A new F-Zero was asked by a shareholder at the Nintendo investor meeting: this is the company’s official response… and the reaction of Shinya Takahashi and Shigeru Miyamoto, who seemed happy.
Nintendo today celebrated its annual investor meeting, and one of the attendees has expressed the wishes of many fans, especially retro fans. He has asked if the company had plans to make new games or remakes of old sagas, including F-Zero, Wario Land and Baten Kaitos.
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— もみじ (@momiji_manjyuu) June 29, 2022
“I’m the one who asked the question! I am conveying your enthusiasm directly to Nintendo Headquarters!“, he joked.
This was Nintendo’s official response, from Nintendo EPD General Manager Shinya Takahashi: “We are always thinking of various interesting ways to try new and old things.”
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“We’ve gotten a similar question in the past. Back then, we had a remake planned, so we talked about it, but there are things I can’t say right now.” Takahashi concluded by showing off screenshots of future Switch games this year, including Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Splatoon 3.
Although not the most exciting answer, according to momiji_manjyuu, a shareholder who asked the question, both Takahashi and Shigeru Miyamoto seemed pleased when he named the sagas of which you would like to see sequels.
Specifically, he asked about the F-Zero, Baten Kaitos, Wario Land, The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls, Trade & Battle: Card Hero, and Chōsōjū Mecha MG sagas. Of all, F-Zero is undoubtedly the most popular saga among fans of the old guard of Nintendo.
The last F-Zero came out on Game Boy Advance in 2004. A year before, F-Zero GX came out, the last of the saga for home and arcade consoles, the last one with truly amazing graphics.
Since then, the saga has been abandoned, and only you can play the SNES and Nintendo 64 versions of Nintendo Switch Online on Switch. Some former Nintendo employees, once they left the company, have spoken out about the chances of the franchise returning.
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The good news is that neither Takaya Imamura, a veteran developer, nor former NoA president Reggie Fils Aimé considers it impossible. The latter said something very similar to Takahashi’s official version: Nintendo is always experimenting with new gameplay styles and then thinking about where to apply them.whether to a new franchise or an existing one.
In addition, it ensures that Nintendo has never consciously decided not to continue with a saga of the past, something that can be applied to other half-abandoned sagas like Wario Land, Eternal Darkness or Kid Icarus. “I bet somewhere in the development centers of Kyoto, some developer is toying with an idea that could be applied to F-Zero.Reggie said.