History of Star Fox (Part 2) – Gaming Historian


revoir it’s known by shigeru miyamoto as the game that almost was starfox – is perhaps the most famous cancelled game ever in fact many fans claim it’s the best game in the franchise it was widely hyped in magazines and trade shows until it was quietly cancelled in late 1995 so what happened to starfox – and why was it canceled our story begins immediately after the release of the original game on the Super Nintendo with the game being a critical and commercial success the team behind the original game including lead programmer Dylan Cuthbert went to work on a sequel the game would use an upgraded version of the super FX chip giving it even more memory to allow better frame rates and more complex polygons in the game starfox – is a direct sequel to the first game the army of Andres has returned to unleash an attack on the planet of corneria using missiles battleships and his hired mercenary crew known as star wolf it’s up to the starfox team to save the day the original crew has returned including fox falco slippy and peppy there’s also two new faces me you and Fey in the original game your ship was on Rails and was a pretty linear game this time around Nintendo wanted to change it up and give the player more freedom and they delivered starfox 2 is part strategy part shooter you have complete control of where you want to go in the lylat system the ultimate goal is to protect the planet of corneria and defeat the forces of Andros when you begin the game you take control of two members of the starfox team each member has their own unique ship and attributes during the game you roam around the map of the lylat system fighting off battleships missiles and members of the Star Wolf team you can also land on planets and take out missile bases landing on the planets also allows the player to transform his arwing into a walking robot the game is an absolute blast the graphics and framerate are much improved everything is more bright and colorful and the strategic gameplay allows for a totally different experience every time you play star fox 2 was first shown off at the winter CES show in 1995 with the Nintendo 64 being delayed Nintendo decided to push their other products most notably the Virtual Boy and their super FX Games Star Fox 2 was a smash hit at the show people praised the new freedom and strategy in the game in fact people loved it so much one guy was arrested trying to steal a copy of the game on a sidenote guess what other game was featured at the winter CES show Star Fox on the Virtual Boy seriously they had a tech demo for a Star Fox game on this thing it was just an arwing flying around in space but the thought of starfox on the Virtual Boy just blows my mind it probably would have been one of the better games on the system and because the Virtual Boy flamed out this game was obviously cancelled anyway back to Star Fox too many magazines such as egm had full previews of the game intend o power even listed it as their most anticipated game from the winter CES show the hype was building for a summer release however it never happened rumors began circulating that the game had been delayed and then came rumors of cancellation in the September 1995 issue of Nintendo Power intend to officially responded to these rumors saying development of Nintendo sequel to THE HIT 3d space action game is finishing as we go to press the big question mark is the release date most likely in the first half of 1996 well something did happen in the first half of 1996 starfox 64 was announced thus totally killing any hope of star fox 2 being released so what gives the game was totally finished why did it get canned according to Dillon Cuthbert Shigeru Miyamoto made that call his reasoning according to Cuthbert Miyamoto wanted a clean break between the 3d games on the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64 Nintendo was also well aware of the other consoles coming out including the PlayStation in the Sega Saturn their full focus was on the Nintendo 64 and they didn’t want to be embarrassed putting out a franchise game on older technology Nintendo would move forward with starfox 64 and starfox 2 would officially become the game that almost was however it wouldn’t be forgotten Nintendo would reuse some ideas and technology from the game in their new Nintendo 64 games including Super Mario 64 and of course starfox 64 and then a ray of hope the Super Nintendo emulation scene was really taking off during the late 90s releasing betas and unreleased Super Nintendo games their crowning achievement during this time starfox to an early alpha build of the game was leaked first which was somewhat different than the final version and featured a multiplayer mode the game was somewhat buggy and not the version most people had seen at the trade shows then a few years later in August of 2002 the former developer of the game leaked a final version of the game fans cleaned up the game and translated it into English giving starfox to an unofficial full ROM release this is the version you see on most reproduction carts of the game and on downloadable roms with Nintendo fully focused on their next system a new starfox game was in the works and this one would be the most memorable game in the series on the next episode of the gaming historian starfox 64

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