If you were hoping that out of E3 you would get a small teaser trailer featuring Captain Falcon's hero theme song from the end of F-Zero GX and a possible hint towards a new game for Nintendo's Wii U, think again. The company has no plans for F-Zero coming to their latest console... for now.
IGN managed to get in word with Mr. Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, the brilliant mind behind many of Nintendo's long-running top-end franchises, and when pressed about a possible next-generation rendition of their hover-car racing series, Miyamoto stated that...
He doesn't have a new idea? Wow, this is like the complete opposite of the thinking over at Activision where fish and dogs is enough to call their milked-beyond-recognition Call of Duty series “next-gen”. Yet on the opposite side of the court we have Nintendo not wanting to over-milk their sub-brands because they don't have a worthy-enough idea to make it “great”.
In a way, I love that way of thinking because it makes us yearn for a return of this series and when it finally does happen, many of us have our wallets waiting and our bodies ready.
Some gamers and even journalists, suggested that Nintendo out-source the IP sort of like they did with some of their other titles... but then you run the risk of things like Metroid Other M. However, as it stands, the main drawback, right now, is that Nintendo is kind of stretched to capacity and Miyamoto makes note of this when he says...
Good man, and I agree.
While a lot of industry analysts such as Michael Pachter (and ilk of a similar kind) constantly want Nintendo to abandon the console race and focus on multiplatform releases for other consoles, I think right now Nintendo is the only pure gaming company out there with a console in tow. If they need to take time to get good IP out there or new entries in old IP, then they should take the time they need to make historically significant games.
Let's not forget that it was Nintendo who bailed the gaming industry out of its crash during the 1980s and with history prone to repeat itself, I wouldn't be surprised if the Big 'N' had to do it again. Unlike some companies out there, they really do put quality over quantity and it shows in how their first-party titles sell. In fact, out of the three million or so install base of the Wii U, their titles Nintendo Land and Super Mario Bros. U each have over 2 million SKUs shipped, according to
[[ ah ref http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/wiiu.html ]] Nintendo's own stats.
If Miyamoto needs time to reflect, find his muse and get some good ideas stored up for the next iteration of F-Zero before dropping a sequel just because everyone else is doing it, then he should take that time to reflect and think up some great ideas. It sure beats annualizing a game to the point of over-saturation.
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