A series that we are sure that many Nintendo fans would love to see return is the F-zero. Although the Nintendo 64 version was re-released in March via the Switch Online service, there hasn’t been a new entry into the futuristic racing series from the GBA title, F Zero Climax.
So will this classic Nintendo series ever return? Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé (who is currently busy promoting his new book interrupt the game) was asked by GamesBeat why F-Zero was “abandoned” by Nintendo.
The way Reggie sees it, at least based on his own history with the company, is that it’s “never” a conscious decision by Nintendo to stop supporting a certain series. He is always experimenting with new and different playstyles and how they might apply to new or existing series.
He seems to think there’s a good chance someone within Nintendo HQ may be experimenting with an idea that could be applied to a future F-Zero game. This is exactly what he had to say:
“Why was F-Zero abandoned? The idea I would share is that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were always experimenting with different styles of gameplay, always thinking about where a unique experience could be applied, whether it be to an existing franchise or maybe creating a new franchise. My bet is that somewhere in the development centers of Kyoto, some developer is toying with an idea that could apply to F-Zero. It’s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision to no longer support the XYZ franchise. Historically, it just hasn’t worked that way, not when I was there.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a former Nintendo person talk about F-Zero’s return. In fact, last year, former Nintendo staffer Takaya Imamura said that he still had life in the racing series, but that he needed a “big new idea” to bring it back. Shigeru Miyamoto also mentioned in 2012 how he felt that Nintendo had achieved all that could be done with the series.
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