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Uncertain future for F-Zero

Uncertain future for F-Zero

F-Zero was first launched in 1990 and was one of the first titles available at the launch of the SNES.

Classic SNES-era racing franchise F-Zero is unlikely to return to current generation consoles any time soon according to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto.

Miyamoto attributes this to an apparent lack of new direction for the franchise. The most recent outing for the gravity-defying racing game was in a Japan-only Game Boy Advance title in 2004, discounting subsequent appearances in the Super Smash Bros. Series.

‘I think where I struggle is that I don't really have a good idea for what's new that we could bring to F-Zero that would really turn it into a great game again,’ Miyamoto told IGN.

A previous interview with Miyamoto in 2012 published by Edge also told the same story with the veteran designer saying that F-Zero was initially successful because it was a big, new surprise to the industry and that repeating that today would be unlikely.

F-Zero first launched in 1990 for the SNES and alongside Super Mario World was one of only two titles available for the console at launch in Japan. It was one of the first games to show off the console’s much touted “Mode 7” rendering capabilities which allowed for the illusion of 3D environments.

The series’ Captain Falcon has also featured in the Super Smash Bros. games, irritating players everywhere with his signature “Falcon Punch” move. Outside of video games, F-Zero also made the transition to anime with a 51 episode run that drew to a close in 2004.

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mi1ez 21st June 2013, 16:32 Quote
Man, that brings back memories!
Phil Rhodes 21st June 2013, 17:04 Quote
I once travelled from New York to London on a plane which let you play F-Zero on the inflight entertainment system (Virgin Atlantic as I recall). I got quite good in seven hours.

P
Phalanx 21st June 2013, 17:16 Quote
I loved F-Zero. So good. Had to have some seriously sharp reflexes for that. :)
enciem 21st June 2013, 18:51 Quote
I had that game on gameboy advance and it was in english. I swear it was on the gameboy, might be dreaming it.
Sloth 21st June 2013, 19:02 Quote
A Nintendo designer admitting that a franchise has nothing new to bring and refraining from making another iteration? He should be fearing for his job right now!
Joey Propane 21st June 2013, 19:10 Quote
F-Zero GX was one of the best games on the GameCube (one of the best racing games of that generation imo). Awesome speed, brilliantly designed tracks, beautiful graphics, great challenge at top difficulty.

I'm never buying a Wii U, but it's a shame they aren't even considering a sequel, especially considering it's probably the only franchise Nintendo own that DOESN'T need reinventing...
thom804 21st June 2013, 19:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I once travelled from New York to London on a plane which let you play F-Zero on the inflight entertainment system (Virgin Atlantic as I recall). I got quite good in seven hours.

P

Haha! I had exactly the same thing on a flight over to New Zealand. 1997 if I recall.
AlienwareAndy 21st June 2013, 19:41 Quote
I bought F zero on launch. I remember sitting in my gaming chair (an old rocking chair) leaning like a wally :D

Fantastic game. The N64 one was quite mind bending too !
DBA 21st June 2013, 20:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
A Nintendo designer admitting that a franchise has nothing new to bring and refraining from making another iteration? He should be fearing for his job right now!

bwahaha... Miyamoto is more or less Nintendo, I reckon he can say whatever he wants!

It's a shame that the only racing game Nintendo makes these days is Mario Kart, they used to make some of the best racing games in the industry (if you wasn't into simulators).
But it makes sense not to make a new F-ZERO, If you look at the new Mario Kart, you notice that it borrows a lot from F-ZERO with the ability to magnetically hang on to tracks driving upside down, so I just guess that in order to keep Mario Kart new they had to "merge" it with some of the older racing franchises. Again, it's a shame as I hate blue shells and LOVE the music from F-ZERO! It really was one of it's greatest trademarks!
Sloth 21st June 2013, 20:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by DBA
bwahaha... Miyamoto is more or less Nintendo, I reckon he can say whatever he wants!

It's a shame that the only racing game Nintendo makes these days is Mario Kart, they used to make some of the best racing games in the industry (if you wasn't into simulators).
But it makes sense not to make a new F-ZERO, If you look at the new Mario Kart, you notice that it borrows a lot from F-ZERO with the ability to magnetically hang on to tracks driving upside down, so I just guess that in order to keep Mario Kart new they had to "merge" it with some of the older racing franchises. Again, it's a shame as I hate blue shells and LOVE the music from F-ZERO! It really was one of it's greatest trademarks!
I'm not particularly familiar with any of the names over there, but it's in jest anyway. With most other Nintendo franchises pumping out countless spin-offs and sequels it's refreshing to see one rest in peace when it's not truly ready or needed.
chemo 21st June 2013, 21:26 Quote
Not being needed is quite the statement when you think of the wii u lacking quality games. Theres noy been a bad fzero game that ive played anyway. I imagine theyre working on another mario kart which lost my attention years ago...

I hope the fzero series comes back at some point!
ssj12 22nd June 2013, 03:29 Quote
how do you lack direction for a futuristic racer?
billysielu 22nd June 2013, 22:17 Quote
f-zero was the best
mi1ez 22nd June 2013, 22:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by thom804
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I once travelled from New York to London on a plane which let you play F-Zero on the inflight entertainment system (Virgin Atlantic as I recall). I got quite good in seven hours.

P

Haha! I had exactly the same thing on a flight over to New Zealand. 1997 if I recall.

Yep, 1997 to LA, completed Super Mario World quicker than either of my brothers!
cmberry20 22nd June 2013, 23:34 Quote
So NOBODY here hasn't noticed that the screenshot isn't from F-Zero on the SNES but actually of BS F-Zero 2 from the SNES Satellaview and was only available in Japan.
cmberry20 22nd June 2013, 23:34 Quote
{how do you delete double posts}
Bindibadgi 23rd June 2013, 11:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
how do you lack direction for a futuristic racer?

This!

Make a HD remake of the old games and stick em on iOS/Droid/Wii U. It's not hard.
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