Reggie doesn’t seem to think Nintendo has “abandoned” F-Zero, says there’s still hope

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One series that we’re sure many Nintendo fans would love to return to is the F-Zero† Although the Nintendo 64 version was re-released in March via the Switch Online service, there is no new ones participating in the futuristic racing series since the 2004 Game Boy Advance title, F-Zero Climax

So, will this classic Nintendo series ever return? Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé (who is currently promoting his new book Disrupt 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 is “never” a conscious decision by Nintendo to stop supporting certain series. It’s really just experimenting with new and different gameplay styles and how they can be applied to new or existing series.

He seems to think there’s a good chance someone within Nintendo HQ could experiment with an idea that could fit well in a future F-Zero game. This is exactly what he had to say:

“Why was F-Zero let down? The insight I’d like to share is that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were always experimenting with different gameplay styles, always thinking about where a unique experience could be applied. either on an existing franchise or perhaps creating a new franchise I’ll bet that somewhere in Kyoto’s development centers a developer is toying with an idea that could be applied to F-Zero It’s never a situation, at least in my experience, in which the company made a conscious decision not to continue supporting 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 the return of F-Zero, or any future entry that will require something unique. Last year, former Nintendo employee Takaya Imamura said there’s still life in the racing series, but it takes a “big new idea” to bring it back. Shigeru Miyamoto also said in 2012 that he felt the series hadn’t really evolved.

What do you think a new F-Zero game should do for the series to evolve? Leave a comment below.

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