The Star Fox series has not been given the best love from Nintendo over the years. With the popularity of Star Fox 64, fans were expecting a brand new 3D rail shooter on the N64's successor, the GameCube. Instead, Nintendo's then-collaborator Rare created something fans weren't expecting — Star Fox Adventures, a fully 3D action-adventure game in the style of the Zelda series.
Nowadays, Rare's final Nintendo title (and its only GameCube game) is looked back upon pretty fondly despite how starkly different it is compared to the first two games in the Star Fox series. So fondly, in fact, that the fan community has created something truly spectacular, inspired by Fox McCloud's adventure.
Well-known retro modder Zel. — who was also part of a group that created a playable version of Ocarina of Time from Space World '97 — has created a ROM hack that transforms The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time into a new Star Fox Adventures game.
This dream sequel (or prequel?) is called Star Fox Conquest, and it follows Fox McCloud after he crashes on a brand new planet. Armed with a sword and shield, a hammer, and his blaster, Fox must explore this planet. While Ocarina of Time serves as the base of the game, the code going into making the ROM hack has changed and optimised much beyond the original cartridge.
The trailer has a few remnants of the Zelda game that served as the base for the mod. Fox encounters a Deku Scrub-like creature that he crushes with his hammer, fairies, and the music even sounds like it's right out of a Zelda game — but the music is all original! Twitter user Syeo, who is credited at the end, helped get Fox to get one of his brand new weapons.
Zel. revealed back in April that he has been working on Star Fox Conquest since before the beginning of the year, and has been sharing a few small updates in the build-up to the ROM hack's official announcement.
Just from this handful of screenshots, you can see just how much the game has progressed. Many of Fox's sounds will be taken from Star Fox Adventures, but Zel. has said he may also use a mix of bites from other games.
The full ROM hack is due out sometime this year, and my goodness are we excited to see what a potential Star Fox Adventures sequel will look like.
Let us know if you're a fan of Fox's GameCube outing as well as what you think of this ROM hack in the comments!
Are rom hacks really news? I think it feels more fit for the random category.
Impressive, but I’d rather see a finished pre-Fox N64 Dinosaur Planet…
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This looks great! I really like Star Fox Adventures despite the general consensus on it. I'll definitely play this when it drops.
Not bad at all. I still have my Gamecube and Dinosaur Planet was and still is a wonderful game. A shame it never got a true sequel and yes I know Star Fox Assault came after it but I would have preferred another game like Dinosaur Planet.
This looks kinda awesome, wish I still had an N64 to try this out on...
Seems like this would struggle to run on real hardware although saying that I have seen how much one person has optimised Mario 64 on real hardware recently to get the engine running at well over 30fps and looking better than the original so not out of the realms of possibility that someone has done similar things here if it does run on real hardware.
Amazing, is this going to be playable on original
hardware, I love playing new games on my N64!
Totally expected this to just be a Fox skin in place of Link in OoT. This was way more than that. Very impressive!
Ayo! Those water graphics tho!!!!
Love Star Fox, all the games really, so will definitely be following any news on this one
That's a lot of sky pan shots.
Putting Star Fox in News and then it's a fan made rom is just mean !!
Eurgh so tired of waiting for actual Star Fox news... I'm going to dig out the Wii U this evening and finally play Star Fox Zero again. The first time I played it, I abandoned it after a couple of hours and never went back. Time to put those control settings everyone claims makes it better to the test and complete this game.
I had hoped it would arrive on Switch... but this saves me £50!
I'm probably in the minority of people who actually really enjoyed Star Fox Adventures departure from the series norm and could see something similar being done with Captain Falcon & F-Zero like Adventures as a way to really flesh out or add to that property's, characters, world & lore.
Meanwhile Star Fox could do something different like go the route of that rumoured aerial vehicular space racing game- I'm thinking something akin to Diddy Kong Racing with a bigger focus on weapons & battle, which has also been underrated and neglected imo. Just some thoughts (and hopes)!
… Wun can only hope.
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@Skunkfish you can play N64 Games PC with an emulator or a phone even.
Fox's hands could use a bit of touch-up (fur-up?) to make 'em look not quite so oddly human; other than that, kudos on the ambition of pulling something like this off.
@wuntyme8 Diddy Kong Racing!!! Still my favorite Mario Kart.
I love Zelda, & i liked star fox adventures, personally, but this doesn't look like something that interests me.
Looks great! The water is so good too. It looks on par with the water in Twilight Princess which was a Gamecube game lol
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This looks lit. I used to love Star Fox Adventures. Its the first Star Fox game I officially had. I see that Rare was trying to capture hinge its wagons on Ocarina of Time back in 2000. Now its come full circle with this combination of the two.
@NeonStarship Yeah, but it's not quite the same. It won't feel like an N64 game, it'll feel like a bad PC or mobile game
Looks great, I'll definitely check this out.
@KayFiOS Yeah, I think it's on par with the Wind Waker water graphics.
@gaga64 At least there's a team working on Dinosaur Planet, restoring various stuff, etc which I'm quite excited about
@Syeo oh really? Cool, thanks for the heads up
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