F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (F-ZERO FOR GAMEBOY ADVANCE Efuzero fō gēmubōi adobansu?, F-ZERO FOR GAMEBOY ADVANCE) 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.
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.
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 machine and can try the race again. If the player runs out of machines, then the game ends, and the player has to start the series from the beginning.
The Queen series is unlocked when Expert is cleared on the Pawn, Knight, and Bishop series. Master mode is unlocked when Expert is cleared on each series.
The Grand Prix are as follows:
Training is the practice mode.
Championship is another single player component, where the player races and competes for the best time. This special course is not selectable on Multi Cart vs., but can be selected through link cable. The name of the course is Synobazz Championship Circuit.
In Single-Pak multiplayer, 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 multiboot capability. All players drive a generic unnamed machine, and the game can only be played on one course: Silence Open Circuit.
In Multi-Pak multiplayer, each player needs to have a cartridge to play. This has many advantages over Single-Pak:
- All players can use any machine in this game unlocked by anyone.
- Any course in this game may be selected.
- After finishing a race, all players' ranking data are mixed and shared ("Mixed ranking" stored on each cartridge).
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
|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|
Race Synobazz Championship Circuit 255 times
In F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, vehicle stats work a bit differently than other installments. When selecting a vehicle, it will show the car, the name, and an assortment of different statistics regarding the vehicle.
- Max speed shows how fast the machine can travel in km/h in two ways:
- Normal is how fast the machine travels on it's own.
- Boost determines how hast it goes when boosting.
- Boost time is how long the vehicle's boost lasts in seconds. Longer boosts tend to be slower while faster boosts are shorter.
- Body strength determines how armored the machine is out of 100. The higher the number, the better the armor.
- Turn is how well the car handles turning in two ways:
- Performance is how well the car can turn. The higher the grade, the better the outcome.
- Balance is how stable the car is. The lower the grade, the more slippery it is.
- Pickup graph shows how well the car accelerates. It is displayed as an arc with red on the bottom and yellow on the top. The slope of the arc depends on how fast the acceleration is.
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.
- Main article: F-Zero: Maximum Velocity on The Cutting Room Floor
- The maximum velocity any machine can reach is 640km/h, and that is with the help of Dash Zones or a successful Rocket Start.
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
|Pilots||Alexander O'Neil • Blitz Wagner • Jane B. Christie • Kent Akechi • Kumiko • Lord Cyber • Megan • Mickey Marcus • Nichi • Professor Yazoo Jr.|
|Machines||Falcon MK-2 • Fighting Comet • Fire Ball • Hot Violet • J. B. Crystal • Jet Vermilion • Silver Thunder • Sly Joker • The Stingray • Wind Walker|
|Venues||Ancient Mesa • Beacon Port • Bianca City • Cloud Carpet • Crater Land • Empyrean Colony • Fire Field • Stark Farm • Silence • Synobazz • Tenth Zone East|
|Track Features||Dash Zone • Pit • Jump Plate • Anti-Gravity Guide Beam • Mine • Magnetic Field Block Coat • Rough • Down-Pull Magnet • Motion Strip • Crater • Twist Plate|
|Modes||Grand Prix • Championship • Training • Records • Replay* • Password • Demonstration|
|Other||Drift • Drift Turn • Blast Turn • Energy • Boost|
|*Only in Championship mode|