.

Pico is an ex-military hitman. In F-Zero X, he was known as a former assassin of a special unit in the Poripoto army where he carried out a number of dangerous missions.

Characteristics

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Pico is described as a highly aggressive, cold-hearted pilot rumored to be a competent hit-man in the original F-Zero for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[2] During this game, he was believed to be a soldier who worked in the Polipoto Army's Special Fighting Unit. F-Zero X confirmed this, though it changed the spelling to "Poripoto". The term "Poripoto" is confirmed to be the military division to which Pico belonged, but not the name of his race, or his home world. Currently, it is not known exactly what type of alien he is, as his species has never been specified. His place of origin is listed as Death Wind in the first F-Zero title,[2] and in F-Zero X his homeworlds was listed as Tortiz 3.[3] In his first appearance, Pico was described as being 34 years old.[2] However, in F-Zero X Pico claimed to be 123, then 124 a year later in F-Zero GX.[4] These latter two ages are considered to be around the age of adolescence on his planet.

Pico's racing machine is the Wild Goose, which lacks in acceleration, but features excellent durability and turning.

Appearance

Pico, as he appeared in the F-Zero X instruction manual.[5]

Pico is a unique-looking alien with green skin, resembling a turtle (even having a tortoise-like shell on his back; it is possible his design was based on the Japanese mythological creature, Kappa). His skin is covered by veins and muscle structure unlike anything seen on any other alien in the galaxy. His elongated head features a mouth full of fangs and two small, dark eyes.[3]

Profiles

F-Zero GX

GX Pico.png Pico
No. Age Sex Machine Cost
06 124(?) Male GX-Logo-WildGoose.png -
In game description
Pico was a member of a special unit of the Poripoto army and carried out a number of dangerous missions. He is very aggressive, yet cool-headed enough to do what needs to be done to the bitter end. Individuals who mess with him often don’t live to do anything else. After retirement, Pico opened a small shop near the military base, but he still operates as a notorious assassin. The accident four years ago is said to have been caused by his dangerous driving, and for this reason he is disliked by many of the F-ZERO fans. This doesn’t stop him from running the circuit as recklessly as always.

Instruction manual description
Pico was a member of a special unit of the Poripoto army and carried out a number of dangerous missions. He is very aggressive, yet cool-headed enough to do what is necessary to survive to the bitter end. Mess with him and it will likely be the last thing you do.

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GX Pico Default.png GX Pico Blue.png GX Pico Purple.png GX Pico Red.png

Appearances

F-Zero games

Artwork of Pico from the F-Zero manual

Pico first appeared in the 1990 game F-Zero, as one of the four originally playable characters. He was introduced as a mysterious alien racer from the 26th century. However, only his machine actually was shown, portrayed by a two-dimensional sprite—it wasn't until F-Zero X that Pico actually appeared in-game. However, artwork of him did appear in the manual for F-Zero.

The game F-Zero Maximum Velocity is the single story-mode-driven game in the series not to feature Pico.[6]

In F-Zero GX, many considered Pico's reckless driving to be the cause of a major accident that ended the F-Zero Grand Prix four years prior to the events in the game. This caused much of his fanbase to disappear seemingly overnight. However, this fact did not seem to deter Pico from being an absolute menace on the racetrack. After retirement from the army, Pico opened a small shop near the military base, but he still operates as a notorious assassin.[7] If he wins the F-Zero Grand Prix, he says he will use the money to host the "Pico Cup".[8]

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pico makes his first appearance in the series as a collectible trophy.

Trophy Information
Name Image Description Unlock method
Pico
Pico - Brawl Trophy.png
A war veteran who used to belong to a special-forces unit of the Poripoto army. He runs a small shop, but there's a rumor that he works behind the scenes as an effective assassin. His aggressive personality is also reflected in competition as a reckless pilot. The durable nature of his machine, the Wild Goose (#06), supports this destructive racing style. Randomly obtained

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Pico retains his role as a collectible trophy once again.

Trophy information
Name Image Description Unlock method
Pico
PicoTrophyWiiU.png
NA: An ex-soldier from the Poripoto army, he hails from the planet Death Wind. He comes off as aggressive in interviews, and his driving is very similar. I always feel bad for the interviewers! Some say his reckless driving caused a major accident in a race...

PAL: A former soldier of the Poripoto army from the planet Death Wind. It's not clear if his aggression in interviews is just the way he is or some kind of act. Considering the way he races, it's probably the former. Rumour has it he was the cause of a major accident some time ago.
Randomly obtained

Gallery

References

  1. F-Zero Falcon Densetsu (TV). Anime News Network. Retrieved on 2011-11-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 (1991-08-13) in Nintendo EAD: F-Zero instruction manual (in English). Nintendo. Retrieved on 2007-08-12. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sackenheim, Shawn. Pico's Biography. All Game Guide. Retrieved on 2007-01-16.
  4. (2003-08-25) in Amusement Vision: F-Zero GX instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 32. 
  5. (1998) F-Zero X instruction manual (in English). Nintendo, pp. 22. 
  6. (2003-08-25) in NDCube: F-Zero: Maximum Velocity instruction manual (in English). Nintendo. 
  7. Pilot & Machine. F-Zero.com (2003). Retrieved on February 24, 2006.
  8. Mr. Zero: How will you use the one billion space credits in prize money? Pico: Sponsor the "Pico Cup." The most thrilling race in F-ZERO history! Nintendo EAD. F-Zero GX. Nintendo. Nintendo GameCube. (in English). 2003-08-26.
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