It was recently revealed that back in 2011 Nintendo had been considering a new entry in the F-Zero franchise. In recent years F-Zero has been one of the games most wanted by Nintendo fans but in a cruel twist of fate it has been left in limbo after Burnout developers, Criterion, turned it down in favour of Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo of Europe approached Criterion 18 months before the release of the Wii U with the intention of revitalising the series. They had hoped that the studio would create a vertical slice for a Wii U entry into the franchise that would be ready on time for E3 2011. It needed to be completed quickly but unfortunately for F-Zero fans Criterion were already hard at work on Need for Speed: Most Wanted for multiple platforms and simply did not have the time necessary to dedicate to the project.
Since then F-Zero has disappeared from the main stage once again but did see an inclusion in the launch title, Nintendo Land. Captain Falcon’s Twister Race appeared in the mini game collection as a single player attraction where players use the GamePad to guide a high speed wind-up vehicle through a course, not exactly the full experience Falcon’s fans would have been hoping for. More recently the game also made a guest appearance in Mario Kart 8 when the first DLC pack included the famous Blue Falcon as a drivable cart as well a superbly recreated track from the SNES F-Zero game.
The last F-Zero title was F-Zero: Climax on the Game Boy Advance which launched exclusively in Japan in 2004. The last game released in Europe/North America was F-Zero: GP Legend, also released for Game Boy Advance in 2004. While this revelation won’t be much consolation to fans who have been waiting over a decade for a new game it does raise some questions as to whether we will eventually be seeing a revival of the series as Nintendo have clearly shown interest in the possibility.
Source: Nintendo Life