In a recent interview at VGC, PlatinumGames’ Atsushi Inaba shared his thoughts about Star Fox Zero. Inaba says its “not cool that people aren’t able to play older games because they are locked out of a platform (Wii U)”. PlatinumGames would take the opportunity to bring the game to Switch but design decisions and the call to bring it to the platform are up to Nintendo. Specifically, design decisions would be up to Shigeru Miyamoto who oversaw the original game for Wii U. Here’s what Inaba had to say:
“It kind of depends on what’s in the realm of actual possibility, but yeah, if the chance came up it’s definitely something we’d like to think about
The important thing to remember there is that because it’s Nintendo’s IP, the ideas are coming from Miyamoto-san himself. We have to respect what Miyamoto-san wants to do.
Of course, at that time there was a lot of discussion between Platinum and Nintendo, but if the opportunity came up to bring Star Fox Zero to the Switch again it would be more of a question of what he would like to do in that opportunity, and of course we would respect that again.
Mr. Hashimoto was working on Star Fox as director at the time, but he’s no longer with [PlatinumGames]. He was probably the one who had the most trouble taking the ideas to Mr. Miyamoto, because aside from how he is personally, he is a giant in the industry and somebody who a lot of creators look up to. So, it takes a lot of courage or anyone to go to him with ideas or feedback.”
We think Star Fox Zero would be a great addition to Switch with reworked controls and enhancements for Switch. That’s ultimately up to Nintendo, so here’s to hoping they take a chance. In the meantime, stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest Japanese gaming news and updates!