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Reggie explains why there hasn’t been a new F-Zero game

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One classic Nintendo franchise which fans have been clamouring for a new entry in the F-Zero franchise. The last proper F-Zero game we got was F-Zero GX on the GameCube system. Speaking to Venture Beat, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé claimed that the most likely reason why a new entry hasn’t been made yet by the Kyoto-based company is most likely because they haven’t been able to come up with a new unique gameplay strategy for it.

“Why was F-Zero abandoned? The insight I would 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 back, either to an existing franchise or maybe creating a new franchise. 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. It’s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting X-Y-Z franchise. Historically it just hasn’t worked that way, not when I was there.”

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14 thoughts on “Reggie explains why there hasn’t been a new F-Zero game”

  1. There’s nothing really new needed.
    Just that insanely great gameplay with lovely new hd graphics, new tracks, remade retro tracks and an online mode.
    Sorted!

      1. Because they can make as much or more releasing more Mario and Zelda games. Why commit a team to making Kid Icarus 3, which could bomb and fail, when they can commit that same team to making Mario spinoff #832, and more reliably make more money?

        It isn’t whether or not F-Zero would make money. Its weather or not it would make more money than something else they could make with the same resources.

        As much as we might cringe at Assassin’s Creed releasing nearly identical games constantly, you would have to be absolutely insane to, as a business decision maker, decide NOT to make the game that will definitely sell to instead risk money on something that might not.

    1. アリスターを殺す

      All I want is for F Zero GX to be ported to Nintendo Switch without being locked behind the subscription service.

    2. There are quite a few series that have been forgotten. In addition to F-Zero there is Kid Icarus, Ice Climbers, Excite Bike and others I’m too tired to recall.
      Imagine what a Super Kid Icarus or an Ice Climbers 64 might have been like.

    3. You know, its time like this that most gaming companies can not come up with a unique gameplay strategy for it for a abandoned series and it feels like there ideas are burn out from there brains. Man, I really do wish this series gets a new game right now and they do have the unique controllers for a new game.

    4. You don’t say! insert Nic Cage Vampire’s Kiss meme That & why make another F-Zero when ya can just add everything that makes it unique to a new Mario Kart instead. They got anti-gravity segments in tracks & they seem to be adding faster & faster cc levels to each new entry.

      Which brings me to this point: why make another Excitebike when you got motor bikes, motorcycles, etc in Mario Kart.

      This is Ninty’s thinking. It’s bullshit to sane people, sure, but Ninty’s gonna Nintendo.

    5. F-Zero doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel; in fact, it doesn’t need to reinvent anything. All I want from a new F-Zero are new tracks, maybe a handful of new machines/pilots, HD visuals, and online play, be it regular races or a battle royale version of the Death Race from X or whatever else they can come up with.

      The Switch has all Nintendo’s biggest names on it already- some of them even have multiple installments, like the upcoming Zelda BotW sequel. Maybe give some attention to the little guys, bring them up from the dungeon for some fresh air for a bit?

    6. Maybe they should be reminded at how well New Super Mario Bros sold on the DS. People love a return to form after a long absence. Sonic Mania is another good example.

      Shinen did a great job making a racing game like FZero. It just lacked the personality of Fzero. I say team up with them…. although… I recall them saying they wanted to make their own IP. But maybe they’d be more receptive to a partnership now.

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