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F-Zero Available To Download Now In North America

Posted by Andy Green

Speeding onto the Wii U eShop

Last month Nintendo announced that it would be running a special promotion that would see seven classic NES and SNES games made available to download for a measly 30c/30p.

F-Zero is the second game released under the promotion, and we can now confirm that there's no need for North Americans to wait until tomorrow's usual download update from Nintendo; it's in the Wii U eShop right now just waiting to be downloaded.

Balloon Fight was the first reduced game and will now be full price as a result of F-Zero's emergence. You have until 21st March to download the futuristic racer at the special price, after that it'll be replaced with Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream.

Yes, unfortunately Europeans will have to wait a little longer as Balloon Fight is still listed as a sale item, with no sign of F-Zero just yet. If it's any consolation Europe, the game will be out tomorrow and will run at 60Hz.

Will you be racing to the eShop to download this one? Let us know how you're finding it in the comments below.

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Ecto-1

#4

Ecto-1 said:

Ballon Fight is still listed for 30 cents in the NA eShop, along with F-Zero. Nintendo's schedule lists Balloon Fight as being available for the promo until tomorrow, February 21, so if anyone is interested and hasn't got it, get it now while you can get the special price.

brooks83

#5

brooks83 said:

In the original version, the screen flashes when you hit the walls. This was taken out in the Wii's VC version, can anyone confirm if it is still removed in the Wii U version? I'm not sure if it was taken out due to epilepsy concerns or if the emulation couldn't handle it.

Varia01

#8

Varia01 said:

Finally something else! I kept waiting for the $0.30 game of February! I can't wait to order it. My question is: Does it release tomorrow at Europe or here in North America, or neither? I just bought Sonic and Sega All-stars racing transformed ffor the wii u and it is awesome! I would like to add another racing game to that enjoyment.

Haxonberik

#9

Haxonberik said:

Got it already. The music in this game is legendary, although I'm still getting the hang of it.

WildMan

#12

WildMan said:

I just got this for the fact it's 30 cents.. Kind of annoys me that it isn't widescreen, but otherwise it's a good game. Overrated, but good.

WildMan

#16

WildMan said:

@bluecat It could be easily made into widescreen. Granted it would distort some things, but I would rather have that than black areas on the sides of my tv screen. But for 30 cents, it's not that big of a deal.. :)

Jellitoe

#20

Jellitoe said:

will get this today.

Nintendo will probably use these numbers to increase there game attach rate to trick their investors LOL

ultraraichu

#21

ultraraichu said:

Never been able to pass even the first grand prix when I was a kid. Now it's time to see if years of gaming has paid off.

Chomposaur

#23

Chomposaur said:

has anyone noticed that the first picture the cars are different ?ive played F-Zero inside and out i know everything about it and i have never seen those 4 cars in the game . you havent chosen a ROM hack showing F-Zero have you ? Lol

Emaan

#26

Emaan said:

F-Zero! Just downloaded. To my surprise, the game looks really good on the HD TV. I was worried it might look a little washed out and blurry, but it looks fine to me. Can't wait to really get into it.

Luigifan141

#27

Luigifan141 said:

I don't mind that we got F-Zero instead of Fire Emblem 3 like Japan did. Fire Emblem would've been nice, but I like F-Zero more!

Next month, however...

KingMike

#29

KingMike said:

@JogurtTheYogurt

It's actually a screenshot from F-Zero BS 2, a semi-sequel (only five tracks) released only on Satellaview (aka BS-X), a Japanese-exclusive online service.

SCAR392

#30

SCAR392 said:

This game is awesome... This will always be the best racing series IMO. The controls still hold well, and the realism is still there after over 20 years. 1080p, Gamepad, and 30¢ is unbeatable.

Spartacus3765

#33

Spartacus3765 said:

This is great. What's funny is, and F-Zero is cool and all, but we've seen this already been released for the Wii VC. I would just love to have seen the original Star Fox be released as a part of this promotion. Is it still just too problematic to port over? Man I miss that game.

Sun

#34

Sun said:

@brooks83 It is surely because of epilepsy concerns.
@Spartacus3765 It's not they cannot port it, it just takes forever for Nintendo to re-release some games...
@ all We European can't wait for F-Zero in true form.

hendie001

#36

hendie001 said:

The color and the music are the best. Brings me back to the good old days, please nintendo make a new f zero.

Kirk

#40

Kirk said:

This game is a good example of when something is truly great it becomes kinda timeless. This game is as much fun to play today as it ever was imo, the core controls/gameplay and level designs etc are still flawless, and even though the graphics are simple they still look kinda pretty in their own way. They are "technically dated" but not "aesthetically dated" imo. The visuals have a lovely upbeat color and vibrancy to them, no muddy browns or dull grays here, that just makes me feel happy when I see them. Great to see the European version is 60hz too.

ouroborous

#41

ouroborous said:

That's a picture from BS F-Zero Grand Prix, available only on the long-defunct Super Famicom Satellaview thingy. It was Nintendo's answer to the Sega Channel and only in Japan. Hence the screencap is almost certainly from an emulator/rom. Either that or someone really goofed when they lazily pulled a random picture of F-Zero from the net for this article.
Nintendo Life you bad-boys!
Good news is though, despite re-designed cars, BS F-Zero seems like it was nothing special and reportedly only had five tracks (which don't seem that different anyway), one track you could download/or play via Satellaview each week. (There was a similar thing for Zelda 3 with mini-missions and re-make of Zelda 1 with Zelda 3 graphics that was playable in separate and timed parts).

Einherjar

#42

Einherjar said:

@Kirk
Awesome comment ;) I couldnt have said it any better.
I cant wait to get it, but the european eshop seems to be a bit slow today...

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