A fact picked up on numerous news websites today, Mr. Yusuke Hashimoto, Platinum Games Director, and co-developer of Star Fox Zero, answered a tweet by Jordan Sweeto on August 16th.
@JordanSweeto Aug 16
.@PG_y_hashimoto Can we expect to see Krystal in Star Fox Zero at all?
To which, Mr. Hashimoto replied:
@JordanSweeto She won't show up this time, but I'd love to put her in a sequel if we'd get to make one!
So, an 11 year-old Krystal will NOT be in Star Fox Zero (expected), and Platinum would love to continue working on the Star Fox series (EXCELLENT!). Star Fox Adventures "reimagining" perhaps? :P
Thanks to all who reported this, and a special thanks to 'earth being' for finding it first.
Well, here we are... We could be playing Star Fox Zero right now if it wasn't for Nintendo's old-fashioned ideas about "quality", and "value", and even, "releasing only when it's ready". Ha ha, ok, I can't keep writing this. Delays suck, but bad games suck more. If they need the extra time, they need the extra time.
In the meantime, what's a Star Fox fan to do? I mentioned earlier that the Falco Amiibo came out today, so you could use that with Smash (and see if it works with other games???). I REALLY wanted to have the Star Fox Assault Voice Acting page all ready to go in a nice sorting and searching capabilities, but it's simply not there yet (but I am working on it). Lastly, we talked about Layeyes's "Star Fox: Lylat Legacy" comic series before. What I didn't know was that he moved the comic's location and has been updating it consistently. (I thought he had taken a break from the project, when in fact he had just moved sites.) So, if you haven't started reading this EXCELLENT Star Fox comic, now's the time. You can find the whole thing so far on his dedicated comic blog.
Star Fox Zero wasn't released today thanks to a delay, but the previously scheduled Falco Amiibo was! I just picked mine up. Turns out it's a Best Buy exclusive Amiibo in America. However, it looked like they had plenty of stock. The Fox Amiibo is also getting restocked along with other older Amiibo due to rarity.
I'm planning to do a feature where I set up the Fox and Falco Amiibos on infinite stock in Smash Bros. and see which one comes out on top by the time they reach their max level. It should be pretty funny at first, with Fox and Falco not knowing what they're doing, but will quickly become fast-paced. Be on the lookout for that video in a week or so.
GoNintendo has just posted a huge list of media assets from the Nintendo Direct. That includes a ton of new Star Fox Zero images. There's pictures of the team, closeups of the new vehicles and modes, and, curiously, what look like ship textures and user interface textures used on the website. This in addition to a lot of images we've previously seen, but in different resolutions.
I say 'different' because the images are highly compressed, more so that we typically see. They look blockier than they ought to, even on the original versions of each image. However, this could have been an upload mistake somewhere along the line (either Nintendo or someone else). I'm looking into it. Update: They were compressed this way by Nintendo themselves. :(
See the Flickr Image Set for all the images.
With the surprise reveal of one new character for Super Smash Bros., Cloud from Final Fantasy, Nintendo has teased a special presentation focused exclusively on Smash Bros. It's scheduled for next month. I expect we'll hear more about changes and DLC stuff (and probably even more stuff we aren't expecting) there. I'm excited.
Cloud is an interesting choice for sure. Definitely a popular and iconic character. I'm interested to see how he plays. He also represents new ground being the first Smash Bros. character never to previously grace a Nintendo platform.
Fan Speculation: START! Please try not to kill each other. :)
The delayed Star Fox Zero has a new release date: April 22nd, 2016. This was announced in the new trailer was shown off during the November Nintendo Direct. We also learned a couple of (I think) new things about the game.
- The remote controlled tethered robot that descends from the Gyrowing is called "Direct-i" (and has a very cute voice even in English)
- The Landmaster's flight mode is called "Gravmaster"
- The Landmaster can lock on to 3 enemies at the same time
- The Gyrowing is not a drone after all, but an actual piloted craft (Slippy is shown piloting it during the trailer)
- The cutscenes have a definite graphical upgrade over what we saw at E3
- No mention of Amiibo interaction or online modes, though
Here's a video of the part of the Nintendo Direct about Star Fox, including the parts after the trailer.
A brand new Nintendo Direct will air November 12th at 2PM Pacific Time. This is the first Nintendo Direct since Mr. Iwata's passing and should contain updates for this holiday season, and perhaps some stuff for 1st Quarter 2016. The presentation was explicitly NOT going to cover the Nintendo NX. What else? Who knows!
If they're going to announce the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot winners soon, this might be the time. I also expect them to talk about upcoming Amiibo announcements. After all, Mewtwo and Falco are coming in the next few days. I think they might also talk more about Star Fox Zero, specifically why it was delayed, and provide us with the new release date.
Official Stream - Check back tomorrow at 2PM PT
A fan-created episodic series based on the pre-Star Fox transition Dinosaur Planet is in the works. The team plans to recreate the story of Dinosaur Planet as closely as they can, since the game isn't going to come out. It's going to be a lot of work, but they have some basic animations already. They are looking for more "Animators, Artists, Sound Tech, and Voice Actors." If you want to help out, check out their sites.
Thanks to Fire Yoshi for the heads up.
One of the premier Star Fox fansites for many years, ArwingLanding.net has gone down again, its domain name apparently expired. I'm told that the site was essentially dead before that, its forum largely inactive, but it is still sad to see such a large community disappear. Hopefully this is a temporary situation and the site will be restored.
This brings up larger questions to me, though. To my knowledge, the largest Star Fox sites on the internet right now are Star Fox at Wikia, Starfox-Online.net, and the Krystal Archive. Notable Star Fox sites that are dead or dying are the Krystal Lovers Association and of course, ArwingLanding.net. All other Star Fox fansites either disappeared long ago, or are too small to mention (please correct me if I missed one).
The Wikia Star Fox page has a very rich amount of mostly historical and textual information. It doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. Starfox-Online.net appears pretty strong, and their community forum, while not as active as it once was, is still swinging. And then there's the Krystal Archive, focused primarily on news and archival of media. Since I helped put Starfox-Online.net back together when it failed the first time (back in, I don't know, 2006?), and maintained an active presence there until around 2011, I have a copy of pretty much every piece of media ever published there, since I was responsible for a significant percentage of it. So that stuff is not going away, I just have to publish it.
It's something I've been thinking about: should I start a Star Fox Archive? I probably will, in some form. I hesitate to initiate some kind of forum software though, because managing a community is a lot of work that I just don't have time for. Then again, there are things like Facebook and other social platforms that could easily fill the hole that a forum otherwise might have. What do you guys think? Where do you go for Star Fox community? Would you like to see historical Star Fox media published somewhere? I will of course continue to post Star Fox news in addition to Krystal news here. It's just that I might also post it somewhere else too.