The F-Zero, a series that many Nintendo fans would want to see make a comeback, was first released in March via the Switch Online service, but there hasn''t been a fresh entry in the futuristic racing series since the 2004 Game Boy Advance title, F-Zero Climax.
Will this classic Nintendo series make a comeback? Reggie Fils-Aime, the former Nintendo of America president, who is currently writing his new book Disrupting the Game, was asked why F-Zero was "abandoned" by Nintendo?
Reggie''s view of it - at least based on his own history with the company - is that it is "never" a conscious decision by Nintendo to stop supporting a certain series. It''s basically just experimenting with new and different gameplay styles and how they might be applied to a new or existing series.
He appears to think there''s a good chance that someone from Nintendo''s HQ might experiment with an idea that might be a good fit for a future F-Zero game. Here''s exactly what he said.
"Why was F-Zero abandoned? I''d say that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were constantly learning different abilities, always contemplating where an unusual experience might be applied back to a new franchise. "It''s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting the X-Y-Z franchise."
This isn''t the first time we''ve heard a former Nintendo employee discuss the return of F-Zero or a future 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 "small new idea" to return it. Shigeru Miyamoto also said in 2012 how he felt the series hadn''t really evolved.
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