F-ZERO 99 has been updated to Ver. 1.1.0. You can see the patch notes for this update below.
- Added a new Classic mode. These are 20-player races with the same rules as the Super NES version of F-ZERO. Classic races are one variety of special event and will be held periodically.
- Added Lucky Ranks gameplay. Every time you enter a race, your rank and the machine you used will be recorded. After entering five races, you can reveal the Lucky Ranks. If your ranks match any of the ranks on the cards—or your machine matches the machine shown—you can receive in-game rewards.
- You can reach the Lucky Ranks screen by pressing the L Stick on the main menu.
- You can reveal the Lucky Ranks card once per day.
- Added backdrops, badges, and borders that can be used to customize Pilot Cards. After meeting the specified conditions, you will be able to use them for customization.
- You can check the specified conditions and perform customization by selecting WORKSHOP on the main menu, and then selecting PILOT CARDS.
Other Adjustments and Changes
- Made it easier to return to the main menu after crashing out or getting ranked out during MINI PRIX or GRAND PRIX races. (In Ver. 1.0.2 and earlier there were cases where, depending on the timing, it was not possible to leave the race for a little while).
- Adjusted the difficulty for the initial startup training to make it easier. A feature to skip training has also been added, making it possible to enter online races with other players right away.
- After the first training race has ended, you can skip all remaining training by pressing the Y Button on the main menu. Additionally, from the second race (F-ZERO 25) onward, an option to skip to the next race will display if you crash out or are ranked out.
- You cannot return to a training once you have skipped it.
- In F-ZERO 99, players who just started the game or are not yet used to the gameplay will now be matched together.
- Fixed issues to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
Racing back to the past!
Nintendo have announced that a new mode called “Classic Race” is coming to F-Zero 99’s Version 1.1.0 update.
This mode takes changes the online racing to play more like the original release on Super Nintendo the changes include:
- Reduced screen ratio
- Narrower courses
- Number of players participating is maxed at 20
- Spin Attack and Skyway disabled
- Power meter increase due to KO has also been abolished
- Turbo can only be used once per lap, max of 3 charges in reserve
This update will also introduce a new item called the lucky card which essentially works as a lottery ticket. It records the rankings and machines used for 5 races, and if the recorded results match the numbers and machines on the mystery card announced at the end of 5 races, you will receive prizes like experience points and tickets.
This update is scheduled to go live on November 29th in Japan we will keep you updated for when it goes live here in the west.
Race to the finish!
F-ZERO 99 is getting its last round of tracks in today’s new update, which includes past favorites such as MUTE CITY II, RED CANYON II, and FIRE FIELD. MUTE CITY II will be featured in the normal F-ZERO 99 mode, RED CANYON II will be available in Pro + Prix modes, and FIRE FIELD is only in Grand Prix.
While Nintendo has confirmed this is the last track update, there are more updates to come in the future. What this could mean is anyone guess, but hopefully it’s more than just bugfixes!
Nintendo has confirmed that three more courses are being added to F-ZERO 99 on Oct. 19th, 2023. The lineup includes MUTE CITY III, RED CANYON II and FIRE FIELD. You can get a look at RED CANYON II and FIRE FIELD in the videos below.
Nintendo also confirmed that more content is in the works for F-ZERO 99 as well, but they didn’t share specifics or a release date. Once details are shared on this content, we’ll make sure to offer a complete breakdown.
Maintaining the game alive
F-Zero 99 has gotten a new update bringing the game to version 1.0.2. Below you can find the full patch notes:
Fixed problems related to rankings
- Fixed an issue where the leaderboard will show a player’s level as “0” when they reach level “99.”
- Fixed an issue where the previous week’s weekly ranking result sometimes cannot be obtained correctly. Fixed an issue where a specific badge cannot be obtained when this bug occurs even though conditions have been met.
- Even when this bug has previously occurred, save data will be fixed by applying this update and playing the game for a while.
Other bug fixes
- Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.
Catch up on the latest great Switch releases
Somehow, September 2023 has come and gone, and we’re already into the start of October. September went by so quickly it’s enough to make your head spin, and there’s no doubt you missed a few of the great releases that came to Switch. Thankfully, Nintendo UK is here to remind you of what’s now available!
A new era for the World’s Game in EA Sports FC 24, a magical cosy home of your own in Fae Farm, a high-speed race for survival against 98 other players in F-ZERO 99 and more! Here’s a look at just some of the games that launched on Nintendo eShop in September.
As always, there are plenty of other games that came to Switch last month. This is just meant to be a look at some of the bigger-name games, but do yourself a favor and dive into the eShop to dig up some of last month’s hidden gems!
