A playthrough of Nintendo’s 1993 3D space shooter for the Super Nintendo, Star Fox, also known as Star Wing in Europe.
I play through all of the main routes in this video:
Level 1 1:07
Level 2 38:01
Level 3 1:14:03
Star Fox was one of those games that have so many memories attached to it for me, and given how fans still react to the series (despite it having arguably peaked by the second game), I’m not the only one.
While it looks positively creaky by modern day standards, Star Fox was *the* game to get back in 1993 if you wanted to see what cutting edge game graphics looked like.
Okay, well sure, the 3DO was around at that point, but how many people was a $700 CD system really an option for in 1993?
For mere mortals that were playing on things like the SNES and the Sega Genesis, Star Fox was the dream. It was the next generation, today. It was actual real-time 3D on a cartridge! And it was fantastic. People that aren’t old enough to remember this might scoff at the simple shapes, flat shading, and the frame rate that regularly dips well below 20fps, but Star Fox did for console gaming what Doom did on the PC. It showed players the potential for 3D, gave them a glimpse of the possibilities, and left them begging for more.
Nintendo was very good at making the SNES appear far more capable than was implied by the machine’s underwhelming hardware specs. The core SNES console in no way could have done this alone – it would have laughed, vomited on itself, and set fire all at the same time. The real hero that brought Star Fox to the masses was an enchancement chip, the SuperFX, that was built into the cartridges. It was a coprocessor that ran at about triple the clock speed that the base SNES’s internal CPU did, and the game needed this power to push real-time rendered polygons at any sort of playable speed.
And it served its purpose well. It gave us a taste of the future of gaming, something to impress our friends with, and a damn good space shooter all at the same time.
Really, how can anyone hate on the ridiculous setup, story, and cast? I mean, we have a dog commanding a squad of fighter pilots including a fox, a frog, a bird, and a rabbit. Is there anything better than laughing while you hear them say, “Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh,” as they’re complaining that you stole their kill? Hehehe. And that soundtrack… it’s awesome.
It’s hard to understate the importance of Star Fox, and there’s no denying how flat out fun it is. I still get just as much a kick out of it now as I did 25 years ago when I played it for the first time.
At the end of class a few months back one of my students requested I do this game, so here ya go, Noah. Hope you like it!
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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