- A rumor suggests that Nintendo is working on a new Star Fox game for its next console, possibly launching within the next year.
- This would be the first internally developed Star Fox game since 1997, and it is rumored to be a sequel rather than a reboot.
- Online multiplayer is expected to be a major feature in the new Star Fox game, and there are some potential clues that support this rumor.
- Fans should take the information with a massive grain of salt.
According to a new rumor, Nintendo might be working on a new Star Fox game for its eventual Switch follow-up console. The Star Fox series stretches back to the days of the Super NES, where the first entry wowed players with cutting-edge-for-the-time polygonal graphics and blistering space-shooter gameplay. Since then, multiple Star Fox sequels have been released on various Nintendo systems, and characters like Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi have become mainstays in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros crossover series. However, there hasn’t been a new Star Fox game released since 2016’s Star Fox Zero for the Wii U, which was met with mixed reviews from fans and critics alike.
Indeed, the closest thing fans have gotten to a new Star Fox release in the last seven years was Star Fox 2 (the finished but ultimately unsold sequel to the original Star Fox) as part of the Super NES Classic Edition bundle in 2017. However, many rumors have hinted that Fox and his crew of fuzzy space heroes would take flight once more. One such rumor was that Retro Studios, the developer behind the upcoming Metroid Prime 4, was working on a new Star Fox game, but this was ultimately revealed to be false. Meanwhile, original Star Fox programmer Dylan Cuthbert believes that Nintendo will eventually bring the series back.
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He may be right, as a new rumor suggests that Nintendo is producing a new Star Fox entry for its often-speculated Switch follow-up console. Said rumor comes from leaker Zippo, who has made some accurate predictions but does not have a perfect track record. According to their latest claim, this new Star Fox title will supposedly launch sometime in the next 12 months. It is being developed internally at Nintendo, a first for the series since 1997’s Star Fox 64. Zippo also says that this will be a sequel to a previous Star Fox game rather than a reboot, and that online multiplayer will be a large part of its promotion.
While Zippo says that this alleged Star Fox game will come to the rumored Nintendo Switch 2 console, they don’t rule out the possibility of it being cross-generational with the current Switch system. Zippo also shared some potential proof of their claims, including a reference to Star Fox hidden in the source code for Nintendo Switch Sports of all things. Nintendo also filed a new trademark for Star Fox in Brazil in December, along with another, entirely new trademark in November.
None of this necessarily guarantees that a new Star Fox game is being worked on for Nintendo’s next console, and it is worth pointing out that said console hasn’t even been officially confirmed yet. That being said, fans have been eager for a new Star Fox adventure for a long time now, and such a title would be an exciting and unexpected launch title for the next Nintendo system. For now, players will have to wait and see if Fox McCloud will finally make his long-awaited comeback in a non-Smash Bros game within the coming year.