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Monday, April 18, 2016

Favorite Tunes #143: Welcome Back, Star Fox

You know what this Friday is? The Splatfest of Sponge Bob vs. Patrick! No, that's actually on Saturday at midnight. This Friday marks the return of something we've all been waiting for, Star Fox! The day is almost hear and I cannot wait to get back in that Arwing with the Star Fox team! Meantime, enjoy these Star Fox jams!

Main Theme - Star Fox (SNES)

While Star Fox 64 is often regarded as the best in the series, the original Star Fox was a marvel of a shooter that actually still holds up quite well. It may not be as polished but the fact that the SNES was able to even have those polygonal visuals and deliver such an incredible shooting experience is nothing to scoff at. And of course, the music was pretty bangin'. The remix of this theme used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is amazing but even in original SNES form, this is an outstanding theme.

Star Wolf - Star Fox 64 (N64)

"Can't let you do that, Star Fox." With this line, one of gaming's most memorable rival teams entered our hearts. Star Wolf makes their debut on one of the game's first all arrange mode missions, trying to keep the Star Fox team distracted before a bomb at HQ goes off. If you don't defeat them here, they'll show up during a later mission. Star Wolf is so fondly remember not only because they are the counterpart of the Star Fox team, but also because they got this baller theme.

Space Battleground - Star Fox Assault (GCN)

Fans and critics alike mostly agree that Star Fox works best in an Arwing. Which is likely why Star Fox Assault fared about as well as Star Fox Adventures. Sure, the game had dogfights, but it also had a ton of foot missions. The game wasn't terrible but as Falco puts it "I prefer the air." Assault did give us a breathtaking orchestral musical score with familiar themes sounding more powerful than ever along with new ones to match.

Great Leader, Fox McCloud - Star Fox Command (DS)

For a long time, Star Fox Command would be the last time we saw the Star Fox crew take flight. The game kept Fox in the skies but the formula still wasn't like that of the SNES and N64 game, thus it did not garner the fame the 16-bit and 64-bit games did. And fans and critics wonder why Nintendo plays it safe with it's franchises so often. The music in Star Fox Command has the feel of Star Fox 64, albeit, sounding a bit more enhanced.

Thorntail Hallow Night - Star Fox Advemtures (GCN)

What is often seen as the black sheep of the Star Fox series, Star Fox Adventures originally wasn't a Star Fox game, but had the Star Fox team inserted into it along with fresh faces like Crystal. Assault and Command may not have garnered the acclaim the of Star Fox or Star Fox 64 but at least they didn't get the redheaded stepchild treatment that Adventures often does.

Star Fox's Theme - Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

"It's about time you showed up, Fox!" These were the words spoken to General Pepper before beginning the first mission of Star Fox 64. They fit well seeing as how Fox hasn't had a game all his own in nearly 10 years. This a beautiful recreation of the Main Theme from Star Fox 64. So far it is the only piece of music from the game that I've heard. I'll hear the rest of the music when I start playing Star Fox Zero this Friday. Welcome back, old friend. We all missed you.

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