Nintendo might have plans to bring one of its past series into the modern era.
With the company planning several revivals of its franchises on the Nintendo Switch, including Metroid Prime, the vault seems to be open wide. In particular, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi recently commented that Wave Race could make a comeback. In an interview with Fandom during the BAFTA Awards, Takahashi gave a brief tease about the extreme sports series, which you can read below.
You may see the game again. We have been trying to make many games, and that may be one of them. I personally love Wave Race!
While the comment was brief and didn’t confirm a return of the series, Takahashi could have been teasing several ideas. Nintendo could have plans to make a brand new entry in the Wave Race series for the Switch. The hybrid console doesn’t currently offer many original Nintendo sports games, which would make a new Wave Race a great choice. Also, in late 2016, the company registered trademarks for Wave Race in Europe, meaning Nintendo has had plenty of time to plan a new release.
However, the company could also be planning a port of the series. The last game in the series, Wave Race: Blue Storm, launched to favorable reviews in 2001 for the GameCube, with Nintendo 64’s Wave Race 64 also being a fan favorite. In turn, Nintendo could be planning to bring over the games to the Switch as Virtual Console titles. Also, the last we heard about the Virtual Console on the Switch was that it might include GameCube games.
As said before, Takahashi’s comments aren’t official confirmation of anything. However, this is the second tease from him about possible plans for the Switch. In a separate interview at the BAFTA Awards, Takahashi hinted that Nintendo has been looking into new hardware, which could have been referencing a successor to the Switch or new peripherals for it.