It’s time for another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going take a look at a game that made me really happy to own a Nintendo 64. The title that I am talking about is quite possibly the best space combat simulator ever created, Starfox 64.
After the pixelated era started to come to a close, I decided that it was the right moment to ask my parents if they could buy me my first 3D console ever, the Nintendo 64. While their answer was yes, I had to wait to until Christmas of that year (1997) to get it for some reason. So as you can imagine, the entire month of December 1997 was complete torture for me. Sure enough the day finally came, my feverish hands ripped open that first present, and there it was, a new video game system to waste more hours of my life on. This article isn’t about the console itself though, it’s about the first game that I ever played on it, Starfox 64.
Here’s the story, the evil Andross, who was once exiled to Venom for nearly destroying his home planet Corneria, is planning on getting his revenge on those who banished him there in the first place. It’s now up to a group of mercenaries known as the Star Fox Team (Fox, Peppy, Falco, and Slippy) to find out what this evil scientist is up to and put an end to his madness once and for all. The gameplay centers around aerial combat in outer space, where the main objectives include destroying everything in sight, navigating through obstacles, and destroying a number of different bosses in order to complete each stage. Even though all of this may sound simple on paper, trust me, this is one challenging experience that you will never forget.
Everything about this game was just simply awesome. The in-game banter between each pilot was a riot to listen to, having multiple different paths to explore always kept things fresh and exciting, and the implementation of two new vehicles (Landmaster and Blue Marine) definitely added quite a bit of variety to what was otherwise a straight forward adventure. Combine that with a solid control scheme, memorable enemy encounters, a pretty fun multiplayer mode, and a rumble pak support feature, and you have the makings of what was quite possibly one of the most solid experiences to ever come out on Nintendo’s first 3D console.
Starfox 64 is a fun experience that anybody with a love for action oriented games should definitely consider checking out.
That concludes my story on Starfox 64, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a gameplay video that I found for it, enjoy!