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Video: Please Don't Let This Wii U Star Fox Footage Get Your Hopes Up

Posted by Damien McFerran

Suspicious shaky cam video alert

Let's face it, we all want to see Star Fox on Wii U — Nintendo's famous space battle series is crying out for a fresh sequel, and nothing would give us more pleasure than seeing Fox McCloud and his team dog-fighting in glorious HD.

However, this longing for a new entry in the franchise won't allow our impeccable judgement to be clouded (pun absolutely intended) by this "leaked footage" of a new Star Fox game — produced by Platinum, no less — "running" on Wii U.

Whoever created the clip has some imagination, at least. "Eladard" is a planet from the unreleased Star Fox 2 on the SNES, and Platinum's Hideki Kamiya has previously stated that he'd love to work on the franchise. It has to be legit, right?

However, the suspicious lack of any gameplay footage — plus the over-obvious way in which the camera is moved away from the screen at various points — suggests that this is merely an amusing hoax. The copyright notice is also wrong — the Star Fox trademark was taken out in 1993 when the SNES original was released, not 1997.

Unless, of course, this is supposed to be a remake of the N64 game? Oops. There we go again, allowing our heart to rule our head.

What do you think of this footage? Let us know by posting a comment.

[via screwattack.com]

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User Comments (80)

Ichiban

#2

Ichiban said:

Its damn sad that a new Starfox game is nothing but a pipedream these days. Cmon Nintendo, its not like youre gonna get rabies if you make a game which doesnt star Mario.
Man i miss the butt kicking variety of games the Nintendo of old used to produce.

the_beaver

#4

the_beaver said:

I don't know what to think about this...
But the fact is, everyone is looking forward to playing a new stunning StarFox, and Nintendo seems to not hear... Come on, make it real!

Dinosaurs

#7

Dinosaurs said:

It's certainly a terrible attempt at making both a hoax and a video.

Miyamoto via NWR:

When asked about games that didn't have the public support he expected, he replied "I tend to forget those games [laughs]. I'm a big fan of the Star Fox games. Every time we make a Star Fox game I'm hoping people will enjoy it as much as I do. Of course the goal every time is to try and make it more and more fun but, at least in Japan, the people that purchase the Star Fox games has decreased over the years. But we still try to make them more fun and hopefully people will see the appeal in those games."

vattodev

#9

vattodev said:

Despite the need that the Wii U has for new games, Metroid and probably Star Fox are not games that we will see so soon in the console's life cycle.

Icarus423

#10

Icarus423 said:

I want to know, if this guy actually has the demo, why he wouldn't put any more footage in the video.

BAGBOY

#12

BAGBOY said:

@Ichiban You sir have the most awesome,inspiring, nostalgia-inducing and funniest profile pic I've seen in a LOOOONG TIME, respect. Lipstick for men is one of the funniest things I ever saw on that show; but yeah, back on the topic, it's a real shame nintendo's letting star fox and f-zero die without the opportunity of having a new game. I love mario and zelda, but I would trade a new game starring mario or link just to see a new game by either franchise or even a new metroid game for the 3ds, the last time we saw samus aran on a new adventure was 4 years ago, COME ON NINTENDO, WAKE UP!!!!

Dinosaurs

#13

Dinosaurs said:

Also, the logo is seriously hard to miss bad. A professional designer would never ever arrange the fox logo over the tail of the wordmark like that even if they were only half awake. Amateurs these days lol

Nassov

#14

Nassov said:

They ought to make a Starfox game à la Rogue Squadron. Not a linear game like Star Fox 64.

Goginho

#15

Goginho said:

Man, Nintendo consequently spoiled us with amazingly great games back in the day, that people are undoubtedly asking for those games to make a comeback ..and Nintendo aren't delivering :/

........or are they?? :P

Nintenjoe64

#16

Nintenjoe64 said:

Am I the only person who thinks they'd much rather Nintendo reassembled Argonaut and Factor 5 to make some kind of Starfox meets Rogue Leader, ultimate space shooter?

I love Platinum's games that I've played but none of them come close to anything like Lylat Wars, Rogue Squadron 2 and Starwing.

FourBs

#17

FourBs said:

I honestly hope this is a real leak. Nintendo need their other franchises from here on in, not just Mario.

That controller looks like a 360 controller but the blue light indicates it maybe a Wii U Pro Controller, I guess..

