Earlier this week, Nintendo announced the Super Nintendo Entertainement System: SNES Classic Edition / Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainement and the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom, the SNES equivalent of the NES Classic / Mini. It comes with 21 games pre-installed, including the elusive Star Fox 2, which was never released before.
This is a pretty big deal for fans of the Star Fox series, because the game was cancelled (presumably in favour of Star Fox 64), even though it was fully completed and mastered… it even went through QA! Nobody expected Nintendo to include such a game in the SNES Classic / SNES Mini… not even Dylan Cuthbert, from Q-Games, who worked on the game.
In an interview with IGN, Dylan Cuthbert shared a few words about the announcement, and revealed that it was a surprise for him. He’s also glad that the original Star Fox (also on the SNES) is getting a re-release.
In this interview, Dylan Cuthbert also talks about the various elements from Star Fox 2 that were then used in other Star Fox games. He also explains that while there are indeed playable builds of the game in the wild, none of them are based on the final, mastered build. Therefore, even diehard fans who have played those can expect some noticeable changes:
All those ROMs lacked the final magic – i.e. the Mario Club QA and tuning process that makes Nintendo games so good. The final few months of iteration are so important for a game. Also they were set up in debug modes, so the encounter systems didn’t seem to work very well.
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Super Nintendo Entertainement System: SNES Classic Edition, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainement, and the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom will be released on September 29th in Europe and North America, and October 5th in Japan.