A Retro Studios 2013 game was recently unearthed which shows a puppet-style visual of animals in space. Despite a promising premise, the game, Star Fox Armada for the Wii U, was sadly never developed despite being pitched internally.
The YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming? spoke with Eric Kozlowsky, former artist of Retro Studios, who came up with the concept of Star Fox Armada. Kozlowsky also worked on games such as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Mass Effect Andromeda. In this interview, he revealed that as well as the interesting animations, Armada would have focused heavily on online multiplayer. He also believed in rebooting underappreciated Nintendo classics.
“I thought it would be really cool after [Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze] to roll off onto another franchise,” Kozlowsky says, “and kind of continue that retro legacy of rebooting Nintendo franchises that hadn’t gotten a lot of love.”
The previous games in the franchise, Star Fox Adventures (2002) and Star Fox Assault (2005), saw players on foot, but Armada would allow players to take to the skies in space combat. The story would feature the player rebuilding Corneria and the Lylat systems after an epic defeat in Star Fox 64. You would have to gather resources, recruit allies and build your own squadron either solo or with friends. In co-op mode, one player could control the action on the Wii remote and Nunchuk, whilst your buddy would use the Wii U GamePad to take on the roll of gunner.
Armada would have included many more features such as battle modes, Miiverse integration and the ability to create animal characters. Overall, the goal of this game was to be the equivalent of “Nintendo’s very own Star Wars.” With plans to make it an evergreen release with added DLCs, it’s a shame the concept never came to fruition. With the 2016 release of Star Fox Zero being the worst selling of the series, no further instalment has been announced since.
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