Become the Queen of racing
F-ZERO 99 just got an update adding more content. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, don’t sleep on this fun and chaotic racing game!
This update includes the new Queen League, which you’ll be able to access during the Grand Prix events, and five additional tracks.
The tracks are:
- MUTE CITY II
- PORT TOWN I
- RED CANYON I
- WHITE LAND II
- DEATH WIND II
Thanks to OatmealDome for gathering the following information.
Mute City II, Port Town I, and Red Canyon I have been added to regular F-ZERO 99 races.
Death Wind II has been added to Pro Tracks events.
The Queen League will appear in Grand Prix events. White Land II is exclusive to this mode.
Tomorrow, F-Zero 99 will see the addition of 5 new tracks, Nintendo has announced via Twitter. You can see a translation of the news courtesy of user OatmealDome below.
The standard mode will see 3 new courses in Mute City II, Port Town I and Red Canyon I, while the pro mode will see 2 new courses in White Land II and Death Wind II. More new circuits will be added in mid October.
Did you hear Microsoft wanted to buy Nintendo and they don’t like calling the Switch a console? We did, and we have plenty to say about it! We also chat about Fall snacks, Deux’s first time with a beloved Nintendo franchise, the insanity of F-ZERO 99 and so much more!
A big thanks to Krazy Kernal for the art and Giant Reggie for the timestamps!
- 00:00:00 Theme Music
- 00:00:33 Podcast Intro
- 00:00:39 Pokemon: Urshifu
- 00:02:09 Crew Intro
- 00:04:42 Hello to the Discord
- 00:09:35 Reese’s Showcase in Discord
- 00:13:10 Mallomars and the Case Against Seasonal Foods
- 00:17:08 WayForward Confirms “Contra: Operation Galuga” Name Origin
- 00:21:37 RMC Will Be Playing Chicken Little on Gamecube for Patreon
- 00:24:02 The Apple Tea Incident
- 00:28:36 Wawa Pizza
- 00:30:31 It’s Time for the News!
- 00:30:46 U.S. Software/Hardware Sales for August 2023
- 00:35:32 Rumor: F-ZERO 99 May See the Return of Long-Lost Satellaview Tracks
- 00:38:58 Activision Met With Nintendo About Switch’s Successor in 2022
- 00:43:41 Xbox’s VP of Marketing Wanted to Avoid Calling Switch a Console
- 00:57:15 Microsoft Seriously Considered Purchasing Nintendo in 2020
- 01:10:45 North American Switch eShop Releases
- 01:15:57 Deux’s Sweet European Releases
- 01:22:20 Japanese Hardware/Software Sales for August 2023
- 01:23:31 More Food and Drink Talk
- 01:30:38 What MomBrain Played
- 01:35:01 What Deux Played
- 01:57:16 What RMC Played
- 02:13:06 Questyum from PT
- 02:17:10 Patreon Question from GekkouKitsune
- 02:20:55 Bad Game Descriptions
- 02:25:05 We’ve Got Music Trivia, You Want to Hear It?
- 02:42:52 Deux’s Views: Rumor of the Week Starring Deux Michaels
- 02:44:38 Podcast Outro
A big boost of new content
F-ZERO 99 isn’t even a week old and we’re already hearing about new content on the way. That includes a confirmation of new tracks from Nintendo, and a rumor on new modes stemming from dataminers.
On the confirmed side of things, Nintendo has officially announced that new tracks are coming to F-ZERO 99 very soon. In particular, Queen League tracks will be added to the game in late September, while King League tracks are coming mid-October. Specifics on which tracks will be added were not shared.
On the dataminer side of things, it appears there’s some evidence of new modes in the works for F-ZERO 99 as well. Hiding deep in the game’s files are mentions of both “Arcade Mode” and “Survival Mode,” but details on each are light. Arcade Mode has a timer and ‘time gates,’ while there’s no information on Survival Mode at all.
Hopefully Nintendo confirms the existence of these new modes in the near future, but it’s good to know fresh content isn’t far off at all.
Speeding our way?
F-ZERO 99 saw a shadow drop last week, and players have been racing to their hearts’ content on a number of classic tracks. While there’s plenty of fun to be had already, it seems there’s a slight chance some very exclusive tracks could be on the way sometime down the road.
Dataminers have gone digging around the source for for F-ZERO 99 and something quite interesting has been found. Among the track listings for locations we already know, there are also files with names from BS F-ZERO Grand Prix 2, the Satellaview-only F-ZERO sequel that never saw release outside of Japan.
