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  1. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    Alright, since Starfox has close ties to another underrated series, F-Zero, might as well do this next. Introducing my F-Zero timeline! Ok, yeah it is kind of obvious since some fans have splurged GP Legend into the main timeline, but hear me out: Over 10 billion years ago The Milky Way Galaxy was created by the Big Bang. Six Reactor Mights were formed, 3 consisting Light and Darkness. These became the two universal forces which govern all life. By the time life was established, three beings came into existence, those are the Yin, Yang, and Wuji to maintain balance. According to ancient civilization each being were known as the Bull (the keeper of darkness representing wrath, diffusion, slowness, passiveness, coldness); the Falcon (representing activity, light, speed, warmth, focus); and the Dragon (symbolizing greyness, without extreme, without ultimate, nothingness). As the Yin and Yang were created, they often clash with one another and are of equal strength as they can't destroy each other, thus a third element must be brought forth either as the bringer of hope or chaos, influenced by one of those opposing forces. The Savior/Destroyer was denounced as the Wuji, as a way to re-balance the universe and reunite all six Mights as he/she's destined to see fit. "The Creator" (Creator Ghosts) were formed. 2427 BC On May 8 in Ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Atem was born. 1941-1945 World War II began as well as the bombing of Pearl Harbor during Japan's imperial conquest on the Pacific Ocean and its locales. Meanwhile, Ryu Suzaku and his spouse discreetly left the warmongering country because of its domineering rule as well as its oversexualizing culture, to which the latter they still use today. They wound up in a concentration camp in California and remained there till the Hiroshima bombing and soon ended World War II. They eventually reached Eilis Island and became full-fledged American citizens while also changing their surname to Wheeler. Not to mention, Ryu Suzaku was, of course, the first personification housing the essence of the Vermillion Bird. Around 1955 Junior Johnson started his career as a NASCAR legend, thus introducing the drafting technique, and this was when events from The Last American Hero took place. 1966 The Formula One 1966 season began, so too did the events in the movie, Grand Prix. 1980 Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, was born; as stated in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. To make the two universes fit, it's possible he and his posse may've traveled forward well into the future. Perhaps thru a black hole, or the Time Stone..? Early 1990s Days of Thunder took place. March 2014 Events from Need for Speed movie took place. 2014 Events from Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol. 2 took place. 2035 In Chicago, events from I, Robot transpired, hence making Det Del Spooner as the first cop/half-robot, half-human, aside from Jodyy Summer. 2100s San Fransokyo existed. Mid 2130s Starfleet was established on Earth, San Francisco. 2327 Sterling LaVaughn was born. 2360 An experimental race testing hover cars, and Sterling LaVaughn found himself in a fiery explosion; it's not the first fatal race that'll end in an inferno! 2382 Zoda (the convict) was born on May 19 at Earth, New York. 2401 Rick Wheeler was born on July 28 and raised in a rural farm within Boston. His mom was suffering thru illness from complications of his birth as he was growing up. His family owned a Golden Labrador, Axel, and Rick and his dad were the caretakers of their homestead and his mom. He became fascinated with racing, as his father was also a veteran to the sport; while also discovering his distant Japanese heritage. It was then he was bestowed as Ryu Suzaku II, thus making him embrace his roots, as well as being the second personification of the Ryu Suzaku's fiery essence. Years later Rick's mom and his dog passed away due to natural causes and he soon left for New York. He became a cop working for Rose and eventually meeting Haruka, thus became a rookie for the racing scene, that was till she showed him the way, and in turn blossomed their relationship. 2403 Haruka Misaki was born and raised in New York, before being known as Mute City. She was 21 when she met Rick, her father was a diplomat and her mom was a fashion designer. 2424 Races resumed, but only regressed to the Formula 1 competitions known over 200 years ago. Rick Wheeler became the champion of the Big Apple Grand Prix twice, and was about to propose to Haruka, until an escaped convict named Zoda dislodged his getaway car's door and smashed it thru Rick's windshield!! Rose was unable to stop Haruka from pursuing Zoda toward the East Bank, he ended up frozen and exiled in deep space, and she...abruptly ended her own life. 2431 Draq was born. 2469 Silver Neelsen was born. 2471 Gomar & Shioh were born in Planet Huckmine. 2490 James Marcus was born on Earth. 2502 Solomon Muto was born on October 4 in Domino City, Japan, Earth. 2503 There was a hovercar race with Silver Neelsen and Anthony Ropkin; there was a fiery accident during the Final Lap, the red helmet of Anthony remained as he was put into cold sleep due to his life-threatening injuries, while Silver survived... Aside from that... 2509 Dai, Sai, and Gen were born on Planet Shinar. 2513 Theodore Clash was born. 2523 Goroh was born, possibly in Japan before being exiled to Planet Cryton, Red Canyon..? 2526 Pico was born on Planet Tortiz 3 near the Devil's Forest/Death Wind. (I'm using his original age due to inconsistency) 2527 Roger Buster was born. Robert Stewart was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, at Mute City. (I'm using his age from F-Zero X) Approx birthdate for Katherine Wilson. 