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Miyamoto: "F-Zero Could Work on Wii U"

Posted by James Newton

Commence mouth-foaming

Oh, F-Zero — where did you go? Everyone's favourite anti-gravity racing franchise that isn't WipEout has been missing from Nintendo consoles for years, save the appearance of F-Zero: Maximum Velocity as a 3DS Ambassador game. What's Shigeru Miyamoto got to say about this? Not very much.

Speaking to Edge, Miyamoto addressed the issue, saying:

I think at the time it was a really big surprise, a new thing, a product that made sense. I don't see with current hardware how you could create a similar surprise.

While the matrimony of F-Zero and 3DS seems obvious, Miyamoto thinks the time could be right for the series to regain its surprising edge:

But maybe with future hardware, with Wii U coming up, maybe we could create something that does make sense, either as a smaller game, or a fully fledged title.

Which would you prefer — a divine slice of F-Zero or a gluttonous mouthful? Let us know.

[via edge-online.com]

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Whopper744

#1

Whopper744 said:

Give me the full game preferably! I loved the GameCube game, and the arcade version of it was pretty cool. We don't see enough Captain Falcon anymore.
...not saying it wouldn't work as a smaller, less expensive title....but I would like to see it get more attention than that.

Expa0

#2

Expa0 said:

F-Zero GX is one of the best racing games I've ever played, so I would be pretty excited if a sequel were to come.

Portista

#3

Portista said:

I would like it as both. Personally, I would not buy the Hardware version, but I would be willing to pay $10-$15 for it. I LUV DAT SKREEN SHAWT! :D

CanisWolfred

#4

CanisWolfred said:

@Title: no really?

Anyways, I'd be really surprised if they made F-Zero a download title. Wipeout only did it by recycling half its stages from the PSP games, and I was kinda hoping for as few older stages as possible.

shonenjump86

#5

shonenjump86 said:

Not really a fan of F Zero or Wipe Out, but I don't see why Nintendo does not make a new F Zero for those who want it.

Wheels2050

#6

Wheels2050 said:

How well would a new F-Zero game sell? I know there's a vocal group of fans who want a new game, but would it have the broad appeal that Nintendo seems to want to aim for these days?

Dodger

#7

Dodger said:

A racing game at launch is likely to sell better then a racing game for a system that is already a year old.

Anyways, I don't have any experience with the newer F-Zero games but I know I can't stand the SNES or GBA F-Zero games. The controls aren't very tight and the graphics don't look very good to me. Maybe the newer F-Zero games that aren't mode 7 are better.

EvilLink

#9

EvilLink said:

I would love to see a new F-zero game! the N64 F-zero X was phenomenal what with all the divine track designs and soundtracks (yes I like the soundtracks ;)). F-zero GX was ok but I found the controls slightly annoying and the voice acting.....painful. Hopefully a fully fledged F-zero game will come to the 3ds or WiiU, or even both.

thebluelight1

#10

thebluelight1 said:

"Everyone's favourite anti-gravity racing franchise that isn't WipEout"? WipEout blows, it blows big time. Give Sega another F-Zero game to make (UX?) and get them to make it as graphically impressive and fast as possible and then in the overused words of Philip J. Fry, "shut up and take my money!"

Shiryu

#11

Shiryu said:

"F-Zero GX" is my all time favourite video game. I have waited 28 years to see a sequel to "TRON", I hope I will not have to wait the same for a new home console "F-Zero". 2003 was almost a decade ago...

Evermore

#13

Evermore said:

So this does mean there is no F-ZERO in development that will be announced in E3? ...

RaylaxStaff

#14

Raylax said:

Give it a cel-shaded graffiti art style and make it as over-the-top as possible (I'm thinking Redline as a general graphical style) - F-Zero's never been a sensible series anyway.
GX suprised us by being insanely fast and insanely gorgeous - it still looks great today. For Wii U's version to stand out - especially against WipEout, which has had a considerably more active life recently - it needs to have a bit of a shake-up. It has the speed, now just make it mental.

coolvw93

#16

coolvw93 said:

A new F-Zero, i want this sooooooooo bad. i would buy a WiiU on launch day if it came out same day. It would be awsome with the online capabilities. I hope they really do this...

NassaDane

#17

NassaDane said:

@VintageBoy
I read "cel-shaded" and "graffiti art style" and thought that would not be so great with FZero. But then you said Redline! And it all makes sense. That would be great and such a fantastic movie that needs more attention. Heck just make a Redline game of its own And a FZero.

Gamer83

#18

Gamer83 said:

F-Zero also could've worked on Wii. Wave Race and Star Fox could've as well. I won't complain about Nintendo's first party support for the Wii because I think it's the best job they've done on a home console since SNES but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss those three franchises. Hopefully all will make a return on Wii U.

