Excluding any re-editions, almost 20 years have passed since the last unreleased episode of F-Zero: the latest exponent of Nintendo’s iconic futuristic racing game dates back to 2004, the year in which F-Zero Climax made its debut only in Japan on GBA. Since, Captain Falcon he never got back in the saddle of his car.
In the course of 2021 the designer Takaya Imamura, who worked on the series when he was part of Nintendo, explained why F-Zero never returned, highlighting according to him that the lack of new original ideas on how to carry on the brand has pushed the Japanese giant not to continue. But there are those who are not so pessimistic about the definitive demise of F-Zero.
During an interview with the portal GamesBeatthe former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimésaid that the margins for a return of the franchise with new projects are always there, given that the creatives of the Big N are always looking for new concepts that can work even with brands on hiatus: “The information I can share is that, at least when I was part of the company, Nintendo’s developers were always experimenting with different gameplay, always thinking about how to apply a unique experience, whether it’s doing it for an existing franchise or maybe creating one. new one“.
For this reason, Fils-Aimé argues that “somewhere in the Kyoto development departments, some authors are experimenting with an idea that could be applied to F-Zero. In my experience, there is never a situation where the company makes a conscious decision to no longer support certain franchises. Historically it has never worked this way, not when I was there“.
Could F-Zero really make its return, sooner or later? Meanwhile, remember that F-Zero X is present in the Nintendo Switch Online catalog, thus allowing fans to relive the frenetic races of the second episode of the series.