Reggie Fils-Aime – former president of Nintendo of America – has commented on Nintendo’s “abandoned” racing franchise F-Zero, and hinted that no Nintendo series is ever truly dead.
F-Zero raced onto Nintendo consoles way back in 1990, but engines have been off ever since 2004’s F-Zero Climax. Fils-Aime isn’t convinced that another F-Zero title will not happen. Instead, he said that F-Zero raced onto Nintendo consoles way back in . However, engines have been off since F-Zero Climax.
“Why was F-Zero abandoned?” he said in an interview with VentureBeat. “The insight that I would like to share is that Nintendo developers, at least during my tenure were constantly experimenting with new gameplay styles and always considering where a unique experience could possibly be applied back to existing franchises or creating a new one.
“My bet is that somewhere in the Kyoto development centers, some developer is playing around with an idea that might be applied to F-Zero. I have never seen a company make a decision to discontinue support for X-YZ franchises. It has never worked this way in the past, and not even when I was there. “
Does that mean we’ll definitely get another F-Zero game, 20 years after the last? Unfortunately, no. but it does suggest that Nintendo’s innovations and advancements mean there is always a chance a brand-new idea may resurrect an age-old series… even if that series is 30 years old now.
Did you know that a realistic F-Zero was reportedly turned down by Nintendo? According to the developer who presented the pitch demo, this is true.
Last year, Giles Goddard – an ex-Nintendo developer and Vitei CEO – opened up about what the game was and detailed why they thought Nintendo ultimately turned it down.
“I thought it would be really cool to have an ultra-realistic F-Zero, still with sort of really cool futuristic graphics, but just really realistic physics – we thought that’d be a really interesting thing to try out,” the Star Fox developer – who was one of the first Western employees at Nintendo – said.
However, the pitch was turned down and Goddard seems to think that whilst most studios love expanding established IPs, Nintendo seems to be much more cautious.
“Nintendo is very wary about using old IP because it’s such a huge thing for them to do,” they added. “It is much easier to come up with a new idea, or a new IP, than to reuse an existing one. “
While there is still no new F-Zero on the horizon, here are all the upcoming Switch games to keep you busy instead.
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