2529 Michael Chain was born. 2531 Douglas Jay Falcon was born on April 10 in Port Town, Planet Nintae. Andy Summer/Burt Lemming was also born at that time, but in Mute City, Earth. Roy Hughes was born. 2532 Antonio Guster was born. 2533 Super Arrow was born. 2536 James McCloud was born (the human equivalent, NOT the fox!). 2537 John Tanaka was born. 2538 Kate Alen was born. Chris Annex was born. PJ was born. 2541 Mrs. Arrow was born. 2542 Lisa Brilliant (Age found from Neoseeker) 2543 Jody Summer was born on February 21 in Mute City. 2546 Rain Ocampo was born. Tinsel Steelus was born on January 31 in Mute City, Earth. 2549 Baba was born in Planet Giant. Jack Levin was born on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, in Mute City, Earth. Mai Valentine was born on November 20 in Domino City, Japan, Earth. 2550 Lucy Liberty was born (approx). 2552 Leon was born in Planet Zou. 2557 Princia Ramode was born in the Desert Kingdom of Planet Magica. Beat was born. Joey Wheeler was born in January 25 in Domino City, Earth. Tristan Taylor was born on April 19 at Domino City, Earth. Yugi Muto was born on June 4 in Earth, Domino City. Tea Gardner was born on August 18 in Domino City, Earth. Bakura Ryou was born on Sept 2 in Domino City, Earth. Seito Kaiba was born on Oct 25 in Domino City, Earth. 2559 Bio Rex was created by Keerlon Corp on Earth from a fossilized dinosaur egg. Lily Flyer was born. 2560 Serenity Wheeler (July 4, 2560) The hyper futuristic race we know as F-Zero starts on November 21, (200 years after the fatal F-MAX) that took place in 2560, before the same competition when Sterling LaVaughn first raced in. The Knight, Queen, and King Leagues took place, and Capt. Falcon, Dr. Robert Stewart, Pico, Samurai Goroh, and Tinsel Steelus competed for the gold! She was lucky enough to barely win the first series of tracks, taking in 2nd place while Falcon took the lead! Alas, Tinsel was unable to pass over the 50-foot long gap in the last White Land track in the Queen League. She suffered from great hypothermia, and retired as an F-Zero pilot; she left the Silver Comet in a nearby garage at Mute City and never returned...with some people presuming her to be dead. Then, there was the unfortunate event known as the Horrific Accident, aka the Grand Finale, in which Deathborn caused the lethal crash at the last course of the King League, Fire Field. It was rumored to be Pico due to his reckless driving, then it was assumed to be the works of Black Shadow, even when Falcon barely noticed him stealing his DNA while being hospitalized and under anesthetics. Even Roy Hughes was nearly obliterated on duty as part of the Galaxy Platoon; his body was reconstructed and his wife was horrified by his surgical replacements, then divorced him and left their son, Clank, in her care. The Grand Prix was suspended for seven years, and during the wait, many pilots had trained in underground races, even Falcon who has installed simulations throughout the distant islands in the Port Town archipelago. Meanwhile, some evildoers had practiced in the underworld, even a certain demon and his evil creation... Heck, there were even a tetra of mysterious pilots using unique machines such as the Blue Thunder, Luna Bomber, Green Amazone, and the Fire Scorpion; even two secret competitions known as the Broadcast Satellite F-Zero Grand Prixes had been created, including newer circuits to Mute City, Big Blue, Sand Ocean (known as Sand Storm), Silence, and a couple new locations like Metal Fort and Devil Forest! However, since they were illegal races, they didn't air for too long, and most of the details remained a mystery. F-Zero seemed to have faded into obscurity...until, thanks to the persuasion from Super Arrow, the Federation Congress decided to resume the sport with the F-Zero X competition in 2567. 2561 Billy was born. 2562 Mokuba Kaiba was born on July 7 at Domino City, Japan, Earth. 2563 Blood Falcon was created by Black Shadow utilizing Capt. Falcon's DNA stolen after the Horrific Accident. Dai Goroh was born in Planet Cryton, Red Canyon. Clank Hughes was born on July 28 at Planet Forno. 2564 Approx birthdate for Alias. 2565 Terry Getter was born. 2567 The android, Mr. EAD, was created on November 16, 2201; since he debuted in F-Zero X, might as well be the year the X competition started. He was the replica of Dr. Kipo, who was actually nicknamed EAD. From the Jack, Queen, King, Joker to the X Cup, Falcon emerged victorious once again amongst a newer generation of pilots, including Roy's alias, the Mighty Gazelle, showing off his metal parts while disguising himself as a mech. As well as Zoda. Not a certain assassin we know, but rather the alien from Planet Uma-31. 2573 Sometime within the year, Yugi/Yami won over Marik in the Battle City tournament. A little afterwards, the infamous Duel against Anubis and the Pyramid of Light transpired. Unlike the main chronology, there was a pilot that seemed to have returned from the dead, Tinsel Steelus. Aside from introducing the Duelists, Yugi Muto and Joey Wheeler, to the upcoming event (F-Zero GX) several years later, probably in 2573. It was thanks to Falcon that spread her wings and started to race again since the original Grand Prix 13 years prior and that incident in White Land. F-Zero GX Grand Prix started on July 25! So how does it relate to the Duelists? On the Yugioh side, Tinsel and her Comet rescued Yugi, Joey, Tristan, and Tea from the Battle City island that was about to self-destruct thanks to Kaiba. Then, there were the events in GX. And Yugi, Yami, and Joey has only made cameos later on. Black Shadow, Deathborn, and The Creators were defeated by Falcon, and he wished to pass on his legacy to a certain...Grand Prix Legend. Now, GP Legend would be in an alternate continuity, as would Climax, but both the GBA game and the anime were released at the same time in Japan in 2003, and then the US a year later. So, it's only fair to include both in the same timeframe. Here's the lowdown: Zoda was reawakened after GX, and the max security prison in Planet Alcatrand was demolished by Black Shadow. His evil