Mar 26, 2023

Powered By The Super FX Microchip

Super Nintendo (1993)
The game that introduced polygonal graphics to Super Nintendo was released in North America 30 years ago today.  Starfox was heavily promoted throughout the spring and summer of 1993 as a leap forward in what console games were capable of.  Its 3-D presentation was made possible by the Super FX microchip, which almost instantly turned into ammunition in playground arguments between Nintendo and Sega kids, who countered with boasts that their console was capable of "blast processing".

Starfox has been overshadowed by Starfox 64 which was released just four years later.  While the Nintendo 64 version is an improvement over its predecessor on the SNES, the original is still a lot of fun to play.  If you don't have an original console and cartridge, you can play both Starfox and the unreleased Starfox 2 on the Super NES Classic Edition plug-and-play mini console.  Both games are also available to play on Nintendo Switch Online.