Continuing to relive my youth via the new SNES games added to Switch Online, I was almost nervous to fire up Star Fox. As a kid, that game was mind-blowing. I mean, there were polygons... on SNES! It was like looking into the future. So my apprehension was that there was little chance that this game could hold up in 2019. Maybe it would be best to just keep Star Fox as an awesome memory?
But no! It turns out that in 2019 the original Star Fox is still AWESOME. I was really really pleased to find that even with those early polygons, the game runs great and still feels tight. Honestly, it's just a joy to play.
One thing that was sort of weird was that for whatever reason my brain wants an inverted vertical control when playing a flying game. That's weird because I can't do inverted controls in a FPS game. I can't really explain why, but luckily Star Fox gives you the option to do either which is beyond welcome in such an early console title. Oh, and I absolutely NEED to play with the camera behind the Arwing. I can't do the first person perspective in this one. Hmm.
Anyway, the music is great. The bosses are cool. The effects like flying through ships to blow them up still look fantastic. I also forgot that there were so many paths to play through, which is neat for replayability. For now, I just wanted a night of catching back up with this old friend, so I stuck to the main path and got fairly far before hitting a game over. But I'm pleased to find that the game is just as awesome as I remember. It means I'll probably come back to it again even sooner again.