Trivia / Star Fox

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Peppy's memetic line "Do a barrel roll" is present in Star Fox 64 but it is not constantly spammed throughout the game like most people think. He only says the line about two or three times in the entire game (Once on Corneria and again on Meteo, the first and second levels in the game, to help illustrate the ability to deflect enemy fire, and one more time on either Macbeth or Titania while going over the controls for the Landmaster.
  • Creator Backlash: While he doesn't hate it, Shigeru Miyamoto has cited the series as getting worse after being developed by other companies.
  • The Danza: Bill Grey voiced by Bill Johns in 64.
  • Development Hell: Not counting reboots, remakes and cancelled projects, the series has only had four main games throughout its troubled history which is due in part to the lack of popularity in Japan and having been handled by three different third-party companies.
  • Executive Meddling: How Star Fox Adventures came to be, which began life as an unrelated Nintendo 64 game called Dinosaur Planet. There are two versions of this story, and the one you believe depends upon who you ask and how cynical you feel about modern game design, but both eventually result in the game's development schedule being drawn out past the end of the N64's life cycle and then being pushed to the upcoming Nintendo GameCube:
    • Version 1 holds that while examining preview material for Dinosaur Planet, Shigeru Miyamoto was struck by the similarity of Rare's designs for the protagonist, Sabre (a wolf), to Fox McCloud. Miyamoto was reportedly so impressed with how the game was turning out that he called up the Rare development team and personally requested that they change the game to include Star Fox characters, and Rare agreed.
    • Version 2 is less amiable, and claims that while Dinosaur Planet was in development, Nintendo was working on an in-house Star Fox title of their own, one that used planetary exploration as a game mechanic, but which was also far behind schedule. Nintendo began searching their third-party dev projects for more complete games that could be modified to suit their needs, and upon noticing the similarities between Dinosaur Planet's character designs and those of Star Fox, pressured Rare to change the game to use the Star Fox setting and be ready as a launch title for the GameCube. This caused a split among the Rare leadership, half of whom wanted to obey Nintendo's wishes, and the other half who wanted to continue working on their own original title. The debate dragged on so long that the N64 ceased production, which effectively ended development of Dinosaur Planet. Nintendo's strong-arming in this instance, combined with their low-key promotion of Rare's family-unfriendly Conker's Bad Fur Day, purportedly caused some bad blood between the two companies, ultimately leading Nintendo to sell their interest in Rare to Microsoft just after Adventures was released.
    • There's also the less popular Version 3, in which the Rare buy-out from Microsoft was actually done much earlier than it was publically announced. Rare was just going to finish Dinosaur Planet first. Nintendo didn't want Rare to have a brand new franchise to bring to Microsoft, so they pressured Rare to change it to one of their own titles.
  • Fake Brit: Alesia Glidewell as Krystal in Assault and Brawl; averted in Adventures where her actress, Estelle Ellis, actually was British.
    • Like Wolf, Leon's accent used to sound vaguely British when he appeared in Star Fox 64. Later games would portray him without one.
  • Fan Nickname: A "snesser" is one of a dwindling number of fans who prefers SNES Star Fox or Star Fox 2 over Star Fox 64 or the other games that followed.
  • Franchise Killer: Adventures broke the base, and Command came close to outright killing it, 3DS remake nonwithstanding. The series was thought dead until Miyamoto revealed a new installment was in preparation for the Wii U at E3 2014.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Miyamoto was a big fan of the Thunderbirds series, explaining why the character's mouths open and close like puppets. Miyamoto even admitted in an interview once that he secretly wanted to do a Star Fox TV show with the Thunderbirds team.
  • Killer App: The original game showcased the Super FX chip, which was necessary for its 3D graphics (the Super Nintendo was nowhere strong enough to do the necessary math calculations, so the chip handled that). The N64 version was the first major console game to feature force feedback vibration (other companies tried minor attempts, but it was Nintendo that really got it right and pushed it on the populace). This game also had extensive voice acting for a cartridge-based game, a massive technical achievement of its time.
  • Market-Based Title: In PAL territories, Star Fox was known as Starwing and Star Fox 64 was known as Lylat Wars. Contrary to popular belief, this was not due to an existing 1983 Atari 2600 game of the same name, but rather because of Nintendo's worry that the European company StarVox would have an identical pronunciation in German. This issue was dropped by Star Fox Adventures.
  • Name's the Same: James McCloud is not to be confused with the character from F-Zero X, though that character is a blatant Expy/Shout-Out to this one.
  • The Other Darrin: The entire cast in every game, most notable in the English voice cast, but the Japanese voices aren't exactly free from this.
    • Shinobu Satouchi originally voiced Fox McCloud and Leon Powalski in Star Fox 64. In Assault, however, he continued to voice only Leon, as Fox was then voiced by Kenji Nojima. Similarly, Hisao Egawa originally voiced Wolf O'Donnell and Falco Lombardi in Star Fox 64. In Assault, he gives Wolf to Mahito Oba. In Star Fox 64 3D, everyone was recast.
    • Bound to happen with Pigma's Japanese voice, after the tragic death of Daisuke Gori.
    • The English version of Star Fox 64 3D subverts this. Mike West (Fox and James McCloud), Lyssa Browne (Slippy and Katt) and Ja Green (Leon and additional voices) reprise their roles from the N64 original. Everyone else was recast however, which didn't go well for some fans.
  • Shrug of God:
    • In regards to the humanoid metal legs fans believed the Star Fox crew sport, despite many people trying to justify their existence as helping the pilots deal with the G-force or that they are augmented specifically for field work, Miyamoto admits outright the only reason the original promotional puppet had metal legs was because he wanted them to appear a bit more human, and otherwise they are only there for Rule of Cool.
    • "Do a barrel roll!" has become infamous for using the incorrect term, in that the move the pilots are performing is actually an Aileron Roll. Miyamoto confirms its addition was due directly to Woolseyism, when the game was first being translated the English team suggested the term "Barrel Roll" which made Miyamoto think of Donkey Kong (since the titular ape would use barrels to attack) and fell in love with the name, so it stuck. In Japan and certain other games, the move was just called "rolling".
  • Talking to Himself: In 64 and Assault, Fox and James (the aparoid-absorbed memories of him in the latter game, anyway) are portrayed by the same voice actors, Mike West and Jim Walker (per each game, respectively).
  • Vaporware: The sequel to the SNES Star Fox, Star Fox 2, was eventually cancelled and gave way to Star Fox 64, although unfinished ROMs exist.
  • What Could Have Been: General Scales was intended to have a full boss battle, but that didn't happen due to Rare being sold to Microsoft.
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