Rawk_Hawk

#20

Rawk_Hawk said:

Make this happen. F-Zero GX is still a treat for the senses and having a new HD version would be great!

OldBoy

#21

OldBoy said:

I think it would work just as well ,if not better, if it was on 3DS. The fixed view of racing games is perfect for 3D.Even a port of GX would be awesome (if they gave it an easier difficulty, man that story mode got tough fast!!)
Although I suppose if Wii U can do 3D in HD that would be pretty special! :O.
And I don't want no half assed lil' digital game. F-Zero deserves a full retail release.
Also @VintageBoy Nice idea. I think cel shaded could work really well, as long as they make it slightly gritty , maybe like Borderlands.
Get to it Nintendo!!

WesCash

#22

WesCash said:

I was just playing F-Zero GX a few days ago.
Such a superb, intense and difficult game.
The only thing I have yet to beat is the final story mode chapter on expert :P
Maybe someday....

DrDaisy

#23

DrDaisy said:

They should have made one for Wii without trying to find some "innovative" way to screw the controls up. Not everyone likes using motion controls for everything.

Nintex

#24

Nintex said:

I got a feeling that an f-zero is coming out this year! wait till e3.... I can feel it in the air.

Henmii

#26

Henmii said:

F-zero GX was a fantastic game! I would love a new F-zero made by the same people. But it's a bleak situation! F-zero GX was made by Amusement vision, a division of Sega. And as we know, Sega is in big trouble at the moment.

Speaking of Sega: Maybe everything went a bit better when they had also released Sonic Generations on the Wii. Wii owners would have loved it, even without the HD!

dizzy_boy

#28

dizzy_boy said:

it would be nice to actually have new racer from nintendo that didn`t involve power ups and a cast of mario charecters. so, i`d be happy to have a new F-Zero, wave race, or 1080.
all 3 were great on the N64 and gamecube, i never understood why they dropped all three this gen.

FluxOwl

#29

FluxOwl said:

I didn't know people loved F-Zero so much!

My only experience with the series is the Maximum Velocity GBA game, and I didn't really enjoy it. Couldn't get a handle on the controls. Was that one of the weaker F-Zero titles, or is there just a learning curve to understanding the controls?

...or do I just suck at F-Zero?

seronja

#31

seronja said:

F-Zero deserves a full retail release! i do think it is made for the wii-u and they should bring it on the platform! i mean nintendo cant just keep making multiple mario spin off's every year, some IP's need to shine once again... i hope to see F-Zero, wave race, 1080, star fox. pikmin, doshin the giant, Eternal Darkness, and odama on the wii-u in around 3-4 years =)

CanisWolfred

#33

CanisWolfred said:

@FluxOwl Probably a little of both. F-zero is always hard to handle, but Maximum velocity is the worst of the bunch in that regard. It took me a while to get a handle on it, even after playing F-Zero, F-Zero X, and F-Zero GX.

MrPanic

#37

MrPanic said:

F-Zero GX = Best racing game ever made.

Please let them make a full game, and a GX remake for the 3DS. /wishful thinking

OldBoy

#39

OldBoy said:

@Mickeymac I think you may be right. I once played F-Zero GX for too long and my eyes actually bled...i mean real blood.Now I think about it a 3D one would probably cause seizures :D

NintyMan

#40

NintyMan said:

Yes, it could be done, and preferably in a fully fledged game rather than just a smaller one. I get what Miyamoto's saying as far as the "surprise" factor, but since F-Zero has been dormant for so many years, it would be a surprise for many if the series was revived again. They could introduce it to newer players as well as experienced ones, and you have to admit that F-Zero and its super-fast racing in HD would be awesome.

After playing Kid Icarus after its long period of being asleep, I want to see other series games awake for a new age.

SuperNictendo

#42

SuperNictendo said:

Unbridled excitement aside it would actually be really good idea for him to make this game. F-Zero is always a good franchise to go to if you're looking to show off your hardware.

Ryno

#44

Ryno said:

@No_F-Zero_3D: Are you guys nuts? :) Embrace the future that is F-Zero's setting! WipeOut HD on the PS3 in 3D is fun and an overall great experience which only makes me want a Wii U F-Zero 3D more!

drumsandperc92

#45

drumsandperc92 said:

I'm not sure exactly why, but for some reason I see the Wii U tablet controller as being PERFECT for the return of F-Zero. F-Zero skipped the Wii, and I understand why. It wouldn't make great use of the Wii mote. Motion controls would be hard to nail precisely for a game that fast paced, and also with such loose controls. It's not like mario kart. And to be honest I never used the wiimote sideways for mario kart either.
But for F-Zero, with control sticks and buttons and glorious HD, it could be the best game in the series to date.
Miyamoto is talking about a surprise factor? There's no surprise that it wasn't the best game with the Wii, but it really is a great fit for Wii U, and what I'd like to see is a fully realized brand new F-Zero for Wii U, with potential DLC for more characters, classic tracks, etc. I don't want to see a small Wii Ware version of F-Zero on Wii U though, it wouldn't do the series justice.

