PlatinumGames has said it is ready to bring Star Fox Zero for Wii U to Nintendo Switch.
Star Fox Zero, released in 2016 for Wii U, was developed by Platinum and Nintendo’s own EPD team, led by designer Mario Shigeru Miyamoto.
Five years after its initial release, Zero remains one of the few major Wii U games not yet ported to Nintendo’s latest console. As one of most controversial Nintendo releases In recent years, he can also get more than most from the remaster.
Speaking to VGC this week, Platinum studio head Atsushi Inaba said that if Nintendo is interested, the developer will “definitely” be interested in considering a new version of Zero. However, any possible changes will be at the discretion of Mr. Miyamoto.
When asked if Platinum would be interested in porting Star Fox Zero to Switch, Inaba said, “It’s not cool that people can’t play old games because they are locked to the platform, so of course, if anything were possible, we I would like to port any of these older games to newer platforms.
“It depends in part on what is in the realm of real opportunity, but yes, if the chance came, we would definitely like to think about it.”
Much of the criticism of Zero was directed at its complex control scheme, which caused players to divide their attention between the TV and the gamepad.
A potential switch port that would be portable on a single screen would seem to remove this controversial element. However, Inaba stressed that all design decisions must be made by Nintendo.
“The important thing to remember here is that since this is a Nintendo IP, the ideas come from Miyamoto-san himself,” he said. We have to respect what Miyamoto-san wants to do.
“Of course, there was a lot of controversy between Platinum and Nintendo at the time, but if the opportunity presented itself to bring Star Fox Zero back to Switch, it would rather be a question of what he would like to do in that opportunity. and of course we will respect that again. “
When asked if it is difficult to give a response to such a prestigious person as Mr. Miyamoto, Inaba said:
“Mister. At the time, Hashimoto was working on Star Fox as a director, but is no longer working with him.” [PlatinumGames]… He was probably the one who had the most trouble passing ideas to Mr. Miyamoto, because besides being personally, he is a giant in the industry and something that many creators look up to. So it takes a lot of courage or someone else to come to him with ideas or feedback. “
Nintendo has actively made Wii U ports part of its Switch programming strategy. Although the Wii U hardware sold poorly at just 13.5 million units, it contained a strong line of critically acclaimed third-party software that still flourished when given a second chance with the wider Switch audience.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – the 2014 Wii U version of the game with additional characters – is the Switch’s best-selling game to date, with an impressive 37 million units sold as of June 2021.
Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, and The Wonderful 101 have also recently been ported to Switch. years.