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Redditor Leaks Potential Star Fox Racing Spin-Off From Retro Studios

It would be a cool idea, but don't take it as 100% fact just yet. 

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The internet rumor mill is churning once more, and this time around it's revolving around Star Fox. A Reddit user named DasVergeben is the source of a rumor that's now making the rounds online, claiming that Nintendo's Retro Studios is at work on a Star Fox racing game spinoff title. It's supposedly called Star Fox Grand Prix, and right now it seems just about as plausible as Half-Life 3 making its debut at E3 2018. Maybe a little more, but not much.

Retro Studios is the developer of the Metroid Prime trilogy, and they'd be behind the Star Fox racer, acoding to DasVergeben, if their claims are true. They describe the racing game as something "like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero."

"It will have an adventure mode of some kind (think Diddy Kong Racing) and there will be some boss fights and a hub world like it too. It is called Star Fox Grand Prix."

Not long after the Reddit post appeared, a 4chan user posted an image of the game's proposed logo, which you can see below.

There's some garbled writing on it that you can barely make out, but as anyone can print out a Photoshopped image with "file names," it's not exactly proof that there's any such game coming down the pipeline. It also doesn't make a lot of sense that Nintendo would opt for a Star Fox-centric racing game instead of simply making another F-Zero title, but Nintendo has done a lot weirder things before.

Obviously we have to take all of these "leaks" with a grain of salt, but honestly I'm more apt to believe literal strangers on public forums over video game "insiders" who like to guess at things or parrot embargoed information. I guess we'll have to see what happens when June rolls around and E3 2018 is finally upon us.

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    May 14, 2018 9:20 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Redditor Leaks Potential Star Fox Racing Spin-Off From Retro Studios

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      May 14, 2018 9:55 AM

      Huh.

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      May 14, 2018 2:02 PM

      They describe the racing game as something "like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero."

      But I just want F-Zero......

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        May 14, 2018 2:12 PM

        I want both a new DKR and F-Zero but not in the same game :/

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        May 14, 2018 2:20 PM

        Seems like Nintendo is mostly interested in swinging for the fences, and F-Zero by itself just doesn't sell that well. Sometimes it's hard to argue with their strategy since the Switch is selling like hotcakes, but I'm not really sure why they can't just budget accordingly and put out a proper F-Zero sequel as fodder for the hardcore crowd. I guess they've decided that MP4 is all of the mediocre profit fan service they're willing to tolerate.

        So instead, their attempt to broaden appeal is to strap F-Zero to a dead weight franchise like Star Fox. That will probably just end up with nobody being pleased. I kinda wish they'd stop trying to make fetch happen with the Star Fox franchise, it kinda sucks. Then again, maybe this series will be improved by blurring genre lines lmao, like Federation Force. I'm really hoping this rumor isn't true.

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          May 14, 2018 2:31 PM

          Totally agree. The only thing that has me interested here is Retro Studios. If they can revive a franchise that died on the SNES and make it one of the best 2D platformers in decades (exceeding even what's been coming out of the Nintendo home office), then hopefully they can make something great with this.

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            May 14, 2018 2:33 PM

            Yeah, they have enough talent to make something good, and given the apparent leeway they have I have my hopes. We shall see how it goes.

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              May 14, 2018 3:03 PM

              Nobody a year ago would have thought a Mario/Rabbids crossover would be great, but here we are. We’ll see

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                May 14, 2018 4:42 PM

                I'm hopeful also, although still a bit more pessimistic. F-Zero has a far more narrow window for success than DKC or Mario/Rabbids (you could make a cookie clicker version of Mario that could be good, that mascot has such mass appeal). But there are multiple F-Zero entries and I kinda only like two (SNES/GX, heard great stuff about X but never could get into it). Those others mostly failed because of poor execution though.

                In a way it's similar to Metroid, which is nowhere near as narrowly defined as F-Zero. MP2 and MP3 were competent, and at times technically brilliant games. So while they didn't fail due to execution, they just weren't great Metroid games even though they were overall good games. F-Zero will make you die over and over and over until you get good, and then once you get good it will punish you until you get great. F-Zero demands so much from the player that the developer has to deliver in kind, and an okay F-Zero Game is much much worse than an okay Metroid game.

                I realize this kinda sounds like an entitled gamer "give me what I want, or I won't like it". That's not what I'm getting at at all. TLDR, I just think that what makes the good F-Zero games special is so technically specific, that if you fuck with it you end up with a different game. Burnout 3 to Burnout Paradise if that makes any sense (don't know a good analogy for twitch racer series to kart), and that's best case. In the end, I'm not asking for a good game, it's been 15 years, give me another great F-Zero.

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                  May 14, 2018 4:43 PM

                  also sorry, didn't realize I wrote that much

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                    May 14, 2018 5:19 PM

                    You make a good point, don't apologise for it