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Star Fox

Stats:
System: Super NES
Release Year: 1992
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB: N/A

Plot

The Star Fox story is long and can be found at the bottom of this page. Star Fox was the first game released by Nintendo to make use of the Super FX chip. It was also their first 3D third-person shooter. A sequel to this game, Star Fox 2, was released for the Super Famicom but never made it to the U.S.

Overview

This game sported shiny 3D capabilities with use of the Super FX chip. It was one of the earliest games to make use of the SNES 3D capabilities. While the game had a heavily polygonal look to it, this game probably had the most complex 3D engine of any Super NES game. The music was good, and the sound effects were varied. The character voices are limited to only one track each, but that was later improved on in Star Fox 64. The gameplay was unique, and remains unique to Star Fox down to this day. You control Fox's starship, an ARWING, and pilot through various courses, blasting whatever comes at you. You also had the job of protecting your fellow pilots, which added more to the game than just shoot-everything-in-sight.

This is a great Super NES title, which only gets better as you go.

Story

The Lylat solar system, located near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, is made up of several bountiful planets. No fewer than three of these worlds were home to civilizations teeming with industrious inhabitants. The other planets in the system provided boundless natural resources. The comfortable lifestyle enjoyed by the Lylatians was the envy of the galaxy until the coming of the evil Emperor Andross. Emperor Andross was once known as Doctor Andross, a scientific genius who worked at an advanced lab on Corneria, the fourth planet in the Lylat system. Every since his childhood, Androsss brilliance outshone that of other children. As an adult, Dr. Andross began developing a power engine based on hyper-spatial energy. Selfish and blinded by ambition, he repeatedly conducted dangerous experiments in the heart of Cornerias most populated city. After many warnings from the planets ruling council, he was finally banished from the planet for endangering the inhabitants of Corneria. Out of sight, out of mind. The inhabitants of Corneria soon forgot the menace of Dr. Andross. One day, however, Cornerias small defense force detected some unusual happenings on Venom, the first planet in the Lylat system. Strange unidentified flying objects were monitored maneuvering above the planet in large numbers. It was not long before the self appointed Emperor Andross, who had fled to Venom, declared war on Corneria. The planet Venom had been completely remade by Emperor Andross into a gigantic military base. Andross hoped that with his military power, he could soon control all the planets in the Lylat system. General Pepper, the commanding officer of Cornerias defense force, decided to dispatch the super-high-performance combat ship ARWING to the defense of the planet, even though it was in the prototype stage of development. Because of the urgency of the threat to Corneria, however, he did not have time to train pilots for these advanced fighters. We need the Star Fox Team!! This is the call sent out by General Pepper. You are Fox McCloud, leader of the Star Fox team, a group of adventurers with outstanding combat skill. Your mission is to penetrate the defenses of the planet Venom and defeat the forces led by Emperor Andross. Your ability to maneuver the ARWING fighter will make the difference between the return of peace to the Lylat system and the fall of Corneria to the evil Emperor. As team leader, you are also responsible for the safe return of your Star Fox teammates.