Nintendo must be sick of hearing people ask about F-Zero (pic: Nintendo)
One of Nintendo’s own shareholders has asked the company whether it’ll release new games or remakes for older properties like F-Zero.
It’s no secret that the F-Zero fanbase is extremely hungry for a new game, especially when you realise there hasn’t been a new entry in nearly 20 years.
During a recent meeting, one shareholder asked if Nintendo has any plans to release new games or remakes for some of its older franchises.
They gave F-Zero as one such example, but also namedropped Baten Kaitos of all things. We’re not sure whether that one counts since the first game was published by Namco, but the second was published by Nintendo.
Unsurprisingly, Shinya Takahashi, the general manager for Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development (Nintendo EPD), gave a typically vague answer.
‘We received a similar question before. At that time, we happened to have a remake planned, so we discussed it, but there are things I cannot say right now.’
The only Nintendo remake we know of is the Advance Wars one, but whether that’s what Takahashi was referring to is anybody’s guess.
There have been several explanations for the lack of F-Zero in the past, but the common thread is that Nintendo simply hasn’t come up with a new idea for the series. That and none of the original games, except the SNES original, have been particularly big sellers.
Although Nintendo claims it doesn’t just want to release another F-Zero that’s identical to previous entries, most fans would be perfectly happy with precisely that. Or, at the very least, a re-release of GameCube title F-Zero GX.
As for Baten Kaitos, there has been speculation that a remaster of some kind is in the works, as in 2021, Bandai Namco filed new trademarks for the original and its prequel.
Then, earlier this year, job listings for an HD remaster of a 3D action game, one commissioned by Nintendo, were found on Bandai Namco’s website. The one discrepancy is that both Baten Kaitos games are role-players, not action games.
Plus, Bandai Namco has been allowed to work on Nintendo’s own properties, like Pokémon, so that could easily be the remaster in question here.
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