F-Zero (SNES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / February 23rd, 2015


  • Mark

    February 23, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Awesome video guys! Keep up the great work, I look forward to every monday!

  • Drewt66

    February 23, 2015 at 12:09 am


  • Don Skiver

    February 23, 2015 at 12:13 am

    F-Zero was such a fun and awesome racing game. I always liked using the Red guy too (Samurai something or other…) but my younger step sister liked using Captain Falcon. We had a pretty heated competition of who could get the best times and stuff. We also used to really compete hard at the game Uniracers (super fun game you guys should play!!) Man…so many good memories playing these games from this generation…

    • Smokingspoon

      February 23, 2015 at 5:03 am

      His name is Samurai Goroh ;P
      It’s funny how everyone, including myself, would pick the pink car.. Fire Stingray I think.

      We need a new F-Zero on wiiu!! It’s already so disappointing that neither Samurai Goroh or Black Shadow made it into SSB4…

      AND A NEW METROID!!! 2D, 3D, OtherM-style minus a story, it’s all good!!

      • Don Skiver

        February 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm

        Samurai Goroh! That’s it! Yeah, all the cool kids knew to use “Fire Stingray” because it had the best top speed and it was easy to overcome it’s slow acceleration by sliding in front of the car next to you at the start and letting them bump you up to speed. πŸ˜›

        I didn’t really care for Other M… Yes, I’m one of “those assholes” that thinks Other M is the worst Metroid yet. The gameplay was…okay, I guess…but the writing, the story, the dialogue, and voice acting made it a real chore to get through.

        You know what would kick humongous ass? If they remade Metroid 2: Return of Samus, but enhanced the shit out of it. Yes, I know it’s one of the more linear Metroids out there, but god damn it was fun getting scared shitless running into those evolved metroids as a little kid.

    • Smokingspoon

      February 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      This is dumb.. I cannot know if someone replies to me on here.

      Metroid 2 is one of my favorite also. I would also get scared a lot as a kid lol.. It was an horror game to me back then. It’d be really nice for a remake of it actually, but at the same time i’d really like to see what happens after Fusion (which I loved).

      I really liked the gameplay of M:om, there was only the missile system that was a bit awkward and that OP dodging system.
      To be honest, the general story was totally a classic Metroid- Alien(the movie)government conspiracy scenario that each metroid was. And the voice acting wasn’t so bad but hearing Samus would just make my teeth grind. I think it failed with the direction and translation/adaptation.
      I had to show some love for that game though

  • Don Skiver

    February 23, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I fully support you guys playing through Metroid NES, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, and Super Metroid. I would love to see you guys go through the original trilogy.

  • Pago

    February 23, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Loved the original F-Zero; I played the shit out of it, generally as Captain Falcon or the green guy whose name I can’t remember to save my life.

    Went back and tried the Gamecube’s F-Zero GX a while back and found that some of the levels seem to give me motion sickness now.

    • Smokingspoon

      February 25, 2015 at 8:01 am

      F-Zero GX is heck of great game too. But the music isn’t as catchy as the original one, far from it.. GP legend had better ones.

  • February 23, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Great job guys!! Such a great game, I actually bought this with my birthday money before I had a SNES so my parents had to get me a SNES for christmas haha, I was devious!

    James/Mike – are you aware that you spelled “League” wrong in the bit of text that pops up? Not that it matters much, but y’know πŸ˜‰

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  • February 23, 2015 at 1:30 am

    The biggest disappointment with F-Zero was the lack of a 2-player option. But I still loved it. I remember the short comic in the instruction booklet too.

  • pleasetakeabow

    February 23, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Classic game, great video guys. Metroid next!!!!

  • meanspirit

    February 23, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Precursor to Wipeout, no doubt. I’m sad their studio went bust, Wipeout games were always excellent as a game to challenge your friends with.

  • Rodd Kinzer

    February 23, 2015 at 3:10 am

    When you say shit 3 times, that reminds me of Napoleon did an epic fail on bowling and yeiling shit in french in Bill & Ted movie. I couldn’t stop laughing that part hahahaha

  • jasonjrf

    February 23, 2015 at 3:22 am

    You guys should do Contra 3 Alien wars also on the snes

  • Kyle Smith

    February 23, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Next AVGN video? Mortal Kombat on Gameboy

  • February 23, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Classic racer for sure, but when the WipEout series came out, this was a goner. WO Pure FTW!

