Earlier today, a fellow Enthusiast wrote about how it’s time for an all-new 2D Metroid game. It got me thinking about Nintendo franchises and which one should get a revival. The Star Fox series holds a special place in my heart. I’ll never forget unwrapping Star Fox 64 on my birthday in 1997. The feeling of experiencing my first game that utilized rumble was revolutionary. Branching pathways, 3D worlds, thrilling boss battles, and a large replay factor kept me coming back for more.
When I bought a GameCube in August of 2002, I spent hours playing Super Mario Sunshine, but my true love would enter my life one month later. Star Fox Adventures took the characters that I adored and put them in a different setting. Rare took a massive risk with the IP and succeeded with flying colors. The typical Arwing gameplay was there, but it took a backseat to a more Zelda-styled experience. As someone who grew up playing Ocarina of Time, Star Fox Adventures felt right at home. Fox was a badass, the world had that typical Rare flair, and we were introduced to Krystal, a welcome addition to the Star Fox universe.
While I wanted subsequent games in the franchise to follow the same formula, Star Fox Assault and the dreadful Star Fox Zero left me wanting more. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about how Star Fox needs to make a return. The on-rails sections that made the franchise famous in the first place seem dated. Fans need a Star Fox experience that will revitalize the IP for Switch owners. While nostalgia might set in for lifelong fans, a more action-oriented, open-world adventure might be the best course of action for the modern gaming landscape.
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