Retro Wrap-Up: F-Zero Edition

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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Poor Captain Falcon. People often say that the Star Fox franchise has it rough, but Fox McCloud is relatively well off compared to Cap. The last F-Zero game, F-Zero Climax for the GBA, wasn’t even released internationally. Then again, it was based on the show F-Zero GP Legend, which only saw 13 of its 51 episodes released internationally before 4kids decided to drop it. Can’t exactly blame them, but it’s still pretty disappointing.

It didn’t help that Nintendo of America didn’t always advertise the franchise. While they weren’t nearly as bad about this as the Fire Emblem franchise before Fire Emblem: Awakening, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) could only find a few English commercials for F-Zero games for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

Here are the highlights of this past week.

Square Enix released a new trailer for the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X.

Steve Baltimore reviews Foosball 2012 for the PS3/Vita and Jeff Neuenschwander reviews Mighty Switch Force for the 3DS in this week’s Game of the Past review.

A hacker supposedly found F-Zero AX, the arcade version of F-Zero GX, within the game’s code.

Atlus is reprinting both Devil Summoner games for the PS2. Get excite!

Jeff Neuenschwander takes a look at Delver’s Drop, Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, and more in this week’s Crowdfunding Spotlight.

Fans of PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale are petitioning Activision and Sony to add Crash and Spyro as playable characters for the game.

Justin Graham takes a look at Fist of the North Star in the first part of this multi-part Anime of the Past review.

Sega is checking to see how much interest is in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F for the PSP.

Guy Rainey shares his thoughts on how Nintendo can win the console cycle with the Wii U this generation.

After the PlayStation Vita got a price drop in Japan, its sales have officially quadrupled. Surely, that’s reason enough to drop the price of the thing internationally, right?

Richard Ross talks about the history of Operation Rainfall in an interview with TechHive.

Both Best Buy and Walmart have listed Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii U on their websites.

Jodie Langford talks about how Pokemon Colosseum turned her into the gamer she is today in this week’s OpRainfall Origins.

Yu Suzuki, the man behind the Shenmue franchise, is considering a crowdfunding method for making Shenmue 3.

Finally, Crysis 3 for the Wii U was cancelled because Nintendo and EA just didn’t get along. Oh dears.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.




  • I’ve never been too much a fan of F-Zero. I guess I just don’t like racing games that aren’t Mario Kart.