Extras | Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a relatively busy person. Relatively.
Usually, I'll get all sorts of e-mail about F-Zero, or the site in
general, so here's a page created mostly to save my sanity. It's not that
I don't like your e-mail, I do, and it's great to get feedback from
people... but here's a list of popular questions that I usually get, with
the usual answers I give out.
Q: Can you practice
on tracks like Mute City II and Red Canyon I in the original F-Zero?
A: Not that I know of. You can probably make a hack for it with a Game
Genie or Action Replay.
Q: What do you get
for beating the original F-Zero?
Q: How do I use Jet
A: There's an informative Guide now up
which should help you get a handle on this machine.
Q: Why don't you
cover Wave Race 64? Didn't that start out as an F-Zero game?
A: In an interview a long time ago, Shigeru Miyamoto said something to
the effect of "Wave Race 64 started out as a futuristic hovercraft
racing game, like F-Zero." (That's not a direct quote). Mr. Miyamoto
is often misquoted in interviews, and I've never found conclusive
evidence that this was the case. If anyone has more information (or
in-progress screenshots), I'll gladly eat my words.
Q: Where can I get a
copy of F-Zero X Expansion Kit?
A: You'll have to have an N64, a Japanese F-Zero X cartridge, a memory
expansion pak, a 64DD accessory (hooks to the slot under the bottom of
the N64), and finally the F-Zero X Expansion Kit disk. If you can pull
it all together, consider yourself lucky.
Q: Where is F-Zero
A: Good question, but I don't have an answer. I'm sure you could find
in it Japan, but America is so large, and arcades (especially with new
games) are few and far between. And as for Europe, I have no clue
what's going on over there. AX was more of a Japanese thing, anyway.
Q: Is F-Zero: Maximum
Velocity a remake of the original F-Zero?
A: No, the but the engine is based loosely on it. However, all tracks,
characters, and music are new. This is a common mistake... in Japan,
the game is simply known as "F-Zero for Game Boy Advance," which
caused a few translation problems when it was first announced.
Q: Is F-Zero: GP
Legend a remake of the original F-Zero?
A: No, GP Legend is like a combination of F-Zero and F-Zero GX, with a
lot of new content thrown in there. Using the e-Reader (in Japan,
anyway) you can scan in classic F-Zero tracks. If you have a sharp
ear, you can hear a few classic music themes, too, like Silence and
Q: Will the US and
Europe versions of F-Zero: GP Legend feature the e-Card extras
A: No clue. I'm not Nintendo. But I hope so. It'd be sad to see all
those new tracks and racers left out of the later releases.
Q: Any word on F-Zero
GX2 or F-Zero DS?
A: Nope, but if I hear any, I'll put it on the site ASAP.
F-Mode, the site:
Q: Why choose the
A: Well, first of all, when you hear "F-Mode," you automatically know
what it is, and if you don't, it may just pique your interest to check
it out. And I just wanted to do something different than "Planet Mute
City World Online 64" or "Ryan's Super-Fantastic F-Zero Site!" So
F-Mode it is. Plus, on Google, this is the #1 site named "F-Mode," so
that says something.
Q: I want to submit a
guide/scan/custom emblem/information/etc. How do I do that?
A: On the bottom of most pages, it says "E-Mail Submissions."
Click on that, add whatever you wish to send as an attachment, and
we're good to go. If you have anything F-Zero related that I don't
have on the site, send it to me.
Q: Why doesn't F-Mode
put a date on it's updates?
A: It's so the site feels fresh. I don't like it when I come across a
fan site, and it says "I've been busy lately, but I'm going to do an
update this weekend," and then I see that was written in March 2001.
Also, now that F-Zero doesn't have many huge games on the horizon
after GP Legend, this way I can drop out for a few weeks, and when I
come back, it won't be so darn obvious. By the way, you can thank Dave
Crawford (of F-Zero Central... RIP) for suggesting that to me.
Q: Why are some of
the guides out of date?
A: I'll admit it: I'm not as thorough as a site like GameFAQs. But then
again, I have so few FAQs hosted on the site right now. I don't have
an automatic process, updating is done manually.
Q: Why don't you
cover other futuristic racing games, like Wipeout and Extreme-G?
A: Well, considering "F-Mode" doesn't tie me down to F-Zero, I guess I
could cover just about anything, right? But I'm not a fan of the
Wipeout series (I've only tried the N64 edition), and Extreme-G
doesn't come close to the speed and thrills of F-Zero (it's the
original, plain and simple).
