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    Fanstuff: Use Bombs Wisely

    By DZComposer, in Fanstuff,

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    YouTube user WinsorIII (AKA "Epic Beau") has made a Star Fox themed parody of Maroon5's "Moves like Jagger" called "Uee Bombs Wisely" featuring various Peppy-isms from Star Fox 64.

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    Wow, two main page posts in a row about the Retro Rumor.

    Paul Gale, the source that revealed PlayStation All Stars almost 6 months before its announcement, has now claimed that Retro Studios is working on BOTH Star Fox and Metroid -- IN THE SAME GAME, tentatively titled "Star Fox - Metroid: Fusion Saga."

    Now, he does qualify this by saying it is the only info he's heard on Retro's project, but I am posting this here because of past claims he has made being true.

    He mentions how Retro has wanted to do an original Sci-Fi IP, but also many on Retro's team have wanted to take a stab at Star Fox. And we already know the company's work on the Metroid franchise.

    Fox quite literally runs into Samus, causing a crash. It seems to be two games in one with two stories, Samus' part of the story and Star Fox's.

    You'll get to fly Samus's ship, and you'll get to take Fox on ground adventures (He will apparently move similarly to Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden).

    There will be leader boards and multilayer battle (whether or not the battles were online was not specified).

    He qualifies this all with a statement that this may have just been a pitch, and may not actually have gone to production.

    I guess I could sum up my feelings with a "don't know if want" image macro. While the idea is interesting, how can it possibly be canon to either series? Also, Metroid and Star Fox are very different franchises. The only thing the have in common is Space. Though if anyone could actually make the crazy idea work, it is Retro Studios.

    I really don't know what to think of it.

    My problem with the leak is that there is TOO MUCH detail. Sounds a lot like someone spinning a yarn to me. We'll see. E3 is less than three weeks away!

    SRC: http://paulgalenetwork.com/home/2012/05/19/rumor-is-retro-studios-wii-u-game-star-fox-metroid-fusion-saga/

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    Normally, I wouldn't bother to make a main-page post about this rumor. It's been around for a long time. In fact, the rumor started while Retro was ramping-up production on Donkey Kong Country Returns. Of course, we didn't know about that game at the time, but the speculation about it potentially being a Star Fox Title was bubbling up in various places around the internet.

    Well, the rumor is bubbling-up again. Retro has already said they are working on something that "everyone wants them to do." There was a little speculation at the time that it may be Star Fox, but there are other things people have wanted out of Retro, including a new Metroid Prime game.

    But, there is something now adding new fire to this rumor.

    The British gaming site TechTroid claims to have an inside source that confirms that the game is, in fact, a Star Fox game! They claim it would not be a launch title, but would be unveiled at E3.

    As exciting is this sounds, let's remember: this is an anonymous source for a blog. Take this with the requisite dose of salt. We'll find out the truth in a few weeks.

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    I would have filed this under "fanstuff," but I think the quality of this goes a bit beyond your average fanwork, so I filed it under ClassicStarFox.

    YouTube user Rickonami has created an awesome CGI animation of the intro to Star Fox SNES and clips from Corneria, Asteroid Field, and Space Armada. It is done up a bit like an E3 trailer. There's even some menu in there.

    Amazing work, though I was a little disappointed when Corneria was significantly less-detailed than everything else, and that some music was redone while other music was not. Also, this person thought Fox was James, and it shows.

    Despite these flaws, it is an amazing piece of work.

    On a side note, wouldn't it be awesome of Nintendo re-did Star Fox in HD like this for it's 20th anniversary next year?

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    Fanstuff: Nintendo History in Song

    By DZComposer, in Fanstuff,

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    While there is not even a mention of Star Fox in this, I found it to be an amusing, but very abridged, look at the history of Nintendo through a Broadway-esqe song complete with accompanying animation.

    YouTube user "BrawlintheFamily" put this together. It is nicely done, the audio is quality for a YouTube video.

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    Last year, Nintendo announced the Wii U at E3. The reaction was mixed. While developers seemed to be interested, gamers were cautious. Especially since the system wears the Wii brand.

    This week, however, new information has surfaced, though some if it is most definately rumor.

    What was shown at E3 2011 was not even close to final spec

    Yoshinori Ono, known for Street Fighter, has come out and said that Wii U is drastically different than what was shown at E3 2011.

    "What was shown at last year's E3 is not a reflection of the power the system will offer. We have been trying out the development kits and some of the new features will increase its possibilities. It isn't like the Kinect or anything like that, it is something different," Ono further stated.

    He elaborates on that comment by saying that "I can't talk anymore regarding the subject because, if I do, Nintendo will send assassins to kill me! (laughs). But let's say that the Wii U is going to be a console that will count with some great and unique posibilities that it will be hard to sell them across magazines and other mediums."

    This is intriguing, and a bit scary. "Diffuclt to sell acrous magazines and other mediums" to me sounds like a nice way of saying "people will think it sucks when they first read it, but when they play it they will change." We all know how closed-minded Nintendo naysayers react to these kinds of things. They WON'T play it, and will bash the experience that they did not experience.

    While it is easy to be "their loss," remember, marketing is about perception. Nintendo wants "core" gamers back this time. The system can't be seen as a bunch of gimmicks to them, but I fear it will be.

    Near-Field Communication (NFC)

    Add this to the confirmed list. Nintendo announced that WiiU's controller will have NFC technology buiilt-in. NFC was originally designed for cellphones. It's the technology behind those "tap transfers" where you tap your phone to someone else's to share things. It has also been used for farecards in some mass transit systems.

