List of Star Fox video games

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The Star Fox video game series is a franchise of rail shooters and other action-adventure games published and produced by Nintendo. The games have been developed by a variety of developers, but all of the games have had input from Nintendo. All Star Fox video games have been developed exclusively for Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds dating from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to the current generation of video game consoles. The series debuted in Japan on February 21, 1993 with Sutā Fokkusu (スターフォックス Sutā Fokkusu?, lit. "Star Fox"), which was later released in North America as Star Fox and in Europe as Starwing.[1] The series revolves around the Star Fox team, a group of mercenaries hired to protect the Lylat system. The leader of the group, Fox McCloud, is the main protagonist of the series, and the only playable character in most of the games. Currently, the series contains five games. One reason the Star Fox series has remained popular is because of the shoot 'em up aerial sequences found in many of the games, which are recognized as the series' high points.[2][3] Dylan Cuthbert, one of the original creators of the series, noted that it was the combination of the on-rails aerial action and the in-game universe that made the games successful.[4]

Video games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1993 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[1]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu (スターフォックス Sutā Fokkusu?, lit. "Star Fox").[1][6]
  • Known in Europe as Starwing.[1]
  • Star Fox was developed by Nintendo EAD and programmed by Argonaut Games, who created the Super FX chip to enable the 3D graphics seen in the game.[7][8]
  • A limited edition version entitled Star Fox: Super Weekend was created for competition events hosted by Nintendo Power in North America and Europe. The cartridge held modified versions of two stages and included a bonus stage. Around two thousand cartridges were estimated to be made.[9]



Original release date(s):[10]
  • JP April 27, 1997
  • NA July 1, 1997
  • PAL October 20, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Nintendo 64[10]
2003 – iQue Player[11]
2007 – Wii[12]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu Rokujūyon (スターフォックス64 Sutā Fokkusu Rokujūyon?, lit. "Star Fox 64").[13]
  • Known in Europe as Lylat Wars.[10][12]
  • Developed by Nintendo EAD.[14]
  • Star Fox 64 was the first game to feature support for the Rumble Pak peripheral, and early copies of the game shipped with the Rumble Pak in a bundle.[15]
  • The game had been ported to the iQue Player in 2003, and the Wii's Virtual Console in 2007, and was remade for the Nintendo 3DS as Star Fox 64 3D in 2011.



Original release date(s):[16]
  • JP September 27, 2002
  • NA September 22, 2002
  • PAL November 22, 2002
Release years by system:
2002 – Nintendo GameCube[16]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu Adobenchā (スターフォックスアドベンチャー Sutā Fokkusu Adobenchā?, lit. "Star Fox Adventures").[16][17]
  • The last game developed by second-party Nintendo developer Rare before its acquisition by Microsoft.[18]
  • Star Fox Adventures differed from the other games of the Star Fox series by being an action-adventure game in the vein of The Legend of Zelda series instead of an on-rail shooter.[19]



Original release date(s):[20]
  • JP February 24, 2005
  • NA February 14, 2005
  • EU April 29, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo GameCube[20]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu Asaruto (スターフォックス アサルト Sutā Fokkusu Asaruto?, lit. "Star Fox Assault").[16][20][21]
  • Developed by Namco.[22]



Original release date(s):[23]
  • JP August 3, 2006
  • NA August 28, 2006
  • AUS September 21, 2006
  • EU January 26, 2007
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[23]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu Komando (スターフォックス コマンド Sutā Fokkusu Komando?, lit. "Star Fox Command").[16][23][24]
  • Developed by Q-Games.[25]
  • Fused strategic aspects into the series's traditional aerial combat.[3]



Original release date(s):[26]
  • JP July 14, 2011
  • EU September 9, 2011
  • NA September 11, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – Nintendo 3DS[26]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Sutā Fokkusu Rokujūyon Surīdī (スターフォックス 64 3D Sutā Fokkusu Rokujūyon Surīdī?, lit. "Star Fox 64 3D").[26][27]
  • Developed by Nintendo EAD.[citation needed]
  • This game is an enhanced remake of Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 3DS, basically displaying graphics in stereoscopic 3D, and many other changes.


Cancelled titles[edit]

Title Details

Cancellation date:
N/A
Proposed system release:
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Notes:
  • Developed by Argonaut Games.[28]
  • Was never released due to its proposed release date's proximity with the release of the Nintendo 64 and internal development problems.[29]



Cancellation date:
N/A
Proposed system release:
Virtual Boy
Notes:



Cancellation date:
N/A
Proposed system release:
2004 to 2005 – Arcade
Notes:
  • Originally planned as a companion game with Star Fox: Assault; abandoned and never released.[30]


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[31]
  • NA June 1, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – Nelsonic game watch[31]
Notes:
  • Released in Europe as Starwing.[32]
  • Re-released in at least 2 different styles of physical layout.[33]
  • Features a quartz accurate digital clock, a resettable alarm, and a headphone jack (with included headphones).[33]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ Navarro, Alex (April 4, 2007). "Star Fox 64 Review for Wii". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Kasavin, Greg (August 25, 2006). "Star Fox Command Review for DS". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ Burman, Rob (February 7, 2007). "Taking Command of Star Fox". IGN UK. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
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  9. ^ "Star Fox: Super Weekend (Official Competition Cartridge)". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c "Star Fox 64 for Nintendo 64". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ "iQue Ltd.". iQue. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Star Fox 64 for Wii". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  13. ^ スターフォックス64 (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ Perry, Doug (May 16, 1997). "Star Fox 64 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  15. ^ Buchanan, Levi (April 3, 2008). "Happy Birthday, Rumble Pak". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Star Fox Adventures for GameCube". GameSpot. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  17. ^ スターフォックスアドベンチャー (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  18. ^ Parker, Sam (September 13, 2002). "No more Nintendo-exclusive games from Rare". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  19. ^ Casamassina, Matt (September 23, 2002). "Star Fox Adventures Review". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  20. ^ a b c "Star Fox: Assault for GameCube". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  21. ^ スターフォックス アサルト (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  22. ^ Castro, Juan (February 2, 2005). "Star Fox Assault Review". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  23. ^ a b c "Star Fox Command for DS". GameSpot. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  24. ^ スターフォックス コマンド (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  25. ^ Harris, Craig (August 25, 2006). "Star Fox Command Review". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  26. ^ a b c "Star Fox 64 3D for 3DS". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  27. ^ "スターフォックス 64 3D" (in Japanese). Nintendo. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Star Fox 2". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  29. ^ IGN Editorial Team (April 11, 2006). "Top 10 Tuesday: Modern Vaporware". IGN. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  30. ^ a b IGN Staff (May 8, 2002). "Namco Brings GCN Support". IGN. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  31. ^ a b "Star Fox (wristwatch)". IGN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  32. ^ Kitan, Kitt. The Nintendo Watch. ScrewAttack. 28 October 2008.
  33. ^ a b "Handheld Museum- Nelsonic Star Fox". Handheld Museum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 

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