I honestly never thought I'd see the day! Nintendo just announced the long-rumored Super NES Classic. Included among the games is the original Star Fox and, believe it not, Star Fox 2. Star Fox 2 was never officially released. An unfinished developer preview of the game was leaked years ago, but as Dylan Cuthbert mentioned in an interview, the leaked game was missing significant content from the finished version. Fortunately for us now, the final game was indeed finished, even after cancellation of the project, because the developers were so close to the end of development. My guess is that this is the real, final version of the game, not the internet-leaked incomplete version.
Also nice is to have the first official re-release of the original Star Fox. Star Fox for the Super NES has never been re-released to any virtual console or official remake, likely due to the complexities of emulating the Super FX chip that made the early 3D graphics possible.
Of course, there are lots of other great games it includes:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby's Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi's Island
The Super NES Classic will release September 29th for $79.99. I just called my local GameStop and they said they don't even have it in the system yet. So no idea when or how to get a reserve, but you can bet that I will be getting my hands on a copy as soon as possible! To my great shame, I've never actually played through the original Star Fox, so I'm looking forward to correcting that mistake.