    This has augmented reality gaming written all over it, as the WiiU will be able to interact with objects in the real world.

    It is worth noting that this may have been what Yoshinori Ono was talking about, but I have not heard anything concerning this.

    Not Wii U Afterall?

    Rumor here, but one I hope is true. Wii U may not be the final name of the console.

    Final Product at E3 2012

    All will be answered here, and at a shortly-after event in Tokyo. So, come June 5, all will be told.

    DZComposer

    Fanstuff: Star Wolf on Electronic Organ

    By DZComposer, in Fanstuff,

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    Japanese YouTube user nori9819 posted a video of a performance of the Star Wolf theme from SF64 on an organ!

    Don't expect a tradional organ sound, though. This is an electronic organ that functions much like a synth workstation. It is programmed to produce orchestral sounds.

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    SOPA/PIPA and Freedom

    By DZComposer, in General Article,

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    As you may have noticed, SF-O was participating in the Jan. 18 SOPA blackout. SF-O went down for approximately 18 hours in opposition to these bills which could cause irreperable harm to fansites everywhere by allowing media companies to have websites taken down without due process of law.

    The video above discusses the Senate version of the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In the Senate the bill is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA has gotten more attention than PIPA because it was moving faster in the legislative process. But PIPA is just as dangerous, and now it is moving faster.

    PIPA would give the government new powers to block Americans' access websites that corporations don't like. The bill lets corporations and the US government censor entire websites and cut sites off from advertising, payments and donations.

    This legislation will stifle free speech and innovation, and even threaten popular web services like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

    The bill is scheduled for a test vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th: We need to act now to let our lawmakers know just how terrible it is. Will you fill out the form above to ask your lawmakers to oppose the legislation and support a filibuster?

    Thanks to http://fightforthefuture.org for the video.

    DZComposer

    Project SFR

    By DZComposer, in Fanstuff,

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    SF-O Member Psy_Commando is working on a Source Engine mod currently called "Project SFR."

    The mod borrows from the SNES canon and Itoh Comic in addition to the main N64 canon.

    Current plans include the ability to play as a Cornerian soldier.

    From the project site:

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    The goals of this mod is to recreate the style, and the feel of the first Starfox games on a more modern platform to make it accessible for newer fans of the series, and for old school StarFox fans like me.

    I plan to take the best of StarFox 1(snes), 2(snes), and to a certain extent StarFox 64, and tape it all together to create an interesting continuity.

    That's more or less what the "R" stands for in the name "Project SFR" or "StarFox Retro".

    Multiplayer is a possibility, and you can bet on SF-O hosting at least one SFR server if it happens.

    You can visit the project site here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/project-sfr/videos

    Also, here is the SF-O forum thread:

    Both are good sources to stay up-to-date in this project.

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    UPDATE: Tech news outlets are reporting that Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped support for SOPA! If this is true, I applaud these companies for seeing the light and the problems with this bill.

    Dear Nintendo:

    Let me begin by saying that I believe that content creators have all right to defend their creations. StarFox-Online (SF-O) has always had a policy of discouraging game piracy and actively bans the distribution of pirated games through our community.

    For some reason, rights holders always seem to throw a straw man argument out there that those who oppose laws like SOPA oppose protecting copyrights. This is certainly not true. Those who seek to profit from the works of others or freeload on the backs of content creators do not have the moral high-ground, and should face the consequences of their actions.

    That said, the punishments should fit the crimes. Copyright law in recent years is becoming more and more strict, and in some instances copyright crimes now carry heavier sentences than violent acts, such as assault and battery. Certainly copyright infringement is less of a threat to society than physical violence, so why the sentencing incongruence?

    By their very nature, fansites rely heavily on the content of the work(s) that the sites are about. While there are already legal gray-areas with fansites, SOPA presents a new danger.

    Fansites are important. They serve as a word-of-mouh network of free (to the content owner) advertising. Fansite owners and community members are the MOST LIKELY to buy the product out of all possible customers. Fan networks generate hype, and their members spread the word to others.

    Thankfully, Nintendo has thus far chosen not to bully their fans by filing lawsuits against fansites unless there is actually game piracy going on. I applaud Nintendo for this.

    BUT, Nintendo has disappointed me with their decision to throw their support behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

    This Infographic explains why SOPA is bad better than I can, but in a nutshell it allows the blocking of websites without the full due process of law that is the Gold Standard of the American legal system.

    It also makes running a site that links to copyrighted material a felony crime, even if the links are posted by site users.

    The law is so broad that sites like SF-O fall in violation of it. But it isn't just fansites like us. Even big names like Google and Facebook would be in violation of this law.

    Defending copyright is one thing, but wholesale censorship is another. This bill CANNOT pass.

    Nintendo, for the sake of your fans, PLEASE withdraw support for this bill until the language allowing for wholesale censorship are removed.

    Copyright is important, but it is not more important than free speech. The Constitution speaks of copyright in ONLY by the words "promoting the useful arts," but it speaks of free speech much more directly: "Congress shall pass no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." Both free speech and free press are threatened by this bill.

    Nintendo Co., Ltd. may be a foreign corporation, but Nintendo of America is in the US and should understand that laws restricting these freedoms are unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American.

    So, once again, I ask on behalf of Nintendo fans and internet users everywhere, please, Nintendo, rescind your support for this bill.

    Sincerely,

    DZComposer - Owner and Admin of StarFox-Online

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