Speed Rush series
Developer(s) VictoryStar
Genre(s) 2D Platformer
First Game Speed Rush
Most Recent Game Swift the Groundhog: The New World
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
Wii U

The Speed Rush series is a series of original games released by Fantendo starring the character Swift the Groundhog. The series began in 1998 with the release of Speed Rush. The first two games in the series were developed by RedYoshi, but the series was rebooted by VictoryStar.


Speed Rush

Speed Rush 2

Swift the Groundhog: The New World

Levels in the game are in a 3D environment for Swift the Groundhog to explore. In levels, the player collects shards and fights enemies. At the end of the stage, the player is ranked based on the number of shards collected and the time spent within the level. The ranks are letter-based with the ranks being S+, S, A B, and C. An S+ is obtained if the player has collected all the shards of the stage and has obtained the stage's secret Gold Piece. Swift will have to use all of his abilities to reach the Gold Piece.

There are five stages to each level. The first three stages are simply to complete the stage. The fourth is a special mission, where the player must collect 100 shards in a certain time limit, finish winthin a time limit, complete an entire stage without defeating any enemies, or chasing down and catching a Silver Piece. The fifth stage is a boss battle.

At first, Swift is only able to attack with a punch-punch-kich combo or by the use of tackles. While in the air, Swift can use tackles to home into objects or enemies that are far away. Swift can chain many tackles to create a chain attack. The player can level his tackles up to get more distance and increase their power. If the player tries to Tackle but there are no items or enemies in range, then Swift will do a mid-air jump.

When Swift defeats enemies, the Speed Rush gauge fills. When it is over halfway full, Swift can go into Speed Rush mode by shaking the Wii remote. This slows down time, meaning Swift can dodge attacks and traps. In Speed Rush mode, Swift becomes hard to brake even if he is walking. His jumps are also higher.

By defeating enemies and collecting shards, Swift also gains points. The player can spend points at the Body Shop to get new abilities and increased stats.


Swift the Groundhog Swift is the hero of the series. He is a groundhog that carries extraordinary running prowess. In recent games, his appearance changed and he was given other powers, such as gliding. Swift SR2008.png
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