Nintendo has added private lobbies and some secret tracks to its massively multiplayer racing game F-Zero 99.
After downloading the game’s latest update, which is detailed in full below, players will be able to join the same private lobby as their friends using a 4-digit passcode.
New secret tracks will “occasionally appear” in the game, while the update also raises the maximum level and skill rating for players, among other features.
F-Zero 99 was a surprise release on Switch in September 2023. Available at no additional charge for Nintendo Switch Online members, at launch it only had seven tracks from the original F-Zero, but Nintendo has since released additional courses and features.
In November, it added a Classic Race mode that plays more like the SNES original, on which F-Zero 99 is based. Rather than 99 racers, it limits the number of participants to 20.
F-Zero 99 Ver. 1.2.0 patch notes
- Private Lobbies have been added. To utilize them, select a game mode, set a 4-digit passcode, and then join the lobby. Players with matching game modes and passcodes can meet in the same lobby to race.
- Private Lobby race results are not reflected in leaderboard points, records, or challenge progress. Also, you will receive less EXP and fewer ticket points than in regular races.
- Secret Tracks have been added. These will occasionally appear in F-ZERO 99.
- Maximum level and skill rating for players have increased. The maximum level has increased from 99 to 399 and maximum skill rating has increased from S20 to S50.
- Levels 100 and above are indicated in the game as ☆ = 1. For example, “☆00” for level 100 and “☆☆00” for level 200.
- Added one badge that can be used to customize Pilot Cards. After meeting the specified conditions, you will be able to use it for customization.
- You can check the specified conditions and perform customization by selecting WORKSHOP on the main menu, and then selecting PILOT CARDS.
- Fixed issues to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.