Star Fox [Game Review]

Star Fox | Video Game Review | SNES Classic | Nintendo |

Title: Star Fox
Developer: Nintendo, Argonaut Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Nintendo SNES
Rail shooter, shoot ’em up
Release Date:
February 21, 1993 (2017 on the SNES Classic)
How we got the game:
We bought the SNES Classic 

The only experience we ever had with Star Fox, aside from the characters being featured in the Super Smash Bros. series, would be Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. The GameCube game, apparently, derailed from the genre that the Star Fox series was known for, so we were excited to actually try out the original Star Fox game for the SNES.

I enjoy the cast of characters Star Fox provides and was eager to give the original game a shot knowing it’s a typical shooting game.


Gameplay for Star Fox consists of flying an Arwing through the levels while shooting down opposing airships and grounded enemies. You can choose for the controls for the airship to be inverted, where up is down, and there are a few different options as to which button is the blaster, the brake, and the speed boost.

While it’s pretty straightforward, it was something I couldn’t handle. I often passed the controller over to Kris and she ended up playing the game for the both of us. I wasn’t a fan of the controls and I was confused about where to go and who to shoot.

I wasn’t too much of a fan of the controls either, but it was a bit fun just keeping the blaster button pressed and shooting everything that moved on the screen. I… may have knocked out teammates like Slippy once or twice… Whoops. I couldn’t aim to save my life (sometimes literally), especially in the first-person mode, but I wasn’t much better in third-person.

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Shooting was definitely the best part of the game (which is good since that’s basically all you do). But it was tricky because I often couldn’t tell my teammates from the enemies and then they’d yell at me… Oh, well.


The SNES Classic does a wonderful job of preserving the original graphics and music of the older games. That said, it was a bit funny seeing old the pixels and polygons of Star Fox!

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It was certainly funny to see the older graphics. It was interesting to see the characters as just their heads in the intercoms rather than their full bodies throughout the entire game. The graphics are cool but you can’t tell much of what’s going on.

The sound effects and music were great, especially when the characters were “talking.” To us, they sounded a little like Porky Pig from the Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons, haha! The music and sounds did their job, sounding just epic enough to motivate us to try to defeat the enemy with our Arwing.story

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Emporer Andross has declared war on our heroes. Once banished, he set up shop on Venom, the first planet in the Lylat system. He begins a war on Corneria and it’s up to Fox and his team to save everyone.

That’s the simplicity of the story. Andross is the bad guy that needs to be defeated, and Star Fox is the team to do it. As long as, you know, the player can aim well enough to shoot the enemies out of space, haha!


The original Star Fox is a fun game for nostalgic purposes and a few different difficulty levels. Compared to FPS games nowadays, Star Fox is pretty simple, but it’s a nice change of pace to turn on once in a while.

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I’m not sure I can see myself going back to this game. I don’t have any emotional attachment to this game and, despite how simple it seemed, I had a hard time playing it. Still, it was great to try.

Star Fox gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. I know you did not like this one that much (which is quite fair given it has not aged very well), but I think you should give Star Fox 64 a go eventually if you can. That one is excellent.

  2. The FX chip was awesome back in the day but today this game is just a bunch polygons running around in space if ask me. Star Fox 64 is much better and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy that one. The music in this game is really good however. Not to mention some of the sound effects. Anyway “GOOD LUCK”! 😁

  3. Before getting the SNES Classic, I had only played Star Fox 64. This was a tough one to get in to as its aged pretty poorly but I was unable to unlock Star Fox 2 by playing it so, there is something I guess. 🙂

  4. Loved the original Star Fox (known as Starwing for us in the UK for some reason!). If you didn’t get on with the controls, can I suggest you give Star Fox Zero a miss on the Wii U? The controls are horrendous. On screen is the normal 3rd person view, but to shoot an enemy you have to look at the gamepad screen which is the 1st person view in the cockpit! So you’re trying to looking at both screens at once, pilot the damn thing, shooting and not crashing. Not a pleasant experience!

    • Oh, wow! That sounds like such a pain. The only Star Fox game I’ve played was Adventures for the Gamecube. So this was quite different. I never had much interest in the Star Fox series, but I plan on exploring it more.

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