TwilightV

#20

TwilightV said:

Of course it's fake! Just look at the video's title and it's clearly NSFW description! D:

wazza

#21

wazza said:

Why would Platinum Games develop a new starfox game when Q-Games is around? Closest thing platinum have made to starfox is infinite space, which isn't similar at all.

TobiasAmaranth

#29

TobiasAmaranth said:

It's sad. Star Fox is a much better series to do a first person / third person shooter with in a multiplayer sense than even Metroid. Yet because Nintendo emphasizes 'original gameplay only', they won't just make their take on a quality FPS.

Star Fox Assault COULD have been good, but it was like you were running around at 50 mph because of the clash between piloting and ground combat. My idea of a great Star Fox game at this point would be indoor team missions similar to say, the Solid Snake series, and large scale vehicle combat. Not everything is for massive blasterfests in war, and Fox McCloud could use some subtlety.

bizcuthammer

#30

bizcuthammer said:

Nintendo isnt making Star Fox right now, at least not for WiiU. The reason? Money. Its the same reason we've got 10 or more games with Mario in them the last few years. Mario sells. Fox McCloud doesnt sell even close to Mario. Or Pokemon. Or Zelda. Or Animal Crossing.

Nintendo's lesser known franchises like Star Fox, F-Zero, Golden Sun, Kid Icarus, etc. will always get pushed aside for more Mario, because ultimately Nintendo is a business, and with WiiU performing so badly in sales, Iwata and co cant afford to take software risks (even though that is what their dedicated fans want). The Wii era saw Nintendo back away from some great franchises and i doubt we'll see retail releases of some of them anytime soon. Metroid is in a critical condition in this, too, as Nintendo has repeatedly expressed disappointment in Other M's sales. So when Retro says they're making DKCTF when hardcore fans wanted Metroid? The alarm bells went off in my head that said 'they're being told to, because DKCR made a lot more $ than Other M.'

It sucks to think of it in terms of units sold, but regardless of what Ninty says about listening to fans, it's clear that what they're really aiming for are the missing 95 million Wii owners that havent upgraded to WiiU, because the dedicated fanbase crying for Star Fox? Those people probably already own a WiiU. No need to lure them in.

FourBs

#32

FourBs said:

I'm not sure I totally agree with a lot of the statements that cite the Wii U selling terribly.... Sure, it doesn't sell half as well as Nintendo expected but Christmas has actually been quite kind to the U and there's no reason to think that it won't continue to tick over in the light of the software that's coming.

seronja

#35

seronja said:

it's fake because it sounds too good to be true... i mean come on PlatinumGames.inc working on a Star Fox game? that's more epic then Nintendo working on a Star Fox game!

dumedum

#36

dumedum said:

@bizcuthammer the reality is completely different though. Wii brought back franchises like Punch Out. You had the Star Fox 64 3D on the 3DS already. You had 2 Metroid games on the Wii. You had a very successful Fire Emblem on the 3DS. And there was also one on the Wii. You had Kid Icarus of course. You had Luigi's Mansion. DKCR. Pikmin 3. You have a lot of franchises and they bring all of them.

AugustusOxy

#37

AugustusOxy said:

That big bright P in the corner makes my eyes light up with glory.

If only this were real. I'd throw down my agnostic belief and join the all knowing church of the N.

AdanVC

#38

AdanVC said:

"Let's face it, we all want to see Star Fox on Wii U" Yes we want it... Then why the freak Nintendo doesn't make a new Starfox game?!! This footage makes me cry honestly, knowing it's fake and knowing Nintendo doesn't care on revive this franchise. Sighhh :'(

sinalefa

#41

sinalefa said:

What a (bad) joke.

Maybe we all want to see Starfox on Wii U, but that does not mean everyone will buy it. I want Shenmue 3, but I know Sega only cares about Sonic. Because only Sonic sells.

CatMarioUltra

#42

CatMarioUltra said:

I'd rather them not continue the Star Fox series. If Adventures, Assault, and Command have taught me anything, it's that the Star Fox series cannot improve.

Mecha_Boo

#45

Mecha_Boo said:

i dont even want a new star fox, and everyone whining about a new metroid needs to get over it, its not like we have been without a metroid game as long as we have other franchises such as f-zero and star fox.

Mizzah_Tee

#47

Mizzah_Tee said:

If you're going to fake something, at least get the copyright year correct. 1997? That was the year Starfox 64 came out, but the first Star Fox was published for SNES in 1993. EPiC FAiL FOOS!