organization, Dark Million, has taken root, and the Emperor has been resurrected! Some time later, Jody and Andy Summer were involved in a shootout in downtown Mute City! Zoda ambushed the duo, and Andy cushioned the blow for Jody from the monster's rocket launcher! Since then, the fate of Andy was presumed lost... Although the Falcon House was established, and Burt actually took Tinsel in as her estranged father abandoned her since she refused to move to the Sothern Asian Colony; she had trauma-induced amnesia from that unfortunate experience... A little afterwards, the Elite Mobile Task Force was created, with Jody as the captain and Tanaka as director by the Commissioner! Other members followed suit such as Stewart, Clash, Jack, and EAD improving their lives and careers. Jack lost GX and was disbanded from his band, Thunderbolt, and then became the Death Reaper employed by Michael Chain as an act of vengeance, till Jody saw good in him and took him under her wing. At one point, Falcon visited the Task Force base to discuss a personal matter with Jody and Stewart. He went over the prophecy from the birth of the universe, how it'll meet certain catastrophe within the 26th century. The legend was foretold that a Savior must be chosen to even out the war waging between the Yin and Yang, in this case Falcon and the revived Black Shadow. Both members were skeptical of the legend of the falcon and how it shall bring peace perpetuating throughout the galaxy. Not only that, but Jody's obsession to stop Zoda grew tenfold. As a ways of destroying him, she'd done her research of a certain racer who was killed 150 years ago. His name was Rick Wheeler, the cop from New York, formerly known before Mute City, a century and a half prior to his fatal crash as he was pursuing the madman! With the way medical technology has advanced, she's quite confident Rick would be the key to the Task Force's victory over Dark Million; he was supposed to be revived after 200 years, rather than deducting 50 years. A little after that, Jody invited Dr. Stewart and John Tanaka discreetly to revive Rick, with the common public and the Commissioner not knowing it; it was against the law to thaw someone from cryo-hibernation on account on losing the patient from its severe injuries or the fact he/she's a felony sentenced for permanent stasis. Falcon instructed Dr. Clash to install a Light Reactor Might within their magnum opus, known only as the Dragon Bird, based on the name of the Vermillion (Dragon) Bird/Ryu Suzaku, and the Wuji/Dragon. 2574 In my OC's timeline, the anime and game both take place one year after the events of GX. In Sept 2574 (Sept being the release monh on the FoxBox), the scenarios of the anime went first, but only the first two Laps when Rick was awakened from the 150-year cold sleep and was just starting out; however, Lucy wasn't included in the game's Story Mode, so I theorized that the game must've taken place before the end of the second Lap prior to Lucy Liberty and Tinsel joining the Task Force. The anime resumed from there. From Rick training then competing against Capt. Falcon, to the onesie race at Planet Clifoto, to Rick and Tinsel chasing after Goroh and retrieving rare medicine for terminally ill kids. Tinsel competed in the next race as she rammed into the Astro Robin stolen and made over by Lisa Brilliant, then the mistress was ambushed at the skinny pit area as the Golden Fox halted her at the end! Tinsel won 1st, despite the Dragon Bird sharing 2 pilots, Jack Levin piloting it, and Rick with his injured arm navigating it. Jody grew fascinated with her skills, and Rick then encouraged her to join the Force; she reluctantly did, then asked Jody if there was a training program, she accepted, and because of her past experiences Tinsel was chosen almost instantly! From there, Tinsel worked part-time and also improved Rick's skills by giving him pointers, including educating him on past F-Zero races used as training grounds. Then, Tinsel used a large Duel Disk, a gift from the Duelists, and actually confronted Truman and the Bloody Chain on her own! Jody was thrilled on her skills, though this was when she needed to be evaluated... It was then she was diagnosed with mental illness, but because of her outstanding skills, the Force still kept her in. A week later, Rick suffered from Survivor's Guilt, met Miss Killer and nearly died! It was thanks to Tinsel's resuscitation after he succumbed to a deadly spell by The Skull! Sometime afterwards, there was an infiltration at the space transport in Planet Forno. Capt. Falcon destroyed it as Zoda escaped and an unfortunate soul's body was obliterated but his brain and metallic body parts. Rick then found out of a secret of Jody as a cyborg, and they were ambushed at the destroyed prison in Planet Alcatrand; Tinsel chased after, and froze Zoda's bullets, sparing the duo. Then, there was the nefarious Fake Star race when Pico attached speed-sensitive bombs to all but one machine... The Duelists assisted Falcon and destroyed the blimp activating them, and Alias received heart surgery. Then, the Crystal Cup race occurred as Zoda deactivated the protective shields from devastating meteors! Tinsel's Duel Monsters protected the pilots, excepting a Black Bull double which was incinerated, while Lucy won by default! Antonio Guster was encountered who bombed a space transport and an Aeropolis track! Clank Hughes was taken in by Burt after he escaped an orphanage in Planet Forno, Silver Neelsen reunited with an old friend, Anthony Ropkins (who was in cold sleep for 70 years) which also restored Jack's victory over Rick! Then, Kate befriended Mr. EAD, to the point she invited him to a Port Town cruise, where Zoda and his thugs were about to smuggle the stolen data chips; luckily, they, Tanaka and Kate were spared as they made their getaway. This was when the English Dubs were canned, sadly... Rick received a heart-warming gift from Tinsel. 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.
