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All right! First place! Another classic N64 game joins Nintendo Switch Online today, and it’s not one to miss.

Much of the criticism directed at Nintendo’s online subscription service is entirely fair. However, once in a while, a game comes along that closes down the argument, for a moment at least.

The classic Nintendo 64 racer F-Zero X is one such game.

First released in 1998, F-Zero X received plaudits for presenting a grid of 30 futuristic vehicles competing at blistering speeds. The graphics were stripped back to ensure a flawless 60 FPS performance, but the compromise was well worth it.

For my money, it remains the best racer ever made. No other game in the genre has equalled its balance of speed and control nor matched its relentless sense of competition.

It’s all wrapped in vibrant comic book styling, beautifully garish graphics, and an all-time great soundtrack that bounces between classic rock and ’90s electronica.

F-Zero X comes to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack with improved resolution and, most intriguingly, online multiplayer support.

On a related note, Nintendo Switch owners can also look forward to more high-speed pursuits with the release of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass. The first wave of eight courses is released next week.

I now retire undefeated champion! You can now return to your grumbles.

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