F-Zero: GP Legend (video game)
F-Zero: GP Legend (F-ZERO ファルコン伝説, F-ZERO farukon densetsu[?]) is a futuristic racing video game for the Game Boy Advance handheld. Developed by Suzak, it was released in Japan in 2003, and in Europe and North America in 2004. It is the second F-Zero game released for the Game Boy Advance, after F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
F-Zero: GP Legend is the fifth released installment in the F-Zero series and the successor to F-Zero GX. Considered a reboot of the franchise, the game is based on the anime, and differs considerably in story and setting from its predecessors. GP Legend features gameplay very similar to the original F-Zero and F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
F-Zero: GP Legend offers time trials, a Challenge mode (called Zero Test), and four Grand Prix events. Link cable racing allows up to four players to compete together.
The game features over 30 playable characters, 8 of whom are available in Story mode, including newcomer Rick Wheeler, the evil Black Shadow, and series hero Captain Falcon. As in earlier games, a story-driven campaign leads players through a series of futuristic races across the diverse environments of many different planets.
Story mode is one of the two modes available at the start of the game, along with Grand Prix mode. In this mode, the player engages in a series of missions that describe the story of the game. Eight characters total can be played in this mode, though only Rick Wheeler is available from the beginning. The other characters must be unlocked by advancing through the story.
In Grand Prix mode, the player chooses from one of the 34 playable characters (most of whom have to be unlocked), and races through a series of 5 different tracks. Unlike the previous games, the names of the cups in GP Legend are not derived from chess pieces, playing cards, etc. Instead, the cups carry the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum cups commonly used in racing video games. The Platinum cup can be unlocked by beating the first three cups on "Novice" and "Standard" difficulty. On "Expert" level, each track from the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Cups are replaced with a harder version, and the name of the track has the Roman numerals "II" to denote that the track is the second version. In each race, racers is scored by their finishing position. The points are totaled up after each race, and the pilot with the most points wins. 100 points is the maximum amount that a pilot can earn in a single race, and 15 is the minimum, unless the pilot's craft is destroyed, and the pilot gains no points. If the player's craft is destroyed, they has the choice to use a spare machine (4 is the max) and redo the race, or quit the cup. Unlike in F-Zero GX, the player does not get a spare machine after destroying 5 machines.
In Time Attack, the player races through 5 laps on a single track, alone or against a ghost racer, and tries to beat the best time. A scoreboard of the top five best times for each track is displayed on the track selection screen, along with the best time for a single lap. After getting the best time, the player can choose to save his/her ghost to race against later, though only one ghost can be saved at a time.
This is the mode where the player gets access to Championship.
Training mode allows the player to race around a track of their choice for practice purposes. The player is able to choose the number of laps, the number of opponents, and the difficulty level. The player is only able to race on tracks that they have already completed in Grand Prix mode, however.
Zero Test is a mode in F-Zero: GP Legend. In it, the player attempts to complete a series of challenges, usually involving reaching the end of a specific portion of track within the allotted time. There are 4 available classes (C, B, A, and S), each one featuring 12 different tests. The classes are unlocked in sequence; each class the player completes unlocks the next class. Times are rated from bronze to silver to gold, with gold times being extremely difficult to achieve.
In Link mode, the player races against up to four other human opponents via Game Boy Link Cable. Two different modes, Single-Pak and Multi-Pak, are available.
- Captain Falcon on Blue Falcon
- Dr. Stewart on Golden Fox
- Pico on Wild Goose
- Samurai Goroh on Fire Stingray
- Baba on Iron Tiger
- Gomar and Shioh on Twin Noritta
- Jack Levin on Astro Robin
- Kate Alen on Super Piranha
- Beastman on Hyper Speeder
- Leon on Space Angler
- Billy on Mad Wolf
- Blood Falcon on Blood Hawk
- Silver Neelson on Night Thunder
- Mighty Gazelle on Red Gazelle
- Draq on Mighty Typhoon
- Roger Buster on Mighty Hurricane
- Super Arrow on King Meteor
- Mrs. Arrow on Queen Meteor
- Mr. EAD on Great Star
- John Tanaka on Wonder Wasp
- Dr. Clash on Crazy Bear
- James McCloud on Little Wyvern
- Jody Summer on White Cat
- Zoda on Death Anchor
- Octoman on Deep Claw
- Bio Rex on Big Fang
- The Skull on Sonic Phantom
- Antonio Guster on Green Panther
- Michael Chain on Wild Boar
- Black Shadow on Black Bull
F-Zero: GP Legend introduced four new playable characters, namely:
- Rick Wheeler on Dragon Bird
- Lucy Liberty on Elegance Liberty
- Misaki Haruka/Miss Killer/Luna Ryder on Moon Shadow
- Lisa Brilliant on Panzer Emerald
Traditional Park II
Box Rink II
Forked Road II
|Mute City I|
Honeycomb Rink II
Clip Oval II
Expansion Park II
Slip Highway II
Wreckage Circuit II
|Port Town II|
Front & Back
Blast Track II
Front & Back II
Peak Jump II
Abyss Drop II*
|7||White Land II|
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In Japan, F-Zero: GP Legend had support for the e-Reader. Swiping the GP Legend cards while playing the F-Zero: GP Legend game allowed for extra tracks, only available with the cards. There were sixty cards total: Machine Cards that unlock racers, Challenge Cards that unlock staff ghosts for Time Attack, and Course Cards that unlock new courses. Forty of these cards were available through standard retailers, while the other twenty were available exclusively through the Bandai Carddass vending machines.
This ability was not available in the US or European versions of the game, as the e-Reader proved unpopular in the US and was never released in Europe. As such, the e-Reader content is built into international versions of F-Zero: GP Legend with additional unlock requirements added.
F-Zero: GP Legend received generally favorable reviews from critics, and currently holds a 7.7 rating on review aggregator Metacritic. Craig Harris of IGN.com gave the game an 8.0 out of 10, calling it "a solid and well-designed game", while also commenting on its many similarities to F-Zero: Maximum Velocity. Eurogamer reviewer Tom Bramwell gave GP Legend an 8 out of 10, and praised many elements of the game. Avery Score of GameSpot also gave the game an 8.0, giving special mention to its sound. Jeremy Parish of 1-Up.com gave GP Legend a more negative review, grading it a with "C" and complaining about the game's dated appearance.
- Main article: F-Zero: GP Legend on The Cutting Room Floor
- Compared to other F-Zero games, this installment references F-Zero GX artwork, specifically venues, during Grand Prix and story modes.
- F-Zero: GP Legend Related Games. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
- e-Reader card index for F-Zero: GP Legend - Nintendo Japan
- Checklist of F-Zero: GP Legend e-Reader cards - e-Reader Encyclopedia
- F-Zero GP Legend at Metacritic. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
- Harris, Craig. F-Zero: GP Legend Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
- Bramwell, Tom. F-Zero: GP Legend Review. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
- Score, Avery. F-Zero: GP Legend Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
- Parish, Jeremy. F-Zero: GP Legend Review for GBA. 1-Up.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-1.
|F-Zero titles||F-Zero • BS F-Zero Grand Prix • BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 • F-Zero X (Expansion Kit) • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity • F-Zero GX / AX • F-Zero: GP Legend (anime) • F-Zero Climax • F-Zero 99|
|Crossover titles||Captain Falcon's Twister Race • Mario Kart Wii • Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe • Super Smash Bros. • Super Smash Bros. Melee • Super Smash Bros. Brawl • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|