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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.


Star Fox SNES Perform stunts for bonuses!
Star Fox SNES Blowing the red asteroid sends the others flying.
Star Fox SNES The beginning of the first mission. In this screenshot two of your colleagues are flying ahead of you.
Star Fox SNES Oh well everyone got through ok.

Promo Images

Star Fox Magazine Advertisement
Star Fox Magazine Advertisement pp. 2-3


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! SNES Lumpi (206)
Addictive arcade like game SNES Leon Tiggelman (27)

Critic Reviews

Retro Spirit Games SNES Jun 20, 2013 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1993 1.25 out of 6 95
Super Play (UK) SNES May, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Electric Playground SNES Sep 14, 1995 9 out of 10 90 SNES Oct 20, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Video Games SNES Jul, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jun, 1993 35 out of 40 88
Power Play SNES Apr, 1993 86 out of 100 86
The Game Hoard SNES Nov 15, 2017 5 out of 7 71
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 27, 2006 C+ 58


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Shelved 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. 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. The game was officially released in 2017 as part of the SNES Classic Edition.


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)


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.


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."


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.


  • GamePro
    • Vol.6, Iss.2 - Shoot-em-up Game of the Year 1993
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • June 1993 (Issue #47) - Game of the Month
    • 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, Terok Nor, Julian Turner, Neville and Tiago Jaques

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