  • February 23, 2015 at 7:47 am

    The music kinda reminds me of The Clairvoyant by Iron Maiden, similar melody

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I remember renting this game at Blockbusters when I was a kid. Sadly I didn’t have anyone to play it with, but that didn’t stop me from having a great weekend of fun with this game. I remember when I finally beat that game, I thought I was the man.

    Thankd for helping me relive my childhood again with a great classic.

    • February 23, 2015 at 8:03 am


      • February 23, 2015 at 8:25 am

        Please play Rock and Roll Racing. Plenty of classic rock tunes, and you can shoot other vehicles, and it is 2 players.

  • frostare

    February 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

    This game makes full use of the fake 3D that was so common in SNES games. I love it.

  • frostare

    February 23, 2015 at 10:56 am

    My guinea pigs are acting like that right now so I believe you.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Yall should check out Castlevania The Adventure: Rebirth and Contra: Rebirth some time. Both came out on WiiWare and both are really fun.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

    F-zero started the whole future hover car racers. I mean it was ripped off for decades and still is lol.

  • Gerald Robinson

    February 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    That racer’s vehicle is not red.

    It’s very much a hot pink/fuscia.

  • Vuijox

    February 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    The best racing game of all time is clearly Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road.

  • Weldin Dunn

    February 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm


  • Benjamin McElvany

    February 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Of course you use Donkey Kong…he’s heavy and FAST…and throws other people out of the way/runs them over! And to go around the courses in Mario Kart without hitting anything…ummmmmmmm…I only ever try to do that…it’s the only way to win. I guess you have to be good???????

    • Benjamin McElvany

      February 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Fun video guys!

  • Gerald Robinson

    February 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Rock N’ Roll Racing > Mario Kart and F-Zero.

  • February 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Well, now – this is certainly a surprise!

  • 16bitallica

    February 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I really enjoyed the video. I love when you guys play NES and SNES games. I’m not real sure how much you guys browse these comments, but I’d really like to hear Mike’s thoughts on TMNT 3 for NES. I found it to be one of the better TMNT games out there.

  • WyldeGoose

    February 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    If you’re going to do Metroid, do Super Metroid, arguably one of the greatest video games ever, certainly one of the greatest for the SNES.

  • February 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    hahah poor james is finally allowing himself to play games that DON’T suck ass! πŸ™‚

  • Satnav

    February 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    F-Zero GX was a favorite of mine, even if story mode was so hard it took me damn near a decade to beat. The game still looks beautiful, and a next-gen update for Wii U would just blow my mind.

  • john lombardo

    February 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    FYI guys, a power metal band called Powerglove covered the theme song for this game. They did a few other games too; Mega man, Castlevania, Zelda, just to name a few. check them out

  • Joe Confrey

    February 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    You guys should play the mask on snes

  • Alderdragon

    February 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Great video, guys. One thing I noticed is that you start off each race at full acceleration. That makes your car burn out at the start, that’s why everyone passes you. I always start holding down the button when I hear the third beep. Also, if you haven’t played them yet, I know you guys would like the F-Zero games for Game Boy Advance. They’re basically the same as the Super Nintendo version but with way more cars and cooler tracks.

  • February 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Great video, thank you for these great nostalgia moments, F-Zero was a fantastic game. And yes, Metroid is a must, I will be longing to see it in J&MM

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Did you ever discover the ” referee bot “? I can’t remember what race track it was on, but if you would go on several jumps in a row and leap over a portion of the race track, the ” referee bot ” will lift you up and bring you back on to the track prior to the last jump.

  • AbareKiller

    February 24, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Have you played F-Zero GX? That’s the only one I’ve played. The visuals, soundtrack, and gameplay are amazing, not to mention tons of characters and even customizable cars. One of the best games on Gamecube. And it has Phantom Road, which has no walls much like Rainbow Road. I think I got good enough to beat all of the Grand Prixs on Master, but story mode was still too much for me beyond the lowest difficulty. Completing it on Very Hard is one of the hardest gaming challenges out there.

    • Andrew Wood

      February 25, 2015 at 2:56 am

      There are a lot of levels in GX without walls, if I remember correctly. I agree with your opinions on the game though. F-Zero X on N64 was great too (similar to GX). F-Zero for SNES is just a little too old and simple for me.

  • GG

    February 24, 2015 at 1:43 am

    There’s a great new F-Zero type of game on iOS. If you love F-Zero and Wipeout, you should definitely check it out!