While most of the datamined track names are just Mute City I placeholders for the time being, the files do include mentions of Forest I and II, which were indeed part of BS F-ZERO Grand Prix 2. It seems awfully odd to include a variety of placeholder names for tracks only to have them all turn out to be Mute City 1, and that’s especially true for these BS F-ZERO Grand Prix 2 names.
Only time will tell if Nintendo is planning to revive these classic tracks, or their mention is nothing more than an idea that got scrapped before release.
What a wild show this is. An hour of all sorts of nonsense, and hour of Nintendo Direct talk, and an hour of gameplay talk, your questions, and music trivia. This was a really fun one for us, so hopefully it’s fun to listen to!
Thanks to Gybones for putting together this episode’s timestamps!
00:00:00 Theme Music
00:00:45 Pokemon Desc
00:01:25 Crew Greetings
00:04:23 Discord Hellos
00:52:08 Now I Get News (good estimate Nicky Hill)
00:52:24 Direct Breakdown BEGIN
00:53:37 Princess Peach Showtime!
01:00:40 TTYD Remake!!
01:04:13 F-ZERO 99
01:07:26 MomBrain remembers a dream
01:08:08 Tomb Raider 1-3
01:09:59 Trombone Champ
01:11:55 Prince of Persia
01:13:28 Luigi Mansion 2
01:14:03 Trace Memory
01:25:11 Bandle Tale
01:25:15 Song of Nunu
01:25:28 Among Us
01:25:42 Mario vs DK
01:28:08 Splatoon 3 DLC
01:28:56 Super Mario RPG
01:29:34 Dave the Diver
01:29:45 Wargroove 2
01:30:48 Horizon Chase 2
01:30:56 WarioWare Move it!
01:31:38 Detective Pika
01:31:46 MK8D DLC
01:36:20 Super Crazy Rhythm Castle
01:50:04 Amiibo News
01:50:56 Unicorn Overlord
01:51:53 SaGa Emerald Beyond
01:53:31 Eiyuden Chronicle
01:54:15 Battle Crush
01:54:30 Post Direct Talk
02:14:54 Nicky Hill’s Sweet (Euro eShop) Releases
02:25:12 Whatcha Been Playin’ Pod Crew?
02:56:00 Listener Question
02:59:09 Patreon Question
03:04:20 Bad Game Descriptions (Sike)
03:04:39 (short :/) Music Time
03:08:56 Deux’s Rumor
Classic or Modern?
F-Zero 99 is real and it’s here! Being inspired by the original F-Zero on SNES, people will be curious how this new version compares to its classic counterpart. NWR is here to answer exactly that question so don’t forget to watch the video above and judge for yourself!
Which one do you prefer, old visuals or newer ones? Let us know your thoughts!
Earlier today, Nintendo shadow-dropped F-ZERO 99, an updated take on the original F-ZERO with online play. Plenty of F-ZERO fans were happy to see the announcement, and someone very special took to X to share their excitement.
Right after the F-ZERO 99 announcement was made, art director and character designer for F-ZERO, Takaya Imamura, hopped on X to post his excitement in seeing the franchise return. Imamura shared the artwork above, along with a simple message that said, “Thank you, Nintendo!” (h/t VGC)
Imamura didn’t stop there, though. He also replied to Nintendo’s official Japanese Twitter account with yet another message showing his love for F-ZERO. You can see the machine-translated version of his comment below.
“A bold arrangement that respects the original elements! I felt the love for F-ZERO. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the creator. We are looking forward to the revival of this IP.”
Nintendo has announced a brand new title in the F-Zero series for the Nintendo Switch. This new take on the original F-Zero for SNES turns the game into an online battle royale style game for 99 players simultaneously. Players will be able to unlock new vehicles and customize them as they compete for 1st place against all the other racers.
F-Zero 99 will be available later today, exclusively for members of Nintendo Switch Online. You can view the trailer up above, and find additional screenshots and info below.
Rev up your engines and get ready to tear up the track, because with 99 racers on the course the margin for error is zero! F-ZERO 99 features courses and machines from the original Super NES game in challenging multiplayer* races brimming with high-speed, high-stakes action. Your Power Meter is your key to first place – it will decrease if you crash, or you can burn some of it to fuel a temporary speed boost. If the meter runs out, you’re eliminated! You can even relive your F-ZERO glory days with the Super NES controller**, available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members. Plus, complete goals while racing to unlock cosmetic options for your machine, so you can be as flashy as you are fast. Race your way to first place in F-ZERO 99, available exclusively for active Nintendo Switch Online members … later today!