GBA Hints & Cheat Codes
Hints & Cheat Codes
Unlock Sly Joker
To unlock a fifth car, the Sly Joker, beat the Pawn, Knight and Bishop series on Standard difficulty.
Unlock The Stingray
To unlock the second hidden car, the excellent Stingray, you have to beat all Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on Expert difficulty. Good luck. You'll need it.
Unlock Silver Thunder
To unlock the super-fast but a little less stable Silver Thunder car, you need to complete the Queen Series.
Unlock Falcon MK-II
You thought that was it, eh? Nope, here's yet another cool hidden F-Zero racer: the Falcon MK-II. To get it, you need to beat the Pawn, Knight, Bishop AND Queen series on Expert difficulty.
Unlock Fighting Comet
And just when you thought they'd run out of cars -- here comes the Fighting Comet. But you need to work to unlock it. Beat every series on the Master Class difficulty.
Unlock Jet Vermilion
Here's the ultimate F-Zero racer. Jet Vermilion is insanely fast when you're boosting and has the strongest body out of all of the machines -- but it's so hard to get, most gamers will give up and run away in horror. You have to actually complete each racing series on Master difficulty with each machine (chess icons next to the track selection screen show you which series you have already beaten with the respective racer). If that sounds too difficult, you can also unlock Vermilion by completing the championship 255 times.
Or... go to the Grand Prix mode and push L, R, START, R, L, SELECT. When the Password screen opens, enter this code: 2-8+08T2YQ30. Which one sounds more appealing? Good luck.
Unlock the Queen Series
Like the Stingray car, the Queen Series (with five additional courses set on Crater Land, East Ten Side, Laputan Colony, and two tracks on Fire Field) is unlocked by beating all Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on Expert difficulty.
Nintendo has designed F-Zero with tournament play in mind. Since you can't upload your best times or take screenshots, the game features a built-in ranking password system. To obtain an encrypted password for your best track times, select Course Ranking from the main menu, then select your name and the track you would like to get a password for. Now hold the L-Button and press up, right, right, B, left, B, A. Your tournament entry password will now appear at the top of the screen and you can write it down. Nintendo uses passwords like these to let you enter into official tournaments, so keep an eye out for them.
Unlock Championship Mode
Not to be confused with the standard Grand Prix Mode, Championship is a hidden option that lets you race a Time Attack challenge against a ghost car on a specialy Synobazz track. The mode also offers the ability to see a replay of the winning run, complete with button commands display. To unlock it, register your name in the rankings of every race in every series.
Unlock Master Difficulty
To open up the hidden Master difficult level (in addition to (Beginner, Standard and Expert), you have to first beat a series' Expert difficulty level in the Grand Prix Mode. Note that this will unlock the Master setting only for that series. You still have to beat the Expert setting on the other cups as well to get access to all the Master classes.
Expert Technique 1: Rocket Start
F-Zero's quick start is a bit different from most Nintendo racers -- so forget about trying to hit the A-Button when the lights turn green. To get the fastest start possible, hold down your accelerator prior to the start and rev the engine to the point where your fuselage(s) begin to light up. Now listen to the engine sound. You want it to be in the mid-range, not the high-pitched sound that occurs when you continue to hold down the accelerator. If the engine is in the mid-range when the race starts, you will get a fast start that propels you in front of the pack. If you rev the engine too high, you will also boost ahead -- but then lose power and slow down for a few seconds.
Expert Technique 2: Blast Turn
Like the Rocket Start, the Blast Turn is another expert technique. To successfully maneuver tight corners without bumping into the guard rails, take your finger off the accelerator (A Button), then press it again to stabilize your racer. Combine this with the L and R drifting to get the best times.
Expert Technique 3: Perfect Landing
Many of F-Zero's later tracks contain shortcuts that let you jump ahead of the pack by using jump plates. Be sure to look at the track layout in the lower left corner of your screen to see potential shortcuts. But knowing where they are isn't enough. You also need to know how to properly land without losing speed. If you just touch down on the track, your craft will bounce and you will slow down. You can avoid this by pressing down on the pad just prior to landing.
Hidden Demo Mode
To see an explanation of the above expert techniques and watch the computer complete a perfect lap and show you when to brake and when to boost, simply press the Select Button at the title screen.
Erase All Data
If for some reason you would like to delete all your scores and saved game data, simply hold L and R while switching on your GBA. You will then be asked whether you would like to delete everything -- select Yes to execute the function.
F-Zero has a built-in soft reset. If you want to reset the game without actually using the on/off button, simply press the following buttons at the same time: A, B, Select, Start.