F Zero: Maximum Velocity
◉ ◉ ◉ ○ ○(3/5: decent)
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo (2001)
You'd have to pay me to play this game again.

So, back around the turn of the century, I was employed by the Nintendo folks to do testing. It seems like a pretty sweet gig, but really, it's... fine. The game I spent the most of my temp, basically minimum wage time on was this little gem, F Zero: Maximum Velocity for the Game Boy Advance. The game itself is a fine, peppy Mario Kart clone with spaceships. Playing it on the GBA for 8 hours a day for a few weeks was pretty grueling, though and I remember my hands regretting my life choices more than a few times. The worst assignment was unlocking the Jet Vermilion ship the hard way: completing the championship 255 times! Since I had done some racing game testing in the past, I think they thought this would be fun or easy, but it was neither. The game itself is a decent amount of fun and has solid GBA graphics and a peppy soundtrack, but if I never play it again, I'll be fine with that.

Pro tip: maintain your momentum!

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Last updated: 07/06/2021
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