TheMrFarquad

#46

TheMrFarquad said:

Dang! I hope this happens but I also hope that it's more like X in design but like GX in gameplay. X had the better soundtrack which was amazing, I loved it heavy, and the characters all felt like they'd walked straight out of a comic book, it definately had a "hardcore" feel to it.

GX on the other hand had the better course design and controlls as there was a noticable difference in the ways the characters handled. Unfortunately the more trancy/dancy music didn't fit the gameplay in my opinion and the character voice acting was horrendous.

Fix it up Ninty and make me the best God-damn F-Zero ever!

WesCash

#49

WesCash said:

@ FluxOwl
From what I have played of Maximum Velocity, it isn't so great.
That said, F-Zero GX is one of my favourite games of all time, with some of the tightest controls in video games, period. You literally have to be somewhat of an F-Zero god (which I like to think I am :D) to complete a lot of the game though.

Retro_on_theGo

#50

Retro_on_theGo said:

Oh my god! Yes yes yes little girl voice YEEESSSSS!!! Please whole new game Nintendo! PLEASE! This would garuntee a Wii U purchase from me.

PixelatedPixie

#51

PixelatedPixie said:

A downloadable game makes more sense to me. I enjo F-zero, but not to the extent that I would be willing to pay full retail price for.

WiiLovePeace

#52

WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man I'd love a new F-Zero game, no remakes please. But it's gonna be hard to top F-Zero GX for awesomeness, graphics, content & awesomeness :D I would be happy with a 'more of the same' approach, as in a sequel which just tries to bring in the same amount of courses, racers etc. (all new courses of course) rather than try to top GX in volume. I'd love it if they added online too :D

benjamines

#54

benjamines said:

It sometimes seems like Nintendo doesn't really care about the F-Zero series, and that's a crying shame. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have a new F-Zero with the X Cup (randomly generated tracks)? F-Zero X never got old for that very reason. Add a level editor and you're set for life (or at least for the next 10-year gap with no F-Zero).

renaryuugufan92

#55

renaryuugufan92 said:

give us a full fledged game, F-Zero GX has amazing vibrant colors and visuals back in the day on the GameCube that really made your eyes pop as you blazed across the courses at 500 some MPH xD. With the HD capabilities of the Wii U its going to be amazing if they bring that experience back, running at 30 or 60fps, with crystal clear visuals, and colors that will make your eyes water cheerfully as Capton Falcon crosses the finish line and FALCON PUNCHES the competition :D

FluttershyGuy

#56

FluttershyGuy said:

I think it could work on Wii U too (hey, that rhymed!!!). And you know what? I think it could work on Wii U even if it couldn't work on Wii U (translation: I don't care if it'd work or not, I want moar F-Zero anyway ;) ). With all the years that have passed, I've got the appetite for a gluttonous mouthful of FALCON PAWWWNNNNCCHHH. Or... maybe not, just give me the game. :P

kurtasbestos

#59

kurtasbestos said:

"Everyone's favourite anti-gravity racing franchise that isn't WipEout"
You mean Cyber Speedway, right? Right???
I mean, uh.... I bought a Gamecube for F-Zero GX. That game is amazing. I will buy whatever system the next F-Zero game appears on.

defrb

#60

defrb said:

yeah f-zero, on the snes, the music is fantastic. Need to listen to it once in a while ^^

Definitly a buy, whenever it comes on the wiiu, you will get my money again, np.

eviLaTtenDant

#61

eviLaTtenDant said:

An exceptional F-Zero title that's at least on par with GX and with really great online could be one of the very few chances Ninty has to appeal to more harcore gamers.
A smaller game would be a letdown to fans of the series imo and could well lead to its final demise.
Personally i'd be fine with the style that the SNES game had and with some decent online i could see that working well on the 3DS. But i guess i'm the minority with this.

outrun2sp

#62

outrun2sp said:

This has to come out but can only be controlled via analogue not tablet.

F zero is hardcore and needs full analogue control.

Marakuto

#63

Marakuto said:

I have the gamecube one and the controls are a bit difficult but I enjoyed playing it for years but if it was to come on Wii U i'm not even sure if I would like to see a new version or HD port.

eviLaTtenDant

#64

eviLaTtenDant said:

Yeah, the tablet controller would be great for a track editor. Tracks of the week / month for everybody to vote on and download and you have a experience never really seen before on a Ninty.
PS: 1080 on the WiiU would be very fitting in a certain way. ;)

Rekiotsu

#65

Rekiotsu said:

I like to see full fledged game, something even more cooler than f-zero GX which would be possible with Wii U.

misswliu81

#66

misswliu81 said:

make a new F-zero game for the wii U and get SEGA on board to help out. i thought they did a really good job of F-zero GX for the gamecube.

