FAST RMX is an early Nintendo Switch download that's been relatively low-key to date - Shin'en Multimedia is adopting the excellent FAST Racing NEO for the new system and adding some extra content and features.
Having confirmed the title in mid-January - it was then playable at press / public events - the studio has no doubt been busy at work, and the actual release date has been a bit vague. Its official game pages on Nintendo of Europe's sites still say March, while Nintendo of America lists it as 'TBD'.
Shin'en, for its part, has now posted to say it's 'coming soon'; answering some queries it on Twitter is also highlighted support for HD Rumble, too.
We were impressed with the build at Switch events in mid-January, so this could certainly be a welcome early arrival on Nintendo's new system. Is it on your wishlist?
Definitely keeping an eye out for this, the original was fantastic and this looks to be much improved. Sadly there's a real lack of quality games like this on PS4 so glad the Switch will be well-served for arcade-y racers!
I need this in my life so fast.
I like racing games, although I mostly did need for speeds and gran turismo. This looks completely different than what I'm used to playing, I'm interested to see how it plays. Is this much like f-zero?
This is one of my favorite racing games from the Wii U (also Mario Kart 8). I think the courses are fun and perhaps the difficulty level a bit too high but very enjoyable. I'm definitely planning on putting this on the system memory (I just bought a 200 GB micro SD card) as one of my first racing games. If you haven't tried it and you like F-Zero you should.
I actually enjoyed the Wii U version but I think I'll hold off on getting this right when it launches. I was able to get it on a Wii U eShop sale, so hopefully at some point the Switch sequel will also go on sale & I'll get it then. Until then, luckily I have a free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe coming from EB Games (had enough trade-in to qualify for their recent promotion)!
Looking forward to this to fill a big gap until, fingers crossed, we get a new F-Zero.
No physical version? D:
The guy from Gamexplain said he chatted to the developer and they said it would be a launch game if Nintendo had sorted out their online servers. Guessing this is the part of the game that's delaying things.
I bought a digital and physical version of Neo on Wii U, so I'll wait until it's on sale.
@Rumncoke25 Not quite like it. Its track design is much more horizontal and not as wide as X/GX's. It's more in line with the 2D F-Zero titles in that regard. I'd say it's more similar to WipeOut, from my limited experience with that series, only without weapons.
This is must have for me due to not getting Neo on Wii U (always planned to but the backlog got in the way). Really looking forward to it.
I need more FAST in my life.
@Rumncoke25: It's like F-Zero and Star Wars E1 Racer in terms of futuristic racing games that are super fast. There is no combat or knockout feature like a WipeOut or F-Zero; and thank goodness, because between Track memorization, vehicle handling and collecting boost, your senses will be on overload. FAST Racing NEO played great and I am definitely in on this one.
Yeah the launch is going to be ugly.... Good thing there's Zelda and some Zelda DLC coming because I'm slightly thinking the Switch will just be Wii U 2.0 when all things are said and done. Pretty sure there's going to be some disappointments coming.
Reminds me of Wipeout, loved that game when it first came out, might look into this especially if there is a way to set it up so tank style controls with the two joy pads
Definitely got my eye on it would prefer a physical version.
I couldn't get the hang of it's steering. Passed F-Zero / Wipe Out games - they were easier for me. Will probably get this though. Oh and having to collect colour dots etc. instead of just racing got in the way.
Got Neo loved it , getting rmx...oh yes
Bought this digitally and physically on the Wii U; glad I never opened the physical copy. Want to get it digitally for those sudden race desires when travelling.
Really looking forward to it!
Neo is great. Holding out for a physical release.
I don't normally comment on typing errors, but.. "answering some queries it on Twitter is also highlighted support for HD Rumble, too."
... With words of many have understand not my cake.
Never owned NEO, so, assuming the price isn't full $60 retail, I'll probably grab this ASAP so I can play it anywhere on my Switch tablet.
$40 is probably the most I'd be willing to pay for a digital download of this, though.
Honestly I'm still working on the Wiiu version. I will be getting this to support the dev.
@B238ben Shinen did mention that they tweaked the AI to be more less insanely difficult !
It's funny reading all the comments on F-Zero. The only F-Zero I ever played was the original and I've assumed that's what the whole series was like, so this seems pretty much exactly what F-Zero is, to me.
The FZ everyone else is describing sounds like MK8.
@Ralizah Neo was like...£15 at launch. People when talking about this game and saying "Best not be full retail" fail to recall or research the previous entry was cheap.
I still haven't played the Wii U version so I'm definitely looking forward to playing this when I pick my Switch up this summer.
