There's Some F-Zero Hiding in the Wii U's Nintendo Land

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There is some sort of Z-Fero style racing game, Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi showed today during an after-hours E3 showcase of the Wii U's launch game.

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It's not clear how fleshed-out the racing game is. We were shown a brief clip of a Mii character finding a signature F-Zero ship in the game's Nintendo-item-filled hub world. ANd from there we saw a race... possibly single-player against other characters, running at a fast framerate, mixing in jumps and turns.

It wasn't deep, but it's the first official acknowledgement by Nintendo of the F-Zero franchise in many years.

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(Look even more closely at Nintendo Land and you might find a famous spaceship from Metroid. No word yet on whether that does anything... a Tweeted photo by Nintendo of America suggests that one of the 12 icons will be a Metroid game; see third icon on the top row.)

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Nintendo keeps talking about wanting to show off the graphical capabilities of the Wii U. How about just making an F-Zero game for the Wii U? Out of every single first-party franchise Nintendo has, the one that takes the most advantage out of high-quality graphics is F-Zero. Most of the other franchises tend to have a bit too much of the cartoony quality to them (Mario and Kirby, to name a few), which isn't a bad thing. But if you want to show off the graphical capacity of your games, just make an F-Zero game and show them off. GX on the Gamecube looks more gorgeous than anything I've seen out of Legend of Zelda and Metroid recently, nevermind back in the Gamecube era.

That's right. I just said a Gamecube game was prettier than Skyward Sword. Sue me.