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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 It works better in motion.
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 The title screen of the US version, showing the four heroes.
Star Fox SNES You'd think hey'd be more grateful.

Promo Images

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


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 (206) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Addictive arcade like game Leon Tiggelman (27) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Magazine System UK 1992 96 out of 100 96
Power Unlimited Jul, 1993 9.6 out of 10 96
Total! (Germany) May, 1993 1.25 out of 6 95
Nintendo Land 2003 91 out of 100 91
Just Games Retro Dec 17, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Megablast 1993 82 out of 100 82
Play Time 1993 81 out of 100 81
GotNext Aug 28, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic 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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Kartanym (12706) added Star Fox (SNES) on Jun 07, 2002
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