Fast RMX Review
For years, I have been clamoring for a modern F-Zero. After the release of the largely-overlooked F-Zero X, Nintendo dropped the ball with F-Zero GX on the Gamecube, followed by no further activity to this day. Nintendo continues to sit on its hands, but that might be okay with the presence of Fast RMX on the Nintendo Switch.
As a port of Fast Racing Neo on the Wii U, RMX also includes all of Neo’s DLC, plus six new courses for a total of 30 tracks to race on. Having never played the original, I can’t make comparisons. However, I can assess the game based on its own merits.
Futuristic racing games thrive on speed. Fast RMX does an incredible job of that, keeping the action locked in at 60 FPS. In screenshots, or when the game is idling at the starting line, you start to see the game’s imperfections, such as some jagged lines. The majority of the time though, you’ll be watching the game in motion, where the graphics truly shine.
With a myriad of tracks to race on, there’s a lot to unlock for solo players. 10 cups on three difficulty levels is a good amount of content for the price. With 15 cars, you’ll also likely find the right vehicle for you to blaze through these tricky courses. One neat addition I like to the core futuristic racing formula is the phase shift system. Boosts on the ground are colour-coded, requiring players to match the colour of their boosters in order to use them properly. Mismatched booster colours will lead to your car stalling out or worse, crashing to its death. It’s one extra wrinkle that adds just enough depth to the gameplay to keep things interesting.
As you would expect, the game supports four-player split-screen multiplayer. On the tiny Switch screen, it’s far from ideal to play it this way, but surprisingly not impossible. On a TV though, it’s excellent, while still retaining a solid framerate. The game also supports local play with multiple consoles, though it only works for one Switch per player.
While you can race online and the netcode is okay, the feature set is paltry. You can partake in one-off races against random opponents and that’s about it. At the very least, support for parties would be nice, but that isn’t coming until later.
Overall, Fast RMX is a worthy spiritual successor to F-Zero X and a quality launch game that’s worth your time if you own a Nintendo Switch. It’s fun to rocket through these futuristic courses alone or with friends, while making for a great demo game when you show the console off. If you need a change of pace from the brilliant Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, stop by the eShop and grab this one.