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Top 10 F-Zero GP Legend Strengths

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Alright, if you hadn't seen its 10 Flaws, here it is. However, I don't see GP Legend/Climax as a lost cause like so many consumers think. I will try and list 10 positives to hopefully cancel them out, and maybe help GP Legend get a second shot for airing the American Dubs of the anime. So here goes:

1. Cool Canon Foreigners

As the name would imply on TVTropes, they're characters that're introduced to a work that is far from the norm of the actual series, such as a spinoff or expanding a universe. They're also used to add more variety to the cast, whether it'd be diversity or adding a female to an all-male group. Every installment expands their cast, and they hardly disappoint here:

In this case, there are 3 main examples of this, those being Rick Wheeler/Ryu Suzaku, Haruka Misaki/Miss Killer/Luna Ryder, and Lucy Liberty. There is also the Death Soldier and Clank Hughes, but they're mostly side chars. The main trio adds more pizazz to the ever-expanding cast, and all the Foreigners are also pilots for the GBA game and Climax.

Rick Wheeler (who is my all-time favorite) pilots the Dragon Bird and has an interesting origin, as a cop that woke up from cryo-hibernation for 150 years on account of a  fatal accident while pursuing the maniacal convict, Zoda. Now the monster's counterpart is so different than the original series, but he seems to have more development this time around, as does Rick. He happens to be the main man, which could be a problem to some since he often takes the spotlight, unlike many who expect Capt. Falcon like in the prior games. For me? It was like a breath of fresh air introducing a newcomer. And I grew to like him ever since. Greg Abbey has done quite a phenomenal impression on him, and I'll always associate him w/ Rick, no matter what!

Lucy Liberty's the youngest member of the Task Force, and she often works as an apprentice to Dr. Clash. She's sweet, independent, and a good role model to women, unlike SO MANY damsels in distress within the Nintendo Universe!! She's voiced by Amy Bimbaum and the Elegance Liberty's a decent, lightweight machine.

There's also Miss Killer, who is one of the most awesome Canon Foreigners I've ever seen! As she's been conjured by The Skull and brainwashed by Black Shadow, and happens to be Rick's late girlfriend. Her machine, the Moon Shadow, is nothing to snuff at either, even when I constantly associate it w/ the Cat Stevens classic of the same name! While I hated that it took too long for her to regain her senses, I still liked her as the only woman within the Dark Million organization. She tends to give me the jitters, as it was its way to take the organization more seriously since she was used to eliminate Rick from stealing their victories. Not to mention, she happens to be Revivedracer's favorite character! She's also voiced by Amy, from 150 years ago, but Caren Neill displays her dark persona very well!

Others include the Death Soldier, who happens to be a pilot in Climax, and underwhelming, expendable villains. While Clank was more interesting, as he also happens to be a pilot of a special vehicle, and the son of the Mighty Gazelle. He also acts as a promising analyst/engineer much like Lucy who's a junior asset to the heroes. Clank is voiced by Amy, again, and she does a phenomenal job while acting as a child prodigy.

2. GP Legend Introduces a Newer Generation?

Yes, I know that the GBA game was very user-friendly and rushed, since it had to coincide w/ the release of the anime in both Japan and the US. However, whenever I saw it on the search engine, it always displayed the same rating; not E for Everyone, but rather Early Childhood. Despite how sugarcoated it is, I actually think this game alone was the first stepping stone for those who'd be introduced to the F-Zero franchise. I still hate the fact it takes place in an alt continuity, and I'm sure that people would prefer the original SNES game for newcomers, but I think the GP Legend game is a good place to start and practice the basics on the workings of the series. If that was truly the developers' intentions, then kudos!

3. Nice, Memorable Soundtracks

Like most of the F-Zero installments, even both GP Legend and Climax have some great, catchy numbers. One of the things that make the franchise strong is indeed their upbeat tunes, as well as the FoxBox which I'll get to shortly. In the games, I like most of their remakes, as well as their original tracks such as Mist Flow, introducing the hero/villain, Lightning, and even the depressing Game Over A. In Climax, a few remakes stand out, like the longer version of Silence and the rocking themes of Lightning and Sand Ocean, and the credits/preparation themes in both games.

