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Retired F-Zero artist Takaya Imamura says that the series is not dead, “but without a grand new idea, it’s hard to bring it back”

Posted on April 16, 2021 by (@brodee922) in General Nintendo, News

Takaya Imamura retired from Nintendo in January 2021 after 32 years of working for the company. He served as a character artist and designer on numerous Nintendo classics such as F-Zero, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Now, in a new interview by IGN, he spoke about his time at the big N and what he wishes they would’ve been able to do.

He commented that bringing the F-Zero series back after its stagnation in 2004 is something “of course, I’ve thought about it many times.” However, it’s a feat that “without a grand new idea,” it would be “hard to bring it back.” This is because Imamura considered F-Zero GX (the last F-Zero game to come out on home consoles in 2003) to be “the ultimate F-Zero” and to top it would take a completely new, fresh perspective on the game.

Imamura made sure to stress that the F-Zero series is not dead, and he still hopes to see its return despite his departure from Nintendo.


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