Nintendo eShop Spotlight: AiRace Speed For 3DS Gives F-Zero Fans A Fast-Racing Fix

Nintendo eShop Spotlight is a continuing Sunday series in which My Nintendo News takes a look at eShop titles new and old, for both Wii U and 3DS.

As an eShop title costing a mere $4.99, AiRace Speed by QubicGames impresses in numerous ways. The game lives up to its title, as courses fly by in a blur, pushing the processing power of the 3DS to an unexpected degree for an eShop game. Tracks are also well constructed, and there are a healthy number of them (18 total), all of which offer a blistering challenge if players seek to obtain a gold medal. The graphics are top-notch as well, with the ships and courses featuring sleek, detailed visuals. Despite the fact that the game does not offer competitive racing beyond high scores, F-Zero fans can quell some of their desire for high speed, futuristic racing with AiRace Speed.

At the same time, AiRace Speed leaves plenty to be desired in a couple of areas. The controls are similar in nature to the StarFox series: A for boost, B for brake, L and R bank left and right. And while these controls are responsive in AiRace Speed, and certainly appropriate for a flying game, the speed with which the player is able to execute them just doesn’t match the speed of the courses, and the controls eventually become more frustrating than helpful when trying to earn higher rankings and advance to the later courses.

The music is another aspect of the game that is severely lacking. The soundtrack for each course is essentially just a badly looped, thumping electronica track that suffers from a sheer lack of musical content, while also failing to match the nuances of the gameplay. The music should stop or change when the player crashes, but instead it carries on mindlessly through shifts in the game’s action.

While the music and controls could have been afforded some extra attention, AiRace Speed’s graphics, expertly-designed courses, and sheer fast-as-anything gaming experience still make it a worthy addition to the 3DS eShop.

7.0/10

34 thoughts on “Nintendo eShop Spotlight: AiRace Speed For 3DS Gives F-Zero Fans A Fast-Racing Fix”

  1. Looks/feels more like Wipeout than F-zero based on trailer footage. F-Zero, your super tight controls and speed will be missed.. :(

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                    1. number one rule: don’t feed the troll ;) just ignore it and it’ll go away due to lack of “food/reactions”

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      1. And isn’t meant to actually. Original, beautiful and funny games always have been Nintendo’s trademark.
        I can play the games you play on playstation on my PC in a far better quality.
        Pro tip : PS4 is already way less powerful than PCs, but will still sells because of 3 exclusives and 2 open-world games, ahahah.

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              1. I see Sony still seduce people who think that playing on their consoles make them hardcore gamers when they are just pigeons preparing their anus for 3 exclusives a year and a huge wave of generic games also available on PC.
                GG Sony, nice communication skills.

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  2. I own this game, and the review above is pretty much dead on.

    It’s fun in short spurts. Certainly well built for a $5 game.

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