During an E3 Nintendo Direct conference that was short on originality, the anti-grav antics of Mario Kart 8 came as an unexpected highlight. Watching Mario and pals taking their karts on courses that turned upside-down looked like fantastic fun, and at last gave us a Wii U game to really look forward to. On the flipside however it also made us miss the F-Zero series even more than we already did, and wonder whether the incorporation of anti gravity into the Mario Kart franchise means that an F-Zero sequel is now even further away.
IGN seemingly also thought the same thing, as they took the opportunity to quiz Shigeru Miyamoto about the future of Captain Falcon. “I think where I struggle is that I don’t really have a good idea for what’s new that we could bring to F-Zero that would really turn it into a great game again. … I don’t know, at this point, what direction we could go in with a new F-Zero. We come to the show and we bring a lot of great franchises and everyone says, ‘Oh, well, where’s this game that I want to play? Where’s something new?’ I only have so much capacity.”
It seems at this stage then that we may have a long wait for another F-Zero game, but is Nintendo really so clueless as to what their fans want? Yes, Super Mario platformers and Mario Kart games are great, but gamers also love the perhaps slightly darker worlds of F-Zero and Metroid. Is it too much to hope that Nintendo also occasionally gives us a game in either series? We can but hope.