The Blue Falcon is Captain Falcon's vehicle in the F-Zero series. It is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in the racing tour. The Blue Falcon's machine number was originally 111, but in F-Zero X, the number had changed to 07. No explanation for this was ever given, although "111" is binary for 7. During an interview with Mr. Zero, the race announcer, in F-Zero GX Captain Falcon commented that if he wins the Grand Prix, he will use the prize money to build a new machine called the "Neo Blue Falcon". Thanks to the efforts of its pilot, even a novice could perform well in this vehicle. With a well-defended body, average boost power and good grip, the Blue Falcon is well balanced and impeccably tuned. Captain Falcon knows every inch of his machine and can make it perform as though it has the best ratings. In the anime F-Zero: GP Legend, the Blue Falcon has only one thruster instead of four. In F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, a second version of the Blue Falcon, known as Falcon MK-2, can be unlocked. This vehicle is piloted by Kent Akechi, who claims to be the son of Captain Falcon.
Despite being called the Blue Falcon GT, the logo remains unchanged from the previous version of the machine.
Profiles and statistics
The Blue Falcon is one of the four cars in the original F-Zero. It has the second best acceleration and cornering with some slight stability issues, slow speed, and weak armor. It always starts in second.
The Blue Falcon is available from the start of F-Zero X. Four colors are available: Blue (default), magenta, green, and grey.
In F-Zero GX, the Blue Falcon is available in blue, red, green, or black colors.
|Thanks to the efforts of its pilot, Captain Falcon, the Blue Falcon is well-balanced and impeccably tuned. With relative little training, even a novice racer could perform well in this machine. The engine it utilizes was built especially for Captain Falcon and is perfectly compatible with the fuselage.|
F-Zero: GP Legend
The Blue Falcon is available from the start of F-Zero: GP Legend. It has rather good cornering and acceleration with a slightly slow speed.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Blue Falcon appears as Captain Falcon's Final Smash, which can be executed once he has broken a Smash Ball. Upon activation, the Blue Falcon will fly by quickly in front of Captain Falcon. If any opponents are hit by the Blue Falcon, they are launched onto the Port Town race track. The Blue Falcon will race down the track at high speeds, and ram into the opponents, sending them flying. At high percentages, the attack is most likely a one-hit K.O.
Captain Falcon also arrives in the Blue Falcon in the beginning of a Brawl. It swerves round to the stage and Captain Falcon jumps out. Then, the canopy closes and it races off. This also happens in Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64.
In Brawl, Captain Falcon's on-screen appearance in the Subspace Emissary also involves the Blue Falcon. After Captain Olimar and his Pikmin got terrified by a giant R.O.B., a red Pikmin points out the Blue Falcon, which opens its canopy and Captain Falcon jumps off (or gets ejected) and Falcon Punches the R.O.B.. The Blue Falcon does not appear in any place after this.
|Blue Falcon||Captain Falcon's Final Smash. His beloved ship, the Blue Falcon, roars onto the screen once he touches a foe in front of him. The enemy gets sent to a racetrack, at which point the Blue Falcon screams down at a ridiculous speed and launches the unlucky victim. What track is it? Where did the machine come from? This is one technique that's an utter mystery.||Clear All-Star Mode as Captain Falcon.|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In both versions of the game, the Blue Falcon appears as part of Captain Falcon's Final Smash once more. The Blue Falcon also appears in the 16-bit form at the Mute City stage for the 3DS version.
