Originally Posted by bd2003
F-zero and pilotwings absolutely BLEW MY MIND as a kid. They're still solid games but they've been surpassed by everything else multiple times over. I already paid $8(!!!) for it on the Wii, for 30c, there's little reason not to get it....but it's value is purely historical and nostalgic.
I didn't get F-Zero until about 2000 or so when it was still available new at many locations since it saw a late rerelease in the Player's Choice line in the late 90's. I still found it a fun game even though I was well into the next generation, was a PC gamer, and the Sega Dreamcast and Playstation 2 were already out with the following console's not far behind.
I didn't buy Pilotwings until I bought it used online from GameStop sometime after they bought out Funcoland. So early 2000's and I had a blast with it despite 10 years having passed. I bought Pilotwings 64 at the same time which is another game that's all too often referenced as a tech demo worth little after a few years had gone by and similarly enjoyed that (F-Zero X was the only one I bought in its prime among these four and oddly enough the only one I didn't like).
I think there's a solid game to be had there today with F-Zero. Witness how similar three followups on the GBA were to this game. I don't think they could've pulled that off in the early to mid 2000's if the Super Nintendo game was too dated.
I think most futuristic racer's since then have been too complicated and too difficult for their own good. This one was just about perfect where the gameplay and challenge were concerned. And the 2D Mode 7 graphics still have their charm and feel more natural than Mode 7 sometimes did, it's fast and runs smoothly without a hint of slowdown, and the music remains excellent.