The F-Zero, a Nintendo 64 variant, was re-released in March via the Switch Online service, but there hasn''t been a new entry in the future racing series since the 2004 Game Boy Advance title, F-Zero Climax.
Will this classic Nintendo series make a comeback? According to GamesBeat, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime (who is currently developing his new book Disrupting the Game) was asked why F-Zero was "abandoned" by Nintendo?
Reggie sees it - at least based on his own history with the company - is that it''s "never" a conscious decision made by Nintendo to stop supporting certain series. It''s actually experimenting with new and different gameplay patterns and how they could be applied to either new or existing series.
He seems to think there''s a good chance that someone within Nintendo''s headquarters may be experimenting with a concept that might be a good fit for a future F-Zero game. Here''s what he did:
"Why was F-Zero abandoned?" I''d say that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were constantly experimenting with different gameplay strategies, always contemplating whether or not to continue supporting the X-Y-Z franchise. "It''s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting the franchise. "It''s not when I was there," the author said.
This isn''t the first time we''ve seen a former Nintendo employee talk about F-Zero''s return, or a prospective entry that requires something unique. In fact, last year - former Nintendo employee Takaya Imamura said there was still life in the racing series, but it requires a "grand-new idea" to bring it back. Shigeru Miyamoto also said in 2012 how he believed the series hadn''t really evolved.
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