Starfox 2

With the official announcement of the SNES Classic Mini and its inclusion of the previously unreleased Starfox 2, it’s time we focus on just what to expect from the lost Starfox sequel.

Planned to be released in 1995, Starfox 2 (like the original) is a game joint developed between Nintendo and Argonaut games. Using an upgraded version of the Super FX chip included in the original Starfox cartridge, Starfox 2 once again brings real-time 3D space action to the Super Nintendo. Heavily publicized in several gaming magazines as well as making appearances at various video game events, Starfox 2 was fully intended to release on time. However, as Nintendo was developing the game, next generation consoles such as the Playstation and Sega Saturn had already released in Japan. These then new consoles featured 3D graphics much more advanced that what could be produced on the Super Nintendo with the Super FX chip. To avoid comparisons between it’s more basic 3D graphics and those produced by these newer consoles (and to avoid scrutiny from Sony who was Nintendo’s bitter rival at the time), Nintendo decided to quietly cancel the game’s release. At the time it was cancelled, Starfox 2 was already completed and only required some cleaning up before being ready for release. The game would’ve seemingly remain lost to the public if it weren’t for anonymous insiders at Nintendo leaking various prototype builds of the game.

Ever since the game’s prototypes were leaked, the game has been available for play in a near complete state, enough to get a thorough understanding of what the developers were aiming for. In Starfox 2 you must defend Corneria and the Lylat galaxy from the forces of the revived Andross. As the game begins, you are asked to choose which member of the Starfox team (now featuring 2 new female members: Miyu and Fay) to control as well as a partner pilot. What makes this game unique is its departure from the original game’s formula in favor of a more open ended type of game. Similar to Starfox Command for the Nintendo DS, you are presented with a map of the galaxy with various planets and battleships. It is up to you the pilot the arwings, liberate planets taken over by Andross, intercept enemies and missiles aimed at Corneria, and diminish Andross’ forces. The game takes place in real time where enemies and missiles on the map continue to move as you battle Andross’ minions with certain boss enemies (such as Star Wolf who would’ve been originally introduced in this game) even being able to interrupt your missions.

According to one of the game’s original developers, this leaked prototypes still lack various features that are included in the final build of the game (a copy of which he owns). It can be assumed that the version included in the SNES classic mini will be this final version so people who have already played through the prototypes may still have new content to look forward to!

5 thoughts on “Starfox 2

  1. Sorry to say but Donkey Kong Country is NOT better than its sequel, Diddy’s Kong Quest. Everything that was done well in the first game was done EVEN BETTER in the sequel. Also, Super Metroid is leagues ahead of some of the choices above it, such as DKC, Mario World, and ALTTP (my opinion on those last 2, it is definitely better than DKC). However I think DKC 2 is better than Super Metroid, but they are my favorite and second favorite games respectively.

  2. It amazes me how you KEEP coming up with awesome things week after week. This is one of the most useful sites on the web so THANKS for sending us all the goodies! Also your intro is very pro grade cool. Intensely intricate for something that passes almost too quickly! : )

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  4. Kinda suprised Kirby Super Star didn’t make it, but Kirby’s Dreamland 3 did, mostly ’cause KDL3 is barely talked about meanwhile everyone and their mama talk about Super Star (I love both Dreamland 3 and Super Star btw)

    also Super Metroid didn’t make top 3?

  5. I can’t blame you guys for what you voted for… but this list also shows the unfortunate situation that you guys were deprived of two SNES classics that deserve to be in the top 5-10.

    Metal Combat: Battle Clash II. THIS WAS MADE BY NINTENDO. It was an amazing sequel that did things you would never expect from a Nintendo game. Unfortunately, because it was a Super Scope game a lot of people didn’t pick it up. But it is one of those rare games that still holds up today, even without nostalgia. It was also one of Nintendo’s first forays into making a game that was story-driven: even battle opened and closed with dialogue that moved the story forward, as well as plot twists and alternate endings (depending on your skill).

    Terranigma: This was an action RPG that Japan oddly enough released in Europe, but not here in the west. It was very atmospheric, and really became heady and interesting after the first few dungeons when a major plot twist revealed that you were essentially the only human left alive on Earth. You then travel the world seeking to revive the continents and restoring the world.

    I highly suggest emulating both games as you are not likely to be able to obtain your own copies. Or a superscope.

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