  2. TheIkranRider

    My 4Kids Retrospective

    I know what you are all thinking as I write this entry, and yes, I agree about 75% that 4Kids is the king of failure when it comes to anime dubbing. You're all pretty much right, they had their sour reputation of making poor business practices, laying off talented individuals and transforming the FoxBox into an abomination, and later the CW. But starting the 25%, I didn't mind the editing, though, as I appreciated there was no hoarse language, alcoholism, or brief nudity. I liked the idea since Japan was well-known for these things. But sometimes they would edit and "Americanize" things far too much. If it was the small details for localization, then by all means. There is a skinny sliver in this dark cloud of corruption, and this is my experiences with it. Most of it was positive, but I'll get to the negatives later on. We all know that it started humbly making accessories for Nintendo, as well as small stuff for ThunderCats in 85 (which I saw till 97), and making that cringey rap song for Zelda (NES). But what really started for me was of course the mega-hit known as Pokémon. Much like Toonami with DBZ, they too started me with anime. It was back in 1999 when I first got into the series, and I had to thank 4Kids for that since I first watched the anime, as well as the movies that followed. There were the obvious games, but that's what started it all. I always wished that it would continue on during the Ruby/Sapphire series, as well as other sagas; unfortunately, Nintendo and Pokémon International bought them out. That really sucked when EVERYTHING changed for the worst, including the cheesy voice acting, despite having Ash sound better, the uninspiring music, and so forth. But it wasn't until the Unova saga in which I realized that 4Kids wasn't in charge anymore and it lost its credibility and the nostalgic memories I had. The second positivity I had was with the original Yugioh; back in the summer of 2004, I noticed my brothers watching it. Soon enough, the movie was about to come out as well. It looked awesome and it reminded me of the epicness that Pokémon once had, so I took a gamble. Yugi/Atem and Joey would always be my favorite guys, no one else. Not even Kaiba. Still, 4Kids is what made it a hit. Unfortunately, it wasn't as simple as Pokémon was. It was very complicated and difficult to follow as the show went on...even during the saga while they had to awaken the dragons. The Marik saga was pretty creepy, and the Virtual World saga was memorable. However, it was short-lived despite some of the beastly monsters and the two main Duelists. Heck, they even inspired me to write some fics featuring them. Speaking of which... How could I ever forget F-Zero: GP Legend? It still is by far the most underrated series that 4Kids, or rather, the FoxBox, has ever put out. Unlike Yugioh and Pokémon, I felt this was an exclusive to the animated block, as it was my one and only reason on tuning into it in the first place. And well, it is in first place in my book, and I've no regrets that I loved the English dubs with a passion that still resonates to this day! I was playing F-Zero GX during the summer of 2004, and I solidified myself as a fan to the franchise. Starting my junior year, my bros pointed that out to me. I was interested on seeing it, although it wasn't what I expected. Instead of Falcon, there was Rick dealing with Samurai Goroh. It took me awhile, but I began to get accustomed to him, as well as the Task Force and the new characters. I was hoping that after they repeated the episodes starting on Christmas, they'd begin newer ones as a way to bide some time, since translating Japanese is never easy. But, when March arrived, it was canceled; you wouldn't believe how crushed I was. It was the one and only series that had both the games and anime work hand-in-hand. And that was when I noticed in January that the FoxBox was no more; 4Kids assimilated the TV slot, and I can definitely agree that it had lost its way since. Shame on the transformation as it would've given it a chance to try again!! From there, I just jumped ship. I never had the chance to notice the Biker Mice from Mars 2006 revival. Oh there was Kirby, I was interested in the series due to using him in Smash Bros, which at first seemed cool as I hadn't played the games yet. But by the time I did, starting with Superstar then Ultra, they overshadowed it completely. I never cared for the other shows like the oversaturation of Sonic X, or the pisspoor job of dubbing One Piece which they weren't willing to do. Nor did I immerse myself with Winx Club, Dinosaur King, Ultimate Muscle, or Fighting Foodons. By spring 2005, it was over. ...You could've stopped this. You could have prevented this. You could have stopped it here as 4Kids.TV or on the FoxBox. But no, they just kept pushing, and pushing, and pushing and pushed TOO FAR AND-- *hear Gohan's wussy voice* Oh, God MY EARS!! I eventually heard of DBZ: Kai being aired on the CW's Toonzai block and soon Vortexx, so my naïve mind wanted to give it a go. Man was it salt on a wound! I'll give it credit for being more shorter and concise than the original, and eliminating the dreadful Garlic Jr. saga entirely. Despite that, the music, animation, and especially the voice acting and dialogue were its low points. And DON'T get me started with that weak, putrid voice they gave to Gohan!! And that was when I decided to quit for good. It was kind of a blessing in disguise when I found out that 4Kids went through bankruptcy twice (one on 2012, another just last year). Those resulted in 4Kids' greediness, their lack of empathy toward their target audience, laying off and bastardizing the cast and crews' careers, and never allowing their original content to be aired elsewhere in the States! Look, I wouldn't mind if the latter happened or not, I'm not a huge anime fanatic, but 4Kids has really insulted us all and only had their precious money to back them up while still stealing licenses! I can't tell you how sorry I am for those who have suffered when they worked underneath their resentful roofs. They all deserve better than this, far better, especially to those we have cherished, like Dan Green, Greg Abbey, Veronica Taylor, Caren Manuel, Amy Birnbaum, and even Sean Schimmel as well as others. I mean what was the point of re-dubbing an anime that had already been done to a better extent by Ocean and FUNimation?! 4Kids had really lost their way by 2005, and all they cared were the profits, NOT the welfare of their staff, nor the fairness, creativity and fun for us that the FoxBox entailed. I'm glad that 4Kids bit the dust, and became 4K Media Inc which is owned by Konami. If only they never pushed so hard when the FoxBox was taken over by corporate leeches; what's more horrible is that we're still surrounded by greedy, heartless entertainment today! I'll defend the FoxBox, but 4Kids I was on the fence about after seeing these: In Defense of 4Kids - Mother's Basement TV Talks: 4Kids TV/FoxBox/Toonzai/Vortexx - TASproductions What Ruined Saturday Morning Cartoons - Saberspark Why Cartoons are Censored - Saberspark So...yeah. Like I said, there was a very thin silver lining in that humongous cloud, and I hope that the voice cast would find better jobs in the future. And perhaps have GP Legend finish its story; if only the FoxBox still existed or would have a second wind somewhere. Anyway, that's my take on it. Feel free to share your own memories, whether they'd be good or abysmal.
