An N64 classic lands on Switch this week with F-Zero X. Is there a chance this might mean the racing series could make it’s long-awaited return?
The N64’s online corner of the Switch just got a lot better, thanks to F-Zero X. Seemingly forgotten, Nintendo’s futuristic hover-racing series is one that’s held well by both fans and critics. But even so, it hasn’t seen a new entry in years.
There are always rumors sparking up of its return, and this new addition to the Switch’s subscription service is likely to stoke those fires again. Should it? Probably not, since Nintendo doesn’t seem to have much love for it. Instead, it’s probably safer to assume that this is a nice new add-on for subscribers, and that’s it. If nothing else, that’ll save you from some disappointment.
As for what else is arriving this week, there ain’t much. Aztech Forgotten Gods sounds neat, And Chocobo GP adds more racing action, with a Final Fantasy theme. Scroll on down to see the rest.
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
- F-Zero X – Compete with racers from every corner of the galaxy when the Nintendo 64 game F-Zero X double-tap dives onto Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online library. Pull up to the starting line in 30 customizable machines for a futuristic blast from the past. Feeling competitive? You can challenge up to three friends in VS Battle, locally or online, at speeds so fast even Captain Falcon will be put through the paces. F-Zero X will be available starting March 11 for players with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership.
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- Chocobo GP – Get ready for a new racing experience exclusive for Nintendo Switch! Race as familiar FINAL FANTASY characters like Chocobo and Gilgamesh using special character abilities and Magicites to speed past the competition. Engine customization options will also be available, as well as local and online multiplayer. Up to 64 players can compete in a bracket-style tournament to determine the racing champion!
- Aztech Forgotten Gods – If you’re looking for a grand adventure inspired by Aztec mythology, look no further than Aztech Forgotten Gods from Mexican studio Lienzo. Gain powerful arm upgrades, traverse different areas within an advanced Mesoamerican metropolis and encounter all sorts of characters to uncover ancient secrets.
- Phantom Breaker: Omnia – In this massive update to the 2D anime fighter Phantom Breaker: Extra, a mysterious man named Phantom works from the shadows in Tokyo to lure powerful fighters driven by strong desires into perpetual battle against one another. In order to make their wishes come true, these “Duelists” must wield their weapons known as F.A.s (Fu-mension Artifacts) and defeat their opponents. As their intense clashes shake the fabric of space-time itself, questions abound. Phantom Breaker: Omnia will be available on March 15.
- .hack//G.U. Last Recode – Log back into the .hack//G.U., an exciting action-RPG series that is now on Nintendo Switch! This collection includes all 4 .hack//G.U. titles (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption and Reconnection) in one integrated experience. Immerse yourself in “The World,” a VRMMORPG filled with monsters, magic and chaos. Journey to the mysterious online world of .hack and experience an RPG like never before! .hack//G.U. Last Recode will be available on March 11.
- The Cruel King and the Great Hero – Join an intrepid girl on her many adventures as she strives to become a hero with the help of her mighty dragon protector. Along the way, meet new friends, collect items and help folks from all walks of life! Discover a heartwarming tale of kindness, companionship and family in a gorgeous hand-drawn world. The Cruel King and the Great Hero will be available on March 15.
- GRAND MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE WONDERLANDS – GRAND MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE: WONDERLANDS lets you freely explore entire ski resorts and the surrounding mountains. Unlock ski lifts and reach new areas by competing in challenges, or enjoy the scenery while you find your own path down the mountains. Fancy having fun with your friends? Go on and play in local multiplayer up to four players. The choice is yours!
- Digital Spotlight
- Miitopia – Spring is in the air, and what better time for a new Nintendo Switch adventure than spring break? Cast your friends, family or anyone you choose in a comedy-filled quest to bring down the face-stealing Dark Lord! In Miitopia, you can create and customize Mii characters, assign them roles and watch them come to life. Laugh along as your best friend and dear old grandma team up in the fantasy adventure of a lifetime. With customization options as endless as your imagination, this journey may be just the game you need to put a spring in your step.
- RISE to the Occasion – In MONSTER HUNTER RISE, you’ll explore lush ecosystems and battle ferocious monsters to become the ultimate hunter in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village. Join the hunt alongside your trusty Palamute or Palico companion and roam the fields to topple foes in gripping encounters, then use your rewards to craft a huge variety of weapons and armor. From March 11 at 10 a.m. PT to March 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members can fend off the Rampage that threatens Kamura Village and try the full game for free!* Your save data for the Game Trial is not deleted when the trial ends, so you can also pick up where you left off if you purchase the game later.
- Mii Characters Enter the Race in Mario Kart Tour – Suit up and race as Mii characters with the Mii Tour, the latest limited-time event in the Mario Kart Tour mobile game, happening now. There’s a lot to do when creating, sharing and racing with Mii characters. Have a hopping good time with the newly added course Wii Mushroom Gorge and its R and T variants. Also, look for drivers like Peach (Explorer), Toadette (Explorer), Builder Mario and Builder Luigi in the pipes. The Mii Tour runs from until 10:59 p.m. PT on March 22.
Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/store/sales-and-deals.
Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:
- 12 Labours of Hercules V: Kids of Hellas
- ABC Match with Me
- Ancient Islands
- Arcade Archives DRAGON SPIRIT
- Buck Bradley Comic Adventure
- Chex Quest HD – Available March 11
- Cosmos Bit – Available March 11
- Crossroad Simulator
- Cyber Fight – Available March 13
- Dungeon Color
- Handball Pelota
- Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures – Available March 11
- Knight’s Try
- MacGuffin’s Curse – Available March 15
- Move or Die: Unleashed
- Offroad Night Racing
- Om Nom: Coloring, Toons & Puzzle – Available March 11
- Pocket Slimes
- Potato Flowers in Full Bloom
- Racing Xtreme: Fast Rally Driver 3D
- REPUBLIQUE: Anniversary Edition
- Retro Pixel Racers
- Secret Kiss is Sweet and Tender – Available March 11
- Simple Mini Golf
- Slide Stories: Neko’s Journey
- Splash Cars
- SUPER ZANGYURA
- Syndrome – Available March 11
- The Last Cube
- Time Blazer
- Time Loader
- Two Hundred Ways – Available March 11
- Words With Freds
* Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online