Those in the FoxBox are mostly each of the chars jingles, from the epic three notes of Rick's, to the cocky jingle for Jack, the serene tune for Lucy, the vile themes for Zoda/Black Shadow, the cheery/creepy tunes for Miss Killer/Haruka, the authorative tunes for Jody or Dr. Stewart, the mechanical jingles for EAD/Dr. Clash, the contemporary jingle of Burt and the Falcon House, or the striking chords for Capt. Falcon. Those always tell the audience they are here and are ready to take center stage! And they sure are a nice touch considering they don't have any profile themes, unlike in GX, even for the Foreigners. This was why I wanted Tinsel to have her own from F-Zero's predecessor, Mach Rider. I wish the English Dubs would stay around for these reasons...

4. Awesome Intros

Whether it'd be the English version made by 4Kids, or the Meaning of Truth by HIRO-X, they both seem to do great when catching the audience's attention and keeps them engaged! Even when Dan Green does his opening lines in the former. They're memorable, action-packed, and also fun to sing along to (check out Silverreploid's take on the American Dub, and the fan made lyrics of the original version by Rage). In fact, aside from the original and the GBA game's, they were definitely the most recognizable in the entire series! I only wish the English Intro would have more praise, though...

5. The Japanese Version Gave it...Some Closure

It was really unfortunate that the FoxBox only aired the first 15 episodes, and it did it again on Christmas just days before the block was usurped as it transformed to the abomination, 4KIDS TV!! By March 2005, it was all over; hence, my fics, including the epic Ending it All. But the Japanese version aired all 51 episodes and introduced some story elements that gave the show...a little more closure. I say little because I didn't like all their ideas, but the ones I did like were introducing the unique, volatile Reactor Mights, Mighty Gazelle reuniting w/ Clank...till his destruction, Rick being engaged and learning the history of Haruka, the inclusion of the Dark Star, and even the complicated legend of Falcon. In which in my story was explained SO MUCH better..! Not to mention, we also had the chance to see the...exploited Falcon Punch and witnessed the end of Black Shadow; wish it was Deathborn instead.

Regardless, it did give the series a little chance of finality; I only wish the English Dubs would have the same chance, if it were to get a second-wind on Toonami or Funimation much like One Piece...

6. It's Better Than Maximum Velocity

Yeah I said it!! I love GP Legend over Maximum Velocity! While the concept of the GBA was to take SNES-quality games on the go as it works better than the Game Gear, MV was my least favorite in the series. It was well worth the wait when Suzak teamed up with Nintendo, and helped with development while it still maintained a similar gameplay style from the previous installment, GX; energy was still sacrificed for boosting instead of having one per lap'; the ranking out, bomb cars, and dummy cars were cut entirely; and the courses/machines/pilots weren't so underwhelming. Heck, both games even had a homage to the original F-Zero via Platinum Cup in Grand Prix Mode!

The only ire I have is that GP Legend got the side attack back, but not the spin attack; instead, it was put in at Climax which also introduced the new Boost Fire mechanic, while still maintaining gameplay elements from GX.

With these attributes, I'd still prefer to play Climax/GP Legend over MV any day, even though I'm not very fond of the former since the AI is extremely aggressive, the announcer wouldn't shut his mouth, and nearly everything is still in Japanese..!

7. Characters Take Center Stage

As I'd said before about the Canon Foreigners, the side characters from the series take up the spotlight, even with their own jingles. It was a huge gust of fresh air since Capt. Falcon doesn't hog the limelight and instead shows up at intervals, while giving a lot of side chars a chance to shine, especially Rick who's the new main protagonist. In the Mobile Task Force, we get ourselves to be introduced to the team and learn more of their personalities and motivations. We get to know each of the heroes more, even the enemies in Dark Million, rather than just straining ourselves to get first place overall and earn interviews about them. I personally liked how we were immersed with a larger cast, and the 4Kids actors weren't too disappointing, at least not with the main chars. The side chars still get axed after one or two episodes, but the main roster seem to be a lot more fleshed out. EAD has a relationship with a human, Kate; Dr. Stewart functions as a key role and mentor; Dr. Clash is the comic relief mechanic; we see how obnoxious the poster boy, Jack, is; we see how authorative and strict Jody is; but, I never liked how they changed Tanaka. We see how evil Black Shadow and his cronies can be, even when they remade Zoda as a more cold-hearted assassin.

Even though the stories in the GBA game are anticlimactic and very short, it was just a welcoming break from the oversaturated mascot!

