This article is about the first game in the series. For the universe info, see F-Zero (universe).
F-Zero symbol
North American box art.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series F-Zero
Director(s) Kazunobu Shimizu
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Programmer(s) Yasunari Nishida
Artist(s) Takaya Imamura
Composer(s) Yumiko Kanki
Naoto Ishida
Release date SNES
JPNovember 21, 1990
NAAugust 13, 1991
EUJune 4, 1992
Virtual Console
NANovember 19, 2006
JPDecember 2, 2006
EUDecember 8, 2006
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Ratings E for Everyone
Platform(s) SNES, Virtual Console
Input methods Gamepad

F-Zero (エフゼロ) is a futuristic racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The game was released in Japan on November 21, 1990, in North America on August 13, 1991, and in Europe on June 4, 1992. The title was downloadable over the Nintendo Power peripheral in Japan and was also released as a demo onto the Nintendo Super System in 1991. F-Zero is the first game of the F-Zero series and was one of the two launch titles for the SNES in Japan, but was accompanied by additional initial titles in North America and Europe. In late 2006, F-Zero became available for the Virtual Console service on the Wii.

Players control fast hovering craft and use their speed-boosting abilities to navigate through the courses as quickly as possible. The game takes place in the year 2560, where multi-billionaires with lethargic lifestyles created a new form of entertainment based on the Formula One races called "F-Zero".

In the Super Smash Flash series


Captain Falcon appears for the first time in this game as a playable racer, although he is never seen in-game and only his vehicle, the Blue Falcon, appears. However, he does appear in the game's manual. Captain Falcon himself appears both in Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2 as a playable character.


In SSF2, Captain Falcon's Final Smash calls upon the Blue Falcon, his racing vehicle that made its debut in this game, and he uses it to fly across a racetrack in a similar vein to the gameplay of the F-Zero series, which originates from this game as well.


Sand Ocean, a recurring racetrack in the F-Zero series that first appeared in this game, appears as a stage in SSF2. The ship that appears on this stage, the Falcon Flyer, made its first appearance in the game's manual.

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