Time for me to watch something soothing before heading off to bed. I've been watching Hannibal lately and it gave me some real strange dreams. Not exactly the best choice for bedtime viewing! See you in a few, short hours.
I think you might notice a bit of a trend with this week's End of Day thoughts. After writing the piece on F-Zero last night, I got multiple requests to tackle the same topic for other franchises. There's no doubt that Nintendo has quite a few series' that deserve some more love. You can bet your bottom dollar that StarFox is one of them. Well, at least I think it is!
StarFox has at least fared a bit better than F-Zero as far as attention goes. We had a new installment of StarFox on the DS and we also got a revamp of StarFox 64 on the 3DS. Nice blips on the radar for sure, but not exactly swimming in content. When it comes to the console side of things, StarFox is just as neglected as F-Zero. We haven't seen a new console installment since the GameCube days, and those titles weren't exactly classic fodder.
If you'll remember, Shigeru Miyamoto said that the future of the StarFox series could very well depend on how well StarFox 64 3D sold.
"I told Dylan-san (Dylan Cuthbert, Star Fox co-creator) that if this game wasn't interesting, I couldn't make any more Star Fox games! I said, "If first-time players like this game, Star Fox will be reborn!" That's how much I'm counting on this one game! So if there's anyone out there who wants to look at the future, please play this! (laughs)"
First off, I don't know that it's very fair to judge the future of a series on a remake of a previous installment. Second, we have no idea just how much Miyamoto wanted the game to sell in order to consider a new installment. Third, it seems that the title has sold just shy of a million units. That's not considering digital downloads of the title. If the game did sell a million units, is that a success or a failure?
I am happy that StarFox is recognized and remembered through the Smash Bros. series, but that's not how I want things to be forever. I'd like to see the brand reinvigorated. I want Nintendo to take what they've learned since StarFox 64 and take us to new heights. I'd even love of Platinum got to tackle a new installment, even if Kamiya outwardly says he has no interest in doing that anymore. I just want Nintendo to recognize that with some tweaks, StarFox could be something special once again.
Are you a StarFox fan? Would you like to see the series return, or do you think that today's market isn't the time/place for that type of game? Can a franchise about animals that fly ships garner interest, or are today's gamers too focused on realism and 'MATURE' themes? Leave a comment and let us know.