Nintendo fans have been clamoring for a new F-Zero game for quite some time, and Nintendo has often said, for a variety of reasons, that a new title isn’t quite in the cards yet. Recently they’ve been playing around with the franchise, by releasing its past games on the Wii U Virtual Console, and including F-Zero content in Mario Kart 8‘s rounds of DLC. Mario Kart 8‘s most recent update, in fact, offers a high-speed racing mode that runs at insane speeds and requires players to use their brakes effectively in order to get the best time… just like F-Zero.

Some fans think this is the death knell for
F-Zero, as everything it used to offer can now be done in the more popular Mario Kart series, but we think it’s actually a chime of life. This is one of the subjects we cover on this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the video above to give our thoughts a listen, or keep reading below!

Between 200cc mode, two of the most famous courses from the
F-Zero universe, the Blue Falcon as a playable vehicle, and the Captain Falcon Mii costume, there’s certainly a lot of F-Zero content in Mario Kart 8. What this allows Nintendo is not only to data mine and see how popular the F-Zero content and gameplay are within the realm of Mario Kart, but also to introduce the world of F-Zero to leagues of Mario Kart players who had never considered a high-adrenaline game like F-Zero before. In this way, they may be sowing seeds not only to see whether a new F-Zero would be financially viable, but for Mario Kart players to graduate to a more intense, dedicated racing game.

It’s hard to say whether or not this really is a clever plot, as opposed to just a bone they’re throwing to
F-Zero fans. But it’s hard to deny that if they were going to make a new F-Zero, now would be the perfect time to do it.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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