Mario Kart 8 dev cites F-Zero as influence, is hopeful for series’ return

By Dave Cook, Wednesday, 3 July 2013 11:15 GMT

Mario Kart 8 developers Hideki Konno and Kosuke Yabuki have shed light on how the game was influenced by F-Zero in a new interview, and have stressed that they’d like to see the anti-grav racing series return one day.

Speaking to French site Gamekult, Yabuki cited F-Zero and Super Mario Galaxy as sources for Mario Kart 8’s new anti-grav mechanics.

He also explained why we haven’t see a new F-Zero announced for Wii U yet, “It has always been a Mario Kart per console, so we wanted to get a new one to have more people interested by our new system. But I also hope that there will be an F-Zero.”

Konno added that he game has been in development for little over a year, and that the team is looking at remote play on the Wii U GamePad, but had nothing further to share at the time. There will also be more kart customisation over Mario Kart 7, and that track sizes will be larger than the last handheld offering.

Thanks NeoGAF.

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