Nintendo Power, Nintendo’s now-defunct magazine about its games and systems, could be found in the bedrooms (and washrooms) of many Nintendo fans in the ’90s. A typical issue contained game reviews, previews, and news bites. Some early issues also contained an unusual bonus: Comics based on Nintendo properties.
While some of these comics are single-page jokes and parodies (Howard and Nester being a key example), a few series received full adaptations. Nintendo Power’s comic adaptation of Star Fox probably holds the most nostalgia for Nintendo Power collectors; it ran for nearly a year and filled in a good deal of story and character development for Nintendo’s revolutionary 3D shooter.
You can read the comic for yourself by going to eBay and ordering issues 45 through 55 of Nintendo Power. Or, you can visit this Imgur gallery to take in the full run.
The comic was uploaded some time ago by the admin of Retro Cat Adventures, but it’s making the rounds on the Nintendo subreddit and stirring up some powerful nostalgia. As someone who still thinks Nintendo Power’s comic offerings are a bit cheesy (outside of Super Mario Adventures, of course; may Badass Peach reign forever), I understand why the Star Fox adaptation is remembered fondly. It adds a great deal of personality and history to the Star Fox cast, whose garbled snippets of conversation don’t offer much character development in the first game.
The Star Fox comic’s artwork is another stand-out characteristic. Artist Benimaru Itoh (who’s currently with HAL Labs) really brings Fox McCloud and his outlaw buddies to life through exciting action scenes. He also utilizes soft, intriguing colors that are perfectly suited for the alien landscapes Fox visits.
The original Star Fox looks and plays a bit rough, but it still has its charms. It also has a fascinating development history that involves a meeting of minds between East and West, not to mention a lot of hard work from a teenage Dylan Cuthbert.
Today, Star Fox is flying through some rough air. His Wii U game, Star Fox Zero, wasn’t well-received by fans or critics. His extended cameo in Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas is very good, though. With any luck, Nintendo will task Ubisoft with development of the next full-blooded Star Fox game.
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