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Welcome to StarFox-Online! Our goal is to provide accurate information about Nintendo's Star Fox series as well as other things of interest to Star Fox fans all while maintaining a sense of community. Anyone is welcome, whether you're a die hard fan since the 1990s or just heard about Star Fox five minutes ago!
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Here's a 3-for-1 set of nice arrangements of Star Fox music.
The first is a medley of Star Fox and Star Fox 64 music done by the band On Being Human.
The strange guitar is an electronic guitar that functions as a MIDI controller as well as direct control of sound modules and on-the-fly electronic tuning changes. The guy says it is one of only two in existence.
The next piece is a mix of the SNES main theme and Venom with a hint of Space Armada.
It almost sounds like something from a Sonic game.
And lastly, YouTube user Epic Game Music rocks out to SNES Corneria around town.
Reggie has seemingly decided to use NOA's Twitter account as if it were his own personal one lately.
Yesterday, he tweeted "'What does the Fox say,' you ask?" with an art render of Fox from SF643D as an image macro captioned "Definitely not Ring-Ding-Ding-Ding-Dingerinding."
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
It's a sad day in the world of Nintendo. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who brought Nintendo from being a humble playing card maker to one of the greatest names in video games, has died at the age of 85 from pneumonia in a Japanese hospital.
Hiroshi Yamauchi was the last of the Yamauchi family to run the company, the company leadership being in the family since the company's founding in September of 1889.
Most of Nintendo's big name franchises were created under his reign. Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, Metroid, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, the list goes on of great Nintendo properties created in the Yamauchi era, many of them by Shigeru Miyamoto.
Sayonara, Yamauchi-san. You made Nintendo what it is and us fans are forever grateful.
It's no secret in the fanbase that Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games, which recently released The Wonderful 101 on Wii U, has had a desire to work with Star Fox.
Well, he did. Unfortunately, people didn't leave him alone about it. Frustrated with people asking about it, he told Polygon "I've been known for saying I want to work on Star Fox but the tendency for this to spread and people constantly pestering me with questions, like 'How would you do this? How would you do that?' ... Quite frankly, I've decided I don't want to work on Star Fox anymore."
This isn't all bad news, though. Firstly, there never seemed to actually be a Star Fox project at Platinum games, and secondly, even though he may have been turned-off of it, there are plenty of people who want to see Star Fox again, and that gives me hope that a new game will come some day.
SFOCast Theater is a radio drama project aimed at creating radio dramas based on the Star Fox Comics.
This radio drama is based on the serial comic by Ashura Benimaru Itoh that ran in Nintendo Power to promote Star Fox for the SNES. Note that this is not just a reading of the comic. Some dialog lines have been added or changed, and some minor changes were made to the story to fill a couple of plot holes.
Previous Episodes, Credits, and download link are on the Radio Drama's page:
Act III: Fly Again is in production.
You've probably noticed a new logo on the top-left of the site.
I decided to do a more custom logo, but still keep it Star Fox. Simplicity is all the rage in logo design today, so I went with a minimalist logo and a sans-serif font. Though I am not jumping on the all-lowercase bandwagon. "SF-O" is kind of how we are referred to, so I use that. Plus, I like small caps anyway.
The single-color means it can be easily made to fit any situation.
I'm a huge fan of the work of film composer John Williams. When I stumbled upon an arrangement of the SNES ending theme by YouTube User Graham Plowman claiming to be in his style, I was skeptical.
But, I gave it a listen anyway. And I am glad I did. While he didn't 100% nail Williams' style, he got pretty damn close in several places.
But that isn't all. It is very well orchestrated, and definitely belongs in the list of the top 5 Star Fox orchestrations. The only one I can think of off the top of my head that I liked more is the Symphonic Legends arrangement.
But enough talk, here's the music:
Overall, I feel that there are good things coming to the Wii U after today's Nintendo direct. There could be more GREAT things, but given what happened to Nintendo's Wii U launch plans, I give them a bit of a pass for not having a huge lineup of big-gun franchises ready.
Remember, Nintendo layed-out their Wii U launch strategy at last year's E3: get out of the way and let 3rd-parties launch the system. It was a strategy intended to break the "only Nintendo can sell well on Nintendo consoles" mantra. It backfired badly and left the system in trouble with 3rd-party support seriously lacking and no big 1st-party titles.
Knowing this, I am not hugely disappointed that we aren't seeing more games this year. If we were, they would be rushed games not worth playing and stains on their respective franchises.
One thing we've been waiting for a couple of years to hear about is Retro's game. It was announced during the direct today, but it was not announced as Retro's game. Iwata's use of the word "we" while describing it made me think it was an EAD title, but IGN began poking around and Nintendo confirmed that Retro was indeed the developer of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
The title looks great, and I imagine it will live up to Retro's work on DKCR, which was an excellent game itself.
The rumor milll favored Star Fox as the title, but, sadly, the series seems to be still sitting in the vault, not even a mention of this year being the 20th anniversary of the franchise. There are still a couple-more directs today, but I am not hopeful.
A basic recap of the ND:
-> New "Fairy" type Pokemon for X and Y
-> Super Mario 3D World, a rather conservative 3D mario game with NSMB-esque multiplayer.
-> Mario Kart 8 is looking really nice, and even includes some F-Zero-esque elements.
-> DKCTF as above
-> Trailers shown for upcoming 3rd-party games, though none were really new or surprising
-> Bayonetta 2 full trailer and some gameplay
-> New Wind Waker HD trailer
-> Wonderful 101 Gameplay
-> Smash Bros. reveal for Wii U and 3DS. Megaman Megaton.
I've been reading around trying to get a scope of the rumor mill in the immidiate run-up to E3.
I haven't seen anything concrete, but I have seen Star Fox mentioned in the press and in the blogosphere a whole lot more than I have in a long time. I probably haven't seen this much pre-E3 Star Fox speculation since the run-up to E3 2006, which was a month prior to the release of Star Fox Command (Star Fox 64 3D kind of came out of nowhere at E3 2010).
That said, it isn't specific. It is worth noting that back in 2006 we knew SFC was coming, having been announced at GDC in 2005. What we have now is a general rumbling that a Star Fox game is going to be announced for the Wii U.
The question is this: Do these people know something or are we seeing an echo-chamber effect here where enough people are speculating that everyone is picking up on it. I guess we'll find out in about 23 hours from the time of this posting.
I'm trying not to read too much into this, as that can lead to disappointment easilly, but the number of people running with it is intriguing.