Nintendo’s President, Reggie Fils-Aimé, has made it clear that the company is not done with its iconic racing franchise. While Nintendo will be focusing on new IPs like Animal Crossing and Splatoon 2 to give players more than just a traditional Mario game every year, they have no intention of leaving behind their genre stalwarts in the dust.
Reggie Fils-Aimé, the president of Nintendo, has said that Nintendo has not left F-Zero behind. He also said that he is confident in the future of the franchise.
Meanwhile, despite being on the market for three years less, the Nintendo Switch has already outsold the PlayStation 4 in the United States…
F-Zero Climax was the most recent installment in the futuristic racing game franchise. It was launched for the GBA nine months after Reggie Fils-Aimé, who would eventually become the president of Nintendo of America, joined the Japanese business. He’s since left Nintendo and is now on a book tour for his memoirs; he recently spoke with VentureBeat, saying that although the firm doesn’t have any creative ideas to bring F-Zero back, he believes the company is experimenting with a few concepts that may make a return.
“What happened to F-Zero? The perspective I’d want to provide is that Nintendo developers were constantly experimenting with various gameplay approaches, always thinking about how a unique experience might be applied back, either to an existing brand or even developing a new series, at least throughout my stay. I’m sure someone at the Kyoto development centers is experimenting with a concept that may be used to F-Zero. In my experience, the corporation never takes the intentional choice to stop supporting the X-Y-Z brand. “It hasn’t worked that way in the past, not while I was there,” Fils-Aimé remarked.
Takaya Imamura, the character and vehicle designer for F-Zero, claimed last year that he has always wanted to bring the series back. He would still struggle if he didn’t have a major new concept. “Since the initial game on the SNES, there have been multiple editions, but I don’t believe the series has progressed much,” Shigeru Miyamoto told Gamekult, a French website, in 2012, after a vote revealed that fans wanted F-Zero to return. I’m curious, and I’d want to ask these folks why they chose F-Zero. What do you want that we haven’t already accomplished?”
According to the NPD Group’s April report, the Nintendo Switch has already overtaken the PlayStation 4 in lifetime sales in the United States, breaking records in April and 2022. The PlayStation 5 won the month in terms of dollar sales (the Switch won in terms of units), with the Xbox Series coming in second in both categories. The Nintendo Switch is currently the sixth best-selling console of all time, and fourth among desktop platforms, after the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Wii, according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. (The DS and Game Boy product lines are the two handhelds.)
In April, just two new games entered the top 20 in terms of sales (LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which opened at number one and is already the second best-selling game of the year, plus is the sixth best-selling game of the last twelve months; the other is Nintendo Switch Sports, which started in fifth place). The previous leader, Elden Ring, fell to second position, while Sony’s multiplatform baseball game MLB: The Show 22 rose from fourth to third place. Gran Turismo 7 fell from second to ninth place, while Kirby and the Forgotten Land dipped from third to fourth place.
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