Star Fox is Officially 30

Nintendo celebrates its beloved sci-fi shooter series!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 02/21/2023 18:48 Comment on this     ShareThis

Star Fox is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Developed in conjunction with the British studio Argonaut Software, the game represented a major turning point for Nintendo. The creation of the Super FX chip meant that polygons could be rendered on a home console for the first time. The original Star Fox’s 3D visuals were stunning back in 1993, offering a sense of depth that set it apart from other shooters of the time. The Super FX chip represented the next step forward for video games, the third dimension, and paved the way for Shigeru Miyamoto and company to begin work in earnest to create what would become Super Mario 64.

Star Fox itself has developed a rabid following in the years since. Although not every game has thrilled (we’re looking at you, Star Fox Command), many have offered intense, engaging adventures through the Lylat System and beyond. The characters are incredibly iconic, inspired by old marionette shows that Miyamoto loved watching as a child. Takaya Imamura, a longtime artist at Nintendo who worked on the Star Fox series from its inception, shared a special drawing via Twitter celebrating the anniversary:

If you’re interested in playing any of the Star Fox games, the original, its previously unreleased sequel Star Fox 2, and Star Fox 64 are all available to Nintendo Switch Online and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass subscribers. Definitely give these a play if you have yet to try them. Star Fox is one of the best shooter series out there and deserving of love all the accolades its getting for hitting 30. Many happy returns, Fox and co.

Sources: Nintendo of America and Takaya Imamura Twitter Pages

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