Nintendo’s wayward Star Fox franchise can’t seem to figure itself out. I say this as one of its biggest fans. The series has not seen that many games. A few of them are absolute gold. Many are retreads of the original SNES Star Fox. The rest invoke vastly different formulas or throw in their own gimmicks in an attempt to do something fresh with the series. The fanbase is quite divided on what has worked and what hasn’t, and there are numerous different ideas swirling about for how the series can comfortably find an identity – just owning up to being Star Fox 64 over and over again, expanding third-person combat as in Star Fox Assault, or, heck, maybe even reaching into left field and running with Paper Star Fox. Or, maybe, things are fine the way they are, and Nintendo’s anthropomorphic Arwing pilots should keep on exploring new styles and genres every chance they get. What do you think?
Personally, I’d really love a bit more focus on honing Star Fox Assault. Pure rail shooters are very fun, but frantic third-person shooting is a great complement. It opens up plenty of new avenues for gameplay, especially with multiplayer – Star Fox Assault‘s fantastic multiplayer was the star of the show, if you ask me. Of course, I love how much Nintendo is willing to explore with the franchise as well. Games like Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Command don’t quite stack up to the series’ best, in my view, but they’re still interesting, worthwhile experiences that keep Star Fox interesting.
What direction would you take the Star Fox series? What do you want to see more of? Let’s hear it in the comments!