Why no F-Zero games in the last 18 years?

Former Nintendo artist/designer Takaya Imamura gives explanation

Retired Nintendo artist and designer Takaya Imamura gave an in-depth interview with IGN about his 30-year career, where he covers his career beginnings, his work on Zelda, Star Fox and much more.

The topic of F-Zero was brought up, a series that has not seen a new home console instalment since F-Zero GX. Imamura who was supervisor on 2003’s F-Zero GX, says the series “isn't dead, it's just hard to bring back'.

Unlike their other home grown franchises such as Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong, Nintendo do not view F-Zero as a big-seller. Instead F-Zero’s protagonist, Captain Falcon has become a mainstay in the Super Smash Bros series as well as an internet meme.

“Of course, I’ve thought about it many times, but without a grand new idea, it’s hard to bring it back,” said Imamura.

It could be interpreted as Nintendo not wanting to spend money on a niche franchise with little financial return. A unique gameplay gimmick would be essential as a selling point for the game, but it would take a big investment from Nintendo’s R&D team.

Any one want an online battle royale F-Zero game?

[SOURCE: ign.com]