It's been a while since we've had a new Star Fox track on OCRemix. B-laze created this new song called "Crosswind". You can download it on the OCRemix page. It's a mashup of a synthwave remix of the SNES Corneria theme, with a bunch of sound effects and voice clips from Star Fox 64.
This is my catch-up post for missing Friday. Happy Monday!
One of the fun things I did when I was researching the DeviantArt Krystal fanarts was find out what was the oldest Krystal fanart in existence. Now, it may not be possible to know for certain, because the earliest fanart may never have been posted, or it was posted on some personal site that is now long gone. Then there's the wrinkle about how Krystal from Dinosaur Planet was known from demos playable at Spaceworld 2000, two years before Star Fox Adventures released. If I remember correctly, the now-defunct Krystal Lovers Association was actually an update to an older fan forum based around the Dinosaur Planet Krystal and predated Star Fox Adventures itself as well. Additionally, DeviantArt launched in 2000, just a couple years before Star Fox Adventures, and it had just started getting popular around 2003. FurAffinity didn't even until 2005. So we can only go so far with what we have.
Keeping that in mind, what's the oldest Krystal fanart on DeviantArt? Well, it's still a hard question to answer.
The oldest Krystal-related image I could find was Krystal Banner by KDragon. This was posted to DeviantArt on October 27, 2002, one month and 5 days after Star Fox Adventures was released.
This is a banner image. For those of you too young to remember what those were... back when the internet was just starting to become popular, but before Facebook and YouTube, most people hung out in forums. They're like Discord, but anyone could make a channel called a "thread", and you usually typed out whole paragraphs instead of quick chats. I'm being a bit facetious here. Forums still exist, but they aren't anywhere close to as popular as they once were. Anyway, people would post banners and text about their favorite things in their signature, which would appear after each post they made, like an email signature. And there was a thriving group of people who would make banners for different things. The Krystal Archive had its own banner image a while back. I don't have access to it right now, though, or I'd show you.
However, this banner (and most others), doesn't contain original art. This one is just screenshots with some text. What's the oldest actual fanart that was made originally about Krystal?
The oldest Krystal fanart I could find was SD Fox and Krystal by nokitty. This was posted to DeviantArt on November 7, 2002, one month and 11 days after Star Fox Adventures was released.
It's a quick sketch, and pretty small, but it's definitely Krystal (and Fox, OTP 4-eva!). Very cool little artwork.
As a bonus, the first Krystal-exclusive fanart I was able to find was Krystal from STFADP by pika-bunny. This one was released on November 8, 2002, a day later.
Do you know older Krystal artwork?
Here's a quick Krystal speed paint by 電袋 (or Denbukuro on Twitter). Check out the finished fanart on Twitter.
For years, 眼鏡１１１ has been working on amazing Krystal animations. You've probably seen them around. Here's an example:
All this has been leading up to the creation of a MUGEN (free, 2D fighting game) custom fighter. I had been following the development of this MUGEN fighter for a couple years, and intended to post about it before. Imagine my surprise to learn that it was released officially last year! Somehow it slipped by me.
Released on July 23, 2018, this is an alpha version of the custom Krystal fighter. Krystal's animations and attacks show her to be a fluid and flexible fighter who uses almost ballet-like kicks and large sweeping Staff attacks for her physical attacks. She has a special attack involving a giant Krazoa statue head that shoots a giant laser. At least, there may be in a future version. I'm not sure if this alpha version has it.
It was created as a mod of the existing "Japanese Kung Fu Man" character, with references to Lucario, Bart, Mira Misiano, and Frost. It uses sound effects from Battle Fantasia and Star Fox Adventures. It doesn't include an AI to go with the character's moveset. The creator asked that the mod not be reposted anywhere else.
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Like the previous post about Aaero, today I present another Star Fox Alternative game, to scratch that Star Fox itch while we wait for the next game in our beloved series.
Strike Force EX is already out on PS4 and on Steam, and quite reasonably priced. It is a very fast-paced, intense aerial combat game, featuring craft that are halfway between jet fighters and flying mechs. You have full freedom of movement to fly anywhere. Up, down, left, right, upside down, and rotated. Strafing is also just as easy. In that sense it's more like you're controlling a mech than an aircraft. The focus is to take out bogies and larger ship targets, while dodging fire and darting in and out of structures.
Any game with complete freedom of movement in 3D will run into the problem of having too much boring empty space. This game solves the problem by having stages that take place in densely packed areas full of floating ships and structures, so you're never far from something to interact with, in spite of what physics might have to say in the matter.
Despite my best efforts, I still am only human. On Friday I got hit with a pretty bad sickness. It's probably a severe allergic reaction, but it left me unable to do anything on Friday but sleep. I'm still dealing with the aftershocks of it. So regular posting should resume tomorrow. Just wanted to let you know what was going on and why there weren't any posts.
On the side, I've been exploring stuff related to the Saurian Translator. I think I can make it much faster, along with the other features coming soon. Hope to finish it by Christmas.
Seiyo (or amitie623 on YouTube) hand-drew a shot-for-shot recreation of the Hunter x Hunter "Just Awake" Credits sequence. Krystal is in it, as are several other Star Fox characters (including some rarely seen). Unfortunately, the video has blocked embeds, so you will have to watch the animation on YouTube directly. The original video is also uploaded on NicoNico, the Japanese YouTube-like site.
Mabel Shen shows off his stylistic re-imagining of a much higher quality version of the Star Fox Adventures location using Unreal Engine 4. Combine this with GreyFireFox's Krystal Rig and you'd have the beginnings of a Star Fox Adventures HD remake!
Fanbyte has created a video exploring the structure of the Venom 2 stage from Star Fox for SNES, and created a high resolution mockup of what it might look like if made today. The video is short, but it is interesting what kind of unique level designs were used back then.
TrashKitten made this huge Krystal plushie entirely on her own: custom patterns, custom clothing, everything. It's one meter tall (over 3 feet) and has individual fingers, toes, and separate armor pieces. She spent a long time on this plushie and it is not for sale. However, she is more than willing to make a new one, with improvements, if you're willing to commission her. Check out the post where she details the plush and a video of the completed project.