  3. TheIkranRider

    Top 10 F-Zero GP Legend Strengths

    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.
  4. TheIkranRider

    Top 10 F-Zero GP Legend Flaws

    Now, now, don't get me wrong, I love F-Zero GP Legend, ever since I was a late teenager. It has actually helped me thru high school during junior year, especially when the large state standardized test was approaching toward March; I still have some fond memories with both the English Dubs as well as the GBA game of the same name. However, nothing's perfect, and as I was creating my F-Zero fics back in the day, there were quite some unpleasantries that needed to be pointed out. So, here are my 10 Flaws in GP Legend, and I'm even including its successor, Climax. Disregards lore One of the biggest and most glaring flaws about GP Legend was the fact that it often ignores the F-Zero lore that was prevalent throughout the series. Sure, there were a few games that had inconsistent intel, such as guessing what Pico's age is, but since both GP Legend and its sequel, Climax, were NOT set in the original timeline like they should be, a lot of fans such as myself couldn't possibly ignore it. There were some examples, but I'll describe as best as I can: In Lap 2, there was Planet Nintae, where Jody was describing to her team, minus the rookie, Rick, when she said the loop is the most difficult part of the course. My F-Zero buddies had pointed out to me that this was just a copy-paste, perhaps a homage, to one of the Mute City courses introduced in X. This was kind of a problem when fans noticed this, as the anime paid total disregard on what its trying to rip off. Zoda was originally a bounty target for Capt. Falcon and was from the Planet Uma-51, according to his profile page. However, since this was loosely in 2051-2201, they gave him a completely different origin as a criminal from 150 years that was put into cold sleep and mutated to a completely different freak than the one fans are familiar with. Some pointed out that James McCloud was portrayed badly as a scoundrel who's not just in charge of the Galaxy Dogs, but oddly enough, trains just anyone for a hefty fee thru brutal training, as well as being an ex-veteran who abandoned his fellow soldiers, including his friend, O'Donnell. Of course, they were trying to come up with some Starfox references, but they made a complete overhaul of his origin and who he is. Although it wasn't too much of a problem since I included both stories in Ending it All; I was never fond of him anyway. The anime, and perhaps the games too, had completely uprooted what made most pilots important such as Leon, the Arrows, Beastman, Silver, Gomar & Shioh, Blood Falcon, Deathborn, etc. And it was just heart-wrenching when Blood Falcon was still created by the champ's DNA, but they had no mention of the fatal accident, nor how Black Shadow managed to steal his chromosomes as Falcon was being hospitalized. Not to mention, the high-flying medico has the generic name, Dr. Stewart, NOT ROBERT! They just gave him a title and surname and no inclination of his family background; not even his father, Kevin, who piloted the Golden Fox in the original Grand Prix then passed it on to him as he died. Nor did they give Jody Summer any credit on climbing Mt. Everest or attending an academy that specializes in advanced technology with John, nor her father who was replaced by her brother whom we won't know his identity until the end! Memorable locations were either discarded (Aeropolis, Green Plant, Cosmo Terminal, Death Wind) while others had been altered (Lightning, Silence). Some didn't receive too much of a makeover like Fire Field, Mute City, Big Blue, Port Town, White Land, or Sand Ocean, Red Canyon, and one was altered such as Phantom Road/Illusion, so...those were pretty decent. Outer Space in the anime, as well as Mist Flow, were awesome too, though. It's no wonder fans wanted to have GP Legend splurged in between GX and Maximum Velocity, including me. Overall, the interesting storylines and legends were completely omitted in GP Legend AND Climax, which could leave many devoted fans in the dust and hate these alternations! Hell, those machines/courses from BS Grand Prix 2 weren't brought back; it's a real shame... Alternate Continuity Both the anime and the game take place in 2201, but they'd technically started on 2051. When Rick became the champion of the NY Grand Prix for the 2nd year, and failed to propose to Haruka after he was fatally injured while chasing an escaped convict, Zoda. He was put in cryo-hibernation for a century and a half, as was Zoda though he woke up 5 years prior. Instead of occurring in the 26th century like the original timeline, it took place in the 23rd century instead. This can really be a problem since the F-Max Grand Prix occurred 2 centuries prior to the ORIGINAL F-Zero competition, and it was just auto racing leading up to the astronomical advancements mankind has made in terms of space travel and racing! I was so sick of counting GP Legend as F-Zero's predecessor, as well as just a lousy spinoff! It still has the main elements the series is well-known for such as the circuits, characters, their vehicles, soundtracks, you name it. Because it took place in 2201, not in 2560! I don't mind adding newer material and Canon Foreigners, but if you're following the same formula that was introduced as a launch title for the SNES, and as a middle finger to Sonic during the 16-Bit war, you guys got some problems! Disregarding all the lore and care put into the series its known for is no good way to start something fresh and exciting, not even sorely relying on just a new controller interface! It's just a cheap, backstabbing way to treat us fans, including me!! It's absolutely no different on how we were bashed over the heads by Shadow the Hedgehog being classified as a spinoff, it's not! Different VAs I know I'm being quite judgmental, but in more ways than one, I actually liked most of the voice cast