8. A Tribute to the Original

As I'd mentioned, the Platinum Cup, in both games, is a homage to the original SNES game. The nostalgia was almost a killer for me as I'd noticed it was unlocked from completing all Grand Prixes on Normal difficulty. It was a well-earned reward, and while I found the tracks to be slightly smaller and more forgiving (even in White Land and Fire Field), I find them to be a nice tribute. 8 courses were featured in the Platinum Cup, and it quickly became my upmost favorite league in both games; plus, you don't have to worry about the gimmicks from the original since they were cut out, and still play with a variety of pilots to choose from!

My only issue, though, is that some of its music can be a bit dull at times... The developers tried to recapture its magic, and praise for that, but I kinda wished there would be an option to listen to the original's music as a nice Easter Egg, like how to switch to the track listings in some Sonic games or some Smash Bros. games. Still, it's a great added bonus.

9. Pilots Are Unlocked, Rather Than E-Scanned

Unlike the Japanese version, the pilots are unlocked normally, simply by maxing out each of the eight pilots as you earn points from accomplishing missions in Story Mode. I always thought the process is randomized, maybe not, but it sure beats the hell out of finding those rare, underwhelming E-Scan Cards. I was never a huge fan of those pointless things, nor the scanner, so I was pretty happy you can still unlock the pilots aside from Rick, Falcon, Jack, Jody, Black Shadow, Zoda, Samurai Goroh, and Lisa as you earn them while you progress. It's not a hassle to earn and play each one, even the awesome Canon Foreigners. Beats the hell out of wasting tickets at the garage during GX anyway.

10. Pretty Decent 4Kids Voice Cast

We all know about the accursed, corrupt company, 4Kids, despite the nostalgia attached to it; one of the things is the decent voice cast, whether it'd be in Pokémon, Yugioh, Sonic X, or even here in GP Legend! I would prefer the English actors over the Japanese ones any day of the week, and here is no exception! From the unsurmountable Dan Green as Dr. Stewart, to the strict Veronica Taylor as Jody Summer, to the hilarious Marc Draison as he gives the Russian accent to Dr. Clash, the...so-so Aussie accent Marc Thompson uses for Jack Levin, the cheerful, innocent Amy Bimbaum as Lucy, Haruka, and Clank, or the psychotic outbursts from Jamie McGonnigar as Zoda, the intimidating, sinister tone of Karen Neill as Miss Killer or the singer, Kate Alen, and of course the epic voice of Greg Abbey as my personal favorite pilot, Rick Wheeler!

I don't like all the voices of the anime, though, as I felt most of GX's voice cast do some of the chars justice such as Falcon, John Tanaka, Silver Neelsen, Draq, or any of the chars that never made the cut in the English Dubs. Regardless a small handful of people have a lot of spunk and so much experience to boot.



