Hello friends! I have just completed a huge set of changes that, if everything worked correctly, no-one should notice. My server was almost full of files, most of the space taken up by the huge 1080p videos of cutscenes. Before new content could be added, I had to move the large files to cloud based storage. This move is done. Now, in addition to my traditional hosting bill ($15-16 per month), I will also be paying a few cents for every gigabyte stored or transferred. So please don't download things over and over!
Part of this change means that all large download files (videos, audio, podcasts, etc.) will now be served over secure HTTPS! Whenever you view a podcast download, for example, you should see it coming from an HTTPS address, so you can have more confidence that these files are not being intercepted or modified on the way to you. In the coming months, I plan to move the entire Krystal Archive itself to secure HTTPS. For now, though, if you run into any problems with obtaining download files from the site, please let me know.
During this whole process, I also found and corrected several issues. Here's a summary of the changes:
- Added the LaffetheFox's Krystal Theme from the Bit Fox Adventures album to the Krystal Music page. It had been uploaded, but never listed (whoops!).
- Added downloads for Rhyfe2002's rig, which had been uploaded, but never posted about (whoops again!).
- I had never posted the local mirror of the 3rd Star Fox: Event Horizon demo when I posted about it, but I did upload the file (whoops a third time!). However, you should probably use the more up-to-date 4th demo if you want to try the game out. Sadly, UndyingNephalim has placed the game on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
- You might remember the Fox to Krystal HD videos I posted about last year. While I did update the Adventures Video page with updated download links to the HD versions, I never posted links to the downloads for the Fox-to-Krystal glitch videos, until now.
- Fixed one misnamed file.
- Moved the spiral tattoo SVG to a better location.
- Cleaned out some unused files that had been used for testing or had been replaced.
CakeInferno (formerly Greyfirefox) has recently created a new Krystal render. Lovely, isn't it? This version is from the 1080p resolution, but subscribers to CakeInferno's Patreon can get the 4K download.
Europe will be getting a demo version of Star Fox Guard, a downloadable version of Star Fox: The Battle Begins animation, and the training missions for Star Fox Zero, including training for the Arwing, Landmaster, Walker and Gyrowing. Any save data from the Star Fox Guard demo can be carried over to the full version when purchased. The animation and Star Fox Zero training missions are a single demo package. Both demos can be downloaded for free in Europe on July 14th. No word on these demos coming to North America or elsewhere just yet.
The information appears to be from a press release, so the original source is not publicly available. However, nintendo-insider.com posted the whole press release on their site.
Thanks to Hope(N Forever) for the heads up!
Monster Hunter Generations for the 3DS came out in Japan back in November 28, 2015. Now, the game is coming to America and Europe on July 15th. After that, there will be a free DLC that will allow cat-like playable characters, the Palico, to dress as Fox McCloud and have other Star Fox-related cameos. I had intended to mention the Japanese announcement for the Fox McCloud DLC a while back, but I was delayed. Sorry about that, Fox fans.
There is more to the DLC than just a Fox McCloud costume, at least in the Japanese version. That version included the Fox McCloud suit, a blaster, a Landmaster skill, and other things. There were also Zelda and Metroid collaborations for the game. Check out the specific features for the Japanese version at gematsu.com. I suspect the English version of the game will feature the same sorts of DLC options eventually. Originally, this DLC was released as part of a 7 Eleven promotion in Japan, but in America and Europe, it will be released for free, though the release date is not yet public.
Thanks to Hope(N Forever) for the heads up!
Have an epic Krystal or Star Fox T-Shirt idea? UNIQLO is running a huge contest for a Nintendo t-shirt design, and it's being judged by Mr. Miyamoto himself. The winning design gets $10,000 (and a chance to spread our love of Star Fox). Head over to UNIQLO to find out rules and how to enter. The FAQ specifically calls out that allowed entries may feature characters from "the Star Fox series".
Site reader Falemirous wanted to let everyone know that he's currently working on a Krystal mod for the Windows version of Terraria, a 2D Minecraft-like game of exploration and crafting. He's very early in the process, but wanted to show off some sprites. He mentioned that there would possibly story elements and other items (Arwings?) in addition to customized character sprites.
Datahog's friend just got into the business of custom vinyl decals. She made a few Star Fox decals for his car, as you can see in the photo above. I need to find out if she'll be willing to make more. I wouldn't mind a spiral or two for my car.
Back at the end of 2015, Layeyes abruptly discontinued this much-loved and amazingly well made comic Star Fox: Lylat Legacy. After a few weeks, he reposted all of the that he had finished, as well as finished up the last bits so he could get it to a good stopping point. Unfortunately, the comic is cancelled, probably never to be resumed. But at least we get to see it again as it is. All three chapters have been posted to Pixiv. You can read the comic without an account, just keep closing the popup messages.
We wish Layeyes well, hoping he will get the rest and work he needs and wants. Thank you for reposting your art for us fans!
Site contributor Lylat-Mobius Adventurer (aka Brian) has uploaded his video of the complete Further Confusion 2016 fursuit parade. Appearances are made at 22:33 by Ayano as Krystal, and FJ McCloud as Fox McCloud.
More videos are coming soon as he finishes editing them. LMA followed the two of them around the con and got lots of photos and video.
There were a lot of questions about the upcoming Krystal charm. Zyn (the artist) and I are very happy with your interest. Here are the answers to the questions. If you have more questions, please add them to the comments.
How many will be made? Will they be discontinued?
Once the first charm is made, additional charms can be made as needed. As long as there is demand, Zyn can keep making them.
Can they be shipped? What about to other countries?
They can be shipped. Shipping to other countries may be more expensive.
When will it be available? When can we see mockups?
The first availability will probably be in August. Zyn will begin sketches and mockups starting in July. We will post progress shots as they become available.
Will there be an Assault version? What about Assault Krystal with her staff?
A different model will require additional investment for Zyn to make a new charm from scratch. However, her prices are reasonable, and then we will all have different Krystal variations for purchase, just as I am doing by commissioning the initial version. If you want a special variation on the standard charm model, you may be able to contact Zyn about a custom paintjob for a small additional cost, so that you could have an Assault Krystal with her staff, for example. That will be between the two of you to work out, however.