Fan spends 40,000 in stock to ask Nintendo about F-Zero

F-Zero's Captain Falcon greets the camera.

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Many Nintendo fans are desperate for a new addition to the popular sci-fi racing series, F zero. However, only one die-hard fan was reportedly committed enough to spend over 5 million yen (about $40,000) on Nintendo stock, giving him a chance to ask the Japanese publisher about it F zero and its future directly.

On June 29, during an annual shareholder meeting, an investor called and asked Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa if that was the case The company had considered bringing back fan-favorite franchisesspecial F zero. It’s been over 15 years since the series was last published, hence the question caught the attention of fans desperate for a new entry in the futuristic racing title. Thanks to a new report, we now know who asked this question and why.

Corresponding Business Insiderthe investor who asked 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 only known 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. “Under them, I can’t get enough of that sense of speed F zero.”

He bought enough shares to get access to the meeting, he said insider It wasn’t guaranteed that he would ask a question. Asking a question, he said, is a “bonus.” Nintendo later confirmed with insider that 100 or more shares are required to attend these annual stockholders’ meetings.

Upon request F zerooffered Nintendo’s president a response that was basically “Thanks for asking, but…no.”

“It’s realistically difficult to create new titles and remakes, including sequels, for every Nintendo game that people request,” Furukawa said via translation, which Momiji confirmed. “But we are very grateful and appreciate the expectations that our fans have for our games.”

Shinnya Takahashi, Nintendo’s Managing Executive Officer, was a bit more optimistic, but made no promises.

“During the 79th Ordinary General Assembly 2019, we were asked if there were any plans for a new edition of the Famicom detective club series, and at that time we happened to be planning a remake,” Takahashi said, per translation of VGC. “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 given game,” Takahashi continued. “But during development, we’re always thinking about different opportunities for players to enjoy.”

So there is a chance I think. I’m not sure 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. That’s worth something!