Star Fox Zero launches on Wii U this week, and marks the long-awaited return of Fox McCloud and his team to active service. Given that Lylat fever has well and truly gripped the world of Nintendo, we thought it might be an opportune moment to remind you that we've got an embarrassment of Star Fox-related content tucked away in our archives - all of which you can see below.
Hopefully this will get you even more excited about this week's big release - and arguably the biggest Wii U game of 2016 so far.
The Making of Star Fox
The game that started it all is a fascinating case of western know-how combined with Japanese game design. A collaboration between UK studio Argonaut Software and Nintendo's top talent, Star Fox on the SNES was the first title to use the Super FX chip, which allowed for (at the time) quite impressive 3D graphics. In this piece, we hear from Argonaut founder Jez San about the whole process.
Want to know the real reason Star Fox was renamed in Europe?
While the rest of the world knows Star Fox by its given name, for a time European players had to endure the likes of Starwing and Lylat Wars - the alternative titles for Star Fox and Star Fox 64 in that region. Why was this the case, you ask? Read this piece to find out the truth from the horse's mouth.
The Making of Star Fox 2
Star Fox 2 was supposed to be the final swansong of the SNES - an epic 3D extravaganza which would use an enhanced Super FX chip to deliver even more impressive visuals and expanded gameplay. Despite being finished, Nintendo never released the game - and in this piece, we hear exclusively from Dylan Cuthbert about how it felt to see all that hard work go to waste, and about the existence of a final copy of the title.
Lads of the Rising Sun - Dylan Cuthbert and Giles Goddard
These two UK developers started out at Argonaut and working on Star Fox changed their lives forever - not only did they forge succcessful careers but they both moved to Japan, where they still reside. They are two of Nintendo's most famous "gaijin", and here they talk about their remarkable careers.
The Making of Star Fox Adventures
The Star Fox sequel that nobody asked for, Star Fox Adventures is a much-maligned and misunderstood beast. It began life on the N64 as Dinosaur Planet before shifting to the GameCube and getting saddled with the Star Fox licence. Ex-Rare staffer Phil Tossell takes us through the development process of this unfairly ignored entry in the canon.
Round Table: A Look Back At The Star Fox Series
A few years back we held a little round table discussion on the Star Fox series (up to that point). You can read the thrilling transcript here.
Why We're Still Playing Star Fox 64 3D
The 3DS remake of the N64 version is possibly the best entry in the series, offering the same amazing gameplay but with sharper, auto-stereoscopic 3D visuals. Here, Tom Whitehead explains why it rarely leaves the card slot of his 3DS console.
Here you'll find reviews for all the past Star Fox outings. Want to know which is the best one you can play right now? Dig in.
Star Fox Zero Content
We've naturally run quite a bit of content on Star Fox Zero so far. Expect a full review shortly as well as an exhaustive guide - and the same for Star Fox Guard, as well. In the meantime, feel free to check out our feature content on the game below.
- Preview: Our Maiden Flight In Star Fox Zero Prompts Mixed Emotions
- Preview: Logging More Flight Time With Star Fox Zero
- Preview: Taking to the Skies for a Final Look at the Star Fox Zero E3 Build
- Preview: Preferring the air in Star Fox Zero
- Soapbox: No, Star Fox Zero's controls are not bad or broken
Are you ready for Fox's latest adventure? Post a comment below to let us know.
Nice compliation of Star Fox stuff. Got my copy preordered at Best Buy, should be shipping to my house Friday. Taking a half day off work, can't wait to play it.
And although I cannot defend Command, I actually enjoyed Adventures a lot. Not as a Star Fox game per say, but it's a good adventure game, especially if you like Zelda.
My favourite Star Fox game is Star Fox Adventures (I haven't played Command and Assault). I know most people don't like it because is an adventure but I love it. There are some space shooting sections and although they are brief they are well done.
Toys R Us in Canada got a Fox amiibo restock, so I ordered one (it's already here) along with Star Fox Zero. And I already have a Falco from Christmas.
"I see 'em up ahead! LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!"
Starfox Adventures was better than Zelda - better graphics and voice acting. That game has some of the best SD graphics ever. Too bad that company never had a chance at an HD sequel. Dinosaur Planet 2, just Crystal and her staff, no Starfox. Basically a family friendly version of PS3's Heavnely Sword.
"Are you ready for Fox's latest adventure?"
I'm ready for it to finally release so Nitneod can hopefully start talking about NX. I'm assuming SFZ was the hold-up, they didn't want it to get overwhelmed by NX news. I dont' think Mirage#Sessions or another Olympics game matter for the Wii U all that much.
So bring on SFZ, then let it be gone.
Got an email from the Nintendo UK store saying my first edition copy is on its way. Wonder if I'll be playing it before the first review.
Very much looking forward to it.
I came to say I loved star fox adventures and I'm glad others shared the same view. I thought it had a really solid storyline along with some fun gameplay. I highly recommend giving this game a try(if you can find it for a reasonable price, it's pretty expensive on Amazon. Just like the fire emblem series)
@rjejr Zelda is likely going to be WiiU's swan song, but also on NX. I am excited about Mirage Sessions, even if the name might become the worst title in my 600+ game collection.
But yeah, Friday can't get here fast enough. I need my new Star Fox.
Thanks for pulling this together. I wasn't around for the making of Star Fox article. It doesn't seem like Nintendo is still making the practice of bringing companies in to help them learn how to make games, then poaching from them and tossing them out like they did with Argonaut (I'm thinking Platinum, Monolith, etc.).
Cant possibly be more hyped about this. Metroid, F-Zero and Star Fox remain my top favourite Nintendo franchises and when a new game arrives, its happy days ahead for me. This also reminded me I hope one day Nintendo releases the complete ROM of "Star Fox 2" via Virtual Console or something... and a HD remake of the original SNES game would not go amiss either.
@Mario-Man-Child The originalgame is a varied, spot on on rails hooter that is also a men high score chase shmup. Now imagine that same game running at 1080p, 60fps and extended line of sight as far as it could go, kind alike "Race the Sun". Same polygon graphics, but super smooth. Still see no point? Because I would love to have that, on Wii U, NX or 3DS!
From best to worst:
Star Fox 64/3D: Arcade action, great bosses/secrets and timeless voice acting.
Command: A lot of good ideas here, but being stuck in all-range mode made all the levels feel the same. The different endings and voice acting were good though. Online multiplayer was fun.
Adventures: A good game by it's own measure. Just not a Starfox game. which led to it being a bit of a disappointment
Star Fox SNES: Very cool for the time, no point in playing this today when we have Starfox 64 available on so many platforms.
Assault: The ships parts looked great and the music was solid. But all the gunplay on the ground was so bland and tedious.
for my list
I can tell that Starfox Zero is going to be one of those games that I will be going back in forth in my head as to whether or not I should pick it up on day one, and it's all thanks to Starfox Guard being included with first print editions! This is going to be one heck of a mental battle!
@Mario-Man-Child Was playing it yesterday.
Yep, still got it.
@Mario-Man-Child Thank you! please don't try to see it all at once, there are over 4000 videos up there...
I'm actually surprised on how excited I am. In fact I just had a playthrough of the original SNES game this evening. Although it was my first time playing the US NTSC cart.
I personally still consider the original the best of the series, even compared against the very good N64 title. Something about it just plays really well despite the simplistic visuals and slowdown. Probably the style of the levels and the amazing music. I want more like the Armada stage.
Great compilation of articles. I wasn't on this site for most of them so have spent all evening reading them all. Unfortunately it has made me want the original SNES Star Fox on VC even more now
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