The internet just can’t help itself when it comes to sniffing around the plans of games companies, especially during the summer dry period. In recent weeks we have seen a few Twitter handles pop up for assorted un-released Nintendo titles, and it appears that a new one has been found.
According to Video Games Chronicle, the protected Twitter handle @FZeroJP was registered earlier this year, and is making use of a Nintendo email address for verification – a similar address was used for @SuperMario35th.
Like with news stories relating to trademark renewals and patent updates, this is probably just a formality, but it gets the imaginations running into overdrive, doesn’t it? A new F-Zero title is long overdue since we haven’t seen a proper mainline game in the franchise since 2003 (I don’t count the Gameboy Advance games). At this point most younger Nintendo gamers will only know the F-Zero characters from the Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 games, so I believe it is the perfect time to let F-Zero out of the bag.
But how would they go about it? In an interview back in 2012, Shigeru Miyamoto seemed surprised that F-Zero proved to be very popular in a French survey, and seemingly quashed the possibility of a new title, by stating there was nowhere to take the series:
Miyamoto: [eyes open wide] I am really pleased to hear Twitter’s opinion, because since the first episode on SNES many games have been made but the series has evolved very little. I thought people had grown weary of it.
I’d like to say: Thank you very much and try to wait by playing Nintendo Land’s F-Zero mini-game.
I am also very curious and I’d like to ask those people: Why F-Zero? What do you want that we haven’t done before?
I say lets put the gyroscopes in the joycons and the Nintendo Online subscription to good use, come on Nintendo, you know it makes sense!
Update – 20/07/18
The FZeroJP Twitter handle has proven to be a hoax after a strange semi-pornographic video was posted, complete with the F-Zero theme playing – it’s not graphic, but whether it’s safe for work, I’ll let you decide. Not going to lie, it’s pretty hilarious and whoever set up the account got us good!