Trophy Information (3DS Version)
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|Blue Falcon||The trademark vehicle of famed bounty hunter Captain Falcon. Both of their names refer to the bird's ability to swoop in and capture its prey—a subtle nod to Captain Falcon's bounty-hunting exploits. The Blue Falcon itself is a well-rounded vehicle, allowing the pilot's talent to really show.||The trademark vehicle of famed bounty hunter Captain Falcon. The "Falcon" in both of their names refers to the bird's ability to swoop in and capture its prey at speed, which, of course, alludes to the Captain's bounty-hunting exploits. The Blue Falcon itself is a well-rounded vehicle, allowing the talents of its pilot to speak for themselves.||Randomly Obtained.|
Trophy Information (Wii U version)
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|Blue Falcon||Captain Falcon's Final Smash lets him pull opponents into the middle of an F-Zero race—where competitors have been known to break the speed of sound—and run them over with his racing machine, the Blue Falcon. If he manages to grab you, there's no escape. The impact launches its victims diagonally upward.||Captain Falcon's Final Smash lets him pull opponents into the middle of an F-Zero race – where competitors have been known to reach speeds of 1,500km/h – and run them over with his racing machine, the Blue Falcon. If he manages to grab you, there's no escape. The impact launches its victims diagonally upwards.||Clear All-Star Mode as Captain Falcon.|
Mario Kart series
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The Blue Falcon also appears as an unlockable lightweight kart in Mario Kart Wii, being unlocked after winning the Mirror Lightning Cup, resembling the appearance from F-Zero GX. It has the best speed out of the Small character class, average acceleration and drifting, but poor stats everywhere else. Each character's color scheme is unique, but only Baby Mario, Toad, or the Male Mii will make the Blue Falcon identical to that of Captain Falcon's.
It reappears as a downloadable kart part for Mario Kart 8, being part of the first of two DLC packs for the game, released in November 2014. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is randomly unlocked by collecting coins.
Stats in Mario Kart Wii
- Speed: 60/80
- Weight: 29/80
- Acceleration: 35/80
- Handling: 29/80
- Drift: 43/80
- Off-road: 24/80
- Mini-turbo: 29/80
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the Blue Falcon appears on a poster pinned up in Mario's room situated above his bed recreating the cover art of the original F-Zero albeit with a different name and without the airborn Fire Stingray in the background.
Design and namesake
The design of the Blue Falcon is fairly straightforward while having some very unique traits. The machine is comprised of a streamlined nose which contains the cockpit. Behind it is where all the primary components are found. It's wider than the front, has two vertical wings that have red and white striped turning fins, a brown stripe running across the very front end of the wide part, two yellow cooling fans on the front ends and a rear fan on the tail end. Underneath the wide area are uniquely designed hover vents. While not seen in-game, the Blue Falcon is shown to have landing gear during the story mode of GX.
The name is a combination of blue, a visible color of the spectrum (and the vehicle's go to color) and falcon, a bird-of-prey and part of the driver—Captain Falcon's—name.
As the machine suggests, the primary color is blue. The nose of the machine and the rear wings match that of a falcon's bodily construct. The three legs of landing gear reflect on a falcon's three claw talon.
Differences between games
The Blue Falcon stays relatively the same going from game to game but has some subtle changes. Originally, the Blue Falcon's cockpit was a light green but changed to a more common window color. There used to be white and yellow arrows and stripes on the outer sides of the wings. The turning fins originally had pink stripes as opposed to red. Unique to the original F-Zero were two extra engines near the cockpit to aid it in turning. In its appearances in the GameBoy Advance games, the brown stripe turns yellow and the turning fins have fewer stripes.
Sprites & Models
- The Blue Falcon appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World as a hidden item. It can also be unlocked in Animal Crossing: City Folk, but only by hacking.
- Even though Captain Falcon is a standalone playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Blue Falcon can still occasionally be seen racing through Mute City (SSBM), Big Blue, Port Town Aero Dive, and Mute City (SSB4).
- The Blue Falcon makes a cameo in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars by being in Hinopio's shop.
- The Blue Falcon appears as a property tile in Nintendo Monopoly, replacing Pennsylvania Railroad.
|Machines of F-Zero|
|Pilots||Captain Falcon • Dr. Stewart • Pico • Samurai Goroh|
|Machines||Blue Falcon • Fire Stingray • Golden Fox • Wild Goose|
|Planets||Big Blue • Death Wind • Fire Field • Mute City • Port Town • Red Canyon • Sand Ocean • Silence • White Land|
|Track Features||Anti-Gravity Guide Beam • Dash Zone • Down-Pull Magnet • Jump Plate • Left-Pull and Right-Pull Magnet • Magnetic Field Block Coat • Mine • Pit • Rough|
|Mechanics||Boost • Drift • Energy • Rocket Start • Short Cut Foul|
|Modes||Grand Prix • Practice • Records|
|Other||Album • F-Zero: The Story of Captain Falcon • Mr. Zero • Official Recorder|
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