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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