Q: Do you have any
A: No, GameSpy doesn't allow it, and I'm not promoting piracy on my
Q: Why can't I
A: Well, first, make sure you're logged into File Planet. Don't fret,
it's a free thing. It's one of the conditions of IGN/GameSpy's hosting
service (I get virtually unlimited space and bandwidth, but I have to
run banner ads and use FilePlanet for downloads). If you're already
logged in, you should be good to go. Please also note that FilePlanet
does occasionally go down for maintenance.
Q: Do you have a
stereo version of "Mute City Cover" from F-Zero GX?
A: I know it's mono, but I have no way of making a good copy of the
music myself. If anyone wants to send one in, I'll be happy to post it
online. UPDATE: Finally, thanks to Wnoe, a stereo version of
Mute City Cover has been found.
Here's the link.
Q: Are the F-Zero GX
A: Well, that's a grey area. I'm not completely sure, but if Nintendo
or Amusement Vision or Sega or IGN/GameSpy (or even the original
composers) contacts me, I'll gladly take them down. That said, they've
been up since November '03 without a problem.
Q: Why does the site
design change so much?
A: I'm a visual person, so if something doesn't look good to me, I
want to change it.
Q: Are you hiring
A: No. I rather enjoy having F-Mode all to myself. However, if you
want to contribute something, always feel free to do so. Just shoot me
Site links and such:
Q: May I link to your
A: Certainly. Here's a link to
F-Mode's banner page, if you wish to use one. Also, if you do link
to me, please e-mail me, because there's a good chance I can link back
Q: Do I have to use
"F-Zero to the Max" in the link or description?
A: No. That's more like a tagline.
Q: Why isn't my link
going through to your site?
A: Are you sure that there's a hyphen between "F" and "Mode" in the
URL? That seems to cause the majority of the 404 errors these days.
Q: Will you be an
affiliate with my site?
A: I don't do affiliates, unless your site is super-special. And even
then, it'll just show up as a regular link on the
Q: Can you join my
A: I don't do web rings.
Q: Can you join my
top sites list?
A: I don't do top site lists.
Q: Can you link to my
emulation web site?
A: I don't link to emulation web sites.
Q: Can I link from my
site to your music section?
A: Yes, you may, however, make sure you specify that it's on F-Mode.
Q: Can I hot link
images from F-Mode?
A: No, please don't do that. While I'm on IGN/GameSpy, and I have
virtually unlimited web space and bandwidth, I'd rather not abuse it,
or let anyone else abuse it.
Q: Can I link from my
site to F-Mode's MP3 files directly?
A: No. See above.
Ryan "ArsonWinter" Painter,
the site proprietor:
|Q: Do you use
instant messaging programs?
A: I use AOL IM. My handle is "ArsonWinter", as surprising as that may
be. You can use that to talk to me, but please don't bug me. I'm not
afraid to block people.
Q: What other games do you like?
A: Game series, in no particular order: Mario games, Metroid games,
Star Fox games, Wario Ware games, FPS games, Tony Hawk games, and Star
Wars games. If you want specifics, just off the top of my head: Animal
Crossing, Fire Emblem, Half-Life, Ultimate Brain Games, Conker's Bad
Fur Day, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Super Monkey Ball, Advance Wars,
Pilotwings 64, Tetris, and Tetris Attack.
Q: What F-Zero games do you own?
A: All of them. I have two copies of F-Zero: MV, and I've imported
F-Zero: GP Legend from Japan. Yes, I still intend to buy the North
American version of the game when it ships this September.
Q: What game systems do you own?
A: Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, GameCube,
Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System (broken),
and Dreamcast (broken).
Q: Are you a Nintendo fan boy?
A: Isn't it obvious? I'm actually one of the few fanboys that doesn't
say "U" instead of "you," which automatically helps me on GameFAQs
message boards, horrible spelling notwithstanding.
Q: Do you use ROMs/emulators?
A: It's complicated. I do have the ROM versions of several F-Zero
games (no, I will not give them out, no matter how much you ask). I
have them because I use ROMs to grab sprites and so on for use on
F-Mode. I do not play them, and I don't have any ROMs for games I
don't already own. Again, I'm not promoting ROMs and emulators.
They're still illegal, but they do make my job easier.
Q: What is Tide Blue?
A: I am the co-creator and editor of
Tide Blue. It's like a freeform
writing site. Occasionally, I'll use my content from Tide Blue on
F-Mode, and vise-versa.
Q: Quick! Favorite movie?
A: Kill Bill (both movies together) or The Empire Strikes Back. I
haven't decided which is better.
Q: Suggest an online streaming radio
station to me.
A: Okay. I like to listen to WFMU
(that was a real question).
Q: Why did GameSpy give you hosting?
A: ... I'm still trying to figure that out!