F-Zero burst onto the scene over 30 years ago now as a launch title for the Super Famicom. Since then, Captain Falcon and his pals have enthralled millions of players – but even so, there hasn't been a new entry in the franchise since 2004's F-Zero Climax. For shame, Nintendo.
Pop culture publication Cool Sh#t Magazine isn't taking this lying down, however. To mark the 30th anniversary of the game's European release, the mag is running an unofficial F-Zero Time Trial World Championship set across the courses Port Town II, Big Blue and Sand Ocean.
To enter, all you have to do is add all three of your times together for these courses and submit them, along with photo evidence. The winner will get a physical cup to mark their accomplishment, and you can use original hardware, the version on the Nintendo Switch Online app or your SNES Mini to enter.
Are you tempted to take part in this? Let us know with a comment below.
And Nintendo said, "Yeah that's gonna be a no for me dawg"
Has there been studies, research and polls taken, internally, that tells these execs that older games won't sell? Starfox, fzero, rogue squadron, tons more that could do with a re-release or remaster/make, would sell like...whatever sells really well. A switch! And not on nso.
It's kinda sad that fans hold events like these for franchises and the companies don't even acknowledge the franchise exists. Like even some artwork would be cool.
@PhhhCough I think Star Fox Zero sold poorly and was criticized for it's controls, so they might be put off by that one, don't know about F-Zero.
I'm tempted, but also suck really bad at the original F-Zero.
@PhhhCough: Supposedly, the developer said he made the series as good as it could possibly be and that is why they never made a sequel to the Gamecube, but I do not accept that reason as the Gamecube one only had 16-20 courses, whereas Mario Kart has 48-96 courses.
If they simply took the Gamecube game and multiplied by 4-6 the amount of courses, the game would be infinitely better.
My guess is if they release an F-Zero game in the difficulty level proper to the franchise, casuals will suck and the game will nto sell well, but if they water it down for casuals, then core fans will say it is a joke, so they just let the game ride out on a high note.
That is my gut reaction why Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid Prime Trilogy never get released.
@judaspete It's just a bit of fun, a gathered appreciation of the game. Go on, throw your hat in the ring.
@PhhhCough I imagine the lack of success seen by the last few Wipeout releases might have made Nintendo think that interest for that kind of game peaked in the 90s, especially considering the budget that would be needed to make a game like that these days. Just a guess and I freely admit there may well be more to it than that. Personally I've bought and enjoyed all the recent Wipeout games (including on the Vita) and would love a new F-Zero or a port/remaster of the GameCube entry.
@JohnnyC Well seeing as they funded much of the development and publishing for Fast RMX I'd say that cannot be true. My other point is why didn't they simply re-skin RMX into F-Zero. The game was there and existed, it would of totally worked.
@YANDMAN Fast RMX was essentially an indie though. An impressive one, but more would be expected of a new mainline F Zero.
Do not like the name of the magazine 👎
@JohnnyC Tell me how it's different? F-Zero is a racing game built in exactly the same way, the fact that it was developed by a smaller studio, although heavily funded by Nintendo makes no difference. Adding or altering to classic games is where everybody goes wrong. there is a reason the original F-Zero is still so loved and fun to play.
@YANDMAN I suspect if you took Fast RMX, stuck it in a Switch box and asked £50 for it you'd find plenty of people explaining why it's different to a brand new mainline F-Zero. I'm not knocking it, I'm just saying that there are expectations of a AAA Nintendo release, particularly after F-Zero GX. Hopefully one day we'll find out what that looks like.
@JohnnyC If it were re-skinned tell me how it would be different?
@YANDMAN My point is simply that I would hope for a lot more from a brand new mainline F-Zero being sold for £50 than a re-skinned 5-year-old indie game. If Nintendo wanted to do a budget version then I agree they could just re-skin Fast RMX, but that would be embracing the same business model which sees FIFA Legacy Edition come under such fierce criticism each year.
@JohnnyC No it wouldn't because Nintendo don't release an F-zero every year. The facts are if RMX had never come to light, but instead Nintendo took over the project and re-skinned it as F-zero nobody would know any different. And everybody would love it, just as they did with RMX.
@YANDMAN I mean in terms of reskinning an old game, which is what your earlier post asked about, not doing it each year. Probably good that Fast RMX did come along then. With it being so good, it will hopefully push Nintendo to make the next entry in the series even better, if and when that ever happens.
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