A launch title for the SNES, F-Zero 3DS is a game that showed off the system’s Mode 7 visuals, provided great racing action and is now available for New Nintendo 3DS; now you can enjoy the high-speed thrills at home, in the park or in the bathroom. There’s a lot of love for the futuristic racing series, but not from Nintendo; even the most “recent” entry (the Japan-only F-Zero: Climax) sits firmly in the retro section of game stores. Whilst we wait impatiently for the next instalment, here’s another chance to go back and see where it all began. Although looking a little plain and basic in places, and there’s a horde of identical-looking backmarkers, the colourful visuals hold up well and the action is easy to follow on the smaller screen of the New 3DS. One thing it does well is provide a sense of speed as scenery whizzes past and you find yourself hurtling towards a corner or an awkwardly positioned rival. Sound effects greatly enhance the experience with the whine of the vehicles, and the electrical crackle as you slide along the barriers working particularly well. Of course the real audio treat is the fantastic music; the Mute City track is the one that sticks in people’s heads, but the exciting Big Blue track, the sinister Death Wind and the intense-sounding Fire Field ones are amongst the highlights. Make sure to take headphones on your travels; this is one soundtrack you don’t want to miss out on.