Imagine racing through a futuristic sci-fi world at lightning-fast speeds, with breathtaking graphics at a blistering 60 fps—welcome to FAST Racing NEO for the Wii U. Futuristic anti-gravity racing games have always been one of my favourite genres, ever since F-Zero was released on the SNES I was hooked. Sadly, it’s been over a decade since the last F-Zero game was released and quite honestly there has yet to be a game that has lived up to the classic Nintendo franchise.
Based out of Munich Germany, developer Shin’en Multimedia are no slouch when it comes to making high-quality games for Nintendo consoles. Since 1999 they have released over 20 mesmerizing games from the epic futuristic full 3d action adventure Jett Rocket, to the unique twin-stick style shoot ‘ em up Nano Assault NEO-X. With their latest release on the Wii U eShop, FAST Racing NEO sets out to capture the hearts, and fill the void of F-Zero fans from around the world.
Here are four reasons why every F-Zero fan should own FAST Racing NEO.
- Race on 16 breathtaking tracks
FAST Racing NEO features an impressive collection of 16 unique and varied tracks. Whether you’re traveling through the deep sea tunnels of Mueller Pacific, weaving between the legs of a giant spider mech in Kamagori City, narrowly escaping rock slides in Avalanche Valley, or rocketing under Sandworm creatures in Scorpio Circuit, you’ll want to keep your wits about you.
These courses are superbly designed, and the amazing amount of detail that has been given to each track will leave you in disbelief. Not only are these tracks fun to race on, but also will have the people around you oohing and ahhing.
- Play with anybody, anywhere
FAST Racing NEO offers a great amount of replayability, thanks in large part to the multiplayer options. In the age of the Internet, and online play there is still a huge demand for local split-screen play. Shin’en Multimedia realize this, and have included a local split screen-multiplayer option with up to four players. All of the anti-gravity ships, tracks, and leagues that you have unlocked in Championship mode are available for you to use as you race against family and friends.
You can take your skills to the next level by racing online with up to eight players; simply choose to race against friends or everyone, select your vehicle, vote for a track and get ready to race. The online experience is streamed lined for quick match-ups that will get you racing within a matter of seconds.
- Eye-popping graphics combined with precise controls
Running at 720p and 60 frames per second, FAST Racing NEO is simply a drop-dead gorgeous game. Not only is it one of the best looking games on the Wii U, FAST Racing NEO could easily be “mistaken” for a Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game. Yes, it’s that beautiful! The sense of speed in this game is mind-blowing; you’ll actually feeling like you are racing down the track at over 500 kilometres per hour.
Arguably, more so than any other genre of video games, racing games require tight, accurate, and precise controls. With FAST Racing NEO, you get just that! You’ll always have complete control of your anti-gravity racer no matter how fast you’re going or how many twists and turns are thrown at you.
- Classic gameplay with a unique twist
FAST Racing NEO offers four championship cups: Cobalt, Xenon, Titanium, and Neon. Each of these cups contain four tracks in which you will race against others on, your goal is to finish third or higher overall in order to advance to the next cup. You’ll be rewarded with new vehicles depending on how well you do, and by completing all four cups and you’ll advance to the next speed class.
There are three speed classes called leagues: Subsonic, Supersonic, and Hypersonic. Each league represents a different level of speed and AI skill, the further you advance the faster your anti-gravity ship will go and the tougher your opponents will be.
Different coloured boost pads are strategically placed around each of the 16 tracks, however you must shift your vehicles phase, with the press of a button, to match the colour of the boost pad. This unique twist adds an additional challenge that ultimately is rewarding, and in some instances allows you to rocket past unsuspecting opponents near the finish line. Additionally, boost orbs can be collected to fill your boost gauge when you’re looking to sneak past your opponents.
If you manage to complete all three speed classes, you will unlock Hero mode—the ultimate challenge. Not for the faint of heart, this mode is specifically designed to challenge the most skilled FAST Racing NEO drivers. The boost gauge now doubles as your shield gauge, all 16 tracks are mirrored, every race operates in Hypersonic speed mode, and you must finish first. Whew! In short, if you over boost, fall off the edge, or crash into your surroundings you’re going to have to start from the very beginning!
It’s clear to see that FAST Racing NEO is the game that F-Zero fans have been clamouring for all these years. Featuring 16 breathtaking race tracks, amazing multiplayer fun with family and friends, eye popping graphics combined with precise controls, and classic gameplay with a unique twist—FAST Racing NEO has it all.
So what are you waiting for? Fire up your Wii U, head over to the eShop, and download FAST Racing NEO now you won’t be disappointed. Let me know in the comments section below what excites you most about FAST Racing NEO.
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Platform: Wii U
Developer & Publisher: Shin’en Multimeida GmbH
Modes: Single-player, 2-4 player local split screen multiplayer, 2-8 player online multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)