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Star Fox (SNES)

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Description

This is the first SNES title using the Super FX chip; you are flying ace Fox McCloud, who with his trusted wingmen and his powerful Arwing starfighter, must rid the Lylat System of the evil that surrounds it. Wave after wave of enemies will fly towards you, and with the advice of your wingmen, you must guide your way through each level and take down as many as you can.

Screenshots

Star Fox SNES Intro takeoff sequence.
Star Fox SNES The title screen of the US version, showing the four heroes.
Star Fox SNES After the title screen you can configure your controls, and at the same time get a feel for the movement of your Arwing
Star Fox SNES Oh well everyone got through ok.

Alternate Titles

  • "StarWing" -- PAL title
  • "StarFox" -- Alternate spelling
  • "NesGlider" -- Working title
  • "スター フォックス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

SuperFX and awesome gamedesign! Lumpi (197) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly Apr 02, 1993 A 100
Nintendo Magazine System UK 1992 96 out of 100 96
Power Unlimited Jul, 1993 9.6 out of 10 96
Super Play Magazine UK May, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Just Games Retro Dec 17, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Life Sep 20, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Power Play Apr, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Megablast Mar, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 15, 2005 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Dec 27, 2006 C+ 58

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

Argonaut Software and Nintendo had almost finished the first sequel of the game, Star Fox 2 for the SNES, when the project was shelved due to the imminent release of the N64. However, years later, several ROM images of the game made it to the emulation scene, and eventually patches were created, which deleted the developer tools and translated the game to English.

Development

Star Fox started out as merely a technical demo for the SuperFX chip programmed by Argonaut Software, but Nintendo liked the demo so much that they made a full game out of it. It took approximately 37,440 hours to program the game. (Sources: Nintendo, World Features Syndicate)

Inspiration

It's quite obvious that much of the look, feel, and sound of Star Fox was inspired by Star Wars. Also, the way you blow up the Atomic Core bosses is straight out of the Death Star battle in Return of the Jedi.

Intro

The launch sequence shown when entering the first level features the voice of Dan Owsen (also heard during the Super Metroid introduction).

The sound effects and music played during this sequence make it difficult to hear the dialog, and inaccurate emulation of the game's FX chip results in a significant portion being chopped off (the scene progresses too fast). This has been the case since the advent of FX chip emulation and it has led to misinterpretation and inaccuracies.

The full, correct, dialog is: "Emergency! Emergency! [first pause] Emergency! Emergency! [second pause] Incoming enemy fighters. Prepare for launch."

Title

In Europe, the original name Star Fox was changed to Star Wing due to legal reasons. This is often attributed to the Atari 2600 game Star Fox, but it is more likely that the home computer game Starfox from 1987 (called The Rubicon Alliance in the US) was the problem. Both the SNES and Atari 2600 Star Fox were released in the USA with no reported issues.

Awards

  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Iss.2 - Shoot-em-up Game of the Year 1993
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #115 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 - Best Super NES Game of 1993
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Echidna Boy, Julian Turner, Neville and Tiago Jaques

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Kartanym (10785) added Star Fox (SNES) on Jun 07, 2002