F-Zero U & Starfox U - Will they happen?
Editor's Note: DM asks a lot of hard questions, but I think we will all agree both these franchises are due for a new installment. Let us know which you think should come first, along with other key Nintendo franchises that should come to Wii U.
If you follow the gaming industry closely, you know the Wii U just came out last week. I like to think it had a good launch. But what do I know? I am just a gamer that likes a good console to play on.
Back in E3 2011, we got our first glimpse of the Nintendo Wii U, the successor to the Wii and codenamed: Project Cafe. It was a good conference. Everyone had good things to say about Nintendo, but people were a little confused about the Wii U and its touch-screen Gamepad.
It wasn’t till E3 2012 that we got a better look at the launch titles for the Wii U and a better explanation regarding the console itself. People we’re thinking, there was no square box of hardware. They were thinking the Gamepad was the console. And they didn’t like the name...
Now, I for one feel strongly about this. Nintendo should have included more first-party games in their lineup. Yes we would have loved a new Metroid, a new Donkey Kong, or even a new Kirby. But there are two Nintendo properties that people were hopefully to see, myself included. Those are a new F-Zero game and a new Starfox game.
We didn’t have a real Starfox and F-Zero since the Nintendo Gamecube. F-Zero GX was a fun new game built for the Gamecube and Nintendo gave Sega the opportunity to develop it. There was also Starfox Assault which was a less than stellar game that was released late in the Gamecube’s lifecycle. That could be one reason why it was a flop. Another reason, they took Fox McCloud out of a R-Wing to give it some third-person shooter missions.
It comes as no surprise that these Nintendo properties made no appearance on the Wii. We said, “Okay” and hoped they could be on the next console. They weren’t in the Wii U’s launch lineup so that has fans like myself worried if we will ever see F-Zero or Starfox on the Wii U.
The origins of these two titles were created to be glorified tech demo’s to show-off the hardware of Nintendo’s new console. F-Zero on the Super Nintendo was made to show off the “Mode 7” graphics. Starfox was made to show off the FX Chip. These two titles did not disappoint. They were very impressive and not bad video games back then.
In the Nintendo 64 days, there was no doubt we’d see these two titles make a second appearance. We were given Starfox 64 and F-Zero X. Now jumping to 64-bits, these games were very impressive in themselves. They showed off the new 3D graphics that this next-gen consoles were capable of. We also had stereo sound and digitized voice work. Again, they show off the new capabilities of the growing technology.
Of course, when the Gamecube debuted, there was an F-Zero game to be made sometime after the initial launch and Starfox Assault was released at the tail end of the Gamecube’s lifespan. At that point, there is very little room for those two titles to grow from the new readily available technology when the Wii came. Did we want motion controls with our Starfox and F-Zero games? Not really.
For the Wii U, there is a chance these games could get made. The big thing about this new console, it is HD ready. Everyone is excited about Mario in HD and Zelda in HD. Why not HD Starfox and HD F-Zero?
One thing I like to point out. The definitive Starfox game was Starfox 64. F-Zero had three amazing console games. Should they make these games to appease fans of those titles? How much better can these games get with new-gen graphics? How much more innovating do these titles need to have that same wow factor since the Gamecube days?
they better make the zelda game even though the i'm not a fan of zelda and the only zelda I played was twilight princess they better not cock tease us likwe that I men common that wii u zelda looked amazing
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I honestly didn't like F-Zero GX because the rubber-band AI was so ridiculous. One minute, I'm way ahead of everyone going 999 MPH, the fastest you can possibly go in the game, and the next minute, the racer in 2nd place starts catching up like it's nothing. WTF?! Don't get me wrong, I like challenge, but not when the challenge is based on the cheating AI! Anyways, I hope we do get a new Starfox game and a new F-Zero game!
