Nintendo Adds Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to Nintendo Switch Online next week, and so soon after Kirby and the Forgotten Land released, it reminds Nintendo fans there are plenty of other classic titles that could return too… Including some that are already apart of Nintendo Switch Online.
A popular series that Nintendo fans have been expecting to return for almost 2 decades is F-Zero.
Old and new fans welcomed the return of the franchise when the classic N64 version of F-Zero was recently made available to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members, back in March.
Unfortunately for racing fans, F-Zero hasn’t been seen on any platform since a Japanese exclusive on the Nintendo Gameboy Advance in 2004.
To further tease Nintendo fans in the constant hope for a new F-Zero title, former Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé was asked in a GamesBeat interview why F-Zero was “abandoned” by Nintendo?
Reggie commented referencing his own experiences within Nintendo as President of Nintendo of America and confirmed it was never a conscious decision to stop supporting certain series, but rather Nintendo instead just experimenting with new and different gameplay styles, and how they can be applied with either new or existing series…
In his response, he suggests there’s actually a good chance Nintendo are internally experimenting with ideas that could be a good fit for a future F-Zero game.
The exact quote reads:
“Why was F-Zero abandoned? The insight I would share is that, at least during my tenure, Nintendo developers were always experimenting with different gameplay styles, always thinking about where a unique experience could be applied back, either to an existing franchise or maybe creating a new franchise. My bet is that somewhere in the Kyoto development centers, some developer is playing around with an idea that might be applied to F-Zero. It’s never a situation, at least in my experience, where the company makes a conscious decision not to continue supporting X-Y-Z franchise. Historically it just hasn’t worked that way, not when I was there.”
What other classic N64 games would you like to see refreshed or return to Nintendo Switch?