(edit) Ah, I see they mentioned that in the article. That's why you should READ the article before posting... Oops. FAiL on my part ;)

Luna-Harmony

#49

Luna-Harmony said:

wow the guy or woman filming must be super drunk it's all over the show.
I just wish this was true P would make a super solid star fox true to fans in the style of metal gear rising.

OliverAdam

#50

OliverAdam said:

Nah. "Produced by Platinum" is already wrong :) It's a Nintendo franchise and as such, it would be Nintendo who would produce it, they would never outsource without absolute control somehow.

Considering how they are targeting families with children (said by Reggie himself, don't get fooled, the Wii U is as casual as the Wii is, if not more so, there's no "core-gamer"-message to it anymore) i don't believe for a minute, that they would put money into Star Fox :) That's why i don't believe in a Metroid either.

Zero_Revolution

#52

Zero_Revolution said:

Obviously fake footage. But I'd change my mind about videos like this if the demo title screen actually did look exactly like that. But I know that won't happen.

tanookisuit

#53

tanookisuit said:

@OliverAdam Umm you so sure about it? Namco 'produced' the second Starfox on GC and Rare did the first with Nintendo publishing them. Starfox has been handed off for years so it's entirely plausible. The video itself though is pointless as anyone could have baked up that lie with a little time and effort, but on the very off chance it is real that would be great.

IxnayontheCK

#55

IxnayontheCK said:

Nintendo KNOWS we want a new Star Fox game, they're not thick. They Also love to keep us waiting is the trouble...

banacheck

#56

banacheck said:

@JtotheY
Actually your right the thumb sticks give it away which are in a different place towards the PS3 looking at that video again.

strongest_link

#57

strongest_link said:

I don't think a new Star Fox game is that unlikely, but I think we'd see it on the 3DS rather than the Wii U.

JaxonH

#59

JaxonH said:

Why do I get the feeling that "Eladard" name is a punchline waiting to happen. Next thing we know the maker of the video will come out laughing and say we're "HellaRetarded" for believing it. I'm telling you, this was done on purpose lol...

strongest_link

#63

strongest_link said:

@linksmash-z0-9 Who doesn't love Link ;)

To change your smiley face, click on it. That will take you to your profile. Then click on "Edit Profile". That will let you make a bunch of changes including uploading your own pic :)

Silverfox117

#72

Silverfox117 said:

Too bad this is just a hoax... I would love it if Nintendo would return to Star Fox and F-Zero :(

kereke12

#73

kereke12 said:

hmm seems pretty legit to me...even though the fact that the game is dev by Platinum Games. But who knows??

B3ND3R

#74

B3ND3R said:

If only it were true... I'd be a very happy gamer to take down Andross in HD!

FullbringIchigo

#75

FullbringIchigo said:

it would be nice if it was real.

but we all know it's a great big made up hoax

guess I'll just keep playing Lylat Wars on N64 (that's the name Star Fox 64 had here in the UK by the way)

Blue-Thunder

#76

Blue-Thunder said:

This looks real to me. Why would it be an N64 remake? I'm believing this one, this is real, happy days. Imagine the Starfox Wii U would be capable of producing. Pretty epic I'd say.

DarkNinja9

#77

DarkNinja9 said:

i have to agree with some of the comments on here ppl are asking for some good games/sequels and they would be boosting sales etc yet nintendo is not willing to deliver like MM on wii u... like come on or dont they have a team that can take those task?

PachterStation

#78

PachterStation said:

No way does Starfox deserve a sequel. The first game on the SNES was poor and looking at Starfox 2 that was never released on the SNES, can't say it had much going for it. Lylat Wars 64 was great on the Nintendo 64, Starfox on the GameCube (developed by NAMCO), was average. But Nintendo decided to put Lylat Wars 64 on the 3DS which was a poor decision. All those great Nintendo 64 games and Lylat Wars 64 was picked. Games that are crying out for a sequel are Wave Race and Stunt Race, more so Wave Race. Wave Race on the GameCube was a poor game, but on the Nintendo 64, it was amazing and still is. Can't say I'm a big fan of remakes, but Wave Race 64 on the 3DS would be awesome. But the ultimate would be a new Wave Race on the Wii U and 3DS. But looking at the evidence, Nintendo has slowed right down with new releases and it's the same old franchises. Too many poor decisions are being made down at Nintendo HQ.

Shining-Void

#80

Shining-Void said:

This whole thing bites since starfox is my favorite Nintendo franchise. Seriously, if the wii u doesn't get a starfox or f-zero i'm going to be pretty irritated.

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