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      2575
      Archer Arrow was born somewhere in that year since he was saved by Capt. Falcon as an infant trapped on the train tracks; based on Capt Falcon's profile vid. He was born in Big Blue, and he was also 15 when he joined F-Zero.
      Tinsel suffered from a curse on losing races, and she quit Dueling as she grew distant from Yugi and Joey; she never bothered with the 10k-year curse set by Orichalcos orchestrated by Dartz and the Great Leviathan. She then asked to work for the Task Force full-time, but without outside allies to assist them. In the spring of 2575, she enrolled at the Hovercraft Hub in Tortiz 3, encouraged by her friends as a leg up to hone her skills. She succeeded and was able to return to Earth in the Finals at Victoria Falls...until she was brainwashed by a dark liquid... She then succumbed to the darkness, working for Black Shadow, wreaking havoc on the course, and soon sent to Mist Flow. The effect wore off, but she and Rick were injured. He was there beside Tinsel who was recovering for almost a week till she was strong enough to race and since then, her extra help paid off!
      There were also a few Japanese subs that took place while Tinsel was away at Tortiz 3 training in the Hovercraft Hub. Such as Rick's day off when Clank introduced him to an old-fashioned automobile and named it the Dragon Ghost; which later got scrapped to restore the Dragon Bird from its makeover as the Dark Star Dragon. Blood Falcon also managed to make the Task Force disband; due to its shape-shifting skills from a Dark Reactor Might, it wreaked havoc disguised as each member, causing strain and severe accusations. Even the fact Rick was infatuated w/ Miss Killer, who was actually Haruka. The Commissioner was of course saved and set the record straight while also promoting the Task Force into public status. Tinsel also missed out on the heated Women's Cup and the title of Miss Galaxy which Jody won the race prior; no one won as it turned into a warzone!! She also missed out on the rescue mission in White Land when Super Arrow and Rick saved Mrs. Arrow and Falcon destroyed a weather-control unit from Zoda's sabotage; there was an episode scheduled for the FoxBox, Super Scam, as Lap 16 in which Super Arrow assisted a hapless woman which was a disguise by Miss Killer, but it never occurred... Clank and Jody also discovered some lost ruins in Sand Ocean. Gomar & Shioh scammed Lucy on losing weight, though she developed their machine, and the aliens were put on probation for their fraudulence in their business w/ old auto parts. There was also the fact that Jack was the Death Reaper, and Rick and Jody settled the score of Jack's past while also scrimmaging against Mike and Baba, resulting in the gangbanger's imprisonment.
      And of course there were also the events from "Ending it All (F-Zero crossover)," which made some of the circumstances altered in the Japanese/English dubs. They just skewed into a different tangent because of the unexpected cancellation of the English dubs.
      So...Yugioh takes place in the nefarious saga, The Wake of the Dragons. Before those events, the Duelists, and their famous Monsters, had made some cameos. It all started on the fic, Cold as Ice, based on Lap 7 of the anime; this introduced Tinsel having the Duel Disk and let her use the Kuriboh and Multiply Cards against the Bloody Chain! Since then, it made some cameos, like Tinsel calling for outside help as Dark Million was raising the bar, starting with Zoda and his invasion in the deserted Alcatrand prison. Then, in the Fake Star race, Yami and Joey got involved in the emergency when Pico attached speed-sensitive bombs to the machines during the Fake Star race and they destroyed the blimp, crashing it toward him! A week later, Zoda deactivated the shields protecting the Outer Space course from meteors, and Tinsel used low-level Monsters to defend the pilots.
      The Duelists and Monsters hadn't appeared for awhile on account of Dartz and the Great Leviathan, but they returned by the late chapters in Ending it All. Then, concerning the Duelists, they got invited for Tinsel and Rick's wedding six months after they said goodbye to Yami and Kaiba.
      The Elite Mobile Task was abducted soon after Rick was in complete devastation of Haruka's death thanks to an obituary he found; he left his home and wound up in a deserted alley, then he was taken out of his vehicle and ambushed by Dark Million's cronies, including Miss Killer who stabbed him deeply. He made the conclusion she was his late flame, Haruka, and she scorned him not to call her that, before she and Bio Rex knocked him into unconsciousness. He and The Skull held Rick while they inserted a mysterious liquid in his upper neck.
      Tinsel began looking for the team who disappeared a couple weeks ago, with no connections according to Burt and Clank. Rick was the first who awakened and succumbed to the darkness, but was snapped out of Dark Million's thrall. Jack and co followed suit and also succumbed to the evil influence. Thanks to an experimental formula created by Dr. Stewart and kept safely by Rodney, they returned to their senses excepting Jody and the high-flying medico; Dr. Clash forced Rick to make him commit suicide as his mind was cracking, never wanting to have his bright mind be infected permanently. Zoda was also assassinated, in Port Town, while one of the mega corporations was infiltrated. The Championship was a split victory, and Tinsel was captured into Dark Star. The reunited Task Force, the Duelists, and outside allies infiltrated the enemy base. Uma-31 was erased from existence thanks to Dark Star's Mights. The remaining duo came back, and the Legend of the Falcon was unveiled, even when Deathborn was searching for the Reactor Mights for his Eden of annihilation; Rick was the chosen one as the Savior of the universe! Peace was restored as Deathborn and the base were obliterated upon Falcon's sacrifice.
