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It’s been half a decade since the Star Fox series got a continuation in the Wii U title Star Fox Zero, made by Nintendo and the games studio Platinum Games.
Granted, its release saw middling reviews due to its complex gimmick of using the Wii U gamepad and the TV screen simultaneously. It also heavily relied on the dated game design of its big brother Star Fox 64. Despite the many years between the two games’ release, the newest addition to the franchise stuck too closely to the original. Something that didn’t translate as well as they’d hoped with modern tech.
Star Fox on Switch
For those who loved the sequel to the 1997 Nintendo 64 gem; we have good news. In a recent interview with VGC, Platinum games studio head Atsushi Inaba has spoken out. He thinks its time for Star Fox Zero to make its way to the Nintendo Switch, saying:
“It’s not cool that people aren’t able to play older games because they’re locked out of the platform, so of course if anything was possible we’d like to bring over any of those older titles to the newer platforms”
Something that a lot of gamers agree with. Especially with the cries for backwards compatibility between modern and previous consoles. This is especially important to fans of the Wii U, due to the consoles unfortunate sale of 13.56 million units. A meagre amount compared its predecessor’s impressive sales total of 101 million.
Many of the incredible games on the Wii U are locked behind the titular game pad and stylus.
A Recent History of Ports
Giving even more credence to this port’s potential production is how Nintendo have been taking some of the best titles for the Wii U and putting them on the Switch.
Mario Kart 8 got a port in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Super Mario 3D world was another port. Platinum’s games Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 have both had ports to the switch from the Wii U to great success. Although it’s worth noting that The Wonderful 101 did require a kickstart campaign to fund it’s Switch and Steam release.
Old Fox New Tricks
Of course, Inaba himself cannot ultimately decide if Star Fox Zero will be able to barrel roll onto switch in its current form. Inaba even said:
“The important thing to remember there is that because it’s Nintendo’s IP, the ideas are coming from Miyamoto-san himself”
Miyamoto will be deciding if any potential changes would be made to improve on the critiques the original release got. It is a unique opportunity for a games studio to make those changes from fan feedback. And considering the hardware differences between the Switch and the Wii U, it seems like it would need some reworking regardless.
Nonetheless, we might be seeing Star Fox Zero light speed jump to Nintendo Switch, especially if Platinum has any say in the matter.