F-Zero AX reborn on the Gamecube!

F-Zero GX, one of the GameCube’s finest futuristic racers, was born as the first collaboration between Nintendo and Sega after the latter’s ill-fated departure from the console manufacturing business.  It thus made sense that the game’s developer, Sega’s internal studio Amusement Vision, would be tasked with a simultaneous build of F-Zero for the Triforce arcade board, co-developed by Nintendo and Sega (and Capcom, thus “tri”) and based primarily on Gamecube architecture.  Unsurprisingly, this arcade version would be called F-Zero AX. Cross-play elements were implemented between the games with use of a Gamecube memory card so that custom vehicles from GX can be played in AX and several tracks, vehicles, and custom machine parts from the arcade can be unlocked in GX.  Granted, all of these arcade unlockables CAN be unlocked without tracking down an AX arcade machine, but it essentially takes 100% completion of the game, which can certainly be a daunting task for what is regarded as one of the Gamecube’s most challenging games.

Fast forward nearly ten years to November 2012 when Ralf, a prolific Action Replay coder of the GSCentral forums, had been fiddling around some with the source code and unused files included in F-Zero GX and discovered that nearly all of F-Zero AX had been included on the GX regular retail release disc.  Since that time, he’s updated the code to allow for Pilot Points, to load Garage Data from F-Zero GX, and partial MAG card emulation.  The latest version of Ralf’s code will be placed after the jump.

To use the code, you need to have an Action Replay disc for the Gamecube which, unfortunately, doesn’t come cheap.  To make things even more complicated, there were two separate variations of Action Replay developed for the Gamecube:  an earlier release which allows you to input your own custom codes in addition to the codes provided by Action Replay, and a later release which (supposedly) works with the Wii but does NOT allow you to import your own custom codes and so can NOT be used to play F-Zero AX.  These newer Action Replay discs are all marked as v1.20 or higher and are visually different from the earlier Gamecube only version, as shown below.

Old Action Replay New Action Replay

There are other methods of hacking game ROMs on original Gamecube or Wii systems such as Gecko OS/WiiRD and the Action Replay Homebrew app, but this seems to be the simplest method which works for unmodified Gamecubes. Since learning about this amazing hack about a month prior to this posting, I haven’t been able to acquire an Action Replay (for a price I’d be happy with), but I thought it would still be helpful to collect all of the information I have since learned into one post, for my own and other’s reference.  I hope to be able to tinker around with it myself sometime soon, and will definitely post more if I do.

And finally, below is the latest version of Ralf’s code. For more information, there are also links at the bottom of this page to Ralf’s topics on GSCentral, as well as to the related article on The Cutting Room Floor.

F-Zero GX/AX v8 (GCN/AR/NTSC)

[DOL-GFZE01-NOA]; Game-ID: 537
Master Code:

BAX3-6AQ2-2UU75
98XA-YQYX-ZEC7R
AM4M-RZ75-FEDGJ
RB0T-A94Z-1NNNJ
3DG0-ZCCM-AMTUZ
75E0-7V58-CQAM5
E42F-D0NG-7GJ93
C3Z0-MDD6-NBK4W
DJ18-V316-KD9VJ
X73M-19EH-EH79N
KJ43-00EQ-J0E3H
RMYN-99JQ-9F835
8XBF-U6FM-BDF20
CGD1-QC2P-NR5Y9
NUMR-85TB-TTPJR
JX1U-EHJG-M33PN
JEJP-UEWV-8JP89
UWDV-W0F2-D4K9J
DEZT-TDCB-N6R9X
KYH6-X4E3-GAF81
WJPC-2VJ0-7WKKD
RX68-FB9E-G4DBB
WD43-9AZB-9MEDZ
N7PH-JV1Z-JH250
3Q1A-9CNN-RNXYY

Play F-Zero AX v8:
AUFE-TVKB-72Y26
3DG0-ZCCM-AMTUZ
63W7-CM1Q-BU085
1VMU-M0U5-5YQKX
07V4-E29C-1KPZY
NGXR-NM43-Z3KZE
55FW-26CJ-WPGC4
B9VQ-2UYP-5CKNV
3PG6-GUU6-24A98
VNYP-ZDV3-Z4GP5
F8GY-V695-VKGNT
D5R0-XPZH-UV9CA
V0W4-JZRV-H8H8W
THPW-K4PZ-H3J7R
DZ6F-MFVW-F57GG
5ZZK-Q91P-A0RA1
MKM6-J7N2-KVUZD
VRQB-3R00-95NK1
DPT6-H6M6-820F2
5X64-FGAF-0X3X6
VHGY-Z19B-97E3Y
AFWU-0JHC-C016Z
AVAJ-TVVV-V7681
6URY-8DAN-T0FEH
5QHU-KNJX-K0DBM
1WT8-Q705-8JGBJ
R16G-W2HH-D145B
YCEW-NR5Z-X0MQ9
N9Z5-CFYK-5KJW2
T10N-D83Z-U33V4
G06V-AYUT-84AQT
VN8P-B85V-9QWUU
2F1M-5CFP-DM5MQ
EVBN-13N2-5X5P4
08XU-RTW5-JPHKA
6P7H-47F1-VNTGA
MAFZ-B73Z-DXZ0Q
H9FG-ZA2K-EWZN5
AUNC-QG82-D9YW7
F933-90TB-W0Q4M
M7DT-12K0-U19XF
QKWC-0QDJ-NV6XJ
99G5-TH7F-MW0XY
31U7-GM8E-J0M4T
FJ2H-KM15-9W3GU
VKPN-Y0B3-Z2D7J
PW9H-A34G-AE1Q6
1NWD-RW82-DU1CC
1Z8T-UXX9-Q59CW
MCU6-CYEQ-6KPKE
GDEP-1HNY-M9R5V
NEEZ-ZPHX-J854A
DJ9T-Z493-BG1X7
EZ4C-841J-GWJU7
U7BW-Y8T1-9ZPPQ
G36T-4EJY-BGNFN
MM5D-98BR-73G8Q
X2DR-YZEW-CQ1H0
GGKZ-XXAJ-XBBTE
6XAA-TWYC-PJY5W
AEYY-P58U-H0GKA
D736-RPRQ-EGP9C
16UE-0Z1N-A9MEB

