The F-Zero series is currently in extended hibernation, and we've not seen a fresh entry in the franchise for almost 20 years. While the idea of playing the game on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum might not be exactly what fans are wishing for, it has happened – thanks to the talents of a small homebrew dev by the name of Voxel Tower.
Space Racing naturally has no official blessing from Nintendo itself, but it does a remarkable impression of F-Zero running on the classic British home computer. It uses many of the same ships from the series, and also includes artwork that is lifted directly from F-Zero.
It was produced for the ZX-DEV Media and Demakes competition and is described by its creators as "probably the first racing game to use a fake Mode-7 technique on a real 128kb ZX Spectrum (no specialized chips, just an 8-bit z80 processor)".
It's an impressive achievement, for sure – now if only Nintendo itself could find the heart to give F-Zero some love, we'd be even happier.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Mon 20th December, 2021.
I dare say this would have blown my tiny mind in the 80s
This is one heck of a technical achievement.
I hate to be that guy Damien, but... they're "machines", not "ships".
You see all these F-Zero articles that pop up on gaming sites?
You see, we want more F-Zero.
Jeeeeez, that’s impressive. It’s one thing to do a demake on the NES but a whole other beast to do one on the Speccy of all consoles.
Almost as impressive as the C64 port of the Master System version of Sonic that was released yesterday.
They ARE giving it "some" love. That's the problem, it STAYS with "some". Nintendo Land, Mario Kart 8, and of course Smash Bros. And the odd cameo here and there with stuff like a Falcon outfit in Tekken on Wii U.
But none of this quenches the thirst of a true new F-Zero.
Hasn’t Captain Falcon been in more Super Smash Bros. titles than F-Zero titles now with Ultimate out?
Lets be honest: Nintendo are never going to make a new F-Zero game.
@Rosalinho "Too bad! You lost your machine!"
@TheRedComet Just about, yeah. lol
I don't understand this article. Is it getting released on Switch? If not, what's the point of talking about it. Other than there is nothing to talk about with Nintendo.
@Ambassador_Kong F zero is a Nintendo property. This is Nintendolife. I don't understand the aggravation.
@Ambassador_Kong It's Nintendolife not Switchlife.
Miyamoto says they won't do one unless there is a good reason or a new idea for it...you know it's not like online or course creator aren't good enough reasons alone.
In the meantime, heres a lot of Mario Party, Golf and Tennis games.
Maybe a Mario F-Zero would make it...
@Gitface "But we already did that" yet no way to play it!!
Not realizing folks have traded their old games in for new systems, Gamestop used to destroy old carts.
Ugh, I can dream right? I just spent $60 on the F-Zero GX disc along.
It really is criminal how Nintendo think it is fine to churn out so many Mario titles yet sit on titles like F Zero, Waverace and 1080.
Some of your fans want more than Mario in a kart to race thanks.
I've been asking for a new F-zero and Advance Wars for more than a decade and a half.......... sigh........ at least we're getting a remake of Advance Wars ............................(We still need a new one)
Last time a new F-Zero came out I was 13. And that was a Japan exclusive F-Zero!
I only heard about the ZX-Spectrum until about five years ago (I'm American). Without any nostalgia to fall back on, every time I see a spectrum game, I feel violently ill. Those clashing colors are an assault on the eyes.
Pity it doesn't look great
This is super cool!
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