Did the F Zero series start to go downhill after the 90’s?

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The futuristic racing series known as F-Zero has been around since the early 90’s.  Ever since, the F-Zero series made its debut on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System many people were impressed by the gameplay and the concept of the original game.  In fact some people might argue that the gameplay and mechanics of the original Mario Kart game was based on the F-Zero title for the SNES.  After the original F-Zero game was released for Super Nintendo it went on to sell close to 3 million units worldwide.   In fact, the original F-Zero game was probably the best selling game of the entire series.  In 1998, when F-Zero X was released for the Nintendo 64 it had managed to sell over 1 million units worldwide which is still considered a success.   While many people love the F-Zero series it seems like it started to decline in popularity during the late 90’s.  Some people might contribute the decline in popularity due to lack of strong marketing along with the fact that Nintendo did not do more with the series than they could have.


After F-Zero X was released for the Nintendo 64 we eventually got F-Zero GX for the Nintendo Gamecube back in 2003.  In terms of sales F-Zero GX had managed to sell over half a million copies worldwide.  Despite, how impressive the visuals and the stage designs were for F-Zero GX the series was not quite as popular as it was during the 90’s.  Some people would say that the series got stale over time while others could argue that the racing genre of gaming became more competitive during the 00’s.  With games such as Gran Turismo 3 & 4, Project Gotham Racing and many others the racing genre had so much more to offer on different game consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.  While fans of the series would say that F-Zero GX is a highly racing others would argue that the series had reached its peak during the 90’s which could possibly be a reason why Nintendo has never produced another game since the early 00’s.

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