Depending on what they added it's a maybe for me got the Wii U version and to be honest it is a good game BUT I was really disappointed with it for one feature that they removed that was in the first FAST title on Wii and I don't for the life of myself know why they didn't add it to this title , it was the ability to jump up to an overhead track and then switch back down to the bottom track I thought it was an awesome feature in the first game and was as I mentioned really disappointed it was not in Fast Neo, if they add the ability to do that again then its a day one for me if not honestly Mario Kart 8 deluxe will most likely be my go to racing title on my Nintendo Switch Which I am one of the only Wii U owners out there probably that does not own Mario kart 8 kinda glad I waited MK8 Deluxe looks amazing on the Switch.
@Zach777 That's an interesting perspective. As for me (and probably quite a lot of other people), I'm in love with the system--I think it's different, quirky, powerful and practical, and unlike anything else I own.
Will definitely b downloading this!!
Wii U was great, will wait and see if there is a cartridge release.
I'm all over this. The Wii U game was amazing. And yes, it's better than Redout.
You'd have to play F-Zero X on 64 and GX on GameCube. The difference is about what you see with the jump from 2D Mario or Zelda to 3D.
The old games were cool, the 2 newest F-Zero games were masterpieces... especially GX.
This is like F-Zero, but one thing that makes F-Zero stand out is the incredibly, incredibly precise controls, doing 180 turns at 2,000kph, and also the cylindrical tracks and flat tracks in the air (even glass tube tracks underwater).
This game does actually feature a cylindrical track in the DLC though, to my delight
"The guy from Gamexplain said he chatted to the developer and they said it would be a launch game if Nintendo had sorted out their online servers. Guessing this is the part of the game that's delaying things."
Can you post a link, please?
@JaxonH Interesting. That really explains it. I always see people complain about Nintendo abandoning F-Zero, and I keep thinking "it's just another racer, sure it had a cool hovercraft motif and Mode 7 made it stand out, but what's the big deal about it, it's nothing special?"
Apparently the F-Zero's they're talking about are not much like the one I played. I suppose the cylindrical tracks thing has been grouped into MK now, so despite being slower I guess they no longer see it as special for FZ. I've played some Wipeout on PS3 and Vita, and thought it was really cool and like a "modernized FZ", but the addition of MK-like items and the time trials were kind of detracting for me.
This still seems interesting price pending, I skipped NEO on WiiU, but it does make me curious for what GX was, too.
I need this right now
@JaxonH I just looked up videos of GX, and that's pretty cool, I can see the appeal. It's kind of dizzying though
I can see why people want more, though I can also see Nintendo's point about "they can't think of a reason to make it". They brought the unconventional tracks to kart, and kart is by far a bigger marketable brand, so as long as the main gimmick remains just the high speed and the speed, it's not so unique anymore. It needs a solid hook to feel unique again. I'd try to think of what could be really innovative, but nobody comes up with better stuff than Nintendo.
But a partnership with them and Shin'en would make an amazing game I think.
Maybe, i prefer F-Zero than this. I want the VC of GC on the Switch, right now!!
The best OST
Missed out on the previous game when I had the Wii U. Fortunately this game and Redout will both be purchased because I like futuristic racing games and the music on Fast RMX sounds very energetic and hyped. As for F-Zero, I can wait until Nintendo have an announcement of it and if GC VC is going to happen I'll instantly buy F-Zero GX. My favourite racing game of all-time.
@BLP_Software I'm aware of the price NEO launched at. That doesn't mean it should automatically be assumed that this enhanced port will also launch at a similarly low price.
I will pick this one up because I did not get the one for the Wii U.
It was a while back and I can't precisely pinpoint it, but it was in one of their discussion videos after they'd played the switch at the New York event.
I already have the wii u version, so unless f zero dlc is confirmed or compatible with captain falcon amiibo ill give it a miss... same as mk8 delux... i want completely new games before i switch
@Ralizah I'm not assuming. I'm stating that its a proven price point for success as its a low financial investment point for a game a user may be unsure of, and therefore carries less financial risk of disappointment.
FOr an indie company to break from this trend that has brought them coverage and high notoriety for quality at a good price to suddenly say no $40, is not only farfetched but also near suicidal on behalf of that company. They don't want to price themselves out of their established consumers.
I was hoping this would appear on launch day just in case my copy of Zelda doesn't arrive at the same time as my Switch (or before).
If I find myself sitting there with a Switch and no game I'm going to have to buy something from the eShop.
I wasn't interested in FAST Racing Neo on Wii U, but my wife and I recently decided to go back to Mario Kart 8 and actually play the cups at 200cc. We had a blast! now because of that experience I'm considering getting FAST RMX
@BLP_Software I don't expect the price to be terribly high either, but who knows how much they'll try to charge for HD rumble, improved performance, and additional tracks.
Yeah we don't have F-Zero so yeah it's good enough
Day one buy for me, love it!