JimLad

#67

JimLad said:

@Ben_Rage_V2
I was the same. I appreciate the amount of content in GX, but I just didn't get the same enjoyment out of it, maybe it was the learning curve. Also X had way more style.

F-Zero is a good game to show off Wii U's power, I hope they make one, and make it online.
The problem with Miyamoto, and Nintendo in general is they are so committed to making new experiences, that they won't bother revisting old franchises if they can't think of something new to add to it.
I wish they'd realise that most fans are happy with more of the same, and start making DLC for their games.

SKTTR

#69

SKTTR said:

Uuhh.... I was hoping it was in secret development the last 9 years... :(
Well, since this will take some time now...
don't forget to bring Excitebots to Europe, Nintendo!

TheGreenSpiny

#70

TheGreenSpiny said:

For those people complaining about Maximum Velocity, that game pretty much sucks along with other 2D F-Zero games. If you really want to know what all the fuss is about you need to track down a copy of F-Zero GX and give that a spin. It really is one of the greatest racing games ever made.

Shotgunryugan

#71

Shotgunryugan said:

If they plan on making a new one,then beating the amazing game that is F-Zero GX is going to be hard.

FALCON PUNCH!

WhiteTrashGuy

#72

WhiteTrashGuy said:

@NintendoOtaku
I woul love a 3DS reimagining of F-ZERO 64. I love GX, but I really missed the Battle Mode. Also, don't screw up like they did with SF643D... HAVE ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!!!

Luffymcduck

#73

Luffymcduck said:

Just let Sega make F-Zero GXZ for WiiU and I´m more than happy. GX was the only one in the series REALLY liked (though GP Legend was quite good too).

Alucard83

#74

Alucard83 said:

F-zero is dead! Not much reason to bring it back. They can better focus on other better games!

hillbill26

#75

hillbill26 said:

I would say BOTH! But since i could only pick one, i would say a full game. this could attract more gamers, both young ones ,who don't kno what the heck F-Zero is, and current gamers, both casual and hardcore. plus...i just REALLY want another F-Zero game!

BloodFalcon

#76

BloodFalcon said:

Nintendo, if you do this and do it right, I may actually consider getting a Wii U.

Also everyone on here saying anything along the lines of not to bother with bringing back this amazing series, has never played GX or simply only gets nintendo consoles for mario titles. For shame.

KnuxKitsune

#77

KnuxKitsune said:

@NassaDane I think a joint effort from Amusement Vision (Monkey Ball, F-Zero GX) and Suda51 (No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw) would result in an awesome Redline game.

KnuxKitsune

#78

KnuxKitsune said:

I'm still waiting for a new F-Zero game. Nintendo! I just want you to know that I have loved the F-Zero series since the original on the SNES, and I had F-Zero X on N64, and I wouldn't have bought a Gamecube if not for F-Zero GX. I wouldn't have bought a Wii if not for buying a Gamecube. I'll buy a Wii U when YOU release a new F-Zero game. I've played every F-Zero game, even the lackluster GBA titles. I agree that F-Zero GX is the best in the series, but F-Zero X had some awesome music, death race, and X Cup. Perhaps to shake things up, there could be track altering obstacles and alternate paths, something that makes the tracks more about edge-of-your-seat action and lightning-quick reaction. F-Zero is supposed to be the most dangerous race in history, try to reflect upon that for the new installment, and it'll be fresh and exciting, and for most of us, having it simply be released on a modern console WOULD be a surprise. In the iconic words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, "Make it so."

Mascarpino

#79

Mascarpino said:

I just replayed F-Zero Maximum Velocity for my GBA. And I love it! Great game!
I'd really like it if they made a fully fledged F-Zero game for 3DS, Wii U, or both.

They could just make a Wii U one, and then release some of the old F-Zero games on the 3DS Eshop to please 3DS owners, too.(like maximum velocity or the SNES one.)

GX in HD would be awesome.

DrunkcptFalcon

#80

DrunkcptFalcon said:

Yes for gods sake yes. Miyamoto I have been waiting for almost a decade now for you to release a new f zero game , at every e3 I'd sit watching your press conference in the hopes you releasing a trailer even an announcement and I'd feel sick to my stomach at the end in the disappointment . Il by a wii u just for this game dammit ill buy 10 ..do it and do it right with story line and online multi player it's all we
Ask for sincerely

Drunkcpt falcon

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