A while back I got some info about a project under consideration to release around the time of Star Fox's 30th Anniversary. There were several other projects in the works, but the idea to create a new, modern Star Fox Game Watch was the only thing I received any details about.
For those who never heard of this obscure piece of Star Fox history, there was a Kellogg's Corn Flakes cross promotion to get a free LCD-based video game wrist watch featuring Star Fox themed levels. There were four levels and apparently the game was quite good considering the limitations of the technology and the fact that it was on a wrist watch! (Arwingpedia Entry, FJ McCloud's Review)
Anyway, this new anniversary edition would have featured:
- 380 x 320 OLED screen with 45 degree angle cutouts on the corners.
- A "micro-joystick" similar in design to what the 3DS used, but much smaller.
- Two face buttons, one for firing/confirming, the other for boost and other gestures in combination with flicks of the joystick.
- The graphical quality would have been like that of Star Fox for the SNES, but with some modern details. It would have still been very minimal with its polygon count, but better textures, resolution, and framerate.
- Only one level ever made it to playable state (Corneria) before the project was cancelled.
- High quality sound could be played via connected bluetooth speakers/headphones/earbuds (not included), and there was a backup speaker on the watch itself, but of much lower quality.
- There were 3D printed mockups of the watch casing, but I wasn't able to get a photo.
- Of course, like any wrist watch, it would feature the time, date, and a few smart watch functions, but no biometrics like heart rate sensing.
This interesting idea was cancelled along with a couple other projects timed to coincide with Star Fox's 30th Anniversary. The other projects had to do with rereleases of other Star Fox games digitally, but I got no details on which ones. Apparently internal discussions determined that the watch and other projects wouldn't make much financial sense at this time, in light of the lack of a new Star Fox game in the near future. They are still open to trying something like this for Star Fox's 35th Anniversary, which would put that around February 2028, with additional time to rectify that "lack of new Star Fox games problem".
Thanks to @unclewhoworksatnintendo on Twitter for the info!
Well this is embarrassing. Turns out "Uncle Who Works At Nintendo" is what kids say on the playground when they make up a video game rumor. Sorry everyone, really thought I had something special to share. Oh well, maybe next year.