Being able to play FAST anywhere is an attractive idea indeed so if and when I get a Switch I'll definitely download this.
@NEStalgia Personally speaking, one of the main draws of F-Zero is the characters. Being able to play as a former-military-gone-merc turtle-alien-thing or a centuries-old skeleton revived through black magic that used to be a top racer in his day is part of the appeal. It gives the game a lot of personality, the wacky characters and their interconnected stories remind me of the dumb, crazy stuff you'd see in (Japanese) wrestling. It's something that its imitators never cared to replicate and that helps F-Zero stand even taller among the crowd for me.
Great I loved the wiiu version I will definitely buy it again. I'm excited to see them utilise the hdrumbke too. I can't wait to experience that.
I hope after this is released Shinen make Jett Rocket 3
I've still not gotten around to playing the Wii u version which is a shame.
HD rumble too? Nice.
This is one of the three games at launch I'll get, which was the number I needed to go ahead and get a Switch.
This game looks hot. I think the HD ice cubes in the control pad will really help.
I'm so hyped for this game. I'm going to pick it up right alongside my shiny new Switch when I finally get my hands on it.
F-Zero GX on cube is a mastrpiece made as a nintendo-sega love child...lol. Whats even cooler is there was an Arcade build of this game and thru some hackery you can unlock it in the GC release. The game wasn't just fast it actually ran @60fps in 480p which was not a common thing back then.
Thru other hackery you can run this game (and all GC) on Wiiu in upscaled 1080p and it sill looks and plays amazing.
Nintendo should get their heads out of their asses and make a HD F-Zero and they also have other great racers like excitbike64 and Waverace that they haven't touched in forever. I like MK but hopefully 8D will get them off it for a while with Switch and as far as their BS ' we integrated FZ features in MK8 who gives a fig they are totally different games. its like saying don't make DeusEX because its an FPS like COD.
Zelda, Bomberman R, and Fast RMX will be my main games for the Nintendo Switch.
I want a F-zero on the switch
Paying twice for something I already have
I played this at the Switch preview in Chicago and loved it! It's super fast, controls great and the visuals are kind of beautiful.
@retribution Epic comment
@BionicDodo That could be cool though. I am Setsuna or Has Been Heroes look good. I'm getting Zelda, Setsuna and Bomberman at launch. Can't wait!
@QuickSilver88 Very interesting. I've heard about the unlocking the arcade version part before, but never understood that the game was very different from what the original was. And the 60fps difference, back then, would indeed be a huge difference.
MK8 & FZ, yeah, it's different, but I suppose it's a hard sell to offer two racing games, one that seems so much more niche up against one that's really their #1 franchise. I do think they can and should come up with something new to make it sell really special...but it does need a new gimmick to really make it something truly special. I'd love to see it though.
Actually the new NFS reboot might offer hints how Nintendo could Nintendo-ify it. Imagine FZ as an "open" world type game where you kind of merge Captain Falcon Adventures into FZ...an adveture game AND a racing game, and it plays up the character aspect well that's so unique to it. Could be cool. Or maybe (and probably a better idea) something new about track design or features or vehicle features that makes the racing different. There's a lot of competition now, Wiepout, Redout, Fast, even MK. FZ will have to separate itself again.
But you guys got me more excited for the idea than my previous stance of "I loved the original, but why is it so demanded?"
@NEStalgia I see people got you more interested in F-Zero games. To me personally, the N64 version is also still a must-have. Super fast and slick and exciting to play. Great soundtrack too, especially for a cartridge game.
You can still get it on the Wii U eShop:
And that Arcade mode in F-Zero GX for the GameCube is also available in a more complete form in the Triforce Arcade Game Pack, a bundle of exclusive Arcade games made by Nintendo, Namco and Sega, especially for the Arcade.
Because the format of the roms is similar to GameCube, you can run Triforce Arcade games on your Wii or Wii U once it is softmodded and has a USB Loader and/or Nintendont for GameCube support...
@ThanosReXXX The N64 one looks like I pictured all FZ's to be: A 3D Evolution of the SNES one. When I see the video of N64, my mind sees SNES. Without Mode 7 pixelation.
If it were just that, I don't think I'd understand the love for the series. Not that I didn't love the original, it got a lot of repeat visits on my SNES, but it just doesn't stand out too much from its contemporaries. I think the GCN GX one really shows a game that was going in a more unique direction. I'm going to guess that's where most of the fan love comes from, with good reason.
I still have my Wii around, so I could actually just play the real GCN version with the real Wavebird, though I don't see myself TOO likely to do so.
I actually do have the original SNES FZ on my WiiU, I couldn't pass up the nostalgia, and that awesome sound effect of zooming in at the start of the race, but never bothered with the N64 one. You have me curious.
