Star Fox (SNES) Playthrough – NintendoComplete

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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43 Replies to “Star Fox (SNES) Playthrough – NintendoComplete”

  1. Christopher Noel

    It's too bad the display couldn't have been stretched to the width of YouTube's Theater mode, or Full Screen mode. I mean, the game was designed for 4:3 aspect ratio, but I feel like even 14:9 could have been utilized even if 16:9 couldn't. Without a peripheral view, the image lacks an immersive depth.

  2. DisneyTimeLord

    6:20 "You're not actually going into an asteroid field."

    "They'll be crazy enough to follow us in."

    "But sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1."

    "Never tell me the odds!"

  3. DementedDistraction

    I always liked how Pepper just says, "Goodbye!" like he fully expects that you won't be returning, lol.
    Though this game is a great example of how practically flawless gameplay can elevate a paper-thin story – for all we know Corneria is a tyrannical galactic force that's subjugating planets, and Andross is a freedom fighter trying to save his people. This game is so fun that I didn't care when I was 12, and I don't care now.


    Obsolete as those 3D graphics are by today's standards, this game was REVOLUTIONARY back in 1993, because by then, that were brand new. It was comparable to 3D arcades of that time. The original Star Fox, which is tougher than 64, is a great game. I can beat Level 3 no problem, though it is difficult at times, and I can find the two hidden levels. Andross looked weird in this game, though. The SNES Classic had the framerate too low, as in original hardware, it goes 20FPS.

  5. Lilianna Kifflin

    Too bad we didn't hear the music in the intro, both haunting and beautiful at the same time. Turning 36 years old and I'm still a fan of Star Fox since I was 11 years old when my brother played this from Blockbuster Video. Once a 90s kid, always a 90s kid, and I am much more of a hardcore Starfox fan when I know what begin and what ended, even the character arcs that I know should be explored.

  6. Erick McNerney

    When I had seizures when I was younger, my brain "scrambled" the intro part when they're leaving the hanger, only instead of my brain saying "emergency! emergency!" it would say "warning! warning!"

  7. Shakayla Thomas

    0:03 Nintendo Presents…
    Star Fox
    Story: Long Ago In the Faraway Galaxy, There Was a Fourth Planet of the Lylat System called Corneria. Ruled by The Leader of the Cornerian Army named General Pepper who Banished the infamous scientist, know as Andross and sent to this barren deserted planet, Venom due to his evil plan to turn The Lylat System into a Westland of Near-Extinction. Years Later, General Pepper fears that Andross has returned from Venom and declared war on Corneria for his revenge by invading the Lylat System with his own powerful army. General Pepper's Army became weak, helpless, and lost hope to stop Andross and his army to defend the Lylat System. But Luckily, He Sents Fox McCloud, Peppy Hare, Slippery Toad, and Falco of the Corneria's freedom fighting team, know as Star Fox in order to Battle Andross and his empire, Defend Corneria to Bring Back Peaceful Harmony and Balance, and Free the Lylat System Once Again….
    And So, The Battle Begins….
    General Pepper (with an echo voice): GOOD LUCK!!!

  8. ZeromusUra

    Personally, Star Fox soundtrack and sounds are way better and cooler than Star Fox 2 & Star Fox 64. For me 64's only awesome track is team Wolf's. As Falco says… Wiwawin dame!

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