from GX even more than the ones that portray the same characters in GP Legend. I'm only including English Voice Actors since I disregard the Japanese ones. Such examples include the GX actors for Capt. Falcon, John Tanaka, Samurai Goroh, Gomar & Shioh, Black Shadow, Michael Chain, and Mighty Gazelle. I do like some of those from the F-Zero anime like Jody, Dr. Stewart, Pico, Kate, EAD, Clash, Silver, Jack, and even the Canon Foreigners; although I would like Zoda to be voiced by the same guy that voiced Kefka in Dissidia. Everyone has done a lot of hard work for these things, but I just feel that some of the 4Kids voice actors hadn't done as well as several of the originals have; like a DC fan labelling the Dark Knight as the main guy from Batman: The Animated Series. Different voice actors tend to change your perception on how the character itself should be, even though it's subjective, a few were just lacking at best. Made for the Wrong Demographic Like I'd said in one Journal Entry/Blog, I said that I believed that F-Zero, especially GP Legend, could have been made for the wrong group of consumers. This reminded me of when 4Kids had decided to dub One Piece against their wills, which was originally created for late teens/adults because of its everlasting runtime and strong content. Yes, GP Legend was aimed at an audience with an age range of 7 or higher; however, when compared to the Japanese version, it didn't seem quite right. I always saw the anime since then as targeted toward pre-teens/teenagers, like how GX was; of course, Japan can get away with tons more content than being localized in the States, not counting Canada, but still. If GP Legend, much like Funimation's One Piece, was originally made for older kids, that would've given them a step up in ratings and success. And it probably would've saved it, Climax, and even the series in the long run as well. F-Zero is more intense and serious, plus more strategic, than Mario Kart is; as it's like a bike without training wheels. If any show is constantly sugarcoated or just has a lot of err moments, then practically your show could go little to nowhere and gradually decay into obscurity. The 4Kids Treatment Now I'm not counting the FoxBox era where it was released back in 2004, no. I'm talking about after the fact where the block was assimilated to 4Kids TV; the anime-dubbing company that everyone hates. Well, back in Christmas of 2004, GP Legend restarted their series lineup as it returned to the pilot, which was good since at the time I never had a chance to see. Then, on January 2005, 4Kids TV was officially on and, needless to say, it received the worst abuse as it was cut short. On March 2005, the English dubs had their reruns, only to have no sneak peek like they did every week, and just have it gone like several other anime. I was crushed, never to see the one and only favorite show/reason to watch the FoxBox itself. And it was only to air 15/51 episodes; such a waste!! While the dubs are so underpraised, I heavily defend the cast and crew that made it worthwhile, especially Greg Abbey and Dan Green for their outstanding work! I used to think that poor ratings/sales of the GBA game were what led to the anime's demise, thinking it's probably made for the wrong demographic. Then, after seeing TASproductions' TV Talks vid of 4Kids, I figured it was all because of the 4Kids TV transformation! No doubt that they're bunches of greedy, corporate bastards that heavily edit scenes and never cared for the final product! Yes, it was responsible for Pokémon and Yugioh, and yes they were bastardized after dubbing One Piece which in their defense they couldn't stand making on account of a shady package deal involving Dinosaur King. But by 2005, this was when GP Legend as well as others excepting Yugioh and its faithless leech, Sonic X, which suffocated them to begin with! If only the staff knew better, or if Sonic X never existed, then maybe GP Legend and the faithful FoxBox could've stood better against the tests of time. God I always wished for the anime to rise from the ashes and get a second wind on Toonami or somewhere else!! Have our prayers been answered yet?? Miscellaneous Characters had been badly portrayed Look, it wouldn't bother me if this could happen to those petty pilots like Silver Neelsen, Billy, the Arrows, or Don Genie, not even the masked figure riding the Red Bull. "Red Bull gives you WIIIIINGS!" Sorry, I couldn't resist. But what really bothered me was, aside from the main/side characters, they'd been so badly portrayed for the sake of the anime adaptation. With such fan favorites like Leon, Beastman, Gomar & Shioh, Michael Chain, or just those that aren't in the Task Force/Dark Million in general. A lot of favorites of mine took the backseat after a single episode in the spotlight never to be seen again. Not to mention, I didn't like how those said characters were portrayed either. The Furikakes were labelled as criminals for stealing auto parts to start a business, then they won a race with their NEW Twin Noritta, only to have them disappear with disgrace. Or having Beastman hunt down Leon who was a tragic soul on changing into a werewolf from such a kind human and a love interest to Lucy, only to have their relationship to never be resolved. Or having Octoman as a crook without any references to his mission on restoring the Takorans from poverty. Or making Tanaka a bona fide wimp, whereas he was stern and had a thing for Jody. Or the Mighty Gazelle having better development in the games. Haven't we learned anything from F-Zero X, or at most GX!? A lot of the other pilots got some decency, particularly the Arrows, Michael Chain, Silver Neelsen, Baba, Bio Rex, Kate Alen and others I never cared for. But those I do are like salt on a wound. I'd loathe to see characters poorly acted upon and measly written for the sake of adaptation and an alternate universe without keeping their personalities and character traits intact. But...this isn't