Download only or physical coming aswell.
@SegaBlueSky i think that one of if not the biggest reason for the wipeout remake coming out for ps4 is because of fast racing neo.
@Jamotello The sad thing about Wipeout is, IMO the very best Wipeout game ever made was the Vita one. It was really amazing. And so few will ever be aware it even existed.
@johnodaz Download only (for now) I believe.
@NEStalgia Well, the GameCube one was actually inspired by the N64 one, and that is VERY far removed from the SNES version, other than it having the same vehicles and some track names, but what you saw in that clip is only a fraction of the diversity you get. I guess that was my bad...
If it weren't for that N64 version, the GameCube version might never have gone in the direction it did, or maybe it wouldn't have been there at all.
Perhaps this Classic Game Room review of it is a better video:
Shows of a lot more tracks and goes into details about its strengths and why it's a must have.
They also did a pretty good review of the GameCube version:
And if you ever decide to try that GameCube version, then you'd better practice with the N64 version first in order for you to have any hopes of being successful in F-Zero GX, because where the N64 version is pretty difficult at times, the GameCube version is insanely difficult almost all of the time...
Suffice to say that, starting with the N64 version, the transformation from 2D to 3D has been both significant and pivotal for the series.
It's also the very reason why so many of us are still clamoring for a new version of this game...
@ThanosReXXX In terms of the difficulty of the high speed 3D racing stuff, that much i'm familiar with from the WipEout series on Playstation/Vita. In essence it's a faster FZ64 but mixed with MK style items/weapons. The difficulty in that game, and in particular the Vita one is punishing. If this is even harder, I don't think I WANT to play it IT's clear though that WipEout and FAST are heavily, heavily inspired by at least FZ64. I think it's the GC one that still puts it very much over the edge of being different and unique. The idea that tracks aren't flat is terrifying but also not done anywhere else, at least to the same degree.
@NEStalgia I know the WipEout series pretty well, and believe me: they aren't nearly as fast as F-Zero, no matter which of the two versions I mentioned. Maybe it doesn't come across as such in the videos, but both games are smooth as butter and ridiculously fast, and the big difference between WipEout and F-Zero is that the latter doesn't have the same floaty mechanics. There is sideways drifting involved in F-Zero, but it is completely different from what is on offer in the WipEout series.
The N64 version of F-Zero is perfectly playable, like mentioned in that video review. It can become difficult, but it is quite doable and has that typical Nintendo magic to it.
And although the GameCube version of F-Zero IS nail-bitingly difficult, it has a strange draw that keeps pulling you back in, something I personally never experienced like that with any other futuristic racer.
Ultimately, no matter what you decide to do, I do hope you get to experience either of the two titles, or preferably both of them, for yourself, because this is very much a typical case of not seeing but experiencing is believing...
@NEStalgia Aww ok cool cheers bud .
@ThanosReXXX You know at first I was going to ask you if you'd played WipEout, and then I remembered you hated Sony so I just assumed you weren't familiar with it
Wow, FASTER than WipEout? I suck badly enough at that game...I'm not sure how awful I'd be if it were even faster. It's starting to sound "Nintendo hard" Interesting about the floaty mechanics...that's one annoying thing of Wipeout....I'm pretty darn curious now. I don't even like racers in general...just small doses of them, and the high speed ones tend to interest me more than the normal car type ones, but that's sounding cool. How about versus Fast NEO?
Definitely interesting. I won't get a chance before I (hopefully fingers crossed on the success of my preorder) get my Switch, and at that time I'll be unplugging the HDMI from the WiiU....but I can still play on the Gamepad to give it a shot. Or maybe it'll be up on the Switch VC soon enough...maybe BOTH versions, depending on what and when they do VC. Might pay to wait another week and see, since I'd get much more longevity out of it on Switch. And if not, there's RMX
For now I'm still trying to wrap up TMS#FE before Switchmas. That's truly an astounding RPG I didn't expect to be so great.
I had WipEout on PC and there was also a version of WipEout on the N64, which I also have. It was actually pretty decent.
About those floaty mechanics: it's a bit difficult to explain it exactly, but imagine the difference between a boat bobbing up, down, left and right on the water (which would be WipEout's physics) and something floating steadily from left to right on a horizontal plane, which is what F-Zero is like.
So it IS hard, but the controls are much tighter, which in turn makes it easier to learn.
As for FAST Neo, that's somewhat of a mix/in-between, except instead of weapons, there's a focus on using colored "turbo lanes" (turbo strips) to win races, with the added mechanic of having to "switch" to the correct "engine color" on your vehicle to be able to utilize the turbo strips.
F-Zero is just about going fast and being the best at cutting around corners.
Hope that makes things a bit more clear, but if not, I'll be here to answer any other questions you might have.
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