F-Zero Maximum Velocity (or F-Zero for Game Boy Advance (エフ・ゼロ・フォー・ゲームボーイアドバンス) as it known in Japan) is a futuristic racing video game developed by Nd Cube and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). The game was released in Japan, North America and Europe in 2001 as a launch title for the GBA. It is the fourth released game in the F-Zero series and the first to be released on a handheld game console.
Players control fast hovering crafts and use their speed-boosting abilities to navigate through the courses as quickly as possible. The game takes place twenty-five years after F-Zero.
Every race consists of five laps around a race track. The race will end prematurely if the player lands outside of the track after a jump, destroys their machine by depleting its energy, completes a lap in too low of a rank, or drops to 20th place; all of these conditions necessitate the player using an extra machine (if available in the Grand Prix) to try again.
For each lap completed the player is rewarded with a speed boost, to be used once any time, one of the "SSS" marks will be shaded green to indicate that it can be used. A boost will dramatically increase a player's speed, but will decrease their ability to turn. A boost used before a jump will make the player jump farther, allowing the player to use a shortcut. Boos time and speed varies according to the machine, and is tuned for proper balance. For example, one machine boasts a boost time of twelve seconds, yet has the slowest boost speed of the entire game. Players can also take advantage of the varying deceleration of each vehicles. Some vehicles, such as the Jet Vermillion, take longer than others to decelerate from top boost speed to normal speed, once the boost has been used up. Players can also take advantage of this effect on boost pads.
The Grand Prix is the main single player component of Maximum Velocity. It consists of four series named after Chess pieces "Pawn", "Knight", "Bishop" and "Queen", the fourth of which can be unlocked by wining the others on "Beginer" mode. They have five races in four difficulty settings, "Master" mode is unlocked by wining expert mode in each series, the player unlocks a new machine after completing it. The player needs to be in the top three at the end of the last lap in order to continue to the next race. If the player is unable to continue, the player will lose a machine and can try the race again. If the player runs out of machines, then the game ends, and the player has to start the series from the beginning.
Championship is another single player component. It is basically the same as a "Time Attack" mode, except the player can only race on one, special course: the Synobazz Championship Circuit. This special course is not selectable in Multi Cartridge vs.
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