Many Nintendo fans are desperate for a new installment in the popular sci-fi racing series. F-zero. However, only one diehard fan was reportedly loyal enough to spend more than 5 million yen (approximately $40,000) on Nintendo stock, giving him the opportunity to ask the Japanese publisher about F-zero and his future itself.
On June 29, during the annual shareholders meeting, an investor called and asked Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, the company was considering bringing back fan-favorite franchisesspecifically F-zero. It’s been over 15 years since the last release in the series, and so the question caught the attention of fans desperately needs a new entry in the futuristic racing game. Now, thanks to a new report, we know who asked this question and why.
According to business insiderinvestor who asked about F-zero is a Nintendo fan who spent 5.6 million yen on 100 shares in February after selling shares in another company. The investor wished to remain anonymous and is known simply by his Twitter username: Momiji. He describes himself as a “die-hard fan”.
“I’ve been playing Nintendo games since I was a kid,” Momiji explained. insider. “Among them, I can’t get enough of that sense of speed F-zero“.
Although he bought enough shares to gain access to the meeting, he said insider he was not guaranteed that he would receive the question. Asking a question was a “bonus,” he said. Nintendo later confirmed insider that 100 or more shares are required to gain access to these annual shareholder meetings.
After a question about F-zerothe president of Nintendo offered an answer that was basically “Thanks for the question, but… no.”
“It’s very difficult to develop new games and remakes, including sequels, for every Nintendo game that people request,” Furukawa said via Momiji’s verified translation. “But we are very grateful and appreciate the expectations our fans have for our games.”
Shinnya Takahashi, managing director of Nintendo, was a bit more optimistic, but made no promises.
“At the 79th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders in 2019, we were asked if there were plans to redesign Famicom Detective Club series, and at the time we were planning a remake,” Takahashi said, translated from VGK. “This is an example where we have already actively developed such a title.”
“We can’t tell you if there are any plans for future remakes of any particular game,” Takahashi continued. “But during development, we are always thinking about the different possibilities that players can enjoy.”
So I think there is a chance. Not sure if this answer was worth $40,000, but at least Momiji still owns shares in one of the most popular video game companies in the world. It’s probably worth something!