Star Fox 2
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The Star Fox series has been a staple of Nintendo systems since the Super Nintendo era, but there was one game in the series that went missing during this generation - Star Fox 2.

While the game was mostly ready to go by 1995, by then PlayStation had entered the market and the N64 was just around the corner. Nintendo instead decided to shelve the project and focus its efforts on a next-generation game, which eventually became known as Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars.

Years later in September 2017, Nintendo surprised many fans with the addition of Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic console. And since then, it's been made available to Switch Online subscribers in 2019. This also means it's now been five years since Star Fox 2 was made officially available to Nintendo fans around the globe.

Yes, believe it or not, it made its glorious debut five years ago and there was even a digital manual made available alongside it.

The best and perhaps easiest way to experience it now is via the Switch Online service. Provided you're a subscriber you can boot the game up right now to celebrate its fifth official anniversary. Otherwise, if you do happen to have access to a SNES Classic console, you can go with that option instead. Here's an official description about the game from Nintendo:

Star Fox 2 – This 3D rail-shooter and second installment of the Star Fox series was first designed for Super NES, but went unreleased until it appeared on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system in 2017. This time, Emperor Andross is on a crusade to conquer the Lylat system and the Star Fox team itself. After a long wait, Star Fox is back in action.

Will you be returning to Star Fox 2 to celebrate its fifth anniversary? Have you got around to playing it yet? Leave a comment down below.