yes it must happen! F-zero, starfox, wave race, 1080` snowboarding, metroid prime 4 and 3D platformer donkey kong! that would sell the wii-u's very fast plus make us consumers very happy
Personally, I want to see a new F-Zero before a new Star Fox (but I still want both to happen). I honestly don't know how Nintendo let F-Zero fall through the cracks after GX (which is personally my favorite game of the series). Yes, the game was hard, but how much fun is a game that doesn't give you a difficult to attain but feasible challenge? I say take everything that made GX an amazing game, and add a few new pilots (without removing existing ones), new tracks (with possibly a track creator mode), improve the custom machine mode (with the ability to edit more than 3 parts), bring back the Death Race mode from F-Zero X, even though you could basically do the same thing in any normal race already, and of course, have an online infrastructure that actually works. Come on Nintendo, you have decades of IPs to work with besides Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and Kirby; use some of them for something other than Super Smash Bros.
I outlined how F-Zero could work out on the Wii-U in one of my other blogs: http://www.screwattack.com/news/games-i-would-see-wii-u
Also, I say the best Starfox was 2, not 64.
I would love this, never played fzero before
F-Zero. Simply F-Zero. I friggin loved X and GX, and I've been waiting for a new one ever since.
F-Zero- Take F-Zero X, shine it up, make it gleam, and go. Game pad can double as a second screen or as a map screen and position listing. Seriously, F-Zero in HD would be GORGEOUS, and would give me that push to buy a Wii U. (Not saying I haven't already been pushed, or that I'll never nab one, there's just some time before I actually do.)
Star Fox- Okay, this one's tricky. Command is hard to go after... The plot of that game was... Egh... The different endings are... Myeh... GOD, OKAY, I HATED COMMAND. Anyway, make it pretty, use the game pad to A. Choose different weapons (C'mon, it'd be nice to have different weapons for different situations), B. Show the team's health (So you can better watch out for the characters you need to save), and C. Menus. So when we pause we can just tap tap tap and continue. Make it pretty, make it Star Fox, don't bog us down with too much plot, let us drive the damn Arwing, and GIVE UP ON GROUND LEVELS UNLESS I'M IN A DAMN TANK.
Yeah. If they give it them the Skyward Sword level of polish, they can be very spectacular titles when and if they do happen.
Retro has been hinting at making a new Star Fox game for a bit, Miyamoto put it clear that the Wii could not handle what they wanted to do with F-Zero, so I think this gen we might see one if not both of these games come out, thought it will remain to see. I'd say just wait till E3
I think an F-Zero game that utilizes the gamepad's screen as a mini-map/radar might be cool. Then again I think F-Zero would benefit more on the 3DS because of 3D graphics in high speed.
Or they could announce Wii U Zelda, or a full 3D main series Pokemon game with all the regions. Again, Nintendo would still win
Nintendo has so many great franchises and characters.
I would love them to give the care & attention to all of them and even tough Nintendo might have the resources do them all (by getting some studios set up specifically for e.g. star fox) because at the end of the day it's a business and they "need" to make money.
If they do it right and don't take resources away from other projects than I'm all for it. If it means getting a "crappy" Zelda or Mario or etc. than i'd rather have fewer Nintendo titles but still have them kick ass.
Quality over quantity
all Nintendo has to do is announce a Star Fox game, F-zero, any RPG (Earthbound maybe), and show the new super Smash Bros tralier (I would also like a Fire Emblem Wii U announcement), at E3 this year, and I don't care what Microsoft and Sony show, I say Nintendo wins
They seem particularly interested in bringing back Star Fox and even F-Zero.
Also while the launch would've benefited from more 1st party titles, Nintendo's reasoning for this was to give attention to the 3rd parties, trying to secure as much support early on.
Just wait until E3, maybe Retro's project has been a new Star Fox.
I can care less about Star fox but F-Zero is a possible system seller for me
man i cant wait for star fox adventures 2! ahahaha...
The reason 64 3D didn't get a sale from me was its multiplayer was local only. Sole reason... Without online play, I felt like I might as well have just fired up the actual N64.
Starfox, F-Zero, Metroid, Earthbound, Kid Icarus, and Donkey Kong all deserve something on the WiiU (and a new Wario Land game game would be nice).