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Nintendo Announces F-Zero 99: A Revival of the Classic Racing Series

Nintendo has delighted fans by announcing the release of F-Zero 99, the first new game in the beloved racing series in nearly two decades. This latest installment is based on the original SNES F-Zero and introduces a thrilling twist where 99 players can compete against each other in high-speed races. The game has been made available today and is exclusively free for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

The centerpiece of F-Zero 99 is the player's Power Meter, which adds a new strategic element to the races. Players can activate a temporary speed boost using their Power Meter, but it comes at a price. Crashes and other obstacles will gradually deplete the Power Meter, and if it runs out completely, players will be eliminated from the intense 99-player race.

While F-Zero 99 features the iconic courses and vehicles from the original SNES game, players will also have the opportunity to unlock various cosmetic options for their vehicles by accomplishing in-game goals. Additionally, Nintendo Switch Online members can enhance their gameplay experience by utilizing the SNES controller.

Fans have long been waiting for a new addition to the F-Zero series, with the last title, F-Zero Climax for Game Boy Advance, being released 19 years ago. Takaya Imamura, the veteran artist behind the design of F-Zero's characters and vehicles, expressed his belief that the series was not dead, but also acknowledged the challenges in bringing it back. In an interview, Imamura suggested that Nintendo could outsource the development of a new F-Zero game to a third-party developer, citing the successful example of Donkey Kong Country.

With the release of F-Zero 99, Nintendo has demonstrated its commitment to revitalizing highly anticipated franchises, giving fans a thrilling racing experience like no other.

– Nintendo Announces F-Zero 99, the First New Game in the Series in Nearly Two Decades
– Takaya Imamura, Veteran Nintendo Artist, Says F-Zero Isn’t Dead