After announcing that F-Zero 99 would receive Classic Mode in Japan, Nintendo of America has confirmed it to be available to all Nintendo Switch Online members starting today. Unlike the current mode with 99 players, Classic focuses on 20 in keeping with the original F-Zero.
As a result, turbo boost can only be used once every lap and knocking players off won’t increase your Power Meter. Skyway and the Spin Attack are also not available. Classic also has a 4:3 aspect ratio for that authentic retro feel. Another new feature with this update is Lucky Ranks, where playing five races and matching the Mystery Rank unlocks rewards like Pilot Card backdrops, bonus tickets and more.
There are even more new features on the way, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months. F-Zero 99 is available on Nintendo Switch, exclusively on Nintendo Switch Online. The latter costs $19.99 yearly for individuals and $34.99 for families.
Additional content for F-ZERO 99 is now available for #NintendoSwitchOnline members!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 29, 2023