Star Fox Zero developer PlatinumGames would like the Wii U game to be ported to the Switch, though the decision would be left up to Nintendo.
Star Fox Zero developer PlatinumGames has stated its interest in porting over the Wii U exclusive to the Switch, if given the opportunity. Star Fox Zero is one of the few remaining first party games that are still stuck on the older console, along with others like Xenoblade Chronicles X and Yoshi’s Woolly World.
As a revival to a dormant franchise, Star Fox Zero was criticized for its controls, which were divided between the Wii U gamepad and the TV. The gamepad display is in first-person and allows for more precise shooting, but a more narrow view of the surroundings. The TV’s view is in third-person, and enables players to see the extent of their surroundings, but with comparatively less accurate shooting. Some claimed that this setup was cumbersome and awkward due to having to constantly switch between both screens.
Regardless of Star Fox Zero’s reception, PlatinumGames head Atsushi Inaba recently stated he is interested in porting the game to the Switch. Inaba spoke with Video Games Chronicle about the possibility of porting Star Fox Zero, and stated that he would like to port it because current-generation console players are kept from indulging in games on older platforms. He explained, “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.” He then went on to say that certain elements of the potential Star Fox Zero Switch port – such as the game’s controls – would be in Nintendo’s hands.
There hasn’t been much news of another Star Fox game after the release of Star Fox Zero. However, former Star Fox developer Giles Goddard has expressed interest in an entirely new series installment. He stated that ideally, he would want a Star Fox game without “gimmicks” like those in Star Fox Zero, and indicated a desire to revisit certain elements from older Star Fox games.
It’s likely that a port of Star Fox Zero would include improved controls, if anything due to the absence of the Wii U’s distinctive gamepad. If that is the case, then a Switch port could bring a better reception to the game for that difference alone. If successful, perhaps a new Star Fox Zero could motivate Nintendo to revive the series and invest in future installments. It appears one half of the development effort is on-board, so fans will have to wait and see if the other follows suit.
Source: Video Games Chronicle
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