the only flaw here... I HATE Hyper Zoda and Jody Summer! So, Zoda's the crazed criminal that barely killed Rick 150 years ago, then was resurrected by Black Shadow by a Dark Reactor Might and transformed into a deformed monstrosity at Alcatran's maximum security prison. He had become Rick's arch nemesis throughout the series, not counting the games from the ORIGINAL timeline like it should be. Later on, he had developed the ability to absorb the Reactor Might's power and manipulate it to become a more grotesque figure suited for his warped mind, as well as upgrading his machine into the Hyper Death Anchor. In all honesty, I NEVER liked Zoda at all! As seen in my fics, Zoda was killed off prematurely by Tinsel and Rick, before he was able to switch into his ultimate form and also utilize the Might to cause illusions and hallucinations to his enemies, specifically Rick and Haruka. Since I never defended Zoda to begin with, and maybe he was often meant to be hated, I just wiped him out entirely, never to be seen nor using his Hyper forms again unlike the anime itself. Another character that I had despised from the anime was Jody Summer, the captain of the Mobile Task Force. She probably was supposed to be the next Samus Aran in terms of strength, personality, endurance, etc. But I was never fond of her in both versions, not even in the GBA title. Even though Rick's recklessness and hotheadedness can get the best of him, as well as his obsessions with Zoda, he always gets inflicted by corporal punishment from her! He always gets these deafening, eye-sore slaps in the face, as well as being put under probation a lot, even so close to getting terminated! Because I'm often fond of Rick, I felt she has crossed the line more times than I can count! I found Jody WORSE than Rick, and she's often very aggressive both physically and verbally and unsupportive, and cold as ice! While she's known for being the sister of Capt. Falcon/Andy Summer/Burt Lemming, I treated her more as an enemy. In my epic, Ending it All, my OC, Tinsel, had lost all self-control and let out all her rage onto that strict cyborg! As she tends to cause pain and suffering to her subordinates even if they're already hurt! For Jack, I don't mind since he rightfully deserves the pain, but I felt that even if they do attempt to rectify their mistakes, especially with Rick, they always receive the sour end of the stick! And these are the reasons why I found these two putrid, pompous pilots to be unredeemable and intolerant in the entire franchise!! And as a tidbit, their vehicles are just as bad to use anyways... Haruka's been brainwashed for FAR TOO LONG! In case you don't know, Haruka Misaki (or the name reversed in the Japanese subs) was Rick's girlfriend 150 years before he and Zoda were put into cold sleep. She was also put under cryo-hibernation and soon after reawakened and brainwashed by Black Shadow and The Skull, as revealed in Lap 8. Much later in the series, it's also unveiled that she had been exposed and vulnerable against the potent influences from the Dark Reactor Might, erasing her identity and rebuilding her persona from the ground up, as if she was "born" and raised under Black Shadow's wing. This did make a very serious villain, especially as the Emperor's right-hand woman, and I personally loved to hate her, especially Revivedracer whom describes her as his absolute favorite. That was all fine and good, and she was pretty fun to use in the games. But... Miss Killer/Luna Ryder was Haruka's true identity for FAR TOO LONG!! It all started when I first saw one of the later episodes, Lap 43: Awakening, in the sub, where Rick was captured one time and he was desperate to save Haruka after he put 2-2 together. And she herself had just returned to her senses soon after she had a flashback of Rick hanging out with her and offering his hand on how much he'd loved her before his tragic loss. Unfortunately, for him at least, he was still being beaten to a damned bloody pulp by her, and he claimed to her treacherous face that she'll never be like Haruka, as she was LONG gone to ever return! I was in such a deep rage/hatred to her, which was why in my stories I had her spilt in 2; one was the byproduct and abomination herself, while the other was her deceased kindred spirit that can't find rest. Kind of like Syndel from Mortal Kombat. It wasn't, however, until the last few Laps in which she officially returned to Rick's side! This was just devastating to me, especially because on how much I love Rick! This truly scarred me as an F-Zero fan, and the wound sort of healed once she met her deserving fate. Haruka, Rick's long, lost love, had been mesmerized nearly throughout the entire series since Lap 8-43 and STILL acted as the corrupted, conniving bitch that she was! This was one of the reasons why I've disliked the Japanese subs ever since!! TOO LATE!!! The damage was done! The villain was 3 in 1? WHAT!? It was fair to know that Black Shadow was a notable villain, and it only made sense when he was featured as the head of an evil organization named Dark Million. He had some promising opponents such as himself, Zoda, Pico, The Skull, and Miss Killer. Even though the English Dubs tended to make him less intimidating than his GX counterpart, he was a pretty decent antagonist. THAT WAS UNTIL HE WAS ACTUALLY 3 IN 1 CHARACTER! I couldn't tell you how much it REALLY pissed me off! Black Shadow's "dream" was to collect all 6 Reactor Mights that were said to be created after the Big Bang, and use them to incinerate the galaxy and remake it as he saw fit! But the main agonizing thing was, he portrayed as himself as well as two other notorious roles, Deathborn and Don Genie! This never, EVER made ANY sense whatsoever! In GX/AX, we saw them as 3 separate characters. One was the Emperor of Brutality, another was his master and a more formidable, scarier opponent, and the third was a trillionaire that wanted to manipulate the F-Zero Committee; not to mention