Star Fox 2 Developer Also Surprised Game is Finally Releasing Over 20 Years Later

If you somehow missed the news that Nintendo was re-releasing the Super Nintendo as the SNES Classic Edition, you also missed the somewhat insane tidbit: the company is finally releasing the previously cancelled Star Fox 2, more than two decades after it was shelved.

While the game has been leaked and shared among hobbyists online, it never saw a proper release, due to Nintendo wanting to utilize the soon-to-be-released Nintendo 64 (to which we eventually saw Star Fox 64). The game’s original development team, Argonaut Games, were also surprised by the announcement.

One of the key developers within Argonaut that worked on the title, Dylan Cuthbert, was definitely happy with the news:

“I didn’t know about it at all,” Cuthbert said to Games Industry.biz. “We don’t have any work happening with Nintendo right now so there wouldn’t have been an NDA-safe way of letting me know anyway. On the other hand, I got to have a big awesome surprise like everyone else so I’m quite happy about that.

“It’s an absolutely awesome feeling. Incredible really. Perhaps a first in the games industry even.”

To recap, the game’s development was actually completed, it was fully QA-tested and ready to go – Nintendo simply wanted to focus everything on the Nintendo 64 and Star Fox 64.

“I think Nintendo decided there might be a strategy for it in the future… and guess what? There is,” Cuthbert continued.

“That’s some serious future planning right there. Lesser companies can’t find their data for games they made even ten years ago, but Nintendo properly archived the work and that’s awesome for all of us.”

It’s worth noting pre-orders for the SNES Classic haven’t gone live yet in North America – so keep your eyes peeled! The throwback re-release is set to launch on September 29th of this year.

Brandon Orselli

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  • 2501

    Miyamoto is a douche.

  • Nagato

    “That’s some serious future planning right there. Lesser companies can’t find their data for games they made even ten years ago, but Nintendo properly archived the work and that’s awesome for all of us.”

    Nice way of saying they downloaded the leaked rom floating around online.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    >but Nintendo properly archived the work and that’s awesome for all of us

    How fucking deluded is this guy?

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    Jesus Christ the way Cuthbert totally cucks out here is embarrassing!

  • Ozzymandias

    The leak is incomplete. He played the game that he himself had finished development when he was working in Command.

  • Valaquenta

    wasnt the leaked rom floating around online, an incomplete rom? i remember finishing the game and it felt unpolished

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    “If I sound like complete tool to anyone that even has a rough understanding of this game’s history surely Nintendo senpai will notice me!”

  • Travis Touchdown

    Yeah, no. The leaked version online has tons of features and content missing.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    They finished the game. The fans finished the beta rom and it still had crashes and stuff, it was rough. This thing will be rarer than gold for Nov-Dec christmas shopping

  • Cy

    I see what you’re saying, but all I’m hearing is “please step on me daddy”.

  • Casey

    Considering what Nintendo did to Argonaut back in the day, I admire this guy for his attitude. He has every right to be pissed at them and he’s not stooping to that.

    I wish I had that sort of restraint or grace.

  • Casey

    I don’t think he’s being a “cuck” at all in this case. He has no ties with Nintendo, he has no reason to suck up to them, I think he’s just being the better man.

    Though to be fair, being the better man compared to Nintendo is probably just under pissing into your customer’s mouths.

  • Fatman99

    “It’s an absolutely awesome feeling. Incredible really. Perhaps a first in the games industry even.”

    Jesus Christ I can feel the sarcasm in my bones. Man, Fuck Nintendo.

  • Fatman99

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0d2d7944e94b48cdf528c98ada01b29a3eec67e5d06d233c03eb1b3dbe86d30.jpg its been 20 years, I dont think he gives it much thought to be honest.
    He’s out there, living life and having fun, also Swery is there too for some reason

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    Much like your positng.

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    He has the right to its not stooping, it’s only stooping if for people that hate the Nintendo Narrative being questioned.

  • Travis Touchdown

    >Argonaut

    Oh, this comments section is full of Guru Larry fanboys.

    For your information, Cuthbert went to Japan to work on Star Fox 2 and then never returned to Argonaut.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    Why are so many people mad about this? Honest question, never was a fan of starfox to know much about this game sequel other than it never being complete when a rom was leaked on the internet.

  • RichardGristle

    Can I trade that Starfox trash for Pilotwings on the SNES mini?

