“It’s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting XYZ.”
Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said he doesn’t think Nintendo has given up on F-Zero, despite the lack of new games.
Although most Nintendo fans happily eat new releases from series like Mario, Zelda, and Splatoon, the F-Zero community has been starving for years. Aside from a few maps in Mario Kart 8 and Captain Falcon’s popularity in Smash, there’s been nothing new for F-Zero since 2004’s F-Zero Climax, which was released exclusively in Japan.
With nearly two decades since the last F-Zero, most fans of the series have long considered it abandoned by Nintendo. As reported by GamesBeat, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé doesn’t think the series was deliberately left behind and thinks it’s likely that some developers are working on ideas that will eventually feature. in an F-Zero game.
Fils-Aimé said: “Fils-Aimé: Why was F-Zero discontinued? The idea I would share is that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were always experimenting with different playstyles, thinking always where a unique experience could be applied, either to an existing franchise or to the creation of a new franchise.”
Fils-Aimé continued, “I bet somewhere in the development centers in Kyoto, a developer is toying with an idea that could be applied to F-Zero. That’s never a situation, at least in my experience. , where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting the XYZ franchise. Historically, it just didn’t work out that way, not when I was there.
This is the first time we’ve heard from a former Nintendo employee about F-Zero in a while, and while Fils-Aimé isn’t saying anything new is in the works, it does shed some light on how Nintendo views its dormant series and that he does not consciously stop making certain plays.
Fils-Aimé also recently spoke about another long-lost Nintendo game that fans wanted to see – Mother 3. He recently explained that there were several avenues during his time at Nintendo from which he saw the company present Mother 3, but it just never ended up happening.
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