Nintendo is continually developing chapters of its sagas, continuing to push forward many beloved and famous IPs. Some, however, have somewhat faded into the background, such as F-Zero, which has not received a new chapter since 2004. Should we perhaps give up? According to former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, not so.
In an interview with GamesBeat, the former executive was asked why F-Zero was abandoned by Nintendo. The answer was, “Why was F-Zero abandoned? What I can share is that, at least in my time, Nintendo developers were always ready to experiment with different styles of gameplay, always ready to think of ways to come up with unique experiences, either through existing franchises or perhaps by creating new franchises. My bet is that somewhere in the development centers in Kyoto, some developers are experimenting with an idea that could be applied to F-Zero. It never happens, at least based on my experience, that a company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting a particular franchise. Historically it didn’t work that way, at least when I was there.”
This is not the first time there has been talk about F-Zero and the possibility of a comeback. For example, Takaya Imamura had stated that it is not dead, but a great idea is needed to bring it back. Returning instead to 2012, Shigeru Miyamoto had stated that in his opinion the series had not evolved.
Of course, Fils-Aimé’s are just ideas; there is no indirect reference whatsoever to games in development. The executive has been away from Nintendo for years and has no information about what is happening within the company.