Did you know that it's the 20th anniversary of Star Fox today? Yes, on 21 February 1993, Star Fox was released for SNES in Japan, kicking off an exciting new series that followed Fox McCloud's fight for the Lylat System. Unlike with The Legend Of Zelda and Mario, Nintendo isn't marking Star Fox's anniversary so we thought we'd step in and ask you to share your fondest memories of the series from the original Star Fox (known as Starwing over here) all the way up to Star Fox 64 3D.
Star Fox has had its ups and downs in that time and following Lylat Wars (AKA Star Fox 64), new games in the series have never managed to live up to the hype. You had Rare's Star Fox Adventures which mixed flying with on foot sections and Namco's Star Fox Assault was a bit disappointing. It took Nintendo to remake Lylat Wars for 3DS to show how great Star Fox can be.
Now all we need is for Nintendo, or maybe Retro, to take charge of the series and bring it back to its glory days on Wii U or 3DS. After all, Miyamoto wants it to return
Anyway, that's for the future. On with your memories of the series.
1. Do A Barrel Roll
Nominated by: . Nintendo Ninja, Lottie Childs, Ben Leslie, Sebastian Araneda, Richard Fairbrother
"Shouting "Do a barrel roll" at the top of my voice at any and every opportunity," says Nintendo Ninja This is the one memory that many people have mentioned. Don't blame them. Say Star Fox to some one and they'll immediately feel the urge to shout out Peppy Hare's catchphrase. Pedants will point out that it's only in Star Fox Assault that you perform a barrel roll. It's actually an Aileron Roll in the other games.
Years after Star Fox, Google celebrated the barrel roll. Type Do a barrel roll into Google (actually you only need to type 'do a') and the screen will spin. Awesome.
2. Out Of This Dimension
Nominated by KLMoss: "One of my fave moments has to be getting to the bandit in the Out Of This Dimension stage, I would be blasting it for hours until I won and then playing for more hours to get the "THE END" letters the right way around
Even after all that, I thought: 'why isn't the game restarting?' Then I found out it had to be turned off. Can't believe it's been 20 years, A Star Fox symphony would be great!"
Good point, the music is awesome. Talking of which...
3. The Music
Nominated by: Riverlution, Stefan Matthews
The music in Star Fox games is amazing. Stefan Matthews and Riverlution explain why it means so much to them.
"How can anyone think of a Star Fox game without remembering the breathtaking soundtracks that went with them," asks ONM forum member Riverlution. "The Corneria soundtrack from the original Starwing still reigns as one of the most memorable in video game history. Then Area 6 theme from Star Fox 64 still gets me pumped every time I play that level, it really does emphasize the whole "Final Push" element!"
Over on Facebook, Stefan Matthews says: "The original Starwing was one of my first games I ever had, back in the late 90's before my SNES ended up getting sold. The theme of Corneria was one of the themes of my childhood, and has haunted me ever since. Hearing the recent remake of the theme in Brawl was simply glorious, I had to have a little nostalgic moment to myself.