      Oh, and by default since both Falcon and Black Shadow/Deathborn bit the dust, the tallied results for the Champion of the GPL Grand Prix was indeed Rick!!
      After trying to fit Yami's memories together, the events from Dark Side of Dimensions took place, the Duelists graduated, Tea eventually became a ballerina in Mute City, and Atem and Kaiba passed on.
      Over a month later, Tinsel moved into Rick's apartment and occasionally visited Falcon's Fortress while still mourning... The first Resident Evil movie made a cameo in Man of Destiny, Rick's first bounty-hunting mission. And The Hive was obliterated preventing the spread of the T-Virus.
      Phoenix Clark Levin was born; he was 7 when he joined F-Zero and his birthday was the same day as the matrimony with Jack Levin and Luna Stewart.
      2576
      Several months after that, it was Valentine's Day. And Rick made a surprise for Tinsel at her nostalgic place, the Port Town Queen League circuit. And he finally proposed! Then, he and Tinsel decided to leave for Planet Giant for a week, while also crossing paths with Lily Flyer who's preparing for her salvage mission in Giant and apprehend Don Genie before awakening the powerful ancient Deities of Materia. Rick somehow absorbed lethal electricity into his molecular makeup, causing him to have similar draco-like and electrical abilities to the late Capt. Falcon!!
      In spring, Rick stopped by in Boston for a few days and Tinsel decided to tag along. They went to Stark Farm, only to find his childhood home devastated and barren. The agriculturists of the Galaxy Platoon, even the Mother-Q, were convinced to restore the broken landscape. Or so they did...
      During a balmy summer, PJ moved into Tinsel's former flat in Mute City. The Empyrean Colony was destroyed by a humongous bomb as a train crashed into a metropolis set by robot terrorists! A girl named Rocket sacrificed herself for her sister's freedom as well as her posse. Prior to, PJ lost his job at Galaxy Cab after demanding for a larger craft and bigger wages.
      2577
      The Guardians of the Galaxy also made an appearance in To Be Married and Loved since their bounty-hunting mission with Rick and Tinsel. The Duelists including Mokuba, Mai, Serenity, Solomon, Tristan, and Tea were also invited. And Rick and Tinsel tied the knot on Oct 9, 2577, while also making the Falcon Fortress as their permanent living quarters that same night!
      Later that year, Tinsel and Rick attempted to use a uterine replicator to form a fetus safely without any chances of birth defects, disease, or harm to the mother. Sadly, it was experimental, and...they lost their chances as their sperm/eggs never merged...
      2585
      And finally, the latest Grand Prix, F-Zero Maximum Velocity, which occurs in 2585 (25 years after the original; I think having it a quarter century after GX was a mistake as it'll take us back to the settings from the original). The future's yet to come involving the all-new pilots, machines, and courses, though it's unknown as to how the competition had reduced from the intense, advanced rules to that from the original competition. Perhaps the Federation were having a restart. The future is hard to see.
      Feel free to make your own timeline for the F-Zero series, and let's hope it lives on.
      Such stories in the timeline include:
      Falcon's Followers The Samurai Returns Cold as Ice Rick's Lament Vulnerability of a Hero Ryu's Immigration A Trilogy of Tension Tanaka in Trouble Merry Christmas, Rick! Tinsel's Trial Tinsel's Interview with Mr. Zero Ending it All Man of Destiny An Action Point for Valentine's The Power of the Falcon PJ, the Empyrean Colonist The Bostonian Comes Home To Be Married and Loved A Tragic Day Trivia
      There were some Easter eggs mentioned like Days of Thunder, Grand Prix (1966 film), Need for Speed, MegaRace, Last American Hero, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, Yugioh, Resident Evil (2002), Sucker Punch, I Robot, and Big Hero 6.
      Certain chars' birthdates can't be found, such as Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora, Ego, Alice, Chad, Spence, Kevin Stewart, Mason Summer, Mr. Zero, Zoda (the alien), Black Shadow/Deathborn, Lewis Legend, etc. Others seem insignificant like Pegasus, Spock, Capt. Kirk, Capt. Picard, others from Star Trek, and the ancients from Yugioh.
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      By Hope(N Forever)
      News site Nintendo Life revealed today that in early 2011 Nintendo of Europe approached Burnout series developer Criterion Games to work on a pitch for a new F-Zero game which they hoped to unveil at E3 that same year alongside the then-unreleased Wii U console, and potentially release the game during the console's launch period. However, the developer was unable to handle the pitch as, at the time, they devoted much of their resources into the development of 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted for multiple platforms. The site was tipped by an anonymous, yet "reliable" source, but they had confirmed this information when Criterion co-founder Alex Ward (who left the company in 2014) admitted that Nintendo of Europe did indeed approach the company for a potential F-Zero game on the Wii U.
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