F-Zero GX/AX v8 (GCN/AR/PAL)

[DOL-GFZP01-EUR]; Game-ID: 538
Master Code:

156M-KB8Z-YVGRM
GRZV-8M0E-ACQR9
5U86-URYE-DV6FG
T1H8-Z7BU-BZV5B
3DG0-ZCCM-AMTUZ
4UFX-1RHD-9D7MJ
DFT6-4K0U-DPTK4
G26K-1X6F-NRWAQ
DJ18-V316-KD9VJ
9W7G-NB19-5VVZ4
3K8T-T8PU-QZEBF
ZCJW-56Y0-WP5TE
CWC3-EJMF-U7K07
H2J7-UDWJ-7U6TA
ZRAF-EEWT-QHF64
Z2MB-C50R-1E7VY
7C19-5B3Q-W36UT
GZ19-FYXB-Y4755
WC73-XZH9-R9YJE
55F5-2EBW-8Z779
4A2X-5X1Q-0R954
KYGC-UHF1-81GH7
BEXK-8VHU-J6EM6
NTYZ-N9DX-CTB73
VHHQ-GBZM-Q20YR

Play F-Zero AX v8:
5M24-J86Y-KFM4K
3DG0-ZCCM-AMTUZ
RX0M-XPMR-XH2EE
91YU-B010-DAA7J
2TVJ-HNZB-BW0RW
V3X4-F989-ZNX59
8MH3-9P5U-YTRPB
VAHN-QM4A-RH3ZK
4RJC-B00X-PNKWC
UF6C-E194-5ZZUK
529X-9U6F-HPB3J
KYP8-73QB-CTRQ9
ZXMP-ZP70-QAZZ4
N7HW-TTF2-GB40T
MTC4-383X-YEYGW
Q0VP-PXMH-1C1Z8
YCMJ-V718-61JQ3
Q35W-C6R1-2M5GM
UAE8-VKUR-FZR0A
2GVW-PQ3F-4K0P7
2XZW-T4Q7-XDX5W
6Y6J-KW37-30JN5
9WVY-HP5X-W5BBK
P370-HMVC-6BTJX
KR64-E00E-QXMUW
EJCB-TJ4Q-GKU6G
R16G-W2HH-D145B
R9UQ-Z1VJ-TG0BJ
3ZZB-N01A-EQ443
T10N-D83Z-U33V4
ZWTD-M2KA-7KWF7
MJBX-17MR-H5VA8
1JGN-7EB4-YH6NQ
83DR-08UK-T84JY
Y2G5-FZYC-49RF9
0N5J-5Z5P-9DV3A
YF71-7E4G-ZBA74
2R4G-X0BT-PQBHK
UX4E-4GV7-96GCZ
70DK-V104-AQC0N
H8VD-2KNX-J523X
0DA0-TNUB-1HF5R
GQJU-7VHG-Q0TUF
N0PB-5A8U-CURWK
RA9Q-A6G7-GEQQH
HGW5-18AZ-GGTAJ
ZUUH-88ZF-1CZDZ
8G8E-WBTE-W4P4A
DQC4-GT65-JZ3VG
7A3Y-AHD3-1EUM2
NT5U-ZY00-QFDRU
2H2U-N53H-BP219
P9WA-5BA8-8B9PN
MU4Y-RATV-9RXEY
RD7E-RZU4-X5PFT
GCMB-UDYW-DU31H
5XNA-MPTG-7Z731
CMBZ-JW5Z-J51A7
9VQ2-CJCC-0C94F
QKJH-AVR5-5HP1D
KA4J-JYNJ-KC726
XZBC-YXKW-451M0
QBVZ-ZY7W-JPYNW
5367-TVJ3-MQHDD

Note: Last updated June 3, 2013.For more versions of the code, including WiiRD/Gecko, see the following links.

Links:
GSCentral – F-Zero GX (PAL)
GSCentral – F-Zero GX (NTSC)
The Cutting Room Floor – F-Zero GX

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