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F-Zero No Longer Relevant Because of Mario Kart, Says Former Dev

The former F-Zero developer believes Nintendo’s long-dormant racing series is still intact thanks to Mario Kart’s success.

talk to VGCF-Zero artist and Captain Falcon designer Takaya Imamura says Mario Kart is already incredibly successful (selling nearly 50 million copies on Nintendo Switch as of November 2022). ), the game is not worth the risk.

Imamura was asked why Nintendo games such as Star Fox get more attention than F-Zero. “I think it’s because Mario Kart is Nintendo’s most popular racing game and the new F-Zero is going to cost a ton of money,” he said. “My impression is that [Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto] He loves Starfox so much. “

The original F-Zero was launched in 1990 and several games were released, the last being 2004’s F-Zero Climax. Despite Nintendo’s love for other games, it’s been almost 20 years since fans last saw a new release. Older series with remakes like Super Mario RPG and sequels like Luigi’s Mansion 3.

Of course, Nintendo hasn’t completely forgotten about F-Zero, ironically creating a Mario Kart 8 DLC based on the classic racer and last year bringing the N64 game F-Zero X to Nintendo Switch Online. released in the library.

In its 9/10 review of 1998, IGN wrote, “F-Zero X is yet another proof that nobody makes sequels like Nintendo. We eliminated everything,” he said.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance reporter for IGN. He will talk about witchers all day long.

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