F-Zero GX Producer Would be Open to Working on New Game in The Franchise
Toshihiro Nagoshi, who is now a key figure in the development of the Yakuza games says he still has "a lot of affection" for the game.
There are a few Nintendo franchises that still oddly lie dormant. Were any of these missing franchises to see the light of day, they would likely perform very well, especially given the way the Nintendo Switch is currently selling but alas. One of these franchises that is crying to come back is F-Zero. The futuristic racing series hasn’t received a new console entry since 2003 when F-Zero GX hit the GameCube, despite calls from rabid fans. After years of absence however, Nintendo fans have been given the faintest glimmer of hope that the franchise could one day return.
Speaking to the French Red Bull website and reported by Nintendo Everything, F-Zero GX’s producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi said that “I must admit I have a lot of affection for F-Zero GX. If the opportunity were to present itself, I wouldn’t mind.”
The F-Zero franchise is notorious for its high octane, challenging races, something that should Nagoshi return, he would like to see continue. He said that he’d “like to make it a challenging game.” adding “I believe that if Nintendo just wants a racing game that is ‘fun and accessible’, they already have Mario Kart for that purpose.”
Since his work on F-Zero GX, Toshihiro Nagoshi has been extremely busy with the Yakuza franchise and its offshoots. Since 2005, Nagoshi has played a pivotal role in all 10 mainline Yakuza titles (Yakuza 1-7, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2) as well as Judgement. The director has also hinted that the next game in the series is already in the works meaning he’s not likely to find the time at any point in the near future, should Nintendo come knocking.
Back in 2015, Nintendo stalwart Shigeru Miyamoto made an appearance on YouTube Channel Smosh Games. He stated that Nintendo themselves would be open to working on a new F-Zero title, should they come up with a controller interface that makes sense for it.
So while the signs suggest that it’s unlikely the series will be returning anytime soon, it’s good to see that it’s still getting some love and attention.