When it comes to classic video games, Nintendo is like Motown, having churned out hit after hit at an impressive clip. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong… We could rattle on an impressive of list of iconic in-house titles from the video game giant until the end of this article. But today we’re going to focus on one of the company’s most popular original offerings for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Star Fox. With the announcement that the long-canceled Star Fox 2 will finally be available this September via the company’s SNES Classic, we just had to bust out the Star Fox tattoos.
Star Fox follows the adventures of ace fighter pilot Fox McCloud and his rag-tag team of wingmen (Slippy Toad, Peppy Hare, and Falco Lombardi as they fight the evil forces of Andross across multiple words and space itself. The first Star Fox, a rail shooter released in 1993, is one of the best games Nintendo ever produced.
The original game was a smash hit and a sequel was quickly planned, written, and coded. However, due to the impending release of the Nintendo 64, the company decided at the last minute to scrap the game and redo it on the new system to take advantage of advanced hardware features. The result, Star Fox 64, was nothing short of a masterpiece.
In the last 22 years, Star Fox 2 became a thing of legend. There exist incomplete ROMs of it in Japanese, but the final product never made its way to the net. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo announced that the full finished game would be included (along with a dream list of other titles) on the SNES Classic. Hopefully, this system doesn’t suffer the fate of the NES classic and see most of its production run bought up by eBay flippers, because we really want to play Star Fox 2.
In the two and a half decades since its initial release, the Star Fox series has found its way into the hearts of fans across the globe, some of whom go the extra mile with the nerd love by getting killer Star Fox tattoos. We’ve got some of those here for you today, mostly because in our hearts we are forever stuck in 1993.
These Star Fox tattoos make us even more excited to finally play Star Fox 2. And hey, even if it totally sucks it’ll still be better than the Gamecube’s Star Fox Adventures, right?