  • RichardGristle

    “Today, Nintendo didn’t shit all over my face. What a benevolent company.”

  • RichardGristle

    Shame that all versions of Star Fox lack the “fun” feature.

  • Bitterbear

    Well.. Sonyfags and PCfags spewing their bile.

  • OldPalpy
  • OldPalpy

    It’s what has been mentioned in the article, Nintendo screwed over Argonaut saying they didn’t need their nearly complete game only when they decided they did need it about 20 years later to butter their limited run console without bothering to even contact Argonaut over it.

  • nine_ball

    Whether or not this version is different than the one floating around online, just give it a few days after the mini-console releases and some one will rip the rom and upload it.

  • No need to be a fanboy.

  • Casey

    And that means what? You don’t think he might still have a reason to be upset with the way star fox 2 was handled?
    The croc stuff you’re alluding to was also nasty business, but honestly, there’s enough nonsense surrounding starfox 2 that could probably fill an entire book.

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    He doesn’t care he only listens to fake gaming news. You could post something well sourced and he’ll never respond to you.

  • Feniks

    Nintendo archives everything because they know that they can make money from selling and reselling old games ad infinitum.

  • Casey

    lucky bastard! I’d love to hang with Swery.

  • Casey

    I’m not defending guru larry. While I have watched and enjoyed some of his videos, I rarely take one person with unsourced info at their word. That being said, its well known that the starfox 2 debacle turned into a GDCF.

  • Casey

    Those certainly aren’t my words. I fucking hate nintendo. feel free to look through my past comments. It’s also weird you got that somehow from what I said. I was hoping that saying nintendo pisses into their fans mouths would make my disdain clear.

    That’s the internet for you I guess.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    That thumbnail looks like a furry meet up.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Argonaut didn’t work on this game. Nintendo developed it in house. They shipped over some key programmers from Argonaut, none of whom ended up going back.

  • Ruggarell

    Nintendrones will buy a miniconsole just to play a rom

  • DrearierSpider
  • Magnifico Ginormous

    Then source it as the bulk of everything out there mentions it being co-developed just like the original. Either way they pissed away a lot of people’s hard work for nothing because they thought it would help the N64 the console that triggered a decade long decline in their console sales until the Wii.

  • Bitterbear
  • DrearierSpider

    Ey, take it up with Larry, I didn’t make the video.

  • Himegami Aisa

    Wrong. Star Fox 2 credits Argonaut staff that didn’t go to Japan and were subsequently poached. You’re talking out your arse as per usual.

  • Himegami Aisa

    He wasn’t the only Argonaut person working on it. Like Star Fox 1, they had employees in Japan and people in England. That he was embedded in Nintendo at the time doesn’t change shit anyway.

  • Galbador

    Not sure what you played, but I had a lot of fun with all of the StarFox games… except of Command. That was painful with all the endings.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    This is probably a better Star Fox game then the crap we got on the Wii U.

  • hhog

    Explain to me how you managed to extract the info about Cuthbert’s wife cheating on him out of this article.

  • 2501

    Star Fox Zero was shocking, especially for a Platinum Games title.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Fun fact: these are all guys who worked on Star Fox 2.

    Those of you who think Cuthbert is salty towards Nintendo or Miyamoto are delusional.

  • Post Konami Kojima

    swery worked on star fox 2?

  • RichardGristle

    I didn’t say you said that you fucking idiot.

  • DariusQ

    Despite the graphical limitations I always loved Starfox on SNES best. The music alone gave it a mood all it’s own.

  • Magnifico Ginormous

    Star Fox is his waifu of course

  • Kainevil Rc

    Crapcom is the king of rehash.

  • Casey

    Oh i see now. Sorry about that, I misinterpreted what you meant.

  • bgrunge

    Actually, I’ll buy one for the pair of high quality controllers, and the perfect shell to put my raspberry pi in.

  • hhog

    okay, gotta give you that one, that was clever.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Considering Dylan Cuthbert specifically has said he played the complete version of Star Fox 2 in 2004 while brainstorming ideas for Command… it’s not unreasonable to assume that Nintendo, you know, kept it.

  • Galbador

    I saw worse… like the TMNT game from Platium Games. Horrible!

  • 2501

    Their licensed games are just recycled trash. Like what incentive is there to play a Bayonetta clone? At least NieR was an evolution of Taro’s gameplay.

  • Galbador

    They made Nier?

  • That old rom was like 95% complete if I remember right.