Hacker Finds F-Zero AX Inside F-Zero GX

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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F-Zero AX

Rumor has it that an intrepid hacker has found the entire arcade game of F-Zero AX hidden inside F-Zero GX, its GameCube counterpart, and it doesn’t take any hardware manipulations to access it either. According to Retro Collect, the site that reported this finding, all it takes is an old Action Replay or GameShark for the GameCube, a copy of F-Zero GX, and the right code.

Although the thought of a game harboring a whole other game from a different system sounds far fetched, F-Zero AX and F-Zero GX have certain connections that makes this finding plausible. First of all, AX allowed GX players to unlock content on GX if they inserted a GameCube memory card with GX data on it into an AX cabinet. Second, AX ran on the Triforce arcade system board. This arcade board was created out of a joint collaboration between Namco, Sega, and Nintendo and, as it turns out, is very similar to the architecture of the GameCube.

Given the close ties between the two, it’s not inconceivable that F-Zero AX could run on a GameCube. The big question here is why. Why would Nintendo put the entirety of F-Zero AX in F-Zero GX? Game developers have been known to occasionally leave in unused code on the game disc. But those are just snippets of code. Not a whole other game. Or is this all just a hoax by a homebrewer looking for some fame?

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  • I can confirm that this is NOT a rumor, as I have the screenshots to prove it (tried it out and it works).

  • You could play the arcade game and unlock courses and characters for the gamecube, right?

    • Vinicius

      Yes, but to this day I only unlocked half of the charachters ans none of the tracks.

  • Ha ha ha, this is so cool. Honestly, it could’ve been marketed as a feature!

  • Joshua Slone

    It’s not like they mysteriously included a whole other game. It’s essentially two modes for the same game, without an easy switch for the end user. Probably just simpler for development of both that they didn’t need to muck with deleting whatever files were exclusively needed for the other mode.

  • Audio issues occurred when capturing the video

  • A game within a game. Game-ception.

  • You can unlock the AX stuff without going to a machine. You just need to beat all of the story mode chapters on Very Hard to unlock the AX racers and beat all the cups on the hardest setting to unlock the AX cup and master mode.