Nintendo design luminary Shigeru Miyamoto has cast doubt on the immediate future of the F-Zero franchise.
Speaking in an interview with IGN, Miyamoto revealed that he is struggling to come up with a "good idea" for a future instalment in the series.
"I certainly understand that people want a new F-Zero game," he said. "I think where I struggle is that I don't really have a good idea for what's new that we could bring to F-Zero that would really turn it into a great game again.
"Certainly I can see how people looking at Mario Kart 8 could see, through the anti-gravity, a connection to F-Zero. But I don't know, at this point, what direction we could go in with a new F-Zero."
Later in the discussion Miyamoto admitted that he finds it "tough" to satisfy fans of every Nintendo series.
Previously Nintendo has worked with third-party developers to help create new games using its franchises, including Sega's F-Zero GX, which was released almost a decade ago.
Miyamoto said that in the future Nintendo would prefer to keep create these games internally.
He said: "We come to the show and we bring a lot of great franchises and everyone says, 'Oh, well, where's this game that I want to play? Where's something new?' I only have so much capacity. [laughs]
"Obviously in the past we've tried to work with other companies, where we've let them develop games for us in franchises like Star Fox and F-Zero, but the more we think about it, the more we prefer to be able to create those games internally, on our own.
"We've obviously, as I mentioned, been working on what we can do to increase our internal staff in a way that will allow us to have more projects going at the same time, so we can create new games and work on additional old IP and still maintain the other primary franchises that people want to see."