Star Fox Zero Nintendo Switch port enhanced PlatinumGames Atsushi Inaba with Shigeru Miyamoto

Particularly due to its gyroscopic control scheme, Star Fox Zero on Wii U is considered one of the most divisive entries in its franchise. Of course, that isn’t saying too much: Out of the entire franchise, only Star Fox, Star Fox 64, and Star Fox Adventures have received a pretty unanimously positive reception. But even in a franchise that is full of proponents and detractors, Zero gets a lot of hate, even from our resident Star Fox expert Andrew Rockett. Nonetheless, Star Fox Zero co-developer PlatinumGames is “definitely” open to the possibility of bringing a new version of the game to Nintendo Switch.

The reality is most people just never played Star Fox Zero because most people never bought a Wii U, which only sold 13.56 million units across its entire life span. As such, PlatinumGames head Atsushi Inaba explained to VGC that he thinks it is a shame when players cannot play a game just because they do not have access to the platform it released on. Thus, Inaba really likes the idea of bringing Star Fox Zero to Nintendo Switch.

“It kind of depends on what’s in the realm of actual possibility, but yeah, if the chance came up it’s definitely something we’d like to think about,” said Inaba. He later added, “The important thing to remember there is that because it’s Nintendo’s IP, the ideas are coming from (Shigeru) Miyamoto-san himself.” PlatinumGames and Nintendo collaborated closely on the title, with the former trying to realize Miyamoto’s vision. Thus, Inaba elaborated that “if the opportunity came up to bring Star Fox Zero to the Switch again it would be more of a question of what (Miyamoto) would like to do in that opportunity, and of course we would respect that again.”

To date, a substantial amount of once-Wii U exclusives have seen Nintendo Switch ports, often with minor enhancements. Notably, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the highest-selling game on Switch despite being an enhanced Wii U port, having sold more than 37 million units to date. There are few Wii U exclusives left to port, though a lot of people are clamoring for a Xenoblade Chronicles X port following the success of the Switch Xenoblade entries.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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