  • gluserty

    February 24, 2015 at 2:03 am

    I think the SNES is one of the best consoles, and this game was a great start.

  • February 24, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Oh wow, Castlevania Adventures was one of the most frustrating Gameboy games that I’ve ever played. Not really unfair, but just that same frustration that takes over when playing the NES Castlevania.

  • Nesseight

    February 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but I don’t think you necessarily want to hold down the accelerator the whole time before the light goes green. I’ve noticed that this seems to cause the engine to briefly stall. In my experience, it IS more like Mario Kart where you want to time it to a certain point.

  • February 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    That car, Mike, is definitely NOT red lol … It’s pink, purple, but it ain’t red.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    That game looks awesome. I’ve been wanting to play it for a while. Never had Nintendo systems a kid.

  • Dean Nielsen

    February 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Wipeout &/or Uniracers > F-Zero.

  • Dean Nielsen

    February 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Oh, and Extrem-G (N64)

  • February 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Mike looks stoned. πŸ™‚

  • Andrew Wood

    February 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Other SNES racing games to try:
    Biker Mice From Mars
    Stunt Race FX

    • Andrew Wood

      February 25, 2015 at 3:02 am

      Actually I don’t think either of these was all that good, but they just have nostalgic value for me, I guess.

  • Brandon Winters

    February 25, 2015 at 3:26 am

    If you want a good Gameboy game to play, Kid Icarus on the system was one of the few games I beat completely as a kid. I remember it being way easier than the NES version, but that may be because it allowed me to save my game. Give it a look.

  • DiscoingGD

    February 25, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I never knew about the landing trick. Thanks Mike!

    Also, the other cars have better acceleration, but lower top speed (not sure if handling is different).

  • February 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Each car has different stats, but the blue car is the best on any stage that has a lot of sharp turns. The pink car is the best on top-speed for stages like Death Wind, but that’s about it. Also, the game has yet another difficulty after you finish Expert called “Master”. I completed Master class, and it was extremely difficult. This was over 20 years ago though, so it may not be as hard as I remember.

  • Michael Prince

    February 25, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Also, a while back I sent a request to Smooth McGroove, who singes acapella tracks to video game music, to do Mute City. To my surprise, he did it and did an amazing job. If anyone else here is into video game music, you should check out his YouTube page. Here’s the Mute City track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7nVJbI9bhU

  • February 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Now quit being sissies, cover up the screen and only watch the map. πŸ˜‰

  • February 26, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Was there an F Zero 64 ever?

    • Andrew Wood

      February 26, 2015 at 1:59 am

      F-Zero X. It’s a great game.

  • February 26, 2015 at 1:59 am

    And as much as I have loved and followed AVGN since randomly coming across his Karate Kid game review many years ago, I really am starting to enjoy James And Mike Mondays better then AVGN actually.

    • Andrew Wood

      February 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Why was my comment deleted from here?

  • Alpenjodler

    February 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I think the greatest racing game is Rock’n Roll Racing on SNES. That’s also the best Blizzard game imho ^^

  • Fulano de Tal

    February 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    James, to get ahead of the other cars in the beginning of the race when you’re playing with the red car, all you have to do is hold the B and the R buttons simultaneously as soon as the cars appear on the track. Keep on holding those buttons and your car will get a jump start ahead of the other cars when the GO! sign comes up. Holding the R button allows you to veer right, blocking the blue car. As soon as the blue car bumps on you, push the L button to veer left and you’ll block the green car. You don’t need to use the D pad at all. Works every time. Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Hypoxic

    February 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Stan Lee would be no where without Kirby and Ditko.

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    If I recall correctly, Falcon was the ‘beginner’ all-rounder car, Goroh had the highest top speed but poor acceleration, (Donkey Kong and Bowser style, great if you don’t crash a lot), the green car was an aggression one, that could take a lot of abuse. I always aspired to use the yellow car, (to me) it seemed to be the ‘pro’ car; great acceleration for curvy tracks, but VERY poor durability

  • Ballzdeep

    March 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Man, F-Zero brings me back.

  • March 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    FZero X on N64 is the absolute tits. Haven’t even played the Gamecube Fzero yet

  • April 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    LOST IT with Mike’s Seinfeld impression. He needs to pull that out more often.

  • December 21, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Too bad, it looked like a good run there on Expert.

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