he pilots the Fat Shark which was a broken machine on just how well it maintains its awesome acceleration. But in the anime, though, I was just ripping my hair out! In some episodes later in the show, particularly in Lap 47: Fate, we've learned that Black Shadow was himself and the other 2 pilots simultaneously after Rick was captured in Dark Star. It laid total disregard to the other pilots, and just meshed them together on having the demon fulfill his dream, which ironically was the same as Deathborn's in GX's Story Mode, as well as climbing to the top and taking control of the F-Zero Commission. It would've been more logical for Black Shadow to do all three roles just as him, though the lousy creators had decided to have all 3 distinctive pilots present, have Black Shadow play them as puppets acting as himself, and reversing/omitting the role of Deathborn! For Chrissakes, HE was supposed to be the maniacal mastermind that was introduced to us in GX, and was also labelled as the culprit for the Horrific Accident that suspended F-Zero before the X competition several years later!! Those asinine writers couldn't get their facts straight! And having the MAIN VILLAIN play as both his so-called master and a diabolical moneymaker really rubbed me the wrong way! Even in my fics, the characters remained intact. Those cocky bastards could've given Black Shadow, Deathborn, and Genie separate roles and kept them as such! But they didn't! And THAT was one of the reasons why I could never defend the plot of the anime! Yes I know they were trying to revamp a villain since this is set in an alternate timeline, but this NOT how you do it!!! The Games were Rushed and Underdeveloped! We've all heard the former man himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, said that a rushed game is bad forever. While he hadn't been one of the developers in GP Legend nor Climax, I slightly agree with it. You see, the GBA game was first released in Japan in 2003 to coincide with the release of the anime, Falcon Densetsu. And it was pretty much the same case here in the States, as the FoxBox had presented it on Saturday mornings to coincide with the release of the game itself. Now, I kinda liked that idea; however, there were some things that went wrong with both games. With GP Legend for one, the stories were so short for each character, especially with the vital roles such as Rick, Zoda, Capt. Falcon and Black Shadow; they technically have 5 Chapters with some alternate routes here and there, but their stories have a lot of lost potential. They should've been longer to give them a sense of finality by covering what other scenarios needed to be developed, like training for the Booster Fire, or meeting Black Shadow's demise in Dark Star, or even have Rick's story resolved properly as he reunites with Haruka, or Jody actually finding out who her lost brother is. I was so disappointed that their episodic stories were cut so short and left very little room for development with each of the featured pilots. Some scenarios weren't even significant at all, like Lisa losing her memory, while others were just plain repetitive. I was expecting to be more climactic, even if it has to be as cheesy as GX's plot. But I was sorely let down with the improper endings. Other issues I had were you could take shortcuts fairly easily without being penalized, the music constantly/inconveniently shifts from cutout to cutout, there's no Spin Attack, and sometimes the AI and circuits are too user-friendly; although I'd highly recommend for newcomers of the series to try GP Legend out first because of that reason. And lastly, Climax. Due to poor sales and bad reputations of GP Legend, its successor was never released internationally, at least not legitimately unless you manage to order it overseas. It'd be no doubt pretty difficult, though, but there were some glaring issues with this underdeveloped project as well. First off, the announcer wouldn't shut the hell up! It nags you at every second, and you can't seem to find an option to turn the intrusive announcer off! Besides, I missed the one used for GP Legend. Second, because its predecessor sold poorly, it was never localized, even though most of the subtitles and the announcer were still in English! It was a real shame it never got a chance to be released on US shores when most of its text were developed in our native language! It really missed a lot of potential as a result! It surely sucks sometimes to be in the States on missed opportunities like this! What's worse was that Nintendo's partner, Suzak, was going through rough financial times, and soon went into bankruptcy as a result. If only those 2 games weren't so unprepared, then maybe the franchise itself wouldn't go into a screeching halt! Shame on you, developers!! Put some more time and effort into your projects, even those that'd fail! So, those were my 10 gripes on how F-Zero GP Legend had met its ill fate. Even to this day, since 2005, I always wanted to have the anime itself to have a second chance, whether it'd be in Toonami, Funimation, etc. Or at least have Rick Wheeler as a brawler in Smash Bros. I still love that installment to pieces, specifically the GBA game and the English episodes. And it's still my second favorite next to GX. Heck, it even got me into the FoxBox, then ironically left it when it died too soon. By highlighting their greatest weaknesses constructively, I wish that someone would catch wind of them and prevent it from being more of a dark horse in the series, and maybe have it rise like the phoenix, or vermillion bird/dragon. I'm the Ikran Rider, and I praise GP Legend a lot, and I'll never stop praying for the anime to pick up where it left off and receive a...semi-overhaul, maybe even keep most of the VAs, especially Dan and Greg. Please, if the series should continue, and if Miyamoto wouldn't interfere with the development, make this happen.
  5. 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. > Source