That One Damn Rumor Mill: Metroid Fox? Star Metroid? What the?
The internet is always the source of great trolling (and also great justice), but sometimes it also gives us great hope and a lot of bullshit. In the latest rumor to make its rounds on the Net, just a mere two weeks from E3 2012, we’ve been treated to news of one of the most insane crossovers to be witnessed in Nintendo’s franchises: Star Fox meets Super Metroid.
Who else dug up this scenario but Paul Gale Network, the same blog that brought fans news of Sony’s All-Star Battle Royale for the PlayStation late last year? PGN has cautioned that nothing has been confirmed yet, and that all news regarding this project between Retro Studios and Nintendo should be taken with a heaping spoonful of salt.
According to the report, developing teams at Retro couldn’t agree upon whether or not to continue work on the Star Fox franchise or to develop a new third-person title that also had some sort of flight combat portion. Clearly the only consensus was that something to do with flying around in space and shooting things had to be in the game. Nintendo (or somebody at Nintendo) proposed another idea: why not put Fox McCloud and his crew together with the likes of Samus Aran? The title is supposedly called Star Fox – Metroid: Fusion Saga.
Either fans will be in for a treat, or everyone is going to be in for a horrible game. According to PGN, the premise of the mashup is that an intergalactic warp gone bad causes Fox and his crew to crash into Aran’s ship. Samus ends up crash landing in a planet, and Fox attempts to find the fabled bounty hunter. Missions will swap between Samus exploring the planet, and Fox trying to find her. Eventually, they both meet and confront Fox’s nemesis Andross, who has been trying to find ways to use the little jellyfish Metroids as an energy source. Space Pirates and their head honcho Ridley have not been mentioned, but we hope that he’ll be somewhere in this mix of insanity.
Star Fox portions of the game will be the same old antics that we’re used to with the Arwing crew — there will be air combat in the signature fighter planes, and combat on foot as well. Metroid missions will take on the same FPS structure first introduced by Retro in 2003′s Metroid Prime.
Now that all of the lovely little “details” have been thrown out there, we really have to wonder: is this wishful thinking, an actual idea that’s being developed, or is it something that never made it past the cutting room floor? As fans of both Star Fox and Metroid, a part of us hopes that this is, in fact, true. It would be fun, and if the Wii U is as powerful as we are being led to believe, this could be a great game indeed.
With E3 just around the corner, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping for something more concrete.