Many Nintendo fans are desperate for a new entry in the popular sci-fi racing series, F-zero. However, a single die-hard fan was said to have been dedicated enough to spend over 5 million yen (about US$40,000) in Nintendo stock, giving him the opportunity to ask the Japanese publisher about F-zero and its future directly.
On June 29, at an annual shareholder meeting, an investor called and asked Nintendo Chairman Shuntaro Furukawa if the the company had considered bringing back fan-favorite franchisesMore precisely F-zero. It’s been over 15 years since the series was last released, and so the question caught the attention of fans desperate for a new entry in the futuristic racing title. Now, thanks to a new report, we know who asked this question and why.
According Business Internthe investor who asked about F-zero is a Nintendo fan who spent 5.6 million yen for 100 shares in February after selling shares of another company. The investor wished to remain anonymous and is simply known by his Twitter handle: Momiji. He describes himself as an “unconditional fan”.
“I’ve been playing Nintendo games since I was a kid,” Momiji told Initiated. “Among them, I can’t get enough of that sense of speed from F-zero.”
While he had purchased enough shares to gain access to the meeting, he said Initiated he was not sure to ask a question. Asking a question, he said, was a “bonus”. Nintendo later confirmed with Initiated that 100 or more shares are required to access these annual shareholders’ meetings.
After finding out about F-zeroNintendo’s president offered a response that was basically “Thanks for asking, but… no.”
“It’s realistic to develop new titles and remakes, including sequels, for every Nintendo game people ask for,” Furukawa said via Momiji-verified translation. “But we are very grateful and appreciate our fans’ expectations for our matches.”
Shinnya Takahashi, Nintendo’s chief executive, was a little more optimistic but refrained from promising anything.
“During the 79th Ordinary General Meeting of shareholders in 2019, we were asked if there were plans to redo the Famicom Detective Club series, and, at that time, we were planning a remake,” Takahashi said via the translation of VGC. “This is an example where we were already actively developing such a title.”
“We can’t tell you if there are any plans for future remakes of a specific game,” Takahashi continued. “But, during development, we always think about the different possibilities that players can take advantage of.”
So there is a chance, I guess. I don’t know if that answer was worth $40,000, but at least Momiji still owns stock in one of the most popular video game companies in the world. It’s probably worth something!
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