So now that people have had their hands on a Mini SNES for a little while, it's logical to ask: how has the long lost sequel to Star Fox 2 fared?
Technically, Star Fox 2 was finished around 20 years ago. The Mini SNES is the first time the game has been sold, however. Had it been released in sequential order, it would have been a masterpiece, moving away from the on-rails levels of the original Star Fox for a more open, freeform space shooter.
One, 64, zero, two. That's the order of release for Nintendo's Star Fox series, and it's the order that I've now played them.
But everyone has had the chance to play Star Fox 64, which took most of the improvements and changes that Star Fox 2 implemented. Or would have implemented. It's weird seeing it in action, especially if you've played Star Fox Command, which further developed the strategic elements. And then there's Star Fox Assault as well, although I never owned a GameCube as a kid.
Mind you, flying around in Star Fox 2 is miles better than controlling a ship with a DS stylus.
It's a shame that Star Fox 2 was never released at the time, although I can understand Nintendo's logic. They thought the game looked out of touch, outdated, played poorly.
I'm not so sure the reception would have been that bad - it was a SNES game, and the SNES could only do so much. At least we get to see a piece of history now, though.
How have you found Star Fox 2?